Monday, 4 June 2018

my favourite non-toxic deodorant: salt of the earth

if there's one product that i'd love for everyone to switch over to being non-toxic, it's their antiperspirant deodorant. so, i hope you stick with reading this little blog post that explains a little bit about why i think so, and also the things i've tried so far...

why switch to natural?

because conventional deodorants have aluminium salts in them, which are a potential carcinogen. and because they work by blocking up your sweat glands, which actually is an essential part of the body's detoxification process. and the aluminium can also be absorbed by the body (particularly after shaving) - and in studies in past they've found high levels of aluminium in breast tissue (because the breast tissue begins in the armpit and goes down in a teardrop shape from there...

so, for me, this was a definite switch i needed to make, but it wasn't easy to find one that would work! i started with sprays and sticks that looked the same as my old conventional one, but sure enough by the end of the day i would start smelling. the only other two options i found that i kind of liked are:

bicarbonate of soda - which does a fantastic job to eliminate any scent, however hard you exercise. BUT it is messy, it's a little weird to explain at airport security, and when it mixes with sweat it actually becomes quite acidic and starts to really irritate my skin and produce a rash - so bicarb is a no-no in summer or when i exercise. actually Schmidt's is something lots of other people use, which is bicarbonate of soda mixed with a few other things and the pot comes with a spoon, so it's a little easier to use (try it here - US/UK).

Jason's deodorant - this stick deodorant has a very similar feeling to conventional deodorant and works well, but i don't find it lasts all day, or is as reliable as the salt stick. but if it's not the middle of summer and you're not doing intense exercise then it's pretty good and nicely scented (try it here - US/UK)

BUT, the absolute winner has to be Salt of the Earth (try it here - US/UK) because:

  • it's easy to use - simply run it under water and swipe it under your arms, or use it straight out of the shower before you dry off
  • it has no scent, which means it's also unisex
  • it leaves absolutely no white marks
  • it has just one ingredient
  • it gives ALL day protection
  • the actual rock lasts for ages! i only bought a new one two years in, and finally upgraded to the full size, instead of the travel one - so i expect full size to last 3 years or so.

you can of course buy alum rocks from other companies, but i do like the convenience of this one, despite the plastic packaging (which is in theory recyclable anyway). it's great for travel and reliable.

how do you use it?

i keep mine by the sink, so i run it under the tap before i brush my teeth in the morning. then quickly swipe under my arms back and forth a couple of times to make sure i've covered the area. then it's important to leave the stick to dry out without the lid on. i only use the lid when i need to travel actually.

how does it work?

it's kind of strange to use the first time, because you can't see anything when you apply it - it's totally clear. you just feel like it's water that's on your underarms. according to their website it works by "leaving a microscopic layer of mineral salts on your skin.  These mineral salts inhibit the growth of odour causing bacteria leaving you feeling fresh and scent free."

there's an absolutely brilliant article on their site that is a must-read if you're interested more in how alum actually works.

will it stop me sweating?

no. it doesn't block your pores. but i find that the more i used it the less smelly i became. perhaps because i'm not naturally super stinky, or maybe because my body took a while to get into a better rhythm of detoxing through the underarms. there's an interesting article by The Washington Post that delves into some thinking behind whether anti-perspirants may even make you smell worse by altering the 'flora' of bacteria in your pits.

here's a little review video i did a while back that explains things out loud,, in case you're interested:

this works for me 99.9% of the time, and there isn't any need for me to try anything else - i've found my holy grail for my underarms. so i hope you give it a shot! and if you have any questions about it please let me know because i'd love to answer them.

if you want to know more about my journey to natural beauty, catch up with my last blog post, 'what cleaner beauty means to me'.

thanks for reading, and i hope you stop by again soon x

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