When I looked at the ingredient list on my deodorant and read the warning, "consult doctor if you have kidney disease," I knew it was time for new deodorant.
Natural deodorants get a bad rap. People say they don't work, which is partially true. Most natural deodorants do not contain an antiperspirant. This is because preventing us from sweating takes chemicals. Chemicals, which I might add, are easily absorbed into the thin skin of our armpits.
I understand the importance of staying dry and I'm ever so lucky that I don't sweat very much (except for Lyme-induced night sweats). But sweating serves an important purpose--we sweat to get rid of toxins and as Lyme patients we need to detox. One thing I've read is that you sweat more if you use a traditional deodorant, so after a few months on the good stuff, you will start sweating less.
My research led me to Green Tidings All Natural Deodorant in Lavender Scent:
This stuff really does work. It's a stick deodorant, which is more comfortable to me than a spray or roll-on. I prefer the lavender scented version. The smell is amazing. I love unscrewing the container every morning for a whiff of spicy lavender. It goes on easily and doesn't leave marks on my clothes. I'm in month two of using it and no pit stains.
Yes, it is pricier than other deodorants, but them's the breaks with all non-toxic products. Also, my stick is lasting longer than I've read in reviews.
Green Tidings is gluten-free, soy-free, paraben-free, BPA-free, vegan, and not tested on animals. Another bonus is I bought a stick for my very picky husband and even he likes it.
If you to ditch one conventional personal care product it should be your deodorant. Sweatier, but safer, that's what I always say.
I'm always looking for new natural products to try, so feel free to leave a comment with your favorite.
"Success is a great deodorant." - Elizabeth Taylor
I'm Kerry and I am a writer and licensed therapist. This is a positive space focused on how to thrive in any situation and the transformative power of illness.