Natural Deodorants – Aluminum-Free Deodorants – Stop the Odor Naturally
All people sweat. This is nature. Sweat cools our body and keeps its temperature in balance. The embarrassment and need to mask the odor, however, are so strong that we rarely pay any attention on how and what ingredients stop the unpleasant smell. Have you wondered what’s the difference between a deodorant and an antiperspirant? How each one functions? What is their effect on our body? Why natural deodorants are the best choice?
Here’s what – first things first.
Why do we sweat?
We have two kinds of underarm glands that produce sweat – eccrine and apocrine glands.
The eccrine glands are most numerous and are responsible for producing most of the sweat in our body. Their sweat contains water and sodium chloride. The latter gives the salty taste of sweat. The eccrine glands are activated by hot weather, fever, emotional stress and exercise natural deodorant.
The apocrine glands starts secreting at puberty. Once the sweat reaches the surface of the body, it is broken down by the bacteria that abounds in the underarm area and….. here is how the perspiration smell is produced.
How to get rid of sweat?
Actually, we don’t have to get rid of sweat. It is the main cooling system of our bodies. When we sweat, our bodies and clothes are covered with water. When it is hot or we exercise, our bodies are heated. This heat helps the water to evaporate, which cools our bodies. For the same reason, when we are hot and splash water on ourselves, it feels good. So, we need to sweat in order to stay healthy. We just can get rid of the perspiration smell.
How to get rid of sweat odor?
This can be done with deodorants and antiperspirants. Deodorants neutralize the smell of sweat by fighting the bacteria in the armpits. On the other, antiperspirants block the pores in the underarm area by its active ingredient – aluminum salts. Thus, antiperspirants interfere with sweating – our body’s natural cooling system.
Aluminum salts penetrate the skin and is accumulated in our bodies. This process is eased by the regular shaving of underarms. Once there, aluminum in antiperspirants can cause the formation of cancerous tumors. It is also associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Other ingredients to avoid are parabens, formaldehyde, propylnene golycol, tricolsan.
What to do in the heat then? Use natural deodorants
Here are some ideas:
– before purchase, always check the product’s safety in the EWG’s Skin Deep cosmetics database – a directory with reviews about more than 65 000 products;
– to stay on the safe side use natural deodorants;
Tip: You may have heard that natural deodorants don’t work. Or you may know this from your own experience. Actually, I was almost convinced about this too, but then I started to apply mine more than once during the day. The result was odorless!
– if you still don’t like natural deodorants, you can experiment and make your own. Here is one tested home-made deodorant recipe:
Baking soda (anti-odor), cornstarch (for dryness), coconut oil (antibacterial), a few drops of essential oil (for additional fragrance).
Mix the baking soda with equal amount of cornstarch. Add the coconut oil and mash it with fork in the baking soda – cornstarch mixture. Note that coconut oil becomes liquid during summer and is better to be kept in the fridge. You can add a few drops of an essential oil. You may store your natural deodorant in an empty deodorant container.