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Natural Deodorant. Just speaking the words used to make me roll my eyes, conjuring up a picture of a crunchy, granola mama with long armpit hair who smelled like B.O. I mean, let’s be honest, right? If you’re using “natural deodorant” you’re really just using “no deodorant” and kidding yourself. Everyone around you can smell you.
As this post is titled “Why I Switched to Natural Deodorant”, you’ve no doubt figured out that somewhere along the line, I had a change of heart. So what did it? Well, let me ‘splain.
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I’m kind of embarrassed to admit this, but this is actually the number one reason I was willing to switch, even above all the other kind of scary stuff you’ll read next. Ya’ll, I’m kind of lazy. There, I said it. I once told a friend of mine, “Yeah, I definitely want to be healthy and pursue chemical free and natural solutions. As long as it is absolutely no inconvenience to me.” This was the God’s honest truth, guys. I don’t have time to go across town to the natural food store and rummage through pine nuts and gluten free toilet paper to get natural deodorant. Or worse, MAKE MY OWN (shudder). I’ll just get armpit cancer.
Turns out I was being super over dramatic and it isn’t that hard. There are actually a ton of good options on Amazon, which will come right to my door, a lazy female’s dream. OR, I can just, like, go to Target. Tubular. So yeah, if I can find it at Target then I’m all in.
This is what your Dr. Pepper cans are made of. Did you know that it’s also in your deodorant? And aluminum compound in deodorant is what keeps you from sweating by plugging up your sweat ducts. Ok, I don’t know about you but that sounds kind of gross to me. Our bodies were made to sweat and I know it’s unpleasant, but it’s one of the ways we regulate our bodies and flush toxins. When I started thinking about it, it seemed like stopping that process by plugging those ducts wasn’t really a good idea. I mean, when you plug up a hole and keep something like a toxin from leaving it, what happens? It probably goes someplace else. I don’t really want that happening.
In addition, there are studies that suggest these aluminum compounds may have a part in causing breast cancer. The National Cancer Institute doesn’t support this theory, but it also doesn’t refute it. It just says, “more research is needed”. Ok well, that’s not good enough for me. The conclusion I came to was this. Can you prove it’s bad for me? No. Can you prove it’s NOT bad for me?? Also no. So, with that in mind, why not just cut out the aluminum, since, as aforementioned, I can do that just by going to Target?
Parabens, Phalates, “Fragrance”….
So much sketchy stuff, you guys. Without going into too much detail, deodorant is full of stuff that once again falls into the category of “can’t conclusively prove it’s bad, but also can’t conclusively prove it isn’t”. Both Parabens and Phalates are known to be hormone disruptors, so putting them on my armpits right next to my thyroid doesn’t make much sense.
Fragrance. Don’t even get me started. The FDA doesn’t require companies to disclose to consumers what they use to provide fragrance in a product, so this label could mean any number of toxic, synthetic chemicals used to make it smell some type of way. Or they could be fine. You just don’t even know, because they don’t have to tell you what it is. No thanks.
So what do you think? Ready to make the switch? Check out my article here on my top tips for switching to natural deodorant. Or, tell me what you think in the comments!