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Say bye-bye to potentially toxic antiperspirants and hello to natural deodorants that are safer, healthier and normalise sweat.
Antiperspirants really are the pits! They’re jam-packed with potentially toxic ingredients and chemicals that may pose a real danger to our health as they mess up our hormones, cause foetal abnormalities, skin irritation and more.
We’re not out to scare you but we bet the last paragraph has got you hot under the collar. Can’t imagine life without your regular antiperspirant? Don’t sweat it, we’ve got your back.
Sweat is good for you
There, we said it. You’ve spent years putting all manner of things on your armpits to keep them dry, ruined your favourite tops in the process and clogged up your pores. Now it’s time to face facts: sweating is good for you and here’s why.
Sweating is a natural way to control body temperature and is especially important when you work out. Sweat is just water and salt so it helps your body get rid of any excess minerals… but if you use antiperspirant then it plugs up your pores stops these toxins getting out in your sweat. That means they end up in your kidneys and they may cause painful kidney stones. No thanks!
What about smelly pits?
Remember we said that sweat is only made up of salt and water? So, it’s pretty odourless. Body odour actually comes from skin bacteria coming into contact with sweat but again, it’s natural and not all bacteria is bad. Your diet can also cause body odour and plays a key role in your natural scent. If you eat spicy food, lots of garlic, onion, red meat and cold cuts then your sweat could be more pungent.
Natural deodorant vs antiperspirant:
what’s the difference?
The only difference is that antiperspirants plug up pores to stop you sweating whilst natural deodorants help absorb moisture and are packed with natural ingredients that keep bacteria, and therefore odour, at bay.
Go au naturel
If we’ve managed to convince you to drop your regular roll-on then that’s great, but we’re only halfway there. You’ve spent years clogging up your pores with toxins so you’re going to need a bit of a detox to give you back your happy, healthy pits.
It will take around four weeks from switching to natural deodorant and you won’t see much of a difference for the first week. You may sweat more than usual in the second week and might not feel like you smell of roses until the end of the third week, but that’s to be expected as your armpits are getting rid of all the toxins and starting to go back to normal.
Here are some tips to get your through: Drink at least
1.5 l of water a day to eliminate any toxins during your detox. Take your natural deodorant out with you so you can freshen up during the day but remember, it won’t mask the odour if your pits aren’t clean. Just make sure you shower and wash regularly during your transition.
The final step: make your own deodorant
The best way to be sure of what goes into your deodorant is to make it yourself. It’s actually really easy to do and good for the environment too as it’s zero waste!