I want to chat about something very important today. BEING SMELLY.
About 4 years ago, in an effort to live a little less toxic, I threw out my Lady Speed Stick. It wasn’t an easy decision…because who wants to smell?
But I had to do it. After finding out what really lurks inside conventional deodorants, I simply couldn’t continue compromising my short-term and long-term health.
TOXINS COMMONLY FOUND IN CONVENTIONAL DEODORANT
Aluminum blocks the sweat glands so the sweat doesn’t build up. According to Natural Cosmetic News, some research has suggested that these aluminum compounds may be absorbed by the skin and cause changes in estrogen receptors of breast cells. Because estrogen can promote the growth of both cancer and non-cancer breast cells, some scientists have suggested that using the aluminum-based compounds in antiperspirants may be a risk factor for the development of breast cancer. This is NOT okay with me.
Parabens have many forms (methylparaben, propylparaben, ethylparaben, or butylparaben) and they are a class of artificial preservatives widely used in cosmetics and personal care products. These preservatives have been under attack lately and possibly linked to a contributor in breast cancer. Parabens mimic the activity of estrogen in the body. Estrogen promotes the growth of breast cancer cells.
Plus, something important to note, is that a woman is eight times more likely to develop breast cancer in the part of the breast closest to the underarm. Scientists are studying the connection.
Propylene glycol keeps substances from drying out, and it was originally developed as an anti-freeze (Sounds exactly like something I would love to use on my skin!), but is now included in some deodorants and antiperspirants. It is a neuro-toxin known to cause contact dermatitis, kidney damage, and liver damage.
In propylene glycol’s Material Safety Data Sheet, published by the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety, workers are urged to avoid skin contact with the toxic chemical as it may cause eye and skin irritation, gastrointestinal irritation and discomfort, nausea, headache, vomiting, and central nervous depression.
This is DEFINITELY not okay with me, and it shouldn’t be okay for you either.
Why our stink sticks need to come in pretty colors is beyond me, but deodorant manufacturers think it’s necessary, and will risk our health for it. FD&C colors are artificial/synthetic colors approved by the FDA for food, drug and cosmetics. (The FDA approves anything that will make money. Be very cautious) Some colors are made from coal tar derivatives and have known to be carcinogenic; they also often cause allergic skin reactions.
These are just a few of the main toxins found in conventional deodorants. Some other toxins occasionally found in these types of products are triclosan, talc and TEA / DEA (triethanolamine and diethanolamine).
Although there are controversial studies out there that these toxins may not play a role in breast cancer of serious adverse health effects, I am not one to take chances on my health. I would much rather keep my body clean and clear of any mysterious additions at all times.
So, with all of this being said. I wasn’t willing to compromise my health for the sake of smelling pretty, BUT I also didn’t want to stink.
In my circle of “Crunchy Mamas”, a lot of us seemed to have this one main issue. We kicked our crap deodorant to the curb, but couldn’t find something long-lasting that smelled and felt great.
Oh, the struggle is real.
After much trial and error, I can honestly say I have found a WINNER!
My Body Utopia sent me a deodorant to try out just in the nick of time. My old spray deodorant was empty, and wasn’t working, so I just kept going days and days without deodorant. I honestly kept laughing to myself, because it really wasn’t acceptable for me to just be walking around smelling. I also work in a small cubicle at work. It was getting kind of rude!
Inside thought: I really need to apologize to my co-workers and friends who came into contact with me during those few weeks. My husband too…
Anyway, I opened up the stick and LOVED the smell. Zesty Lemongrass. It was so light and refreshing. This was so rare with any all-natural deodorant I had tried before. Most of the scents were very earthy and woodsy, which is just personally not my thing. I’m kind of a girly girl, and I like to smell light and girly.
Disclosure: My Body Utopia provided me with a product for this review. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions are my own. Especially when it comes to the important topic of being stinky. Hehe
The deodorant comes fully sealed in a plastic casing and in a convenient twist-up tube. The texture is creamy, not rough at all. It glides on perfectly.
Now, the true test. Wait and wait for the stink. I put it on and went on to my daily activities. Right before bed I gave a whiff….and wow. No STINK. I wanted to make sure this wasn’t a fluke, so the next day I went to an intense exercise class at my gym. After 8 intense cycles of high kicks, lunges, burpees (I hate you, burpees) and squats, I made it out alive…and UN-STINKY. I seriously found the real deal. With real ingredients.
Lemongrass essential oil.
Plus, the deodorant is modestly priced at $6.99,
My Body Utopia makes more than just amazing all-natural deodorants. They also make natural soap, lip balm, shea cream, toothpaste and cute hats!
Thanks for letting me into your world awhile.
NATURALLY NICOLE XO