Whether we like it or not, perspiration occurs under our armpits and the smell can sometimes make us really uncomfortable.
The fact that sweat is a vital function for the organism changes nothing. No one can escape perspiration, especially not on summer’s sunny hot days. Although perspiring is a natural phenomenon and even necessary, it can cause relationship and social problems. That's why we fight against underarm sweating in order to feel better.
The first solution that comes to mind when speaking of sweating is to buy the best deodorant. There are of all kinds, but it is possible to control perspiration with natural deodorants. A few years ago, I’ve chosen to use a homemade deodorant and an alum stone.
I prepare my deodorant using six tablespoons of coconut oil, four tablespoons of baking soda, four tablespoons of cornstarch and a few drops of bergamot essential oil. I mix and place them in an old deodorant recipient, after that I store them in the fridge for a few hours, before being ready to be used.
Coconut oil has excellent antibacterial properties and it hardens at temperatures below 20° C. When held against the skin, the body temperature starts melting the oil, facilitating the application of the whole mixture. In addition, coconut oil repairs and soothes minor injuries after shaving or waxing.
Baking soda has a lot of properties from which our bodies can benefit, among them being the anti-odor action.
I use cornstarch because it’s porous and it helps absorbing the moisture and it also smooths the skin.
I add bergamot essential oil to my deodorant because I just love the way it smells. However, other essential oils are not excluded; everyone can choose their favorite aroma.
As I’ve already stated, I also use an alum stone in addition to my self-made deodorant.
The scandals of aluminum salts and the possible correlation between this ingredient and breast cancer has led many of us to turn to the alum stone. Although it’s a natural product, it acts against sweating just like the products of the petrochemical industry. In addition, it is an effective antiseptic; it neutralizes bacteria responsible for bad odors. It is also a great astringent and tightens the pores, which limits sweating without blocking them. The skin continues to breathe. The best part is that the alum stone is cost-effective, since I use one for about two years. It has no expiration date, because it’s a mineral (potassium alum) and it is very long lasting.
Most industrial deodorants contain aluminum components that act against perspiration. The aluminum salts are widely used in the manufacture of sprays, sticks or deodorant beads because they are easy to integrate, effective against sweating and generally well tolerated at the skin.
In any case, I prefer using natural antiperspirants, because they remove odors without clogging the sweat glands. I consider that it is better to avoid using traditional industrial deodorants. As far as possible, I would advise anyone to better choose a non-alcoholic deodorant, without aluminum, organic, if possible, or at least paraben-free. Irritation, nerve and bones damage, anemia, breast cancer, are all potential risks associated with exposure to aluminum chlorohydrate.
Truth being said, natural deodorants are not as powerful as most of the conventional deodorants. Yet, they act very well on limiting the perspiration odors and are effective for a few hours. According to the tests, a good natural deodorant lasts over 6 hours, during which time the smell emanated by the armpits is still perceived as pleasant.
Knowing that unpleasant odors appear when the sweat is altered by bacterial overgrowth, deodorants aim to hinder this process with ingredients that fight the bacteria responsible for their decomposition. Additionally, fragrant oils act by modifying the smells.
Deodorants are produced under many forms: balls, sticks or sprays. Ball and stick deodorants usually have the same composition. Only the consistency changes: liquid for one, in solid state for the other. Sprays are much simpler in composition, but they're usually higher in alcohol. Also read Love the Fragrance to buy the best perfumes for women that have deodorant properties.
But enough explanation, if you want to know what deodorant to buy the next time you go shopping, you should simply avoid anything with the “aluminum” tag on it and look for more convenient ingredients. Or go try a natural deodorant, enriched with your favorite essential oil flavor. If, however, you continue to use conventional industrial products, make sure that you absorb the least possible risk components.