Why you should switch to an all-natural deodorant (Part two)
In part one, we covered some of the potential dangers of using an aluminum-based antiperspirant. Here, we’ll discuss the benefits of switching to a healthier, all-natural deodorant.
The first thing that you’ll need to adjust to is feeling moist once in a while. Natural deodorants won’t stop you from sweating. Only an aluminum antiperspirant does this by blocking your sweat glands. A safer alternative is to use a natural deodorant. But beware of conventional deodorants. Many still contain chemicals, such as propylene glycol, antibacterial triclosan, artificial fragrances and other unwanted ingredients.
A natural deodorant isn’t meant to stop you from sweating, it’s meant to stop you from stinking. Sweat is virtually odourless, but it can smell once the bacteria that live on your skin begin the eat it. As bacteria multiply because of its new food source, it will produce byproducts which don’t smell very good.
An effective deodorant contains natural antibacterial plant extracts that prevent the growth of this odour-causing bacteria. In short: no bacteria means no stinky byproducts.
A newer generation of natural deodorants also contain anti-odour actives such as sage isolates that can help minimize an existing odour.
Here are some things you should know about using an an all-natural deodorant:
- Yes, from time to time, you’ll feel moisture
Everyone I know who uses a natural deodorant has gotten over having that moist feeling in their armpits from time to time. Unless you’re exercising or sitting in the strong July sun, you won’t sweat continuously. If you do get moist, it usually dries up fairly quickly.
If you’re prone to excessive sweating, I suggest applying a small amount of powder to your armpits. Powders such as natural baking soda, organic corn starch, or tapioca will help to absorb the moisture.
- Give it time
It may take up to a week for your deodorant to attain its maximum effectiveness. The more frequently you apply a deodorant, the more bacteria it will eliminate over time. Less bacteria means less stink. At the beginning, you may want to reapply your deodorant in the afternoon. This will reduce the time it takes for your deodorant to reach its maximum efficacy.
- Organic apple cider vinegar reinforcement
Some bacteria are more difficult to get rid of than others. If this is the case, I suggest you wash your underarms with organic apple cider vinegar once a week. The pH of the vinegar can eliminate a lot of bacteria. With less bacteria on your skin, your deodorant will automatically be more effective.
Do you have any useful tips? Share them in the comment section.
Alain Ménard, microbiologist, co-founded The Green Beaver Company with biochemist Karen Clark. They were both appalled by the amount of chemicals found in kid’s shampoos, bubble baths and other products. With their new family in mind, they decided to do something about it. They left the pharmaceutical and pesticide industry behind to create healthier natural products. Alain regularly gives seminars on the potential health risks and environmental hazards associated with the chemicals found in everyday personal care products.