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Ditching antiperspirant can be scary.
It was roughly a year ago when a friend told me how she had stopped using antiperspirant in exchange for a natural deodorant alternative. At the time, I was curious but not ready to go antiperspirant free myself. The truth is I sweat easily, and at the time, I was not ready to step away from the antiperspirant comfort zone.
But as time went on I began to make more eco-friendly changes in my beauty routine and it became harder to ignore the antiperspirant issue.
I was ready to try something new.
So, I began my first true attempt at riding my body of antiperspirant. Now, there are lots of reasons to avoid antiperspirant but at the end of the day my family’s values lie in moving towards a natural, earth and animal friendly lifestyle. Environmental Defence.ca has a list of chemicals they suggest people avoid, and unfortunately many of these chemicals can be found in many ‘health’ care and hygiene products. While the jury is still out on exactly to what degree these chemicals negatively affect our health, research suggests we should avoid interaction with these chemicals when and where possible.
Green and natural beauty and hygiene has been a slow but steady lifestyle transition for my family. A large factor in the slow transition has been finding green beauty products that work, and for many years the pool of products to choose from was quite small. Thankfully, as the years progress, the choices in green and natural beauty are becoming more abundant and people are longer as restricted in our choices as we once were.
Even still with more choice, antiperspirant is still generally one of the last things to go for most women. The promise of being sweat-free and odour-free is alluring and scary to let go of.
As I began to do more research, I learned that the regular use of antiperspirants has actually been shown to increase armpit odour! Studies have shown that those who use antiperspirants have an increase in Actinobacteria, a bacteria responsible for gross armpit odour. The same study strongly suggested that ditching antiperspirant may help your armpits to naturally smell better in the long run. And while the research on the link between antiperspirant and cancer is inconclusive, it can be agreed that intentionally keeping your pores clogged for extended periods of time is not good for your health.
I could no longer ignore the facts and I could no longer ignore the periodically clogged pores that appeared on my armpits. So, I tried A LOT of natural deodorants. My friends tried A LOT of natural deodorants. And while none of the products were terrible, they didn’t do a good enough job to keep me from returning to antiperspirant. But I knew there had to be a way to go “all natural” without having to excessively sweat and smell.
I heard of Crystal stone deodorant (not an affiliate link) and decided to give it a try. Crystal rock salt comes in several different sizes but as I was doing a trial I just purchased the travel size (which I still believe will last a really long time). The stone is made from natural salts and minerals and does not contain chemicals like aluminum chlorohydrate or aluminum zirconium. Also, Crystal has never tested on animals and are committed to remaining cruelty-free as evident by their PETA and Leaping Bunny memberships.
I’ll admit, the first two days I noticed odour (I can’t quite say ‘more’ as my antiperspirant had always masked any scent). However, by the afternoon of the third day, I was pleasantly surprised by the true lack of odour. By the fourth morning, I was shoving my armpits in my husbands nose daring him to detect any gross smell. And he couldn’t! How crazy is that? I’ll be honest, if you’re looking for something that will go on dry and leave you with a flowery scent that lasts all day, this product is not for you. BUT. If you want a product that is eco-friendly, low-cost, and leaves you feeling fresh all day long then I highly recommend giving a Crystal stone a shot. It’s been 5 weeks since I started using the stone and I can honestly say I will never go back.
I wish I had thought to take a ‘before’ armpit pic because honestly, the physical difference is fairly impressive as well.
So that’s my story. I’m in no way being paid to say these things or link to the product. It simply took me SO long to find something that worked for me that I almost feel obligated to share this knowledge lol.
Have you made the switch to a natural deodorant? What product are you currently using? Let me know in the comments!