Changing out my antiperspirant for something more non-toxic was one of the first things I did when becoming more health conscious. I made this switch back in 2015 after reading about all the toxic ingredients present in deodorant some which are linked to Alzheimer’s, breast cancer, and imbalanced hormones.
Toxins in Your Deodorant
Secret, Dove, Suave, Axe, and Old Spice are just a few everyday deodorants laden with chemicals. From phthalates ( a hormone disruptor that could lead to infertility), aluminum (a cancer-causing ingredient, that can lead to Alzheimer) and parabens( a preservative that acts as estrogen)
Here is a photo of my friend and a rash he experienced from using chemical laden deodorant. The infamous brand Axe.
Let’s get one thing correct: Sweating is a normal human function. Sweating helps release toxins from the body to support proper immune function. It’s not sweating that causes body odor it’s the bacteria in your armpits from harmful ingredients. The act of sweating can actually decrease body odor because you’re eliminating the toxins.
One of the main ingredients in antiperspirants is aluminum. This ingredient plugs the ducts in the armpits to prevent sweating allowing bacteria to build. because the breast is right next to the armpit the ingredients can easily seep into the breast tissue. The ingredient mimics estrogen which promotes the growth of breast cells. Parabens and Phthalates are also hormones disruptors building a host for all sorts of problems.
My Detox Experience
1. Mind what you eat
Certain foods can change your body odor. Eating lots of fresh fruit and veggies will help keep your internal deodorant fresh. If you’re eating junk you will most likely you will have an unpleasant odor. A great supplement to help with your internal deodorant is chlorophyll
2. Drink lemon water
Lemon water is a great way to hydrate, cleanse, and detox your body. Lemons will help alkalize your cells, blood, organs, and tissues. I’d recommend 16oz of warm water with half of a squeezed lemon first thing in the morning to activate the body and get those organs moving. Lemons have a whole host of benefits including coughs, heart diseases, fevers, arthritis and much more.
3. Use Wet Wipes
During your detox period you may initially sweat more than usual and because you’re sweating out the bad bacteria you may not smell great. Using wipes throughout the day can help provide you with the freshness you need. Use the wipes as needed and reapply your deodorant.
4. Use Lemon, Apple cider vinegar, or Witch hazel
These healthy acids can help neutralize the bad bacteria under your arms. After your shower try applying witch hazel, apple cider vinegar, and lemon to help neutralize the bacteria. Not only does doing these things help bad bacteria but it can actually lighten your pits and keep razor bumps at bay.
Deodorants that Worked
After 2 weeks the detox period was finished. I was no longer smelly but I wasn’t quite satisfied with the deodorant I was using because my armpits were constantly wet! The quest for finding a new natural deodorant was on. Keep in mind,
[su_quote]Aluminum acts as a plug to your cell’s sweat ducts and reduces the amount of sweat your body is able to excrete. Rather than prevent wetness, a natural Deodorant works to absorb it, while still eliminating odors.[/su_quote]
Through trial and error, I was able to find one that worked for me. Below I will share a list of deodorants that worked for me.