This question pops up a lot about natural deodorants–how well do they work? How do they compare to commercial deodorants, and is making the change that important to your health?
Well, let’s get started addressing all of these, as this information is vital to your health and well-being–and I definitely want you smelling clean!
I made the change to natural deodorant from Secret Deodorant, which I had been using since sixth grade. In 2015, my boyfriend at the time (I frequently refer to him as my Spirit Healer, since he guided me greatly down the path of natural healing and a holistic lifestyle) introduced me to a crystal stick. I used it three times before tossing it in my junk drawer and reverting back to Secret, secretly. Why? The Crystal stick didn’t work! I smelled nasty within a few hours and missed my dry, baby-powder smelling pits, chemically keeping me clean for a full 24 hours.
I did whip out the stick one more time and gave it a try in hopes of it working, but at that time in my life, transitioning from an aluminum and paraben-full deodorant derived from preservatives and chemicals to an all natural one wasn’t working for me! I wasn’t patient, and I became frustrated, particularly because I was amazed at how great my then-boyfriend always smelled. Why did it work for him and not for me?
Secret Deodorant and many of the other commercial brands are full of toxic chemicals that keep you dry and odor-free. This includes aluminum, parabens, triclosan, propylene glycol, and many other dangerous ingredients that are absorbed by your skin and lymphatic system directly through your armpit. These ingredients are carcinogens (cancer causing), neurotoxins (cause toxicity in the brain) and endocrine disruptors (affect hormone balance in both men and women). Keep that in mind. This is what you are slathering into your arm pits every morning while your skin in moist and likely heated from a shower. This combination makes it an incredibly viable point of entry for these chemicals/toxins—straight into your lymphatic system, which is an intricate highway to the rest of your body. Of course, you want an all natural solution, but you want it to work!
The toxic ingredients of commercial-brand deodorants also manage to disrupt your bacteria microbiome on your skin. Under your armpit right now, are colonies of bacteria–good guys and bad guys—that are in constant battle with one another. Commercial ingredients kill the good guys and disrupt this balance. Now that your microbiome is all screwed up, you don’t stand a chance of naturally combatting odor. Those good guy bacteria know how to kill the odor-causing bacteria, and since commercial deodorants kill them all, you become completely dependent on deodorant to do nature’s job for you!!!
That Crystal Stick worked for my then-boyfriend because he had been using it for a while. He’d made the transition from commercial deodorant to natural deodorant and allowed his body the time to re-flourish good bacteria. It takes a little bit of time, but you can help the process along if you’re eager to improve your health and serious about using non-toxic products.
Here are some steps you can take to make a smoother transition:
1, Drink lots of clean water: Water flushes your system and will also help restore your hormonal balance. Avoid drinking out of plastic water bottles as the plastic contains endocrine-disrupting chemicals, similar to commercial deodorants. Water helps purify the system and remove toxins from your lymphatic system.
2. Stop using anti-bacterial soap: I know it sounds counter-productive. You want to kill the bacteria to stop the odor, but the truth is, that anti-bacterial soap is an endocrine disruptor and also annihilates the good bacteria that you want under your arm pits! Don’t kill them! You need those guys! Use a natural-based soap infused with essential oils that will kill off the bad guys without harming the good ones.
3. Take a probiotic daily: Help restore your systemic microbiome with a good probiotic with several billion good bacteria. Multiple strains add variety to your mix and spice up your vibe and odor-fighting super powers. Those good fellas are your odor army along with detoxifying your entire system. You will notice the benefits in your entire well-being.
4. Clean up your diet: What you eat affects how you smell. If your diet is comprised of processed foods, tons of dairy, deli meat, Cheetos, and other crap, it will increase bad bacteria and yeast on your skin—and you will not smell good. Good blood cleaners include vegetables and fruit, nuts and seeds, legumes, and fresh herbs. Parsley and cilantro will help chelate residual aluminum you might have in your system from your store-bought deodorant.
5. Sweat: You’re likely thinking, wouldn’t that make me smell bad? And the answer is likely yes, but you have to rid your body of toxins to get to that cleaner place. Sweating is a fast way to remove toxins from your system. Sweat through exercise, Epsom salt baths, or Infrared sauna sessions. Releasing toxins via your skin will help restore balance, resulting in a fresher, cleaner you.
So, did I ever ditch the Secret and go natural? You better believe I did! And I NEVER regretted it or reached for a commercial deodorant again!!! I made that transition along with many other natural-based lifestyle changes, so it wasn’t that terrible of a leap, after all.
Using a natural deodorant has not failed me, now that my microbiome is balanced. I definitely still need to wear deodorant, but a natural deodorant is the way to go.
If you’re in the midst of making that transition from chemical to natural, be patient and flexible. Know that one will surely harm you with its sickly sweet toxicity while the other will help you and support you with a bit of patience and time. Give it that patience and time. Do your part in helping make the transition a bit easier and quicker.