Nontoxic Deodorant: Why & How to Make the Switch
Updated: Jan 17, 2019
Sweating is a natural process of the human body, it helps cool us down when it's hot, and more importantly, it is a huge aspect of your largest organ: your skin. Conventional deodorants are one of the things that many people seem reluctant to give up, despite being aware that it isn't necessarily healthy. For fear of smelling unpleasant, or not getting the results that they want, people are hesitant to jump over to something 'natural', and this is totally understandable. Nobody wants to be sweaty, smelly, and uncomfortable.
However, it's time to shine some light onto this sensitive part of your body. That antiperspirant that gets you dry armpits and fresh odor all day long could actually be interfering with your body’s natural process of removing any toxins via your sweat glands, and could potentially be causing long term health effects like breast cancer or Alzheimer’s disease. Yikes.
Ingredients to Look Out For
Triclosan: affects certain hormones and is associated with breast cancer.
Phthalates: “endocrine disruptors” and linked to breast cancer.
Parabens: absorbed into the skin and mimic the body’s natural estrogen.
Daily use of an antiperspirant is actually blocking your sweat glands under your armpits, resulting in a stagnation of your lymphatic system. Our armpits contain many lymph nodes, and these can build up with toxins that our bodies would normally excrete through sweating. Ironically, the longer you use strong antiperspirants, the more bad bacteria is building up, which will result in a much stinkier sweat smell. Long term use creates a dependence, but for the sake of your health, it's time to let your body sweat out the toxins and clean itself out. Let's talk about it.
First Step, Detox your Armpits
Yes, this is totally a thing. It's not actually as high maintenance or difficult as you might imagine, but you will definitely have to go through a period of letting the toxins sweat out and smell pretty bad. Don't worry, you can always hop in the shower.
1) Stop wearing any deodorant at all, for 1 or 2 days if possible
2) Stay hydrated, and drink tons of water (you can also add lemon to help detox)
3) Apply Apple Cider Vinegar and Witch Hazel under your armpits 2x a day
4) Eat plenty of veggies and leafy greens, avoiding bad fats like vegetable oils
5) Apply a bentonite clay mask on your pits before showering
6) Take probiotics and eat plenty of fermented foods to restore your microbiome
Staying hydrated and flushing out toxins with plenty of fluids is really key to helping your lymph moving. Maintaining a balanced diet with plenty of veggies and probiotic rich foods will help keep your gut microbiome healthy and thriving, which is key to supporting good bacteria in your body. A clay mask will help pull odor out of your pores under your pits, which is always great before a shower. Post shower, a quick rub of apple cider vinegar with a cotton ball will help restore a healthy PH.
Once your armpits have been detoxed, and healthy bacteria restored, your sweat should not actually smell particularly unpleasant.
Tips When Switching To NONTOXIC DEODORANT
Detox your armpits as you transition to a nontoxic deodorant, and keep in mind that every person will react differently to a detox. If you are not used to sweating, using a deodorant instead of an antiperspirant might feel strange at first, but remember, a little sweat is good for you; if you’re not sweating, you’re not properly removing toxins from your body. If you shave your armpits, shave at night and apply deodorant in the morning to avoid irritation that can often occur with baking soda in natural deodorant.
There will most likely be a testing period, so be prepared to try a few different ones until you get the right fit. Everyone is so unique and different, but nontoxic deodorant definitely works if you make sure to clean your pores out from the backed up toxins.
Choosing a Clean Deodorant Brand
I've tried many deodorant brands over the years, and find that the expensive, fancy brands often work the least. Too many ingredients can actually have the opposite effect that you are looking for. When choosing deodorants, I always look for minimal ingredients, and different modes of application. For example, sticks don't work well for me on a day to day basis, I prefer to have those for when I am working out. For day to day, I like liquid roll-ons or a spray because they are light and absorb quickly.
The deodorant that I have been using for the past 3 months is from Lafe's Natural Body Care.
Because I care immensely about what I put on my body, I took the time to verify all of their ingredients, and loved how simple and effective they were. I was lucky to receive a gift box from Lafe's with every deodorant that they make, and I have tried each one and love them all. It's not that often that I love all of the ingredients in a beauty brand, and even if I do, they often don't get me the results I am after - but I have had the best experience with these deodorants and could not recommend them enough.
Lafe’s passion is to empower consumers with the knowledge about healthy living practices which contribute one’s own good health as well as the health of the world community. Lafe’s believes in using business as a force for good.
I am grateful to Lafe's for supporting my blog, and I am proud to support a company in return that does so much good, and practices what they preach. Use my code SERAELISABETH15 to snag 15% off your next purchase at Lafe's, and get started on your way to a nontoxic beauty regimen.
Happy armpit detoxing!