It seems that a lot of people are divided regarding making the switch to natural deodorants. No one wants to be caught out with body odour, putting commercial deodorants in the top spot as the preferable option.
But the fact remains that commercial deodorants contain a number of harmful chemical ingredients like aluminium that are linked to breast cancer and neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Most consumers are unaware of what their commercial deodorants contain, so to us the more education the better!
Let's start with how our bodies sweat. Sweat actually doesn't have an odour (it is made up of salt and water) but when sweat meets the bacteria living in our armpits we develop a body odour. While this is completely natural, it isn't desirable to smell like you've just walked out of a sweaty gym session.
Commercial deodorants work by clogging our armpit pores so that sweat cannot be released. This stops our sweat from mixing with bacteria and becoming odorous but this also results in our bodies not being able to regulate our body temperatures. Commercial deodorants are also jammed full of harsh chemicals that can harm our bodies in the long run.
Then there's aluminium. Aluminum is the active ingredient antiperspirants rely on to keep our underarms fresh. This is how it works: Aluminum salts—in the form of aluminium chloride, aluminium zirconium, aluminium chlorohydrate and aluminium hydroxybromide—prevent us from sweating when aluminium ions are drawn into the cells that line the sweat ducts, causing the cells to swell and squeezing the ducts closed so sweat cannot get out.
Unfortunately, aluminium is also a known neurotoxin that has been linked to breast cancer and neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Let’s briefly break down these risks. Most breast cancers develop in the upper outer part of the breast—the area closest to the armpit—and some research has suggested that aluminium compounds absorbed by the skin may cause changes in the estrogen receptors of breast cells.
In addition, high levels of aluminium have been found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease, and a recent study from Saint Louis University found that aluminium may cause liver toxicity, a contributing factor to degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Natural deodorants don't actually work to stop the natural odour of our sweat, rather they work to kill the bacteria under our armpits so no odour is created. But it does take time for our bodies to transition, and this is why consumers will switch back after trying a natural deodorant, claiming it hasn't worked for them.
But we're here to tell you that yes, natural deodorants really work, you just have to give it a chance and find out what works for you. It will be worth it in the end – we promise!
The best way to transition is, firstly, to stop wearing deodorants completely for 2-3 days (yes we know – scary! But necessary). This gives out body the chance to sweat out any residual chemical deodorant and reset itself.
Then start with your natural deodorant. As these do last for a shorter time than commercial deodorants, we recommend getting a travel-friendly size that you can carry around with you if needed. The DIVINE Company's Petitgrain & Pomegranate ACO Certified Deodorant combines a floral and crisp scent profile of certified organic essential oils with potent botanicals to combat undesirable body odours.
Not only is it both vegan-friendly and gluten free, it is free from Aluminum, Glycols, Triclosan, phthalates, obesogens, endocrine disrupting and other synthetic chemicals commonly found in traditional deodorant, providing a safe & healthy alternative.
Spritz lightly morning & evening while using lightly throughout the day if necessary.
This product is a deodorant (not an antiperspirant) & you will perspire but remember that perspiration is a healthy bodily function to be encouraged, not suppressed!
Aside from reducing the number of chemicals entering your body, and allowing it to perspire naturally, there are other benefits to using natural deodorants. The first is that you no longer have ingredients that turn your white tees yellow. In addition to this, natural deodorants don’t clog your pores so your good bacteria continue to work and reduce irritation in your armpit. Less irritation means that you can get a closer shave, and in some cases, your natural deodorant may contain ingredients to help with razor burns.
That’s 3 big ticks in our eyes!