Should You Switch to Natural Deodorant?

You’ve probably heard your friends raving about their new deodorant that’s all-natural and thought to yourself, “is that the new thing I need to try this week?”. Well, the good news is that you don’t have to stress yourself out about making the switch. While a lot of the hype around switching to natural deodorant stems from a concern about aluminum-based antiperspirants, there isn’t much hard evidence to show a link. There are still a lot of good reasons to consider switching to a natural deodorant, but no need to add this to your urgent to-do list. 

First of all, there’s a major difference between deodorants and antiperspirants. Antiperspirants are designed to stop you from sweating while deodorants aim to mask odors caused by sweat interacting with the bacteria on the top layer of your skin. Since antiperspirants act by clogging your sweat glands, whether they contain aluminum or not is irrelevant. Not allowing your body to sweat can cause sweat to build up under the surface and make odors worse. Additionally, sweating is your body’s way of releasing toxins and cooling your body down so that’s a pretty vital bodily function. It’s probably best to allow yourself to keep sweating as necessary. 

If you experience issues with razor burns or any form of irritation your deodorant may be the root of the cause. When you can keep your armpits happy by making sure your skin is clean and not being agitated by chemicals or ingredients that your body just doesn’t agree with, you can help decrease the bacteria that’s causing odors in the first place. It’s a win-win!  

Lastly, since most natural deodorants use essential oils that have other health benefits, natural deodorants can potentially improve your health beyond feeling fresh and clean. So if you’ve been thinking about making the switch anyway, you could get the bonus of improving more than just your scent and confidence. If you are switching to a natural deodorant, it may take you a few tries to find the right one since everyone is different and will react better to certain things versus others. Give yourself some time to try different brands as well as time to detox from your usual brand. Whether you decide to switch or not, as long as you aren’t experiencing any issues your deodorant choices aren’t going to be a deal-breaker.