The incentives for going au naturel on our underarms are plentiful. Aluminum in deodorant inhibits sweat by blocking sweat glands, but it also absorbs into the skin and has been linked to breast cancer. Especially since deodorant is something we use daily, why not consider swapping out chemical versions for naturally effective ones?
(The chemical reaction between aluminum-based antiperspirants and laundry detergent is what causes the yellowing in white fabrics, so making the switch can also save your precious white blouses!)
So, how do natural deodorants actually work? They usually blend alcohol with baking soda and essential oils to block odor and inhibit bacteria growth (the cause of that funky odor!). Because natural deodorants don’t contain the chemical ingredients found in regular ones, they must usually be reapplied throughout the day to effectively block sweat. Just be sure to stash them in your bag for on-the-go touch-ups, especially if you’re having a particularly active day. And remember: everyone’s body chemistry is very different, so you may need to try out a few different brands before you find your sweet spot!
Written by Erin Sousa of thesparkle.net
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