Is it really worth it to make the switch to a natural deodorant?
The reality is that most of us have at some point used an antiperspirant deodorant. Most of them utilize an aluminum-based ingredient to essentially stop sweating by plugging the sweat ducts. This is great when you don’t want sweat under your arms, right? 😬 I mean, no one wants to be stinky! Real talk… do you get nervous just talking about “natural deodorant”?? That used to be me.
But what is the PRICE we PAY for using it EVERY. DAY. For years on end?
How about our kids? Why would we NOT want them to use these synthetic products?
If you’ve followed me over the years, you know that I’m a wellness nut because my motto is to PREVENT rather than treat. You know that saying… “An ounce of prevention is worth far more than a pound of treatment” (or something to that effect!)? Here’s what I’ve learned in my research on “traditional” store-bought deodorants, and why I made the switch to healthier options years ago.
Let’s talk about the science.
Think about ALL of the lymph nodes under our arms. (Ladies, consider how close your armpits are to your breasts. Now think about breast cancer rates (I believe it is 1 out of 8 ladies that get breast cancer now: https://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc/statistics)).
The question we need to be asking is, what can we do to reduce (or better yet, eliminate) potentially harmful ALUMINUM, phthalates, and parabens (which can have estrogen-type effects)? In the many articles that I’ve read, it is suspected that aluminum may also be a contributing factor to Alzheimer’s. OK, now there is one more reason not to take chances with our health! Or chances with what we put under our arms every day. And consider this, right after shaving, it may contribute to the body absorbing more of the ingredients. Do your due diligence on the products you use. Your deodorant is a great place to start.
Most deodorants have ingredients you should be very wary of:
Aluminum-based ingredients are often used in deodorants to stop the body’s natural producing sweat by plugging the sweat ducts. According to this PubMed study (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16045991/), “aluminum is known to have a genotoxic profile, capable of causing both DNA alterations and epigenetic effects, and this would be consistent with a potential role in breast cancer if such effects occurred in breast cells”. Or this study that found that aluminum in MICE caused mammary cell (breast) cancer!! https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5095782/
These are preservatives that are often used in lotions, shampoos, cosmetics, & other personal care products. By slowing growth of bacteria, these give products a longer shelf life. You’ll see parabens listed as “methylparaben”, “butylparaben”, and “propylparaben”. They have been shown to have weak estrogenic hormonal effects. Being a mom of either boys or girls, this simplly is NOT a good thing for our youth and young adults! Nor is estrogenic activity good for any of us! https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/By_the_way_doctor_Are_parabens_dangerous
(pronounced thal-ates) These are chemicals used to soften plastic and vinyl and increase flexibility. They are often also used as lubricants in cosmetic products. PROBLEM: they’re strong hormone disruptors. They have been linked to metabolic syndrome, which is marked by a set of abnormalities of blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and an expanded waistline, all of which can raise the risk of diabetes, heart attack, and stroke. According to tests done by the CDC, most Americans have these in their urine! (https://www.cdc.gov/biomonitoring/phthalates_factsheet.html)Importantly, it has also been shown to impact reproductive health: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7559247/.
This is an antibacterial agent, often used in deodorants to kill odor-causing bacteria on the skin. HOWEVER, it also is an endocrine disruptor, meaning it can mimic hormones or interfere with hormonal signaling. (NOT good!) These effects have been well documented in studies, including this one: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19299018/. Triclosan has also been associated with higher risk of breast cancer (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17992702/). These concerns have led the FDA to ban triclosan in hand soaps, but it is STILL PERMITTED in other products, like deodorant. (https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/antibacterial-soap-you-can-skip-it-use-plain-soap-and-water)
Another big word to say. This is a common ingredient in many deodorants and other personal care products. Diethanolamine is linked to cancer (https://monographs.iarc.who.int/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/mono101-004.pdf) Diethanolamine can be spotted on labels with the term “diethanolamine” or as the abbreviation DEA. Studies also show that this chemical can alter brain development: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1574370/.
Problem with natural deodorants… I have tried SO. MANY.
Natural deodorants. The problem is that most of them do NOT work for me! So when Norwex asked me to product test their new deodorant, I was seriously skeptical that it would work for me. I have decided over the years that I am simply a “tough case”. But I was happy to be a tester to see if it might work for me.
Norwex Lysere Charcoal Prebiotic Natural Deodorant: It is WORKING for me!
Yes, I have fallen in love with this Norwex Lysere Deodorant! It is now the only deodorant I use because it works! Aluminum-free! No parabens or phthalates! In addition, it smells amazing. Thankfully it contains charcoal, which is a natural way to keep sweat at bay. Prebiotics to help support my skin’s microbiome. Witch hazel for natural odor control.
Also, many of my friends were not able to tolerate natural deodorants that contain baking soda, so I love that this formula doesn’t contain that. Additionally, the formula is CLEAR, so NO MORE white deodorant stains on all of my clothes!!! Plus, it seems to work for a solid 24 hours straight, AND I don’t feel dampness under my arms!! Now, that’s what I call a home-run! #ThankYouNorwex
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