Making The Switch From Regular Deodorant To A Natural Deodorant
With my life going through a bunch of changes, I thought, why not go all the way and change a few lifestyle habits as well as products I use on my body and put into my body? One thing is my deodorant. Making the switch from regular deodorant to a natural one wasn't an over night decision. Nope! I've been wanting to make this switch for some years now but never had the guts to do so.
Now you may ask, "Why would switching deodorant be such a hard thing to decide?” We'll my fellow Luxe Babe; it's because from what I remember, I have suffered from excessive sweating ever since I started wearing deodorant. Doesn't matter if I wear long sleeves, short sleeves, or halter tops. I produce a lot of underarm sweat. As a kid, teen, and young adult you can't imagine the embarrassment I struggled with, having to deal with big sweat stains and whatnot. So, when I found out about Antiperspirant Deodorant I was super happy! I remember the first brand I purchased antiperspirant from was Secret! The feeling that I could wear my long sleeve in the winter and not be worried about lifting my arms or taking off my jacket out of fear was such a relief.
As I got older, I became more knowledgeable about the toxins these brands use to make these amazing confidence boosters happen. The most common chemical ingredients found in deodorant and antiperspirants are parabens, triclosan, phthalates, propylene glycol, and aluminum. To find out that these products can cause cancer was always a scary thought that played in the back of my mind. But because I was younger and cared more about what people thought, I just kept wearing the antiperspirant.
There was a time before when I tried to go natural with deodorant, but my sweating was out of control. So much so that I remember looking up information on yahoo about perspiring when using natural deodorant. Thats when I found out that our body has to push out or get rid of all the nasty, unhealthy toxins that were put there over the years. This process is called detoxification. So this is why I was sweating more than before, but I just couldn't be patient. I HAD to switch back. Fast forward to my adult years, having lived life a bit and getting into the headspace of not caring what other people have to say- I can say I was fully ready to commit to switching. My choice to go natural with my deodorant is a personal choice. A choice that I feel is best for me and my health. So what did I do? I grabbed my keys and headed to Marshalls where I found an end cap with a few different natural deodorants. Now moment of honesty. I didn't do any research ahead of time on what brand to get. I just got up while the mood was right, but once I arrived at the store, I began to look online to see what natural deodorant I should try.
One brand that stuck out to me was Mario Badescu. The reviews on their official website as well as on Ulta.com was very helpful. What made me choose this brand deodorant was the reviews mentioning long lasting and good smell. That's also on top of the ingredients used. Mario Badesu Aluminum Free Deodorant is infused with cleansing sage, cucumber, and ginger root oils. This brand contains arrowroot, which keeps odor at a minimum and absorbs moisture, and coconut oil, which helps kill bacteria growth and reduces body odor. The formula also contains shea butter, which decreases bacteria build-up, nourishes the skin, and holds the deodorant mixture together. I have been using this brand for two months, and I've noticed that after about 6 hours, I did have some sweating, but it's also the summertime, and I'm sure that would happen if I weren't using natural deodorant. When that happens, if I'm able to, I just reapply, and I'm good to go. As far as general lasting time, some reviews mentioned 8 hours and some 24 hours. I guess it depends on what your body will allow. As I mentioned in my other blogs, in everything we do, everyone is different, and our experiences are as well. Now that we've talked mechanics let's talk price. Mario Badescu Deodorant is $14.00. More than what I'm used to paying for deodorant, but it was worth the buy for me. Now, if you are lucky, I know Marshalls frequently mark down items, so if you're there at the right time, you may get a deal on this brand.
Though I have just started using this brand, I can say that so far, I am a huge fan. If switching to natural is something you have thought of doing, I definitely say go for it and when you do, try this brand and let me know what you think!