Do you put much thought into the type of antiperspirants or deodorant you use? Maybe not as much during the cooler weather as in the summer months, but, it’s still something most of us use on a daily basis. Unless you have a serious issues with sweating or your skin is sensitive, you may not give deodorants a second thought. I’ve been wanting to tell you about my favourite deodorant for a while… because it’s so exiting
I didn’t think much about them either until many years ago when my underarm area became really itchy and irritated. I know… yuck! At the time I was using Secret antiperspirant. Coincidentally when this happened I had been at the lake and I’d been swimming and laying on the beach tanning I thought at first I had some kind of a rash from the sand or I had been bitten by some little critters. The itchiness persisted and because it was under both arms I decided to stop using the Secret antiperspirant I had been using for years thinking it was more likely the cause of the irritation.
I decided to try one of the mineral salt rocks. I remember it took a bit of getting used to, but, my skin under my arms over time cleared right up. The mineral salt rock was easy to use. I don’t know if you’ve seen them, but, they look like large crystals and sometimes are sold in a little satchel for storing purposes or inside a plastic holder like a standard deodorant stick. Basically you wet the rock and then rub the rock under your arms. That was it. After a time my body became accustomed to it and I didn’t notice any odour… and no one mentioned to me that I stunk The only thing with the mineral salt is that it didn’t help with perspiration. You would still sweat, but, you wouldn’t stink!
There is a huge market now for products that claim to be “natural” and among skin care products, deodorants and antiperspirants are one of them. I don’t buy something because of the “natural” claim. That really means nothing. Everything when broken down to its most basic form is a chemical either man-made or organic. What I look for is the ingredients that I want to avoid not being on the ingredient listing.
I had obviously become sensitized to the antiperspirant and was having a reaction. I’m sure years ago when I had this reaction there was already talk about avoiding aluminum in your skin care products, because of a link to dementia. So, that was also a bonus of using the mineral salt rock, it didn’t have any aluminum in it. Eventually, after several years, for whatever reason I did go back to traditional deodorants. Over the past few years I’ve become more concerned again with what I put on my skin. I think it really hit me when I watched my daughter in her early teens lather her body with all the fruity smelling lotions and potions. She’d come out of her room in a wafting, cloud of perfume and the boys would all be choking. I became worried about all the ingredients that were being absorbed into her young body through her skin and all the toxins she was inhaling in the form of those synthetic scents.
I wanted her and I to stay away from products that contain phthalates, parabens, avobenzone, triclosan, aluminum to name a few. If you go to the MindBodyGreen website you can check out this great chart they have that lists 12 Toxic Ingredients to Avoid and why.
By the way, the mineral salt rock I had years ago would still probably be around if I hadn’t dropped it… it splintered into a gazillion pieces! Which is another bonus, they do last for years as long as you don’t drop them!
When I decided to get away from aluminum in antiperspirant, again, I went to my local health food store and bought a few different stick deodorants that are aluminum free. Actually you can now buy many of these brands at your local grocery store. I’ve used Tom’s, the Green Beaver Company, and a few others. My favourite so far is Hugo Naturals.
- Made from 100% natural ingredients
- Soy free
- Gluten free
- Cruelty free
Never any: parabens, phenoxyethanol, sulfates, PEGs, propylene glycol, petroleum products, silicones, phthalates, synthetic surfactants, artificial colors or synthetic fragrances.
The one thing about these deodorants is that that’s exactly what they are… deodorants. They have very limited ability to stop perspiration. That is what the aluminum does in the traditional deodorants. I haven’t found this to be a problem though. The only situations I would kill for a true antiperspirant would be times of stress. Do you know that your sweat makeup is different in times of duress? It has a different odour and the perspiration is more difficult to control. There are still times when I use my trusty Secret deodorant (no further reactions under my arms). I learned my lesson just over a year ago when my sister got married on a hot, sunny day in August. What was I thinking not to wear a good, strong, old stand by at a time like that! Yes! I do use products with the ingredients I try to avoid sometimes. That’s what I mean about everything in moderation.
A natural deodorant that works and my favourite deodorant is the Hugo Naturals deodorant in the Mexican Lime and Bergamot scent. It has a slight citrus scent which isn’t overpowering at all. Also the formulation is drier, so, when you rub it on it doesn’t leave your underarms feeling moist right off the bat (which I can’t stand). Hugo Naturals calls itself a dual action deodorant, because, as they claim in their website the “Pure Rice silk powder effectively and gently absorbs moisture”. I do find that this brand starts off feeling drier and seems to keep me drier throughout the day and might I add, for me, this includes working twelve-hour shifts in emergency.
What ingredients do you try to avoid? Do you have a favourite deodorant that doesn’t contain aluminum?
Talk to you soon,