Natural products – a great subject! If you are concerned about your health and pay attention to your diet, then natural hygiene and using natural products is something you will be interested in too. Below is a great post by Kevin Gianni at Renegade Health and I can personally recommend Annmaries products, although I like to make my own. Have a read and let me know your thoughts, I add my tuppence worth about natural deodorant at the end of the post
The Best Natural Deodorant May Be None at All :
By Kevin Gianni
If you get it right, you can lift your arms carefree — all the time.
It’s Q & A time here at Renegade Health…
Today, I’ve a question from a reader that I’m going to address in classic Renegade Health style.
This question asked about what natural deodorant I use, when I use it and — as I said above — why I think you might not need deodorant at all. (Except in extreme emergencies — which I’ve explained below.)
Let’s get started…
Robert wants to simply know the best product to frangrancize his pits…
“I need to find a nontoxic natural deodorant that contains a clove, lemon, anise, peppermint or raspberry perfume. Do you know of such a product? I would like a shave lotion made up from the same ingredients. If you know of any shave lotion containing of these, let me hear from you.”
Thanks for the question Robert…
In terms of the shave lotion, Annmarie’s Peppermint Body Wash is made with rosemary, peppermint and lemon balm. This is what I use to shave with a razor — when I choose to — which is quite rare. LOL!
It’s completely non-toxic, contains none of those nasty foaming agents, isn’t tested on animals and uses the highest quality of ingredients.
You can check this out here: Annmarie Gianni Skin Care Body Wash
On to the deodorant…
I personally haven’t used deodorant regularly in more than 5 years. What’s even more impressive is that Annmarie has approved of my endeavor. The reason why? My armpits just don’t smell often any more. As I’m writing this, I just confirmed this by taking a little sniffy-sniff and nothing but roses. Well — to clarify — not roses, but no offensive smell at all. So this obviously brings up the most important question:
“Do we need deodorant at all?”
First up, let me say that being in the personal care industry now for almost 3 years, I’m scared to use anything that I haven’t personally seen on the production line. Deodorants contain aluminum, parabens, propylene glycol and dozens of other chemicals that may or may NOT be listed on the ingredient label. So if there’s a way to avoid using them altogether, I’m in.
So to answer the question above — do we need deodorant — I say “yes and no.”
I say no, because over the last 5 years, I’ve followed my nose and determined what foods actually make me smell — which surprisingly enough — has been quite successful.
For me, it seems when I eat a high amount of fat in my diet, my armpits smell all sorts of nasty. When I cut back and eat a higher protein and carbohydrate diet, the stench subsides.
I admit, there was a year or two when the cat wouldn’t even come over and lick my armpits (which he loves to do) because they were nearly radioactive in their emissions.
When I cut back on the fat, this seemed to go away quite quickly.
If there is a time that my armpits do smell a little riper than usual, I can usually link it to something I normally don’t eat or over-ate the day before.
My armpit smell also has subsided at the same time my hormones have come back into balance. And while I have no evidence that hormones are a factor contributing to armpit odor, it’s almost essential that you get your hormones checked and in balance regardless of a link or non-link to your underarms.
It’s just smart, health advice.
(NOTE: I almost feel like I want to link all health issues to our underarms, since it may even motivate the most stubborn of us all to do those hard things that are much easier to ignore.)
Anyway, the thought is that with a proper diet (one that works for you, not one concocted by some pseudo-expert) and balanced blood markers you shouldn’t smell.
I’d recommend you put it to the test.
Take a two week, do-I-really-need-deodorant challenge.
Just stop wearing it and see what happens. Take note of the foods that you eat and if they cause you to smell or not. Play around with your diet and see if you can get them to not smell at all — and on the other end, see what it takes to get them to a 10 on the offensive scale.
If you want you could even journal what you’ve eaten and if your armpits smell 6, 12, or 24 hours afterwards, but be sure to burn that diary after you’re finished in case a future guy or girlfriend discovers it.
So my thought is that maybe you don’t need deodorant, you just need an adjustment in your diet. (Please run this by your friends and close family members before attempting your experiment. Renegade Health assumes no responsibility for you having to sleep in another room.)
Here’s where I think “yes” is appropriate.
Now, the above is why I say no, but — I confess — there have been about a dozen times I have worn deodorant or antiperspirant in the last five years.
These are usually times when I’m required to wear a full three piece suit and hug a lot of people — read: weddings.
I’ve done this usually as an emergency application than a precaution, but now that I think about it — secondarily — it could be used in a preventative manner as a way to maintain credibility with friends and family to ensure them that you haven’t fully gone off the health nut deep end to forget about your own personal hygiene.
Your question of the day: Do you wear deodorant? Why or why not?
Natural Deodorant – My Tuppence Worth!
I agree with all that Kevin say’s here, in my experience if your diet is clean and you are clean inside then body odor is never a problem, I mean what comes out from anywhere has no or very little odor (nice subject haha).
While I was vegetarian I would perspire more and I put that down to dairies and fat, but High Raw Vegan makes all the difference, and I can actually smell meat eaters :O - Strange but true!
With regard to hormones, I think us ladies will all agree there is a difference at certain times of the month and of course there would be, going back to basics – we are giving off our scent to attract the male (oh dear) well we want it to be sweat right? So Natural Deodorant to the rescue!
Then of course there is the hot flushes – flashes for our American friends – well if we are going to perspire we definitely want it to be none offensive!
At hormonal times or special occasions, I like to use Roc – the Crystal Natural Deodorant, and it never lets me down, but mostly I like to make my own natural deodorant.
The simplest way is to rinse your little important places with Bi-carb after your shower – works a treat!
Here is one I like to make:
My Favourite Homemade Natural Deodorant
Equal parts of Coconut Oil & Baking Soda
Essential Oils – (optional) my favorite is peppermint and lemon, fresh and cooling.
Just mix together well and that is it! Voilà !
You have your chemical free Natural Deodorant for pennies that keeps you sweet & free from toxins
I like to put this in ice cube trays or a lollipop thing and keep in the fridge, then you have a roll-on natural deodorant, or you could use little cake or truffle cups? Experiment – try different essential oils, maybe even get an aromatherapist to suggest oils that would suit your personal energy. You may want to be careful, you could attract all the bugs! -
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TIP – do you love perfume? – spray on your clothes not your skin!
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