Body odor is a nightmare for many people and, for some, it emits an odor as soon as they start sweating. It’s possible to fight against this using antibacterial deodorants or antiperspirants to prevent sweating and odor.
However, there are some who claim this is unsafe as it can pose health risks.
If you have problems with body odor and sweat, but you don’t want to risk your health, then you should try all-natural deodorants.
In this article, we’ll look at why it’s good to use natural deodorants, and at what ingredients should NOT be in the natural products people use.
There are so many deodorants, antiperspirants, shower gels, and other products available today that are used to prevent or mask body odor. It can be confusing when you’re trying to decide what to buy, especially when you look at the list of ingredients used to make each product!
Some people in Japan go so far as to have operations on their sweat glands to prevent their body from sweating in certain areas, such as the armpits. This is not a very healthy method to get your problem under control, and it requires a surgical procedure. That seems a little extreme if you’re just trying to sweat less.
Other people put small pads under their armpits to keep stains from appearing on their clothing. And some people never leave home without carrying a bottle of home-made sage tea with them. Sage is a natural remedy that helps to prevent sweating.
Most people simply don’t want to have to deal with sweat anymore, unless they’re in a sauna. However, it’s better to find a natural alternative than it is to use extreme measures to eliminate body odor and sweat.
Why Use the Best Natural Deodorants?
A lot of people who want to reduce sweating or body odor use roll-on and spray deodorants. The problem is that many of these people have no idea what they’re actually putting on their body, especially considering that many of the ingredients are hard to even read—let alone understand. Many people don’t even check the ingredients and are happy to make their purchase based on price and scent alone.
Unfortunately, most conventional deodorants contain ingredients that no one would want anywhere near their skin. These include preservatives, various chemical compounds, and parabens—which have been the subject of a lot of discussion in the United States and England regarding their safety.
Some of these ingredients, such as aluminum, have been linked with ailments such as cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, but the theory lacks scientific proof. Natural deodorants do not contain these harmful ingredients and are subsequently safer to use.
Getting started with natural deodorants
Now that you know all of the good reasons to change to a natural deodorant, you should be made aware that switching to one may be a little rocky at first. Your body will need time to adjust as it has become used to being bombarded with all of the chemicals found in synthetically manufactured deodorants. It will also need time to begin to perspire normally again, especially if you have been using antiperspirants. Even with the adjustment period, you still won’t be sorry you made the switch as it really is better for your health in the long run.
Keep in mind that, when you choose to switch, you have to be smart about it. If you simply decide to go with a regular deodorant, instead of an antiperspirant, you may be in for a surprise. You still may not be able to avoid the aluminum, which blocks your pores, as some deodorants are actually antiperspirants in disguise. If the product you’re looking at claims to last for 24 hours, it is likely that you’ll find that it contains aluminum or something with similar characteristics. This claim is something to watch in deodorants that claim to be natural as well.
The last thing you should consider when making the switch is that not all brands will work the same with your body chemistry. Not only will there be an adjustment period, but you may have to try out multiple brands before you find the one that works best for you.
If you don’t like any of the available natural deodorants, you can always make your own! There are plenty of recipes online for home-made, all natural deodorant. But just in case you’d rather spare yourself the time and continue to buy your deodorant, here’s a list of what you should absolutely avoid in terms of the ingredients in your product of choice:
Ingredients That Should NOT Be in Your Deodorant, Natural or Otherwise
Paraben: This is a synthetic preservative used in deodorants for its antibacterial properties. In 2003, British scientists found paraben residue in a breast tumor during a cancer study. This has given paraben a rather bad reputation. A few cancer research institutes and charities have since asked for paraben to be removed from deodorants and other cosmetics. While some studies claim that the risk is minimal, most people feel that it is better to be safe than sorry.
Petrochemicals: Emulsifying agents such as PEG, a petrochemical, make your skin more easily permeable. This means that pollutants, bacteria, and other potentially harmful substances can more easily find their way into your body. Petrochemicals are also known to contain traces of cancer-causing substances.
Aluminum: This ingredient causes your skin to constrict and tighten while also blocking your sweat glands. While this is how antiperspirant is made—by using aluminum to keep you from sweating—it is not considered healthy to use. Your body needs to produce sweat, otherwise, you wouldn’t sweat! Blocking your glands from doing so can cause long-term complications.
Synthetic scents: Synthetic scents are made from varying chemicals, all of which can have different effects on the body. There’s no reason to choose something with a synthetic scent when so many natural deodorants contain essential oils and naturally occurring fragrances.
Antibacterial ingredients: Ingredients such as Triclosan have an antibacterial effect and are also used as preservatives. Some of these substances can cause bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics. This affects more than just you as antibiotic-resistant bacteria poses a global health threat. That’s a high price to pay for odor control!