• Traci Macfarlane

Natural Deodorant Vs. Antiperspirant - It’s Time to Make the Switch!

Do you remember when you first started to use deodorant or antiperspirant?

Chances are it happened during the dreaded years of puberty. And if we had to wager a guess, you probably started using perfumed-scented sticks you rubbed under your arms that inevitably ruined your t-shirts. And while your “taste” in deodorant may have grown more sophisticated since then, when you get right down to it, you’re probably using pretty much the same product you used when you were 13.

If you’ve been thinking about making the jump to more natural cosmetics and body products, then swapping your antiperspirant for a natural deodorant would seem like a no-brainer. But you might hesitate—because of the consequences. There’s a common concern over the effectiveness of natural deodorants. It’s not a decision that you want to take lightly.

The fact is that not all natural deodorants are created equal, and moving to a natural alternative might be much more difficult than you would initially think. But is the change worth it? AB-SO-LUTELY!

What Goes Into Antiperspirant?

Some people use the words “deodorant” and “antiperspirant” interchangeably, but they’re quite different. Deodorants do precisely that; they deodorize areas of your body where you tend to sweat, like under the arms. Antiperspirants, on the other hand, utilize a different method to prevent odours: they stop you from sweating altogether.

When you spray or roll antiperspirant under your arms, the active ingredient (usually Aluminum salts) dissolves into your skin. This creates a gel that effectively blocks the sweat in the area sprayed. Essentially, it plugs your sweat glands! Rather than preventing odours, it completely prevents the moisture that can cause odours. The key ingredient that clogs those pores is aluminum.

For folks who suffer from excessive sweating, this can seem like a bit of a blessing, as “goodbye midday pit stains.” But really, it’s not a healthy option.

There are government monitors that strictly regulate antiperspirant safety, however, some studies have shown that aluminum has been linked to breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and a variety of other conditions. There have been other studies that dispute these findings, but here’s the bottom line: do you really want to risk blocking your sweat glands up with aluminum?

Prepare to Transition

So, we’re switching to natural deodorant, right?

Well, not so fast. There’s something you should be prepared for first.

Not unlike weaning your body off a foreign substance or drug, there can be a detox period associated with going off antiperspirants.

Yes, your body needs to detox. And that can be less than pleasant. Once you stop using antiperspirant, it can take two to four weeks (!) for your body to adjust to no longer having those sweat glands plugged.

You might not notice the change at first after you stop using antiperspirant. This is because you still have the aluminum plugs under your arms. It can take a few days for them to break down and for your body to resume its normal and natural sweating. That’s when things can get a bit difficult.

Your body has gotten so used to all of those sweat glands being blocked that it can seem like the sweat under your arms gets kicked into overdrive. You might experience a significant increase in odour-related bacteria because you’re sweating much more. Thankfully, this is temporary.

Over the third and fourth weeks, your body will start naturally adapting to functioning without antiperspirants. After your sweat glands get used to being unclogged, your sweat and odour levels will normalize. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel!

What Are the Advantages of Natural Deodorant?

Well, first off, natural deodorants aren’t going to plug your sweat glands. Thank goodness for that!

Natural deodorant does what it says: it naturally deodorizes under your arms. Rather than using chemicals and other artificial substances, natural deodorants use ingredients like coconut oil, baking soda (non-aluminum), natural beeswax, and more. These ingredients naturally deodorize under your arms and absorb the moisture caused by your routine sweating. They have several different natural scents and even a super-strong variety for those who sweat a little bit more.

But watch out! Just because something says “natural” doesn’t mean it’s safe. Read the ingredients and be sure to choose a deodorant that’s specifically free of aluminum. (Believe it or not, some “natural” deodorants still contain it, since aluminum is, in fact, a natural element. It’s just not a healthy one for your body.)

Our recommendation is Lovefresh, who makes a fantastic natural deodorant that’s actually safe, free of aluminum, and effective.

The main advantage of natural deodorant is that they take care of odour-causing bacteria while allowing your body’s natural processes to do their thing. You shouldn’t expect natural deodorants to stop sweating like antiperspirants. They help control odours; they do not cause bone dryness under your arms. And, in our opinion, that’s actually a good thing. These bodies were meant to perspire! And once our bodies adapt back to our natural state, we can start to manage sweat-related odours without having to literally “gum up the works.”

Start Switching

If you’d like to try the Lovefresh deodorant we’ve recommended, drop by Thair to check out their line. You can also order them online directly from Lovefresh. Either way, we highly recommend cutting artificial antiperspirants out of your life (unless there is a medical need for them).

Thair also carries many other organic, all-natural beauty products that can help you upgrade your beauty routine! If you’d like to learn more, please drop by our location or book an appointment with us today!




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