I’ve been wanting to chat about deodorant on this site for a long time. Fact. Actually I should re-phrase that sentence to say ‘I’ve been wanting to chat about the fact that I don’t wear deodorant for a long time. Fact.
I actually stopped wearing it a few years ago when I realised all the crappy chemicals that conventional deodorants come infused with and switched to natural instead. The sad thing is that so many natural deodorants don’t work. Like there are probably three that I like and the rest are rubbish.
But I DO need to say that I don’t really stink. (Ok, well, maybe sometimes in summer I do.) But for the most part I don’t. I do also need to say that not wearing deodorant does take a little getting used to at the beginning. And you probably will stink more than usual at the beginning too. So if you’re keen on making the switch better apologise to those near and dear to you early on.
However, since chemicals don’t float my boat I’m happy to be a little stinky and live my life au natural. Or just live it as au natural as I can manage.
You see, chemicals are in everything and since I’m not going to lock myself up in a room with an oxygen mask and let my underarm hairs grow super lush while swearing off chemicals 4lyfe. I just work with what works for me and make do with any other chemicals that I can’t live without.
For example, hair dye: I dig it. I love it. I won’t ever let it go. Also; Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector: OBSESSED. And sundried tomatoes in whatever bad oil they come infused in: MY CRACK.
Deodorant on the other hand: For me… is a big, fat NO. You just gotta do you.
Realistically we all can’t live a chemical free life, (unless maybe you’re Amish) so if anybody is confused about my stance on chemicals, the fact is I do use them. I think everybody does. I just try and steer away from the ones that I think I can live without.
SO back to my au natural, kinda stinky pits.
Because I just can’t with deodorant. I think this feeling was especially emphasised for me when I started breastfeeding too. Like spraying aluminium filled chemicals close to the boobs and lymph nodes my tiny babe suckled on during his first year – no thank you.
It’s the aluminium in deodorant that scares me. You see there have been a few studies in recent years that have theorised that aluminium-based antiperspirants may increase the risk for breast cancer.
In fact, according to the authors of these studies, “most breast cancers develop in the upper outer part of the breast — the area closest to the armpit, which is where antiperspirants are applied. The studies suggest that chemicals in antiperspirants, including aluminium, are absorbed into the skin particularly when the skin is nicked during shaving. These studies claim that those chemicals may then interact with DNA and lead to cancerous changes in cells, or interfere with the action of the female hormone estrogen, which is known to influence the growth of breast cancer cells.”
HOWEVER. And this is a big HOWEVER. Other experts say the claims don’t hold up to scrutiny.
“There is no convincing evidence that antiperspirant or deodorant use increases cancer risk,” Ted S. Gansler, MD, MBA, director of medical content for the American Cancer Society, said in an e-mail interview.
Gansler says “many of the studies that have been conducted were flawed, and even though a few detected chemicals from antiperspirants in breast tissue, they didn’t prove that those chemicals had any effect on breast cancer risk. In fact, one well-designed study comparing hundreds of breast cancer survivors with healthy women, as well as a review of all available studies on the subject, found no evidence that antiperspirants increase the risk of breast cancer.”
BUT what do you guys think? And how does the first quote re. the link to breast cancer make you feel?
(PS. to read more click HERE).
The reason why I’m team NO for deodorant is that I grew up with a mama who was allergic to aluminium in conventional deodorant (as many people typically are) and since have always been a little averse to spraying it on me – although I don’t have any allergies to it. I’m also aware that one in eight women will get breast cancer and since it runs in my family I’m totally happy to let deodorant go.
Although I do need to re-iterate that there is no concrete scientific evidence that links conventional deodorant to breast cancer. Just a few scary studies floating around the internet.
Plus, according to some experts (on WebMD LOL) the aluminium in deodorants doesn’t typically make its way into your body.
“They work by forming a chemical reaction with the water in the sweat to form a physical plug… which is deposited in the sweat duct, producing a blockage in the areas that it’s applied,” says David Pariser, MD, professor of dermatology at Eastern Virginia Medical School and past president of the American Academy of Dermatology. “Even [with] nicks from shaving, the amount is so negligible that it doesn’t make a whole lot of scientific sense.”
Basically I am popping all of this info in here for you because I don’t want to scare you into thinking deodorant is bad for you. If you really want to use it then go ahead. But there are studies claiming proof that it is both bad and good for you which is confusing so you gotta find what works for you.
Coz maybe chemicals in deodorants are the chemicals you can do without right? And maybe it’s the chemicals in Cheetos you’ll never be able let go. (And I feel ya!)
Plus, I recently got sent Weleda’s new natural deodorant goodies for both men and women and I’ve been loving them hard! I’ve also been trying to force my husband over to the natural deodorant bandwagon – which is proving to be a little hard…but baby steps.
ANYWAY, if you’re keen on trying natural deodorants I’ve popped a little info about these new deodorants for you below.
So what are they all about? WELL:
- They’re certified natural 24h roll ons. Formulated without aluminium salts, to allow the skin to function healthily, the deodorants are naturally fragranced with pure essential oils.
- The formulations contain over 78% organic ingredients and are suitable for vegans. Made with skin-friendly ingredients including witch hazel distillate which is a natural astringent, and liquorice root extract which has soothing, antimicrobial properties.
- They’ve been dermatologically proven for suitability on sensitive skin.
- The formulations are quickly absorbed, leaving no sticky feeling on the skin.
Weleda MEN 24h Roll-On Deodorant – $16.95
Is straightforward with a masculine yet refined scent. Woody herbal notes of rosemary combined with invigorating freshness of Litsea cubeba and vetiver essential oils.
Conveys a natural freshness, with the pleasant scent of lemon and Litsea cubeba. The fragrance is rounded off with slightly floral and spicy notes of petitgrain.
I’m not sure how the manly one is going with my husboz. I keep reminding him to wear it but he never does. I am liking the lady one though. I’m a little unsure of the 24 hour claim, but for a zingy, fresh non aluminium-y zesty smell in the AM until maybe mid afternoon it works. Plus, you can always re-apply til’ your hearts content (because it has less chemicals than your favourite Cheetos!)
So there you go.
That is officially my (stinky) stance on deodorants. What do you guys think?
Tell me babez, what do you think about conventional deodorant do you wear it?