Making the switch to a natural deodorant is not easy – at least if you care how you smell! Most people experience a 3-7 day period of detoxification after making the switch to a natural deodorant. Let me put it this way…in the beginning, you won’t smell like roses…in fact, it may be more like, “Houston, we have a problem.” Don’t worry, I wouldn’t be writing if I couldn’t help!
If you’ve spent a lifetime wearing commercial deodorants containing unhealthy ingredients then you need to do a little detoxification before you’ll be pleased with ANY natural deodorant. Our goal is for you to LOVE the Pink Apothecary All Natural Zero-Residue Lime Deodorant so this article is here to help you speed through your detoxification phase into satisfied customer phase.
Your underarm area is essential to your immune system. It is loaded with lymph nodes and apocrine (sweat) glands. This is an area of your body that NEEDS to be unburdened in order for you to remain healthy because its job is to flush toxic substances out of your body.
If you’ve been using traditional antiperspirants, then you have been purposely “plugging” your sweat glands. If that statement didn’t bother you, then checkout this list of the most common female cancers according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Breast cancer is now the most common cancer in women. Please see how it ranks in deadliest for your race.
There is a lot of debate as to whether or not commercial antiperspirants could be causing these skyrocketing statistics, but I like the old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Why wait for definitive evidence if you already know there are safer alternatives? Look at just a few of the ingredients in common antiperspirants:
- Antibacterial Ingredients – some are known to disrupt the endocrine system, and have a negative impact on our immune system.
- Aluminum – there is evidence linking aluminum to both Alzheimer’s Disease and cancer.
- Formaldehyde – known carcinogen.
- Fragrance – “fragrance” is often a “secret,” which is frightening. Many are immune system toxicants and allergens.
- Phthalates – endocrine disruptors. Remember those plastic bottle warnings??
- Propylene glycol – you’ll find this in many personal care products. Risks include immunotoxicity and allergies. Propylene Glycol (PG) is a petrochemical derivative used as a humectant and penitration enhancer in cosmetic products. Propylene Glycol is also the active ingredient in antifreeze solutions used in cars.
- Parabens – hormone disruptor. Researchers have found parabens in biopsied breast cancer tissue.
- Triclosan – is an antibacterial phenol. It is found in toothpastes, acne creams, deodorants, lotions and hand soaps. You’ll even find it in kitchen tiles, children’s toys, cutting boards, toothbrush handles, hot tubs and athletic clothing. According to EWG:
Triclosan is linked to liver and inhalation toxicity, and low levels of triclosan may disrupt thyroid function. Wastewater treatment does not remove all of the chemical, which means it ends up in our lakes, rivers and water sources. That’s especially unfortunate since triclosan is very toxic to aquatic life.
You can find your commercial deodorant on the EWG (Environmental Working Group) website to see how hazardous the ingredient list is. Are you uncomfortable yet? I thought so. Let’s detox so you can use a healthy deodorant, and still smell great!
To really speed things up try a “facial mask” for your pits! Yep, I’m serious! It will draw out impurities, and deeply cleanse the underarm area. The mask takes approximately 10-20 minutes to dry, and you can use it daily until you are completely odor free! After that, apply the Pink Apothecary All Natural Zero-Residue Lime Deodorant every morning by completely saturating your underarm area and then air drying. Fresh really does smell good!
Simply mix the following ingredients together with NON-METAL utensils, apply to armpits and wash off when dry:
- 1 tablespoon Bentonite Clay.
- 1 teaspoon Raw Apple Cider Vinegar.
- Slowly add small amounts of water until you have a manageable consistency (think greek yogurt).
Another great way to speed along the detoxification process is to dry brush your underarm area. I prefer a dry brush made with vegetable bristles. My favorite dry brush is made by Bass. Dry brushing is also great for cellulite, if you’re wondering. Believe me, it’s worth your time and money! If you don’t know what dry brushing is read here.
I hope these tips help you overcome the hurdles of switching to a natural deodorant. Give yourself a pat on the back – you’ve just unburdened your body! Every small step adds to a healthier you! Hooray!