In the quest for healthier living, many of us have turned to natural alternatives to our every day essentials, deodorant being a popular one. However, it's important to understand that natural deodorant isn't the same as an antiperspirant. In fact, they are two different things. Here's why:
Different Functions: Natural deodorant works by neutralizing odor causing bacteria on the surface of the skin, keeping you smelling fresh throughout the day. While antiperspirants aim to reduce sweating by blocking sweat glands with aluminum based compounds.
Different active ingredients: It is a major misconception that natural deodorant doesn't work- this is simply not the case! The reason so many get such a bad rep is 1. The adjustment period (mentioned below) and 2. a lot natural deo out there just doesn't have a strong active odor fighting ingredient. Good natural deodorants normally use safe ingredients like baking soda, magnesium, zinc, and/or even silver, to help neutralize odor. While antiperspirants normally contain ingredients like the following:
Aluminum– Used to block sweat glands and reduce perspiration. However, aluminum has been linked to health concerns such as breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and kidney problems
Parabens- These synthetic preservatives are used to extend the shelf life of products. Parabens can disrupt hormone function by mimicking estrogen in the body, potentially leading to hormone-related health issues and reproductive problems. Parabens have also been found in biopsied tissue with breast cancer in several studies
Phthalates– These chemicals are often used to enhance fragrance in products. Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors, which interfere with hormone production and regulation, leading to various health issues including reproduction abnormalities (such as infertility) and developmental disorders.
Propylene glycol– Aka: Antifreeze. This synthetic compound is used to help products absorb into the skin more easily. It can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions in some people. Has been linked to cancer and other health issues.
- Synthetic fragrances– Fragrances in conventional antiperspirants often contain a cocktail of chemicals, including phthalates and other undisclosed ingredients. The fragrance industry is notoriously secretive about specific ingredients used in synthetic fragrances. Brands often list "fragrance" or "parfum" on product ingredient labels as a single ingredient, when in reality those words are an umbrella term for hundreds of other toxic chemicals that, although in small amounts, still impact our bodies. This lack of transparency makes it challenging for consumers to identify potential allergens or harmful substances.
Putting these chemicals on your body can cause many health complications, disrupt immune function, and cause hormone imbalances.
Respecting your body's natural process: Sweating is an essential function of the human body and is just as important as other waste eliminating functions we humans have. It is how our body regulates temperature and eliminates toxins. When we use products like antiperspirants to stop this natural function, toxins can build up in our body, which can cause intense odor when you stop using it.
Adjustment Period: When transitioning to a natural deodorant from an antiperspirant, some people experience a brief adjustment period. Antiperspirants are very strong and actively block your sweat glands, so when you stop using them, your body needs time to adjust to the absence of aluminum. You may even initially produce more sweat and odor than usual. This transition period can vary from person to person and last a few days to a few weeks. Additionally, many natural deodorants contain ingredients like essential oils and antibacterial agents that neutralize odor rather than masking it with synthetic fragrances. It may take some time for your body to adapt to these natural ingredients and for the deodorant to effectively control odor.
In conclusion, natural deodorant offers an effective and safer alternative to conventional antiperspirants. By understanding the differences between the two and making an informed choice, you can prioritize your health and well-being while staying fresh and confident throughout the day.
Please note that our deodorant will not prevent or cure any disease or illness.