Many of us are accustomed to buying and using deodorants from the supermarket. Because of the massive marketing of these antiperspirant products, and the ease of access at supermarkets, we often don’t stop to think about whether there is a better choice. After all, these aluminium deodorants, or antiperspirants, usually found in supermarkets are a quick fix to stop your body sweating. What you may not know though is that your body needs to sweat. Preventing yourself from sweating isn’t good for your health. We are here to offer you a quick guide on why you should make the switch and how to choose a natural deodorant. Your body will thank you for making the switch!
Why you might want to switch to natural deodorant
If you haven’t read our previous article yet about Why Use An Aluminium-Free Deodorant, I highly recommend doing so to dig deeper into the risks of aluminium in deodorant and benefits of choosing an aluminium free option.
To give you a quick overview of why you should switch to a natural, aluminium-free deodorant:
“Sweat is primarily made up of water and salt. Sweating is natural, it’s how we maintain our body temperature when we exercise or when it is just a hot day… Antiperspirant deodorant works by stopping up the sweat glands temporarily with an aluminium compound. So in essence, you can’t sweat. This makes it difficult for your body to regulate its temperature and can increase the risk of overheating.“
Then of course there are also the potentially harmful effects of aluminium absorption.
The hottest months in Australia are from December to February. In these months, people are more active in strenuous outdoor activities, whether it’s having fun in the sun, working in the garden or even just routine exercise! We naturally sweat more during these months.
It’s pretty common to use a lot of deodorant when you are sweating more. However, regular use of antiperspirant deodorants can do more harm than good and can even create bacterial imbalance that may make your armpits smell worse.
“Sweat is produced by glands in the deeper layer of the skin, the dermis. Sweat glands occur all over the body, but are most numerous on the forehead, the armpits, the palms and the soles of the feet. Sweat is mainly water, but it also contains some salts. Its main function is to control body temperature. As the water in the sweat evaporates, the surface of the skin cools. An additional function of sweat is to help with gripping, by slightly moistening the palms.”
Thus when the heat is at its worst, it really is important for your body to be able to sweat naturally! Natural aluminium-free deodorant products do not block your sweat and instead work as an antibacterial agent to remove the bacteria that actually causes the smell when you sweat. It’s 100% natural so you can be confident that you aren’t putting harsh chemicals or aluminium on your skin. Just the way nature intended.
The benefits of switching to a natural deodorant
Here’s three good reasons why you may want to switch to a natural aluminium-free deodorant.
It doesn’t block sweat
Sweat can help your body cool as it evaporates from your skin. Aluminium-free deodorant allows this natural cooling to happen, allowing your body to better manage its internal temperature. It is essential that we perspire, even more so in summer, and if we can continue to do so without the accompanying offensive odour then all the better for us and our health.
Works as an antibacterial agent to prevent odours from sweat
The smell is the main factor why most people use antiperspirant products. However, we know that this isn’t actually good for our health. The smell occurs when perspiration comes into contact with the naturally occurring bacteria on our skin. Thus, rather than blocking up your sweat glands and pouring chemicals on your skin, our natural aluminium-free deodorants work by using the 100% naturally occurring antibacterial agent, colloidal silver. Silver has been used since ancient times to guard against infection by killing bacteria, and underarm odour is nothing more than bacteria breeding in the moist conditions of our underarms.
Uses only natural ingredients (no aluminium)
Arianrhod’s range of aluminium-free deodorants has added anti-fungal Australian hemp seed oil and sodium bi-carbonate to help keep you dry without the potentially harmful side effects of aluminium. The hemp farm in Tasmania that we source our Hemp Seed Oil from goes through a very careful process to prepare the oil. Hemp Seed Oil absorbs quickly and doesn’t block the pores so will help the skin balance its oil production. Baking soda shines when it comes to neutralizing body odours and can eliminate the smell of sweat by making odours less acidic.
How to choose a natural deodorant
Natural deodorants come in many forms. Some are a paste that you apply, others are spray-on or roll-on. What type is right for you will come down to the ingredients and personal preference. I personally prefer spray-on because it is the easiest to apply, but I know others that swear by their roll-on.
At Arianrhod Aromatics, we take pride in choosing only the highest quality, synthetic-free, natural ingredients for our natural skincare products. You can learn more about the choices we make in selecting ingredients on our Ethical Choices page. Deodorant is no exception. When it comes to preventing underarm odours, choosing an aluminium-free deodorant is essential to avoiding the risks associated with preventing perspiration and aluminium absorption through your skin.
Check the ingredients list and make sure you can read it (and ideally recognise what everything is). If it sounds synthetic, it probably is.
Our aluminium-free deodorant range aims to prevent underarm odour by using natural antibacterial agents to remove the bacteria that actually causes the smell when you sweat and all our ingredients are easily recognisable.
Whether you prefer one of our fragrances or a fragrance-free aluminium-free underarm deodorant, they all come in either a spray bottle or roll-on deodorant form with 100% recyclable packaging. Your armpits will thank you!
For the purist who doesn’t want any smell at all and just wants to block the BO. Grant, one of our customers, said "Been using this for years and haven’t had BO for the same time. Doesn’t stain clothes."
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