Yep, you read that right! I don’t wear deodorant. In fact, I haven’t worn deodorant for at least a decade. Cameron Diaz hasn’t worn deodorant in 20 years ! She is specifically against anti-perspirant and claims that using it ‘keeps all the stink in‘. Do you wear deodorant? Why or why not?
What You Put On Your Skin Matters
The skin is the largest organ of our body. It has 5 main functions; helps maintain body temperature, it provides a protective barrier, gives us ability to feel sensations, helps us to eliminate toxins but also absorbs from the external environment and is how we absorb and vitamin D. Due to the skin’s ability to absorb toxins in our external environment and it being the largest organ it is critical to ensure what we are putting on our skin is not toxic.
Most skin care products on the market are quite toxic. Full of ingredients that are harmful to our bodies. Consider the majority of personal care products out there are equivalent to processed foods. They have no benefit to our skin and actually clog up our liver and lymph, creating just another body burden in which we must deal with. Many also have been suspected in leading to cancers and many are serious endocrine disruptors leading to further issues with hormone imbalances and liver toxicity -creating a vicious cycle.
Deodorant Is Toxic!
Most deodorants contain ingredients that are TOXIC to our bodies. Two of the worst ingredients commonly found in deodorants & anti-perspirants are; aluminum and parabens.
Aluminum actually clogs up our sweat glands. (Some even suggest it can contribute to breast cancer). The problem = sweat is a way our bodies detoxify and we don’t want to stop that natural process. Excessive use of something with aluminum in it can also build up in our bodies. Add that to the fact we can’t now sweat it out and that’s a big problem. Maybe that’s what Cameron meant by ‘it keeps the stink in‘.
Parabens are a toxic preservative, as well as endocrine disruptors. Let’s get real here: none of us can afford to have our endocrine system disrupted these days, not even a little bit. And this is only the tip of the iceberg, usually there are many more than just these two ingredients in commercial deodorant.
So what now?
Healthy Deodorant Alternatives
First of all, if you have serious B.O. going on it’s possible you’ve got some detoxifying work that needs to be done. Sweat should not smell really bad. We should have a natural ‘musky’ scent that is not overpowering or gross. That said, most of us have toxicity in our bodies and sweat is one way it gets out – so we all may stink from time to time. If it’s ALL the time – consider cleaning up your diet, you home environment and check out this list of 88 Recipes for Non-Toxic Personal Care Products.
In the meantime, here are some recipes you can make at home, as well as some non-toxic deodorants you can purchase online. You don’t have to ditch deodorant completely like Cameron and I did -just look for healthier alternatives.
I buy healthy deodorant for my two teenaged sons from Fiddlebumps.
- Fiddlebumps Deodorant
- Homemade Non-Toxic Citrus Deodorant
- Homemade Deodorant Paste
- The Best Natural Deodorant Ever
- DIY Deodorant with Coconut Oil
- Homemade DIY Deodorant
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