Why natural deodorant?
Sweat is nearly odorless. Body odor comes from bacteria that breaks down the sweat molecules on your skin. Deodorants contain some antibacterial power to stop the odor before it starts. Antiperspirants don't stop the sweating process, they contain aluminum compounds that block the sweat glands. Yet, sweating is a vitally important function.
The skin is the largest organ in our body, and along with hair, nails, glands and nerves, it is part of the integumentary system. This system acts as a protective barrier between the outside and the inside of the body, protecting us from microbes and the elements, regulates body temperature, and allows us to feel touch, heat, and cold.
The three layers of the skin:
Epidermis (outer layer) provides a waterproof barrier and creates our skin tone.
Dermis (middle layer) contains tough connective tissue, hair follicles, and sweat glands.
Hypodermis (inner layer) is made of fat and connective tissue. webmd.com
Our body absorbs what we put on our skin. Detoxification organs include the skin, liver, kidneys, lungs, colon, and lymphatic system. If any of these pathways are impaired, our health is compromised, because the body loses it's natural ability to detoxify.
(WRC of Natural Healing).
We create natural deodorants from carefully selected ingredients to effectively reduce odor-causing bacteria and help absorb sweat. Feel good about what you put on your skin!
Many body care products found in drugstores and even health food stores contain chemicals which add to our toxic load. The personal care industry is poorly regulated and the use of cheap chemicals is wide-spread, adversely affecting our personal and environmental health.
Pure essential oils contain antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties and are powerful plant medicine. Many cheap oils used in products are often contaminated (chemical extraction) or synthetic. Synthetic fragrances can cause allergies and respiratory problems because they contain carcinogens, neurotoxic chemicals, endocrine-disruptors, and environmental toxicants.
Chemical exposure from fake fragrances found in most beauty and personal care products not only contribute to ill health, it destroys our natural sense of smell.
Eating a healthy, balanced whole-foods diet - one that is as close to nature as possible vs processed - will have a positive impact on health, well-being, and on the quality of sweat odor. Health happens from the inside out – body and mind. Managing stress levels and developing healthy ways of coping with life challenges will also have an impact.
A great complement to natural deodorants is wearing natural fibers. Consider wearing fabrics such as bamboo, hemp, organic cotton, wool/merino, silk, linen, and cashmere – they feel wonderful against the skin and are breathable. Scientists have discovered that certain types of bacteria love polyester! (click here to learn more).
Detoxify your body and mind daily. Drinking greens, dry skin brushing with essential oils to promote a healthy lymphatic system, movement you enjoy, quiet time, and experiencing nature. And don't forget to dab a little Peace, Woodsy or Sensible onto your delicate armpits. Feel good about what you put on your skin!