I tell a lot of people how much I love the all natural, homemade deodorant from A Colorado Company. And in response, quite a few people ask "Is it an antiperspirant?" So let me start by saying that there is no such thing as a natural antiperspirant. Antiperspirants work by blocking, or clogging, the sweat ducts. This means that in order to properly use antiperspirants, you should apply at night, to dry skin. This gives the aluminum, yup the same metal that keeps rain out of the vintage StriveGreen Shasta, salts time to settle in and fully clog the sweat ducts. Once clogged, they should remain so for the following 24 hours, until you apply again and continue the dangerous cycle. You are not just locking in the body's natural coolant, but also all the toxins your body needs to push out.
Many antiperspirants also contain deodorant, which works not by clogging the ducts, but by killing the bacteria on the surface. Sweat itself is unscented, that unpleasant odor is caused by the residential bacteria. While there are certainly not yet enough scientific studies on the correlation between antiperspirant and diseases like breast cancer and Alzheimer's, there is enough concern to make me want to take precautions. I've had a lump removed from my breast at a young age, and don't ever want to go through that again. Whether or not we can explicitly blame antiperspirants and aluminum salts for these awful ailments, at the core of Ayurveda, and common sense, our bodies are porous and absorb what we put onto them. It's not enough to just eat organic foods, we need to really start watching all of the chemicals we are allowing to seep through our skin everyday, from lotions and deodorants, to fabric dyes and detergents. Photo Credit: Tim
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