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What is hiding in your deodorant? (Plus natural alternatives)

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In an effort to go natural with my beauty and cosmetic products, I found out long ago that the Secret deodorant I once loved was actually causing more harm than good. It may be news to some of you, but antiperspirants are one of the most important beauty products to swap out for a more natural version.

Why is deodorant bad for you? Well, it’s not. If you’re using the right one. There is a difference between deodorant and antiperspirant. The job of deodorant is to kill the bacteria that is causing you to smell. The job of antiperspirants (which is most commonly used) is to block the sweat coming out of your pores. This is where you should be concerned. The active ingredient in antiperspirants is aluminum, which is a toxic compound that can get absorbed through your pores (especially after shaving). Some research suggests it can be related to the development of breast cancer cells. Yikes. On top of that, antiperspirants and deodorants contain many toxic chemicals and parabens that can be absorbed through our pores with loads of harmful effects. There is even a registered pesticide, triclosan, as a common ingredient in most deodorants. (WTF) Also, we must remember that sweating is healthy. Once again, in vanity we try to eliminate natural human bodily functions that serve a purpose.

This is a conflicting topic and you’ll find many articles out there telling you using antiperspirants with aluminum is completely fine. I definitely err on the side of caution when it comes to this stuff, especially because (at times) the good old FDA has proven to be irresponsible, untrustworthy and takes special interest. If you’re thinking “this is a load of bull” or want to run the risk of using antiperspirants, go ahead. I totally get that there is so much “normal” stuff to be cautious of these days. It is your choice to do what you want with this information. But, if you are wondering what aluminum free deodorants you can use, here are a list of products you can feel better about using.

      1. Crystal Essence

      2. Primal Pit Paste

      3. Lavilin Underarm Deodorant Cream

      4. Le Couvent des Minimes

      5. Lafe’s Natural Body Care

It is completely understandable that you may be thinking “Will switching from antiperspirant to natural deodorant make me smell?”. It’s important to me to choose natural products as much as possible, but I still am aware of how horrifying it is to smell bad. If you start using these natural deodorants and notice you’re scaring people away, consider trying a new kind (not all work for everyone) or having a balance of only using antiperspirant for special occasions. I use Crystal Essence on days I am living my normal life and won’t be doing anything incredibly active. But, I do stash a Secret antiperspirant and throw it in my bag for those days I will be running around or in ha warm environment, just in case.

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