Over time I’ve worked really hard to reduce the chemicals I’m exposed to in my daily life. I only wear talc-free mineral makeup [if any], rarely get my nails done at a nail salon [hello, chemical overload!], clean the house with non-toxic products, and I stopped wearing deodorant.
The last one might have been a shocker. Anytime its brought up in conversation [which isn’t often, by the way], I’m usually left with bug eyes and questions: Don’t you smell? What do you do when you work out?
Although it may be daunting for some, not wearing deodorant allows me to be worry-free about putting anything that may be toxic on my skin, and therefore into my body. Its not always reasonable, though, if you have an important presentation at work, for example, and would like avoid repelling everyone around you. Or if you work out a good amount and like to keep the stink to a minimum [ahem, that’s me].
What’s so bad about deodorant?
Unless you want to basically ingest aluminum, parabens, and other nasties into your pits, I’d only advise using the most, most organic deodorant you can find, making your own so you know the ingredient list, or none at all. These toxic additives have been linked to breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and are known to make hormone levels super wacky. Antiperspirants, especially, should be a major no-no in your medicine cabinet – do you really think it’ll do your body good to block a natural defense & detox, like sweat? Probs not.
Use this DIY Deodorant recipe for peace of mind when it comes to your health. These things matter – stinky pits or not, keep the chemicals out of your bathroom and off your bod.
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup corn starch
- 5 tbsp coconut oil
- Your favorite essential oils [optional]
Mix all the ingredients together in a small glass jar. Add in essential oils [3 – 7 drops, depending on how strong you’d like the scent] – I love lavender or lemongrass! Store jar in a cool, dark place and apply with fingers using just a dab [adding more if you need extra coverage].
Although I’m off the deodorant train, I’ve been applying this formula before workouts and am happy to report that I still smell like a bunch of roses – or lavender flowers, in my case – after a sweaty run or exercise sesh.
If you’re really hellbent on sticking with a non-homemade kind, at least treat your body with respect by finding a deodorant that’s chemical-free & is not a hindrance to your health. Search through the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database here.
What have you done to clean up your beauty routine? Comment below!