I Switched to a Natural Deodorant and here’s what happened!

So I’ve decided to start switching to more natural health products with the extra push from one of my friends who’s currently in school to be a natural path doctor. I have been using a string antiperspirant since I was in like grade 5, so over 17 years, and I have been hearing more and more about the bad things antiperspirant and aluminum containing deodorant can do to your body. So here we are. I made the switch!

I chose Native natural deodorant as my first switch. Now I wish I would have done a little more pre-switch research because I would have chosen a detox branded deodorant, that helps your body purge all the chemicals, oils and aluminum before switching to Native.

I am currently midway through my first week. Here’s what I’ve noticed to far:

Positives:

-softer underarms

-Native deodorant smells awesome (I have the coconut scented one)

Negatives:

-more sweating (I’m not used to this since I’ve literally been clogging my armpits with antiperspirants for years)

-mild itching after shaving (I was warned about this by another girl who uses this product)

-a really bad, chemical smell (I did not get this until day three, I heard your body will get a really bad smell as it starts to detox, but since I didn’t get it the first couple of days, I thought maybe I was going to be an exception. BUT it hit me hard yesterday and let me tell you, it is as bad as they say). It’s a very metal like smell and not BO.

**Update- one month on natural deodorant

Okay! So I’ve officially made the switch for one month.

Do I like it??

Hmm overall, I’m in the middle. If there was concrete evidence that natural deodorant is healthier or antiperspirant actually does cause cancer or other health issues than I would 100% be into natural deodorant. But there isn’t yet. It’s more of a recommendation.

I do like the idea that I’m no longer stopping my underarms from sweating because I know sweating is healthy, but I’m not used to the feeling yet. I’ve also noticed that I need to reapply natural deodorant once or twice a day, whereas with antiperspirant I never had to.

This new trend definitely has its benefits and restrictions. I personally am going to stick with it and use antiperspirant only for special events when I know I’ll be sweating more or unable to reapply my natural deodorant.

Either way, I would recommend trying it! Why not potentially do some good for your body if you’re able to!?

-A

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Tuesday Pick-Me-Up

“There comes a time in life when you walk away from all the drama, and the people who create it. Surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is part of life. Getting back up is living.”

-Unknown

“When I was about 20 years old, I met an old pastor’s wife who told me that when she was young and had her first child, she didn’t believe in striking children, although spanking kids with a switch pulled from a tree was standard punishment at the time. But one day, when her son was four or five, he did something that she felt warranted a spanking–the first in his life. She told him that he would have to go outside himself and find a switch for her to hit him with.

The boy was gone a long time. And when he came back in, he was crying. He said to her, “Mama, I couldn’t find a switch, but here’s a rock that you can throw at me.”

All of a sudden the mother understood how the situation felt from the child’s point of view: that if my mother wants to hurt me, then it makes no difference what she does it with; she might as well do it with a stone.

And the mother took the boy into her lap and they both cried. Then she laid the rock on a shelf in the kitchen to remind herself forever: never violence. And that is something I think everyone should keep in mind. Because if violence begins in the nursery one can raise children into violence.”

-Astrid Lindgren, author of Pippi Longstocking, 1978 Peace Prize Acceptance Speech