Wellness Wednesday – Making the Switch to Natural Deodorant

Yes, we’re talking about the pitties today!  About 2.5 weeks ago I took the plunge, switching from conventional deodorant to natural (notice I didn’t say “organic”, there’s a difference).  Prior to doing so I had a lot of questions and concerns – mainly about how much I’d sweat and stink during the detoxing period.  Good news, it wasn’t bad and the brand I’m using smells AMAZING!!!  Michelle, from Cornucopia Box was kind enough to help me out and not only walked me through what I’d need, but agreed to write a post for me — she covered everything!  Thank you Michelle for always agreeing to partner with me!

Michelle, President and Founder of Cornucopia Box michelle@cornucopiabox.com

You might be curious about natural deodorants and why they are better than conventional brands, but do they actually work? You might have heard about this things called underarm detoxing. So what’s the deal?

First, there are plenty of good reasons to avoid conventional deodorants. Conventional deodorants like the kinds you find on the grocery store shelves typically contain ingredients like aluminum (a neurotoxin), pthalates (endocrine disruptor), parabens (endocrine disruptor and carcinogen), and other harmful chemicals that you can’t pronounce. I’ll be explaining what these substances are and how they affect your body shortly.

But let’s get to the burning question in your mind. Does deodorant cause cancer? The short answer is, no. According to the American Cancer Society, there is no “clear” or “direct” link between using a conventional deodorant or antiperspirant and cancer. But— that doesn’t mean it didn’t contribute.

Whenever the product boasts “anti-perspirant” qualities, you can bet there is aluminum there. Why? Because the USDA only allows aluminum as an active ingredient in antiperspirants. Basically, its the only thing that is allowed by law that will eliminate sweating. But stop right there – isn’t sweating exactly how our body detoxes? Yes. So by using a heavy metal like aluminum, which is actually a neurotoxin, we are not only stopping the process of detoxification via sweat but on top of that we are adding more toxins!

Inside the body, aluminum like other heavy metals, acts like estrogen, interfering with receptor sites in human breast cancer cells. There is even a word for this, “metalloestrogen”. A substance in the body that acts like estrogen, mimicking its functions and tricking the body into thinking there is more estrogen than there is actually present.

And what exactly are phthalates?

Phthalates are a group of chemicals that are often called plasticizers, or solvents. They are used in vinyl flooring, adhesives, detergents, automotive plastics, plastic clothes like raincoats, and (surprise!) beauty care products like soaps, shampoos, hair sprays, and deodorants/anti- perspirants. These substances are what allows deodorants to stick to your skin. Remember that commercial about the deodorant not leaving white marks on your black clothing? Thank you, phthalates.

The CDC website states: “Human health effects from exposure to low levels of phthalates are unknown. Some types of phthalates have affected the reproductive system of laboratory animals. More research is needed to assess the human health effects of exposure to phthalates.”

So, basically phthalates have not been tested in humans. Period. And yet they are found in so many of our personal care products, clothing, children’s toys, cleaning products, and many other items in our homes.

For me, since this substance has not been tested on humans AND it has been proven to negatively impact the hormonal systems of laboratory animals like mice, my gut tells me to steer clear.

Along the same lines here are parabens. This group of chemicals are used as a preservative in deodorants and beauty care products. Parabens have also been linked to hormone interference. In an article by TIME magazine, Markham Heid writes, “…cumulative exposure to the chemicals from several different products could be overloading our bodies and contributing to a wide range of health problems. “Of greatest concern is that parabens are known to disrupt hormone function, an effect that is linked to increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive toxicity,” reports the non-profit Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC). “Parabens mimic estrogen by binding to estrogen receptors on cells.” Research has shown that the perceived influx of estrogen beyond normal levels can in some cases trigger reactions such as increasing breast cell division and the growth of tumors.”

Did you know parabens were made illegal in Europe back in 2012?

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Sounds like these three chemicals are probably a good thing to start avoiding. And this brings me to natural deodorants. These products are typically made with ingredients that you can easily pronounce and are probably already familiar with such as coconut oil and baking soda. The one we carry at cornucopiabox.com is made by a breast cancer survivor in Pennsylvania.

Making the switch from conventional deodorant to a natural one is not always easy. There is an intermediary period when your body will be detoxing from the usual daily use of the chemical laden deodorant. This means you will probably do some extra sweating, but don’t worry it won’t last forever. This is actually a good thing! Sweating means your body is detoxing!

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I suggest using an underarm detox stick everyday during this period. Our stick contains bentonite clay to naturally pull out the toxins and odor- causing bacteria from your armpits. This product was new for me but I quickly learned how effective it was and how genius! In the past, I’ve used green clay on my face during facials, so why not apply the same concept to my underarms?!

 

After a few days, any extra sweating will subside and you’ll be ready to start with the natural deodorant. Keep the detox stick handy, just incase you are feeling extra stinky one day. I usually use it about once a week, or when needed. This natural deodorant really works. Just keep in mind it is only a deodorant, it is not an anti-perspirant. Remember – we want to sweat, it’s the body’s natural way of detoxing!

 

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/biomonitoring/Phthalates_FactSheet.html http://www.safecosmetics.org/ https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/should-people-be-concerned- about-parabens-in-beauty-products/

http://time.com/4394051/deodorant-antiperspirant-toxic/ http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0162013413001608

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