I have always equated the thought of natural deodorants with the lingering scent of stinky BO. Doing Yoga, and as a generally active person, I sweat a lot and I’ve always thought I needed something more powerful and the only kinds out there that were powerful enough were the “Secrets” and “Doves” of the world. Well, I’ve recently learned that this is not true…and I’m so happy about it! I never liked the idea of what the mass deodorants and anti perspirants really do – in a nutshell – they try to stop the sweat by clogging your pores full of chemicals . So the fact that I’ve found a few things that actually work.
Here’s what they are :
First step is to get rid of any smell. Freshening in the AM is important. The simple way to do this is to take a cotton pad or the edge of your wash cloth and saturate with white vinegar. Yup, simple, white vinegar. Yes it’s smelly but vinegar is an anti bacterial substance and instantly gets rid of any smell you may have under your pits! The scent goes away within minutes and you literally will feel fresher, for real.
Next is to put on your natual deoderant. The 2 brands I have been trying are : Saje, the peacful warrior & Mamalani, olu olu that we picked during a recent trip to Hawaii .
The Saje one is in a spray form and I do about 5 sprays per side, let it dry and I’m good to go! I really do find the tea tree oil in this one helps you smell fresh throughout the day I’ve been loving it. I sometimes take it with me if I know I’m going to have an extra long day and do a refresher spray half way through the day and it really works.
Ingredients : potassium alum, essential oils of palmarosa, rosewood, sandalwood, lavender, lime, patchouli, fennel and vetiver.
The Mamalani is in a powder form and I take about a pea to dime size in my palm and place it over my entire under arm and kind of pat it so that it stays in place. There is a little that falls but it just brushes away easily. This one has rosemary, sage & peppermint and again I really feel like these combat the smells throughout the day as they really smell fresh!
Ingredients : baking soda, pia ( arrowroot ), kaolin clay, olena ( Hawaiian turmeric ), organic essential oils of rosemary, sage and peppermint.
I have been a hard core “sweater” since a young age and I don’t even want to think about how many shirts I’ve ruined from using the “other” deodorants. They leave this film that is eventually impossible to get off and therefore, shirts are ruined. They also leave these horrible yellow stains that unless you’re wearing a yellow shirt…are literally impossible to get out. Now with these natural deodorants I sometimes still get a little yellow under there but I can easily get them out with a natural stain remover and I find the yellow is less – if that makes sense. In the past, after one wear, bam. Yellow, stinky and slimy! Like gross. But not anymore…
So for someone who really puts these natural deodorants to the test, I find that these work and I feel like I’m detoxing my armpits. They feel so free and like they can breathe….If armpits could speak, I’m sure this is what they would say. In fact, I think they whispered that to me in my last Yoga class.
I’ve only named the few of positive impacts for me but I know that there are also a lot of other health and environmental benefits to going au natural. I’ve heard of so many of the mass deoderants being linked to bad things so I just feel a lot better about letting my pits breathe at last. Hope you’ll give it a shot and let us know what you think!
Namaste. My muse and I.