That whole “going natural” thing has taken extended its reach into many facets of my daily life. From the food I eat to the body wash I use, many things have gone the natural route when it comes to my body. However. here has been one area where I’ve been very much resisting going natural: MY ARMPITS. Specifically, the products I use to keep ’em smelling good.
For quite some time I have been reading about the negative health consequences antiperspirant can cause. While some studies have linked antiperspirant to cancer, Alzheimers, and kidney disease, there is no conclusive evidence that proves that antiperspirant is the root cause of these illnesses. Despite this knowledge of potential danger, I continued to slather on Degree in healthy quantities once a day.
But then I took a second to think about it:
When we pick up a stick of “Deodorant” from the store, what you’re really buying is not just something to make you stop smelling, but something to make you stop SWEATING altogether-an “antiperspirant”. The active ingredient in your run of the mill Secrets, Degrees and Old Spices is an aluminum compound that blocks your sweat glands. Sweating is your body’s way of releasing toxins, so in blocking that release you’re keeping all that bad stuff in. Cancer or not, when you break it down, it doesn’t sound good to keep all that gunk and trapped in your body, does it?
So about a month ago, I decided to tuck my stick of Degree away (and I freaking LOVE my stick of Degree so this was a very hard separation) and see what it was like to go natural.
Well, frankly, it kinda stinks. You know, stinky in the way that I don’t lift my arm and smell like a bouquet of flora and fauna dusted with baby powder anymore. I just smell like…me.
Turns out, that that stuff really DOES do it’s job in making sure your body odors are kept to a minimum. The first few days, I was pretty alarmed by what I was smelling…but after asking around and submitting some very very close friends to my aromas, I was assured that it was not only “not that bad”, but also normal. And it must be noted that although my mother has yet to experience a D.O.-free Cass, she thinks this is one of the worst ideas I’ve ever had.
Every few days, however, I would break out that trusty Degree and get my Shower Clean fix, but over time I’ve been relying on it less and less.
Now that I’ve decided to move away from products that inhibit the natural process of sweating, I’m back to focusing on and finding products that are actual DEODORANTS…the things that keep you smelling good.
While in Africa, I picked up an all-natural deodorant made of desert flowers and moringa oils. Although I may have to reapply it 4 times a day, it does keep the smell down.
I’m pretty sure that this is a lifestyle change that is going to stick so I’m working on finding the best of the best natural deodorants to use. I’ve been doing some research on different brands but want to put them from the ringer in the testing department. If you have any suggestions of your favorite brands or brands that you’d like to see tested, please list ’em in the comments and I’ll be posting reviews as I get through them!