Is it worth it to find natural alternatives to deodorants and other hygienic products? When my girlfriend told me that she’d started using baking soda as a replacement for deodorant, I was immediately interested. I’m not necessarily into natural products. But, deodorants have always been tricky for me.
For most of the time that I have been wearing deodorant products, I have used the more well-known brands such as Secret and Arrid. These products kept me dry and fresh for several years… until they didn’t. A few years ago, I realized that I could only use a deodorant for several months before it would become ineffective and I’d have to move on to another brand. Somehow, my body would become acclimated to a particular brand and once I started using a new brand I was ok for the next several months.
A couple of years ago, I became aware of an ever-increasing school of thought about the toxicity of aluminum products in most deodorants. Exposure to aluminum has apparently been linked to such human ailments as Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases, as well as cancer. With this new information, I was more than anxious to try the newer breast-cancer awareness deodorants that were popping up on the shelves of my local Target, where I usually purchase deodorant.
I tried a couple of these aluminum-free deodorants much to my own disappointment. That aluminum component must have been pulling some weight because without it, I might as well have been splashing water under my arms each morning because that was about the level of the deodorizing and antiperspiranto potency contained in these products. There was one exception – Adidas aluminum-free deodorant. Of all the breast-cancer awareness, aluminum-free deodorant products, this one was the best in my opinion. I used it consistently. Right up until the day it was taken off the shelf. This always seems to happen whenever I adopt a new product, it gets discontinued.
I vowed to purchase the Adidas product online. But, I would need something in the meantime to replace it. The most recent purchase from the store was Nature’s Gate herbal deodorant. Needless to say, it is no Adidas. I never got around to purchasing the Adidas product online. Good thing too because I just did a search for it online and I don’t find it available for under about $12.00 ea.
A couple of weeks ago, a girlfriend of mine told me that she had gone old school and was using baking soda for deodorant. I say old school, because apparently baking soda was used as deodorant before there was deodorant. I even asked my grandma and she told me that she used to use it. According to my girlfriend, baking soda was strong enough to keep her fresh and, when used in conjunction with shea butter, even restored her skin tone under her arms where her skin had typically been darker than her natural complexion.
I’ve decided to give it a try. Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, has an alkaline quality that works to neutralize acids naturally, making it a trenchant deodorizer. It sounds like a much stronger alternative to the aluminum-free products I’ve encountered of late. Once I have tried it for myself, I will provide an update on its effectiveness. It will be interesting to see if it’s a product that I can continue to use indefinitely without change to its effectiveness.
Have you tried these or other natural alternatives to deodorants or other hygienic products? What is your experience?
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