I have a dirty little secret that I need to confess: I still use regular, mainstream antiperspirant and deodorant.
Whew. There, I said it. But before you recoil in horror at the thought, let me explain myself.
I do have some natural deodorant, and I try to use it as much as I can. I don’t use the antiperspirant all the time; I know it’s full of toxins. Sometimes I go for a few months in the winter with just the natural stuff. But then summer rolls around, and well, to put it nicely, the natural stuff just doesn’t cut it.
I’ve read a lot of other blog posts about natural deodorant and even homemade deodorant, but I’ve noticed that all of these people seem to live up in the Pacific Northwest or Canada or the Arctic Circle (okay, kidding)…but none of them are anywhere even remotely close to the most humid, hottest, most stifling heat of Central Texas, where I make my home. Y’all, it has already been in the upper 90s here. And it’s so very very muggy. And so I pull out the toxin-filled antiperspirant once again.
But I’m ready to say no! There are just too many risks associated with the aluminum compounds in mainstream antiperspirants, as well as many other ingredients commonly found in antiperspirants and doedorants. I’m ready to find a healthier, non-toxic alternative that won’t leave me stinky by the end of the day. I’m ready for the Simple Organic Natural Deodorant Challenge. The only question is: are you?
Natural Deodorant Challenge Rules
If you’d like to join me in the Natural Deodorant Challenge, there are a few rules that we’ll need to follow together.
Photo by Richard
1. No aluminum compounds allowed. An aluminum compound is the main ingredient in an antiperspirant that prevents sweating by blocking the pores in the underarms. But sweating is good and healthy, allowing for the release of toxins and build-ups. And more and more research is showing a possible link between aluminum, breast cancer and Alzheimer’s. So get rid of the aluminum compounds.
2. No parabens or propylene glycol. Parabens are preservatives but they are known to be hormone disruptors, and propylene glycol is designed to break down the skin’s natural barriers for more effective product penetration, thereby entering the bloodstream and bringing a bunch of other chemicals along with it.
3. No added fragrance. Synthetic fragrances are also hormone disruptors, and some are even cancer-causing.
4. No triclosan. This anti-bacterial agent is sometimes added to “natural” deodorants, but as Katie Kimball taught us, it’s bad news.
5. You can use store-bought or home made. There are quite a few store-bought brands that meet these safety standards. If you’re not sure, you can look it up on the Skin Deep cosmetics safety database. You can also find plenty of home made deodorant recipes online; check here, here, and here.
6. Give it one month. Yes, a whole month is really necessary. If you’ve never used natural deodorant, you will probably experience some detox, which could include itchiness, rash, and unfortunately, an odor that gets worse before it gets better. You may need to try a few brands or recipes, too. So, be prepared to commit for one month.
Photo by Jek Bacarisas
Are You In?
• If you’re ready to join in the Simple Organic Natural Deodorant Challenge, leave your commitment in the comments section.
• If you already use natural deodorant and you’re happy with your brand/recipe, leave a comment letting us know what you use so we can get some ideas from the rest of you.
We’ll check in again in about a month to see how the Challenge went. To be honest, I am not sure that I will continue using natural deodorant after this month if I can’t find something that leaves me smelling halfway decent. So don’t feel like you have to commit to this forever; we’re all in this together, and we have to start somewhere!
Are you ready to join the Simple Organic Natural Deodorant Challenge? Do you have a brand or recipe to recommend?