If the idea of switching out your antiperspirant for a natural deodorant has you breaking a sweat, fear not! Natural deodorants can actually work for you and swapping to a healthier option is always a good idea.
Let’s start off by stating the obvious. An antiperspirant is not a deodorant. It is by design, a product that aims to prevent sweating. This is achieved through the use of strange and effective aluminum compounds that block sweat glands and create a shield. It all sounds quite effective, but is it healthy? There are stacks of research that support both sides of the antiperspirant debate. There is, however, no arguing that antiperspirant is a potent concoction of chemicals. The evidence lies in the residue left in the unsightly yellow “sweat” stains on our clothing. It may not be harmful, but it’s probably not healthy either. There is also the nagging question that is avoided when discussing antiperspirants. Aren’t we supposed to sweat? From saunas to sweat lodges, humans have sought this natural process for a variety of benefits. From a practical standpoint, sweating cools us down, helps maintain our body temperature and purges our system of toxins.
Some commercial brands are in step with consumer pushback and rebooting their deodorant products alongside offering antiperspirants. The only issue is the abundance of artificial colours and fragrances used to make the deodorants more attractive. At the end of the day, it doesn’t make sense to swap out chemical compounds for artifical colours and fragrances.
So, how does natural deodorant work and is it effective? The market for natural personal care has exploded with options and there are natural ingredients that soothe the skin and wick away moisture without clogging pores. Arrowroot powder, beeswax, sodium bicarbonate and cornstarch are natural alternatives that absorb moisture. Natural fragrances are abundant in the world of essential oils and coconut oil doubles down as antibacterial and fragrance.
So, wipe your brow off, take a deep breath and trade in your chemical stick for a healthy alternative!
Bee by the Sea’s NEW deodorant uses coconut oil, beeswax, sweet almond and sea buckthorn oil alongside other natural ingredients to help you smell great and stay healthy!