FAQ About Organic and Natural Deodorants
It's Pinktober and you might be thinking about switching to a natural deodorant. Here are the most frequently asked questions about natural and organic deodorant:
Why should I switch to organic deodorant?
I'm a firm believer in reducing the amount of products we use in body care and hygiene. The fewer the better, especially when it comes to products that are made to 'make you smell good' because they are usually loaded with ingredients that are bad for you.
I've heard too many stories of women saying they are feeling lumps in their underarms, and I've read enough articles that have linked breast cancer to the use of deodorants and anti perspirants to know that this can't be a coincidence. Even though science says there is no definite correlation, some doctors recommend their patients to switch to natural deodorant when they find the lumps.
Commercial deodorants are made with ingredients designed to clog your pores from sweating and to mask the odor that is created by the bacteria already on your skin. When this happens, the toxins that were supposed to leave your body by sweating are held inside. It's like collecting and keeping your trash inside your home instead of taking it out for garbage collection. Imagine keeping all the trash you made over the years inside your home, what do you think will happen? It'll pile up and start to stink. That's what's happening in your underarms. The toxins are piling up and in some cases causing lumps. I don't know about you, but I don't want that to happen to me.
Why is natural deodorant more expensive?
Natural deodorant is more expensive because it's made using REAL ingredients sourced from nature like shea butter, mango butter, arrow root powder, essential oils, and bees wax. These ingredients are farmed and harvested by people, and sourced in small quantities from unique habitats and far away countries. Time, and effort is put into harvesting these ingredients and people are paid fair wages.
Commercial deodorants are made with ingredients made in a LAB. Synthetic, cheap, and processed, made quickly and in huge quantities.
When the ingredients are cheap and mass produced, expect the product to be cheaper.
Is natural deodorant safe for my son and daughter?
You said it is organic but I still got an allergic reaction?
Just because a product is natural doesn't mean the product won't give you a reaction. It's just like food. Let's take an example. We can all agree that berries and nut are filled with vitamins and antioxidants and some are so healthy they are considered superfoods. Yet, so many people are allergic to berries and nuts. The same goes for natural skincare.You could be allergic to one of the natural ingredients. Try to think back to other times you've had reactions to food or products or scents. It could be that one of the ingredients is in your deodorant.
Also, if your deodorant is made with baking soda try switching to one that isn't. Some people can find baking soda irritating.
I switched to Natural Deodorant but it's not working! Why do I smell so bad?
Everyone who switches to natural deodorants goes through a detox phase. Your pores are not clogged up anymore and started to breathe again, and all those toxins that were backed up are free to leave. These backed up toxins are what are causing the unrecognizable odor. This detox phase can last from 1 week to 3 weeks or more. It's different for every person. To manage this phase, you'll need to wash the area with soap and water when needed, carry an extra shirt with you, and maybe even apply a bentonite clay masque to your under arms. Just be patient, and don't go back to the commercial stuff.
Try to pick a time to start transitioning when you're on vacation, or when you know you'll be spending a lot of time at home. Just know it is completely doable. You can read more about the detox phase in this article.
How do I know if the product is organic?
Read the back label. Can you pronounce the names of the ingredients? Can you recognize them? Do they sound like ingredients from plants or that could come out of someone's kitchen? Then yes, it's organic.
Avoid the product if it has any of these ingredients:
Fragrance, Parabens (methyl, ethyl, propyl, benzyl and butyl), Aluminum compounds (Aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly), Silica, Triclosan, Talc, Propylene Glycol, Steareth-n
What is alum? is it safe?
Potassium Alum is a natural mineral salt. It' comes in crystal form and it has been used traditionally as a deodorant because of it's antimicrobial properties. It does't stop you from sweating (you might actually feel like you're sweating more if you are transitioning) but the salt can kill the bacteria that causes the odor.
Some people believe that the absorption of aluminum and other chemicals through the skin can be harmful, and try to avoid it all together. It all comes down to personal preference. Checkout this article on healthline.
There you have it. I hope this helped you get a better idea of why switching to natural deodorant is important. Don't let the detox phase deter you. It needs so patience that's all.
If there's a question on your mind that I didn't get to, feel free to ask: