Tips for finding a safe, natural deodorant!

With a new year approaching, there is always a big shift in health consciousness. However, one area that remains neglected year after year, is what you put on your body. Your skin is the largest organ in the body and absorbs approximately 60-70 percent of whatever is rubbed on it. Whatever touches the skin has the potential to enter the bloodstream. Perhaps you should give more thought to the deodorant you use.

Since deodorant is used daily by most adults, men and women, I want to offer some tips about the best kind of deodorant to buy.

First and foremost, stay away from conventional deodorant products. Look for products that are free from the following:

  • Aluminum Free – Always make sure there is no aluminum listed in the ingredient label. Look for any kind of aluminum compound like, aluminum chloride, aluminum zirconium, or aluminum chlorohydrate. Aluminum has been shown to interfere with estrogen and therefore, may promote the growth of breast cancer. Even small amounts of a heavy metals, like aluminum, has been shown to cause serious cognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s and dementia.

  • Paraben Free – Research has shown that parabens may cause reproductive hormonal imbalances. Even more disturbing, is the connection between the use of parabens and an increase in breast cancer cell growth.

Carefully read the ingredient label and look for the following natural products in a deodorant:

  • Aluminum-free baking soda – Helps control and eliminate odor causing bacteria. (Make sure it is aluminum free.)

  • Essential oils - Essential oils will keep you smelling fresh all day. Oils such as Ginger, Grapefruit, Tea Tree, Clary Sage, Lavender, Geranium, and Cypress make excellent choices to use in natural deodorant.

  • Beeswax – Helps keep natural deodorant in a solid form. Beeswax is also moisturizing.

  • Apple cider vinegar - Helps control and eliminate odor causing bacteria.

  • Unrefined coconut oil - Coconut oil is a natural antibacterial and anti-fungal agent that helps to reduce odor causing bacteria.

  • Witch hazel – helps to keep odor causing bacteria from surviving by lowering the PH of your skin.

One final word of caution…

Watch out for the work “natural” on labels. The world of marketing uses the word “natural” in many deceptive ways. You can see “natural” on a label, when it only contains one natural ingredient, while the rest of the ingredients are loaded with chemicals. If you want to purchase a safe, natural deodorant, it is critical that you read the label carefully. It is best to find a deodorant that uses organic ingredients like those listed above.

Janet Steward