Buy This, Not That: put your green where it counts!
Wanna smell more sweet than stinky hippy when using natural deodorant? Me too!
I was about to lose my “light green” moniker and assume the role of the “stinky hippy” by ditching deodorant whilst preg since it’s been linked to birth defects (and cancer and Alzheimer’s). But then I found some inner strength, and instead of stinking of defeat I got revved up for finding an eco deodorant that worked.
Although they won’t do much for wetness, natural deodorants can neutralize smells and provide antiseptic action against bacteria. You see, sweat is odorless. The bacterium that accumulates on skin to break down the sweat is what causes odor. Natural deodorants neutralize smells and provide antiseptic action against bacteria.
Why put up with a little wetness from time to time? Great question. Here’s why: They have found more evidence that aluminum, the active ingredient in most antiperspirants is linked to both Alzheimer’s disease (and believe me, I don’t need ANY more problems with my memory!), and the phthalates in it are linked to birth defects. And then of course the parabens are linked to certain types of cancer, mainly breast cancer. Clearly there is major motivation to switch.
We’ll be sure to let you know the results of our natural deodorant testing in early August. Until then, if you wanna say sayonara to slathering your pits with dangerous chems, I suggest starting your own trial since everyone’s body chem is different, and you might have to try a couple natural deodorants before you find a good fit. A good place to start is with The Crystal. It works FAB for some, but not so great for others – including me. It also lasts for like 6 years or something crazy. (That’s longer than all of the romantic relationships I’ve ever had in my life, come to think of it.)
Oh, and what do I use now? Well funny enough the other day in a small coffee shop I discovered the “Best Deodorant Ever” and since I was desperate, I gave it a try. It’s coconut oil based, so I had to get used to not pressing super hard and ending up with half of the stick under my arm, but other than that, no stink! And that is saying a lot for a hormonal pregnant lady! When I don’t wear deodorant my oh-so-sweet husband tells me I have the “olor de chivo.” Smell of the goat. Nice, Maximo. 🙂