Aluminum Free Deodorant… LOVING the switch.
I’ve wanted to make the natural deodorant switch for years but have always been so scared to go through the process. Since birth, I have been an excessively sweaty human. It is extremely useful during workouts but for the rest of normal life, it has sucked greatly. I have ALWAYS altered the clothing I buy and wear based off of my excessive underarm sweat. Since puberty, I had a tough time finding a deodorant that worked for me. I tried every single women’s brand, including the clinical strength but they never did the trick. Finally, I switched to men’s deodorant and it gave me some relief.
The decision to switch happened on a whim and I threw out all my deodorants to stick to it. I tried finding unbiased quality research on the effects of aluminum in antiperspirants to back up my reasoning but came up short. Most deodorants in the US do NOT contain parabens, which have been found in breast cancer tumor cells, so that’s one good thing, good job America. There hasn’t been substantial evidence linking antiperspirants to breast cancer, as of yet. I don’t want to make radical claims but I do want to share my reasoning behind the switch. For one, I obviously had nothing to lose because the other stuff never really worked for me anyway. Second, in my opinion, stopping the body from doing something it’s supposed to do naturally isn’t always good. Honestly, I stopped taking birth control about four years ago and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I know tons of women that have zero issues with it but for me, it was a living nightmare. That is an entirely different topic but I was just making the point that when I was doing things against my body, it has not panned out well for me! The last reason for making the switch is how close the armpits are to the breasts and lymph nodes. If armpits are meant to sweat out toxins and I’m applying something daily to block that sweat, what harm could I be potentially doing? So there you have it, my reasons, not backed up by any evidence but so be it!
I would NOT advise making the switch at the beginning of summer like I did. Up here in Vancouver, we have relatively mild summers but more humidity and no air conditioning. There is a two week detox period that isn’t the most pleasant. I did it without the detox concoction I’m about to give you and trust me, I wish I would’ve known this beforehand……
- 1/2 TBSP Bentonite Clay
- 1 TSP Braggs Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 Glass Cup or Jar
- 1 Wooden Spoon
Add the clay and vinegar to the glass jar and mix with the wooden spoon. I was told to use a wooden spoon and glass jar because metal can change the properties of the ingredients. I don’t know how much truth there is to that but I just do what I’m told! This should be the perfect amount for both armpits. Spread a thin layer of the mixture across the ENTIRE armpit region. I would work your way up to 20 minutes, the first time I recommend just five minutes to see if you get any skin reaction. KEEP YOUR ARMS DOWN because once the clay is drying it gets everywhere! It isn’t really hard to clean up but it’s annoying to get it all over the floor. Wash in the shower and you are good to go!
I would do this 2-3 times a week during the first two detox weeks because it gets pretty gross, but that’s just all the toxins expelling from your clogged up pores. I also recommend carrying around wipes without harmful chemicals/parabens to maybe freshen up your armpits throughout the day, if necessary. Like I said, it isn’t the most pleasant detox!
I tried MANY different natural deodorants and highly recommend, at first, a kind WITHOUT baking soda. Seriously, read the ingredients because baking soda will give you a killer rash without being fully detoxed. I didn’t have much luck until I ran into Saje’s deodorant. I mean, using all the other natural deodorants I DID notice I had less underarm sweat and substantially less body odor. The great thing about the natural stuff is you don’t feel it under your armpits once it is dried. It doesn’t get all over your clothes as well, which is heavenly. Seriously, that under armpit deodorant sweat and build up feeling is the WORST. Regardless of which brand you find works best for you, it still has added benefits from the regular stuff. I did NOT have much luck with the Toms brand, Jason or Crystal. My husband, however, loves the toms brand and it works well for him. Saje, is the winner thus far. I was skeptical at first of a spray on deodorant and the drying process was kind of annoying at first. I had just had my best friend in town and we went on a bike ride while I was using the Rocky Mountain brand and after, my armpits were deadly. I have noticed the more processed foods and crap I eat, the worse my armpits smell, which makes TOTAL sense. Obviously, I was cheating a little with having company in town so I think that was a contributor. When she left I started using the Saje and noticed a HUGE difference. I went to a TWO hours hot yoga class and remember asking Craig to smell my pits after and he ranked it a 4 on a 10 scale. Seriously, I was sweating my butt off for two hours and it was just a tiny amount. Even during the day, I have noticed a VERY slight smell if I put my nose in my armpits but it’s a HUGE difference. Out of all the ones I’ve tried, I recommend that one. I bought the floral scent and it is a sweet scent but not overpowering. Saje, has just branched into the US, so my American friends can try it now! I was told the bottle lasts a few months, so don’t be alarmed by the price point. As a back-up deodorant to keep in your purse, I recommend that crystal stick they have at Saje, some employees say they’ve had theirs for years. Seriously, when you start using the natural stuff you will find you don’t need to use it every day!
I will attach Saje’s website below and please leave a comment if you have ANY questions!
Much love and happy sweating,