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Natural Deodorant: Ditch the Chemicals and Embrace Freshness

Updated: Mar 26


Have you made the transition yet? Been there done that to protect your pits and skin, or can't get away from that Dove or Secret?


Let's talk about it.


Along the holistic healing journey comes awareness of taking care of our bodies, both inside and out. This includes the skin, which is our largest organ. We use deodorant as a hygiene staple to smell good and reduce sweat.



But what about the claims of antiperspirant deodorants, which include aluminum compounds and other chemicals and have been said to cause breast cancer, serious allergies, or even kidney disease?





What's the risk of using store-bought deodorant?


Let's get into body chemistry and science a bit. Sweat. It is our body's natural way of removing toxins and cooling down. Antiperspirants prevent the body from performing its natural process of sweating to cool your body's temperature and release toxins. Did you know that our lymphatic system is on our underarms? So then, what happens? The release of toxins is prevented, AND the body absorbs the aluminum and chemicals (sometimes toxic parabens). Is this making sense? Especially not for someone who has a chronic illness. Let's not to mention what else our body absorbs from the "smell good" ... unknown fragrances inside the deodorant. Hmmm.


I know what you may be thinking; "I don't want to sweat too much, stain my shirt and smell sweaty". I am here to ask you, can we let the body work it's natural process of sweat, to detoxify?


Have you tried to use natural deodorants and "it just doesn't work"? Well, the truth is, your body needs about a good 3-4 weeks to detoxify and reset your body's natural pheromones. Plus, your body needs clean, whole foods also to support detoxification and nourishment. I realized the cleaner I eat, the cleaner the body smells! This is where whole food nutrition is the ultimate engine for optimal health, says Coach Genny, your Holistic Nutritionist :)


So, what are some alternatives?


I have been around the natural deodorant aisle and have found a few that are toxic-free, vegan, animal cruelty-free, and effective. Here's a few:


BeautyCounter - is a touch pricey but is a good sweat absorber without harmful chemicals. Comes in a refillable package (you see the eco-friendly theme)?

Piper Wai - this is a cream that has activated charcoal, which helps manage sweat.





If you are adventurous, make your own natural deodorant! I have managed to perfect this natural deodorant cream, and it smells lovely, reduces sweat and odor, and is fun to make! You're welcome!



Activated charcoal deodorant cream
Genny makes natural deodorant cream!


Ingredients:


🌿 2.5 tbsp Coconut oil

🌿 2.5 tbsp Shea butter

🌿 1 tbsp Baking soda

🌱 1/4 cup Arrowroot starch

🌱 1 tsp Activated Charcoal (optional! Avoid if you’re afraid to stain light clothes) 

🌿 Essential oils (your choice!) 1 use 20 drops each of vanilla, jasmine and lavender with a few drops of tea tree oil  (as it’s antimicrobial) 


Instructions:


1. Mix the coconut oil and shea butter in a double boiler until melted. 

2. Add in the baking soda and arrowroot starch, and activated charcoal (as preferred) and stir until combined.

3. Add your preferred essential oils for scent.

4. Pour into a deodorant stainless steel / glass container and let cool.


It’ll be creamy. A pinch goes a long way! Rub it in.


That's it! 🎉


Say goodbye to harsh chemicals and hello to natural freshness! 🌸


The bottom line is:

  • Let your body do its natural function of sweating.

  • It's normal to sweat, and it should be honored. Let the lympathic system naturally detox the body.

  • Go for natural and reduce the risk hormonal disruption.

  • Eat good to smell good.

  • Your body will thank you.


Check out Genny's post as she makes her own natural deodorant!


Will you make your own natural deodorant? Feel free to let us know how it's going! Tag us on IG, too, at gennymack__!


In love and health,


Coach Genny













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