What’s In Your Deodorant?

Woman's armpitMainstream personal care products usually contain harmful toxic ingredients.  For example, check out the Environmental Working Group report on Secret Clinical Strength Antiperspirant or do a search for your own products.  Because we come into contact daily with so many toxins that are outside our control, I have focused on doing my best to use as many toxin free products in my home as possible.  I’ve written blog postings about toxins in skin care, makeup, hair care, toothpaste, shaving cream and cleaning products.

There is some debate about whether or not the ingredients in antiperspirants and deodorants are harmful.  Given American’s desire for dry and smell free armpits, choosing not to use these products can seem daunting.  Do antiperspirants and deodorants cause breast cancer?  The National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health says the evidence is inconclusive.

For me, eliminating potentially harmful chemicals and toxins where I can is an important goal and I’m not waiting for the government or medical community to decide most products on the market are problematic, especially for those personal care products I use on a daily basis.  I have found lots of great toxin free products and am so grateful to the women and men making it their mission to create products that are safe and effective.  I love the opportunity to share products that work for me.  It’s an individual thing, we all have different bodies and chemistries so it’s important to give these products a try and also understand there is often an adjustment period.

There is no natural antiperspirant.  Sweating is a natural and important bodily function.  (Please note this last link is a very informative article and the last page makes a good point about excessive sweating potentially being caused by hormonal imbalances, overactive thyroid, certain foods and medications and over activity of the sympathetic nervous system.  BUT please ignore the last remark that this can be treated by medications and surgical procedures.  This is BEST treated by looking for the source of the problem, aka what you are eating, stress levels, etc.  A naturopathic doctor can help.)

A lot of marketing dollars have been spent convincing us sweating is highly undesirable or an indication of anxiety and lack of confidence.  But then we know marketing is about selling products, not informing us about the safety (or lack thereof) of these products.  Natural deodorants do a good job of controlling odor.  I’ve tried a few different products and like everything, it’s important to test and determine what works best for you.  It can also take a bit of time for your body to adjust to these natural products, and I found that to be true for me.

Depositphotos_6300501_xsOne product I’ve tried and really like is Primal Pit Paste.  There are a variety of scents and strengths and the best part is they sell sample sizes so you can try as many as you want to find the right pit paste for you.  The smells are from essential oils, not fragrance which as we know can be toxic.  I am currently loving Lavender Strong and Jacked Up Jasmine Strong.  The trial sizes are also perfect for traveling.  Just rub a pea sized amount into your armpits (they give you a little stick to use to get it out of the jar) and you are good to go.

Check out their website for more information on their products and customer testimonials.  I love Pit Paste!

(I don’t receive any compensation for recommending their products, just sharing because I finally found something that worked well for me.)

I am grateful each day for wellness, happiness and the opportunity to share with you.