Rethinking Antiperspirant: Part II

Recap: In part one I wrote a little about my history with antiperspirant and why I stopped using it. Check it out here.
Before I continue, let me just state for the record that I think people should not walk around smelling badly. We co-exist with other people and need to consider their right to fresh air! If you give up antiperspirant, please be sure that whatever solution you choose isn’t making everyone around you want to shoot you and douse your lifeless body with perfume.

So what are the non antiperspirant options?

Use Nothing

Depending on your lifestyle, the climate where you live, how much you sweat, and how stinky you are, you may be able to do without some of the time. I’m able to get away with using nothing most days during the winter.

From my reading on forums, I know that some people have reported that their body smells have improved as they transitioned to a diet of real food. Makes me wonder if it is natural to stink, or is it is a sign of some imbalance?

Use Crystal Deodorant

This is a solid crystal. You wet it under the tap and then rub it on your underarms. The crystal doesn’t wear away. You don’t leave any perceptible amount of anything on your underarms. The interesting thing about using crystal is that it doesn’t stop you from sweating – it just makes your sweat odorless. This takes a little getting used to. You will feel the sweat and think you are going to smell, but there is no smell. If you sweat a lot, a crystal deodorant may not be for you. I use the Natural Harmony brand, but I imagine they’re all the same.

Use Homemade

Some people like to make their own. I considered this for a long while and read many posts, then gave it up when I discovered crystal deodorant. From my reading, I see that the recipes people like best are ones based on coconut oil and baking soda. Here is a recipe from Naturally Knocked up

Homemade Deodorant

1/4 cup baking soda

1/4 cup organic cornstarch or arrowroot powder

5-6 tablespoons coconut oil, softened

5-10 drops tea tree oil

Natural Antiperspirants /Deodorants

There are lots of natural antiperspirants and deodorants available in health food stores. I tried only one and it wasn’t satisfactory. It was a stick that was so hard, you had to rub and rub to get apply any of it. Oh well.

If you want to figure out which natural product is really safe, check it on SkinDeep. Products on Skin Deep (it’s not only for deodorant) get a safety rating from 0 – 10, with 10 being the worst score. Crystal deodorants get a 0 rating.

Have you ditched commercial antiperspirants?

Rethinking Antiperspirant: Part I

Growing up, there was a commercial on TV featuring a man riding a bus, boasting that he didn’t use deodorant. The other passengers rolled their eyes and held their noses making it clear this wasn’t something to be proud of.

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