I used to be ashamed of this but as I’ve reached my thirties and people seem to be a little more open these days, it appears I’m not as alone as I thought I was, so here we go: I sweat like a madman. Or maybe just like a man. TBD on that. It takes me approximately 2 minutes of running in even 40 degree temperatures before I have sweat dripping from my face, and I sweat when under pressure or when I’m nervous. Or sometimes I sweat just because I’m thinking about trying not to sweat. It’s not pretty, and it certainly is not ideal, but it’s very real.
With this chronic sweat issue, I’ve been wearing my trusty Secret deodorant since before I was even shaving my legs! 4th grade even? After recently (finally) paying attention to the ingredients in my daily deodorant, I quickly hopped on the bandwagon of wanting to find a better alternative. Conventional deodorants contain a slew of chemicals, endocrine disruptors, and carcinogens. Can you believe when I was in college, I actually strongly considered botox to help control my sweating?! I’m glad money was an issue because otherwise I would’ve just went against my better judgement and would likely hate myself now for it.
There are a lot of conflicting studies out there in the world about the ingredients in conventional deodorants, so I will go back to my previous disclaimer of not being any sort of doctor or health professional, but I do know what feels right to me and for my body. Even in the case of these things that I’ve found to work for me, I always recommend to do your research and never rely on strictly one source of information!
Per usual, I’d read mixed reviews about several options of natural deodorants and spent way more time contemplating the switch while still using my daily application of Secret than I actually want to admit to, but I finally found one that seemed right and I went for it. I came across this Primally Pure deodorant and went cold turkey on a Monday. I’d read the horror stories of smelling worse before it gets better, so I started the switch with an armpit detox (found here) using bentonite clay, which is a miracle worker in itself. It felt refreshing to kind of expedite the detox process, and I plan to re-do the detox monthly for a deep clean. If you think about the YEARS of layering on chemicals from conventional deodorant, it’s a little scary to think about how long an armpit detox can actually take. Patience, my friend.
Overall? I’m so happy I made the switch. I chose the sensitive skin deodorant for no other reason other than I do tend to have sensitive skin and I wanted to avoid the possibility of having any negative reaction as I made the switch to natural. I also purchased a bottle of the Everything Spray, which I use as a refresher if I notice that maybe I’m on my way to being the smelly kid, or sometimes as a facial toner. Let’s be real, I don’t know when the right time is to put on a spray called “Everything Spray” so I just do it whenever I’m feeling up for it. There were a few days in the beginning where I probably made myself stress about whether or not my deodorant would hold up during the day, and so I noticed that I need to reapply before the end of the work day. I’m happy to report that I no longer worry about this and 9 times out of 10, my natural deodorant comes through for an entire day or longer (even through hot yoga)! The other day, I did freak myself out before a birthday outing for Michael, so I reached for my Secret deodorant (just for the morning, I said) and within an hour, I just felt like I had a thick layer of goop under my arm and it didn’t feel right. To some, this may sound a little extreme and crazy, but with my sensitivities to conventional deodorant, I often found myself scratching myself to DEATH after a day of wearing deodorant. It’s a weird, possibly indescribable feeling, but I can’t be alone on this and I’m here to you tell you, dear readers, that you are also not alone. I actually prefer the lovely lavender scent of my new deodorant over my “fresh scent” scent. But seriously, what is “fresh scent” even supposed to be?
Have you ever tried a natural deodorant? Are there any others I should try? I love my Primally Pure so much that I’m a little hesitant to even welcome any others, but I want to hear about them. If you’ve tried to make the switch but have given up, I’m a pretty decent natural deodorant cheerleader, so let’s chat.