Should You Repress Your Sweat? (Published in the Blackbelt Gazette)



Passing the body care products in a natural health store, I shared with a friend of mine the affects of aluminum based deodorant. She then replied, “I guess it pays to be musty.” We had a good laugh. She had a point, but the wrong idea of avoiding aluminum based deodorant.

Aluminum is an active ingredient in antiperspirant deodorant. The aluminum is what prevents sweating. However, this is working against the natural cleansing system of the body. Sweating cools the body down when it’s overheated, and it is through sweating that we eliminate toxins from our bodies. Ironically for some, using an antiperspirant deodorant can cause the body to sweat more and work harder than it normally would in its attempt to purge toxins. Some even believe that aluminum is a contributing factor to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

While research has not assured aluminum’s direct link to diseases, another ingredient found in most deodorants is believed potentially harmful. Parabens, used to preserve the deodorant, have appeared in breast cancer tumors completely intact. Parabens are not only found in deodorant, but in baby products, shampoos, conditioners, lipsticks, lotions, makeup- just about everything you put on your body. The five most popular: methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, butylparaben and benzylparaben are found typically at the end of the list of ingredients. Further research is needed to prove that it is a direct cause of cancer.

Still, my friend had a point. Going au natural doesn’t mean others should have to add an additional ten feet to their personal space. No, they don’t have to, because there are a variety of deodorants that aren’t antiperspirant. So, which really work?

I was “THE” sweaty girl, but recently commented looking “cooler” and “hardly break a sweat” in the summer. I recommend: Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal’s rock, spray, or roll-on during any season for long lasting and effective results. Tom of Maine’s is best in the winter and go for evergreen scents, because nothing sweet smelling lasts long. Hence, they’ve added a new crystal formula because it really works. Crystal deodorants are safe and contain alum which is a large molecule of mineral salt that cannot penetrate the surface of the skin as opposed to aluminum. Burt’s Bees Herbal Deodorant is also very effective and has a very fresh, “green” scent.

6 comments:

My Year Without said...

I used to have the biggest struggle with trying to be natural but not offending someone's nose with my "scent". I sweat a lot and always have. I stopped using mainstream deodorant about 10 years when I worked at a health food store and became aware of the dangers in anti-persperants. They never worked for me anyway. My body always got a tolerance for them so I would have to switch brands every week.

Anyway, the natural deodorants don't work that well for me either. I stopped using them years ago, as well. My favorite "deodorant" is quite a paradigm shift....but it's taking chlorophyll capsules (sold at health food stores) which begin the deodorizing process from the inside out. After about a week, taking one a day, there is practically no B.O. smell. Of course it will not stop you from sweating, but I fully believe that we are supposed to sweat!!

ItVeganAtGenesis said...

I totally agree! Chlorophyll (get mine from juicing dark leafy green and sprouts)deordorizes. I learned about the benefits of cholorphyll from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Herbal Remedies (best natural healing and remedy book ever!)However, I feel a little more secure using a neutralizing deodorant.

I personally have more odor when I eat fatty foods like nuts, seeds, avocado, olives, etc. I enjoyed reading your experience. I tried to follow your blog but you haven't added the application to follow. Thanks for your post!

bubbles76 said...

For awhile, the Tom's of Maine deodorant was working for me. None of the other natural deodorants (even the crystal deodorant in its various forms) worked for long. Then, I got pregnant, hormones got all out of whack, and I stunk. I mean, even just getting out of the shower I would stink. Found out, it's common among pregnant woman. Not even commercial, non natural deodorants would work.

So, after surfing the net, I switched to a mixture of baking soda, corn starch, and sweet almond oil. It is the absolute best, even better than my natural deodorants. Cheaper too. Do not use after a waxing or shaving or if there is underarm irritation. It will burn like the dickens. But it does work well otherwise.

ItVeganAtGenesis said...

Bubbles that is awesome! I can see why it would work as well. I used Burt's Bees Dusting Powder as a deodorizer before and it worked as well. Thanks for the tip! I've learned that alcohol and water with a few essential oils works well for me and my hubby too. Thanks guys, these are all great alternatives.

desi said...

I love Burt's bees products but have never tried their deodorant. I am going to try some your natural products and see how it works for me.

ItVeganAtGenesis said...

Desi, I'm pretty sure you will find what works best for you. All the deodorants that I mentioned have been tested and approved by my husband. He used to sweat alot, but since using natural deodorants he hasn't complained once about odor or sweat. I don't even have to pick it up for him anymore, he buys it himself when he runs out. If only I could get him to use natural toothpaste lol.

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