Deodorant is one of those personal care products we have become incredibly attached to. We can’t possibly risk smelling bad! Believe it or not deodorant hasn’t been around that long – with the first stick deodorant invented in 1903 and the first aerosol invented only in the 1960s. As with many personal care products the early deodorant formulations used basic, natural ingredients. No surprise these natural deodorant recipes are still some of the most effective.
Today commercial deodorants contain all sorts of concerning ingredients that can clog pores, cause skin irritations and endocrine disruption. Things like aluminium, tricolosan, parabens and DEA are all common within deodorants. Labeling laws for personal care products do not require the disclosure of all ingredients. As people become more and more aware of the dangers of some hidden ingredients the move towards natural beauty products gains momentum.
Why We Choose Natural Deodorant
Sweating Is Important
You might think the best way to reduce body odour is to not sweat but we need to sweat. Sweating releases toxins from the body, regulates temperature, clears our pores and releases important endorphins. The ingredients in anti-perspirants that prevent you from sweating can cause problems for many people down the road. If you have ever had a blocked sweat gland you will know exactly how painful and uncomfortable this experience can be. We need to sweat, but we don’t need the odour creating bacteria.
The Real Cause Of Odour
Bacteria is the cause of bad body odour. Get rid of the bacteria and you get rid of the odour. Bacteria thrives in more acid environments so it makes sense that if your sweat is more acid you will likely have trouble with body odour. Acidity levels in the body can be caused by a number of things but in most cases it is linked to diet. Alcohol, refined sugar, refined flours and animal products all add to acidity. Increased water, fruit, veg and fibre intake decrease acidity. Adjustments to diet will generally result in a noticeable improvement in body odour. But, even those with the healthiest diets still have some body odour. For this we have an incredibly simple natural deodorant recipe.