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All you need to know about natural deodorants and antiperspirants

Natural deodorants do not have aluminum although it is a naturally occurring substance. There’s a long-standing rumour that it causes cancer. Some studies have found a link between antiperspirants and breast cancer and in fact even Alzheimer’s.

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |
October 30, 2019 12:53:41 pm
Switching to a natural deodorant will not be easy but you need to be patient while your body’s perspiration levels normalise. (Source: Thinkstock)

We are all picky when it comes to choosing the right fragrance. If you’ve been considering switching to natural deodorant as an environment-friendly alternative, this is the place to know more about it.

For those who tried it and switched back to their trusted antiperspirant, hold on, since first, you have got to be patient and secondly, find the right formulae for yourself. Here is a rundown on what’s true, what’s hogwash, and if there’s any compelling reasons to switch over to natural deodorants. Well, a little underarm intel, if you will.

First things first, we would like to help you differentiate between a deodorant and an antiperspirant.

Deodorant vs antiperspirant

Antiperspirant contains aluminium, which is responsible for blocking sweat glands and keeping anything escaping from your pits. A deodorant simply neutralises the bacteria in sweat and helps with the bad smell. However, it has been reported that sweat glands are highly activated when using a natural deodorant. You need to give your pits atleast a week’s time so that it can get it’s perspiration levels back to normal.

Although aluminum is a naturally occurring substance, it’s certainly a controversial one. There’s a long-standing rumour that it causes cancer. Some studies have found a link between antiperspirants and breast cancer and, in fact, even Alzheimer’s.

antiperspirant, deodorant, what is deodorant, what is antiperspirant An antiperspirant contains aluminum, which is responsible for blocking sweat glands. A deodorant simply neutralises the bacteria in sweat and helps with the bad smell. (File Photo)

The National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, FDA, Alzheimer’s Association, Cancer Research UK, and even the EU’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (which has banned thousands of personal care ingredients) all confirm there is no conclusive evidence that antiperspirants cause cancer.

Thee is no proff against mainstream antiperspirants that they could possibly be harmful. However, one cannot overlook upon the fact that it does prevent a completely healthy process from occurring. As we know, sweating is an essential bodily function to expel heat from your body and keep the organs at a healthy temperature. Preventing your body’s attempts to rid itself of toxins and regulate temperature could cause long-term health issues such as allergies, sensitivities and diseases.

But, for all those planning to make a switch, know that it won’t be an easy ride because your pits will need a period to recoup from all those years of congestion.

So, yes, they might make you a bit smelly for a bit, but they’re ultimately better for your health and better for the environment.

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The pros 

Kiss goodbye to harmful ingredients
The positive impact that natural deodorant makes is underrated. Natural and botanical-based formulas don’t contain any chemicals or ingredients that have been linked to health issues. There are constant ongoing studies suggesting that the use of aluminium-based antiperspirants may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and adds to the possible connection to breast cancer. The reason being that aluminium compounds found in antiperspirants form a plug within the sweat ducts, preventing sweat from reaching the skin’s surface.

Do your part in saving the environment
Just in case the lure of natural, soothing properties isn’t reason enough to put that can of deodorant in the trash, then think about the environment. Traditional formulae contain Triclosan, which is a threat to not only our health but the waterways. With increased use, these chemicals are accumulating in our rivers and streams, after being washed from our body and reaching the water. Moreover, lots of antiperspirants come in non-recyclable and non-refillable packaging.

Caring benefits, hello!
Another convincing reason to leave your much-loved deodorant is to welcome natural products into your body care regime. Mineral-rich clays and charcoal are known to have fast-absorbing elements and make your armpits less prone to chemicals and irritation.

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The Cons

  • Your body will need some time to adjust
    With your underarms being so used to regular antiperspirants and deodorants, making the change to a natural and simpler way of hygiene comes with its own detoxification routine. You may experience a substantial increase in the growth of odour-causing bacteria and excessive sweating, it looks a lot like your body freaking out but trust us, it isn’t. Do not worry, this is just your body’s way of flushing out toxins.
  • It takes a little trial and error to find out what works for you
    With such a wide range of chemical-free alternatives present in the market, things can get a little confusing if you’re new to the world of organics. So it really is a journey of experimenting and finding one that works in balance with your body. With natural deodorants, what works for one person, may not work for everyone.

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