Ok so I know that not using deodorant sounds really extreme and stinky but hear me out! Just like many things we consume, there are harmful chemicals that could be in your deodorant you use. Seeing as about 95% of us use deodorant every day, knowing how these chemicals impact your body is really important.
Take a look at the ingredients of your favorite deodorant and see if you find any of these:
- Parabens: Parabens have been linked to breast cancer (yes men can get breast cancer too) and hormone imbalances. Look for names like methyl, ethyl, propyl, benzyl, and butyl on the label. The purpose of these chemicals is to prevent the growth of fungus and bacteria but there have been some records of adverse side effects to using these products. These are not only found in deodorants but many other beauty products and cosmetics as well. They have been known to show up in breast cancer tissues and increase estrogen in the body.
- Aluminum: Aluminum has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease, kidney problems and bone disorders. Look for terms like aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium, and tetrachlorohydrex on the label. This is found in many deodorants and acts as a plug for your sweat ducts to temporarily stop you from sweating (this is bad because your body needs to sweat). They have been known to increase estrogen in the body as well.
- Tricolosan: This chemical can be known to irritate your skin and decrease levels of some thyroid hormones. It can also kill off good bacteria that your body needs to function and could make antibiotics less effective.
These are just a few things that might be in your deodorants. Many of these things are still being tested and tried, but for me this was enough information for me not to risk it with typical deodorants.
So what can you do?
Well I personally have started using a homemade recipe to replace the deodorant I was using and it has been working really well! While I do sweat a little more (remember sweating is good), I don’t smell! Even after practicing hot yoga for an hour there was no stink.
Here’s the recipe I use to make my own deodorant:
¾ cup of Arrowroot power
¼ cup of Baking Soda* (this irritates some people’s skin so use it sparingly or replace it with another ingredient like diatomaceous earth, bentonite clay or magnesium oil)
4-6 tablespoons of Cononut oil or Shea Butter
You can play around with the ingredients to find a combination that works for you.
I know it can be hard to think about switching up something that you’ve been use to doing for so long, but your health is so worth it. Like anything in life your results are a summation of the things that you do most often. If you workout everyday your body will become more physically fit, if you practice an instrument everyday then you will get better at it and if you put chemicals on your body everyday then overtime they are bound to get into your body and possibly cause you harm.
When you know better you do better (or at least you should try and do better) I know thinking about switching from using your traditional deodorant product can be tough especially when you don’t know how your body will react to it, but the long term health benefits could change your life.
Things to remember during this process if your chose to ditch your deodorant
- Just because you’re sweaty doesn’t mean you’re stinky.
- Sweating is healthy
- You will go through a transition period
- It’s not going to be comfortable at first but it will become easier and you get use to it
- You can actually save money if you chose to make your own deodorant
- Just try it! You don’t have anything to loose and it could improve your health
It may seem minor but think about how frequently you use deodorant. Probably everyday of your life since you were about 9/10. Anything you do for that long period of time could have a serious impact on your health if you’re introducing chemicals into your body.
Just something to think about,
but don’t take my word for it! Do your research and let me know what your results are!