The day I was finally old enough to have my own deodorant was a very special day indeed. I still remember the can exactly: white with an orange lid, Impulse Spice Girls edition. Out of that precious can came the scent of adulthood, confidence and pure spice power. As I got older my deodorant needs gradually evolved away from sickly sweet aerosol and moved towards natural roll-ons with feel-good credentials. It wasn’t until I moved out of home, however, that I was forced to comb the supermarket shelves to choose my own deodorant, that I bothered to learn anything about it.
For such an every day item, it turns out there is a lot to consider when it comes to deodorant. Is the stick in your hand actually a deodorant or an anti-perspirant? Does it contain aluminium? Or parabens? Why should you care?
Here are some deodorant facts:
- A deoderont neutralises sweat and bacteria whereas an anti-perspirant prevents you sweating by blocking your pores. Sweating is a normal bodily function that helps regulate body temperature so it’s best to use a deodorant rather an anti-perspirant.
- Aluminium is often included in anti-perspirants because of its ability to block sweat ducts. Aluminium gets a bad rep because it has been linked to cancer and disease, however, the research on this is inconclusive.
- Parabens are a common preservative in cosmetic products which have been shown to mimic the behaviour of estrogen. Parabens have been linked to all sorts of bad things including hormonal disruption and cancer.
- Alcohol can be found within most antiperspirants. While it kills some of the bacteria that cause odour, alcohol is also very drying and cause irritation.
A good natural deoderant will protect your from body odour while letting your arm pit breathe. When you first stop wearing an anti-perspirant or chemical deodorant it can take a few weeks for your arm pits to detox and restore to their natural pH. Detox kits exist to help this process but I chose to persevere and while I was smellier and felt more moist than usual, it was completely fine.
For the last few years I have been using Thursday Plantation tea tree deoderant which was the most natural option available at my local supemarket, but recently I had the opportunity to try a deodorant stick from MyAura Organics. MyAura products are made from ethically sourced ingredients safe enough to eat, are cruelty free and come in a variety of delicious scents. I wasn’t shaving my armpits when I first started using my stick and found the product clumped in my hairs. I would then use my hands to warm the product until it melted in. I’ve since been shaving my armpits again and have had no further troubles, the product glides on easily.
I have found that natural deodorants don’t mask my body odour as well and that I can have moments where I feel moist but overall I find that I don’t particularly mind, I just reapply if I need it. I would recommend shopping around and trying different formulations, as different formulations will suit different people. As well as Thursday Plantation and MyAura we recommend Black Chicken Remedies which you can read Kara’s review of here.