You’re probably wondering why I gave up deodorant for 30 days? Well, it all started when I was standing in my closet looking at my clothes. I was looking at the new shirts I had just purchased and discovered they already had some glittery yellowish brown stains under the armpits. I was upset.
I started googling what actually caused the yellowish brown stains and discovered it wasn’t the sweat itself that caused the stains. It happened to be the aluminum combined with sweat that was the culprit. My first thought was to research natural aluminum free deodorants.
But I wanted to try something else instead….. What if I stopped using deodorant for 30 days? Would I see a difference? Would my clothes be stained free?
The answer is Yes!
Now, most of you are probably thinking I could never do that. I would stink.
During this experience, I went about my normal day to day activities. I Worked out 4x’s a week and what I discovered is I normally didn’t sweat that much, to begin with. I was a glistener… therefore I really didn’t need much of an antiperspirant. But what about deodorant? Did I stink? Imagine yourself coming home from the gym, getting undressed to take a shower and sticking your armpits in your husbands face. Asking him, do I stink? Yup, that was me. Multiple times throughout the month. He was a good sport and honestly answered… his answer, with a bit of disappointment, was No.
Antiperspirants vs. Deodorants. Aren’t they the same?
No. Antiperspirants have chemicals like aluminum to stop the sweating. A deodorant masks and neutralizes the odor.
To my surprise, a lot of my friends were looking for a similar solution. Each had a different reason on why they didn’t want a deodorant with aluminum. So I asked them on Facebook what their favorite all natural aluminum free deodorants were. If you aren’t ready to go deodorant free. Here is a list of the Top 15 recommendations.
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15 Aluminum Free Deodorants
Toms (white ones highly recommended vs. green)
A few of my friends also told me they made their own homemade deodorants.
HOMEMADE DEODORANT IDEAS:
Baking soda paste. Using equal parts of water and baking soda. Applying too much can burn.
- 1/4 cup arrowroot
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 3 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp beeswax pellets
- 5 drops tea tree oil
- 5 drops of some other essential oil lavender are my favorite.. But you could try citrus or perhaps sandalwood for a more masculine smell.
- 1 deodorant container
Melt coconut oil and beeswax together over double boiler. stir until everything is melted. Add remaining ingredients
Stir until all ingredients blended together and runny. Quickly pour deodorant into the deodorant stick and smooth the top. Note: Keep cool dry place. Deodorant can melt in warmer climates.
Now you all may be wondering… If after the 30 days I went back to wearing deodorant. Or did I switch to the aluminum free deodorants? Well… considering I live in the desert with these 100-degree weather, you may be surprised that my answer is no. It’s been over 2 years now and I’m still not using deodorant.
Every body type is different. I’d encourage you to try it for yourself. The cooler months are a perfect time to start. Comment below and let me know your results.