Many of us are preparing for what I call ‘swamp ass’ season. Swamp ass just refers to the sweating that takes place after getting into a hot car and/or participating in any outdoor activities from May-September (at least in Arizona and Florida where I’ve lived as of late). I’m not naturally a big sweater, but stick me in a car that’s been sitting in a mall parking lot (for probably too many hours) and my body loses it’s mind. It’s typically not till I’ve come home and taken a hot shower that I will have finally cooled off. So in preparation for swamp ass season and the unavoidable sweating that takes place, I thought we could all check out some ways to help us stay fresh, but also taking an organic/natural spin to it.
While I don’t typically need to apply deodorant every day, there are just times of the month, season or even when I change up my diet that I notice I may stink a little more than usual – pleasant. That’s when I use my trusty men’s deodorant to keep me fresh all day long. While I’m no deodorant connoisseur, I did think I could use this time to research some alternatives other than men’s Old Spice. Cause when Josh and I pick up the same deodorant at the grocery at different times and end up smelling like twins, it’s not the most romantic 😉
In today’s Cheeky blog, let’s take a look at some natural deodorants that we can fall in love with. I’m definitely down for changing up my 15 year routine and it’s a great reason to look at the products were putting on and in our body. I’ve tried to make this gender-friendly so both men and women can find a new go-to organic deodorant.
I did not know this but antiperspirants are classified as over-the-counter drugs! They actually are inhibiting a normal bodily function (sweating) using their active ingredient aluminum salts. And I don’t know if you’ve noticed this over the last decade like I have, but there’s a lot of debate over whether certain aluminum compounds found in antiperspirants & deodorants that are linked to some bad stuff. Such as hormone issues, endocrine disruptions, cancer, and even some studies are including Alzheimer’s.
Deodorant vs. Antiperspirant: Deodorant is a product used to mask or neutralize body odor. Antiperspirant, our over-the-counter drug, that temporarily blocks your sweat glands to reduce perspiration.
Other side of the coin –
- American Cancer Society has repeatedly said there’s no cause to worry.
- The ACS also points out found that only a teeny tiny amount of the aluminum compounds were absorbed, even going as far as ti state the actual amount would be much less than what you typically absorb when you eat.
- Another study found no correlation between breast cancer and those who applied antiperspirant, deodorant, or shaved prior to applying either of these
- Basically, there is no clear evidence going with one side or the other.
What To Look For In Organic Deodorant
- If it’s a spray, look for ones that spray using compressed air – no chemical propellants
- Contains natural and/or organic ingredients
- NO Aluminum, Butane, Parabens, Phthalates or Artificial Fragrances
- Recyclable BPA free container – bonus
- Goes on clear & lasts 24-hours
- Boasts pH balance – bonus
Basic Underarm Care
If you do shave your armpits which is of course not everyone’s thing, there are some top ways to take care of your skin under there to best avoid rash, bumps and razor burn:
- Exfoliate the area before you shave
- If you use disposable razors, use it at a max 3 times and then toss it
- Avoid shaving against the direction of hair growth
- Consider looking for deodorants that boast moisturizing properties
- I personally try to wait a little while between shaving and applying deodorant – I have pretty sensitive skin
- Make sure you’re applying your moisturizers and other goodies because that area can often be neglected
Our Favorite Natural Deodorants
Images provided by their respective brands
As you Cheeky’s can appreciate, natural deodorants are known for not being as good as the chemical-filled ones so I had to search far and wide for these guys. If you have one you’d like to learn more about or even one to add to our list, just let us know.