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My Boyfriend is a naturalist, now I’ve always considered myself to be a naturalist but being with him, I’ve learned so much more about natural living.
One thing that I have stopped using since we began dating is conventional antiperspirant deodorants. Now, deodorant is a life staple; there is no way to live without using some form of deodorant. At least in my world. I am not the most active person but I do try to get in at least a 10-minute walk each day. Also, I live in the warmest of places. Saying this to say; deodorant is a must.
When my boyfriend suggested that I should stop using the deodorant I had, I wasn’t too hesitant because I like to be informed and try new things. However, I did not take his word as my all and end all. I quickly ran to my favorite place #google to do my own research. Here is what I found out:
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What is wrong with conventional deodorant?
The major problem with conventional antiperspirant deodorants is the ingredients. Most of these deodorants contain:
Aluminum– This is a metal and it is used in conventional antiperspirant deodorants to stop perspiration completely. What this does is basically close up your pores/ sweat glands.
Your body is made to sweat. Sweating is how your body releases toxins. Many people don’t want to sweat because they think sweat smells. In actuality, sweat is just a mixture of salt and water. What causes body order is when that sweat is mixed with natural bacteria.
The beauty is all of this is that a natural deodorant will ultimately change the reaction so you will definitely not smell.
To take this a step further, there have been claims that aluminum is tied to a number of health issues. Feel free to read more here.
Fragrance- Fragrance in conventional deodorants is a basically a fancy way of saying phthalates. I say this because phthalates are the substance that is used to dissolve raw materials when making a fragrance. This product can be found in many of the things you use daily such as makeup, perfumes, plastic objects, flooring materials, toys, wall covering and much more. Some people have linked this chemical to health issues (please read more here) and early onset puberty.
There are many other ingredients in conventional deodorants, many that I Don’t know and cannot even pronounce. For this, I apply a rule that my boyfriend has: If I don’t know what it is then I don’t want to use it.
We live and we learn, as we learn we should make better choices.
Another issue with conventional deodorants is they may cause body rashes or skin issues.
- Many people are allergic to the chemicals in these deodorants and don’t know it.
- Because the chemicals like aluminum clog your pores, your body may react in bumps or just be irritated. This can increase the likelihood of razor bumps or burns.
In my home, we use the product that I showed you above.
My honest opinion is I love that stuff. I apply it with my fingers and it keeps me fresh. At first, I did have an issue with how oily it felt but that quickly went away. I’ve had it for maybe 3 months or more and I still have 3/4 left so it’s definitely worth the bucks (which is not much). Feel free to purchase this particular one, if you can find it at a later date. It is currently unavailable (12-7-18).
Alternatively; The same company has a stick version. This might be great for those of you who do not want to use your fingers.
Ingredients: “Our fresh smelling, hand-crafted deodorant contains only five natural ingredients: Organic Coconut Oil, Vitamin E, Sugar, Baking Soda, and Beeswax” – Invitamin (about section 12-7-18).
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Before this product; My boyfriend was using a product from Primal Pit. He thought it was a very good product. He really liked it and it lasted him a very long time. I think he only switched so that we could choose one together. Feel free to give it a try and tell me how it works for you.
Ingredients: “Organic Shea Butter, Non-Aluminum Baking Soda, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Arrowroot Powder, Organic Sunflower Oil, Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, Jasmine Absolute Oil, Gardenia Absolute Oil, Bergamot Essential Oil, Non-GMO Vitamin E (sourced 100% from sunflowers)” – Primal Pit Paste (About Section 12-7-18)
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Other Choices are:
Ingredients: “100% Natural Ingredients: almond oil, beeswax, magnesium oxide & therapeutic grade essential oils” MagSol Organics (about section 12-7-18).
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Bali secrets Natural Deodorant (Vegan)
Ingredients: “At Bali Secrets, we prefer to keep things simple and focus on quality.
A handful of natural ingredients. Nothing less. Nothing more.
Seaweed Extract (Gracilaria verrucosa), Distilled Water (Aqua), Natural Mineral Salt (Potassium alum), Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe barbadensis), Alcohol (Ethanol), Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Essential Oils (Rose, Lavender, Galangal, Mint, Magnolia)” Bali Secrets (About Section 12-7-18)
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Best Natural Deodorants for Active People/Athletes
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Ingredients : PiperWai is a charcoal deodorant created with no harmful ingredients, leaving you at ease with what’s on your body. “Tapioca Starch, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Sodium Bicarbonate, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Hamamalis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cacoa)Seed Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Magnesium Hydroxide, Activated Charcoal, Essential Oils*: Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Eucalyptus Radiata Leaf/Stem Oil, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Peel Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Cymbopogon Citratus (Lemongrass) Leaf Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Lavendula Augustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil We have updated our label to comply with the most recent FDA labeling guidelines. Original PiperWai formula inside! *essential oil blend diluted <1% in overall formula ” Piperwai (about section 12-7-18)
SoapWalla Organic/Vegan Deodorant Cream
Ingredients: Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil*; Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil*; Rosehip Seed Oil*; Butyrospermun Parkii (Shea) Butter; Corn Starch*+; Sodium Bicarbonate+; Kaolin Clay; Vegan Kosher Glycerin*+; A Custom Blend Of Essential Oils, including: Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender)*; Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree)*; Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange); Mentha Piperita (Peppermint)*; Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergaptene-free Bergamot)*; Non-GMO Soy Lecithin*+; Non-GMO Vitamin E*+. (*: certified organic, +: food-grade)
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These two fitness deodorants were tested and recommended by an online Fitness Instructor.
Now, I’ve been trying to get my mom to switch for a few weeks now, so I am hoping this post will inspire her and you too.
Now if this was stuff you already know and practice don’t hesitate to state that in the comments along with any other tips you may have. This will help to motivate others.
If you are gonna give it a try let me know as well.
Until next time. Love, Light, and Peace.