I have switched to all-natural deodorant. At first, I was so hesitant because of all of the horror stories I’ve read/heard about, some people were getting rashes and terrible body odor (no thanks). I have found that the natural deodorant works, but there is definitely a process to switching…
Detox – First things first, you have to detox your arm pits or at least give them a break from traditional deodorant, I truly believe this the key having a successful experience. If you have no idea where to start with an under-arm detox, I wrote a blog about that too, click here to follow the link. After you do the mask, go to the gym, or a sauna, or outside. Whatever will make you sweat… do it, but don’t put any kind of deodorant on. Sounds gross, I know, but you are trying to get rid of all of the toxins, sweating is a natural way of doing that. Anyways, if you are interested in detoxing and don’t know how, read the blog I posted, it goes more in depth.
Choosing Deodorant – I chose Native, a few friends had recommended it to me and I did my research. I don’t spend money on products without watching YouTube reviews, reading forums, and reading reviews on the product website. I don’t like to waste my money on bad products, and I definitely don’t want to recommend a product and have you waste your money. (Speaking of saving money, I have a coupon code for you at the bottom of this post.) After trying out Native’s all-natural deodorant I will not be going back to Aluminum based deodorant.
According to the Native website here are the ingredients in Native deodorant:
“We use caprylic/capric triglyceride (which is a fancy way of saying fractionated coconut oil), arrowroot powder, stearyl alcohol, baking soda, shea butter, coconut oil, hydrogenated castor oil, polyglycerol-3 beeswax (which is a fancy way of saying cera bellina wax), jojoba esters, tocopherol (which is a fancy way of saying Vitamin E), L. acidophilus (which is a natural bacteria found in your body already), maltodextrin, glyceryl caprylate, and glyceryl undecylenate. Our scented deodorants include oils. Due to FDA recommendations, we use the term “fragrance” to refer to these oils.” (https://www.nativecos.com/faqs/)
*Native also has deodorant without baking soda for those who are sensitive or who have an allergy.
Native has outperformed all of my expectations! I chose the Lavender scent and I love it! Some Lavender scented products I have tried are very over powering, this wasn’t the case with Native. I don’t like having a strong scent for my deodorant as I use a different perfume occasionally, with a strong deodorant it can be difficult to pair the two scents together. After applying Native, I was happy to discover the deodorant wasn’t over powering. I also chose to purchase a little travel size deodorant to try out another scent, that one smelled amazing as well. The box came quickly and had the cutest packaging. It’s safe to say, I won’t be looking back.
WHY I MADE THE SWITCH
Chemicals – Most conventional deodorants are loaded with chemicals that aren’t great to be packing on your skin daily.
- Aluminum – The aluminum in deodorant helps to prevent you from sweating, which causes clogged pores and prevents your body from functioning naturally.
- Parabens – This ingredient has caught a lot of flak lately, as it should. Parabens are common in so many products because they prevent bacterial growth and prolong shelf life of cosmetics. However, parabens mimic estrogen and mess with the body’s natural hormone balance, which can be linked to causing breast cancer. This means it’s not a great idea to put the product right under your arms near your chest. Another thing to note, parabens aren’t listed as “Parabens” on the product label. They will appear as benzyl, butyl, ethyl, methyl, and propyl on product labels, make sure you check all of your products, not only your deodorant.
- Talc – Talc can contain asbestiform fibers, which is considered a cancer causing carcinogen. There really isn’t a way of knowing whether or not the talc in your brand of deodorant contains asbestiform fibers, unless disclosed by the company (which I doubt they will want to own up to that one), as this is not regulated in the cosmetics industry.
- Silica – A common ingredient know to irritate skin.
- Triclosan – This ingredient is also an irritant, it is added in deodorant to kill bacteria. Which sounds like a good thing, but it also kills the natural beneficial bacteria your body produces. According to the FDA website, they are in the process of conducting studies as to whether this chemical causes cancer.
- Propylene Glycol or Propylene Glycol – This ingredient is used to help trap moisture, but has also been known to cause kidney and liver damage.
If this tells you anything, labels can be deceiving! Make sure you do your research when purchasing products to ensure you are getting a healthy and quality product.
Sensitive Underarms – My armpits are very sensitive, using regular deodorant caused my skin to be very dry and itchy. I also had lots of little bumps over most of my pores. I wanted to do something to address this situation, as I said before, going without deodorant wasn’t an option. The solution wasn’t going without deodorant, but switching to something natural.
The hardest part about switching to natural deodorant was all of the research that went into finding a natural deodorant that worked, that is actually all natural, and that is affordable. As I said, Native will be my go to deodorant from here on out. This post isn’t sponsored, I just really like their product and I am confident you will too. If this doesn’t convince you, go to Native’s website and just read their reviews, there are so many people who have nothing but great things to say.
If you use Native or make the switch to natural deodorant, let me know how your experience goes, I’d love to hear from you!
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