Wellbeing

The Zero Waste Deodorant experiment

By April 15, 2018 September 7th, 2018 No Comments
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We love to smell great, it is an essential part of our human behaviour. We love to be with people who smell good.

But how much deodorant applied to armpits does this mean? Did you know that this seemingly safe daily hygiene can have serious consequences for your health, if you choose the wrong products. Very few people know that the majority of deodorants today have harmful ingredients.

Paraben and Aluminium compounds are the most common ingredients found in cosmetic products and are directly linked to promote growth of breast cancer cells.  Aluminium not only acts as a plug within the sweat ducts, but also will be absorbed directly by your skin.

I searched for healthy deodorants in natural cosmetic shops but was not able to find one without plastic packaging and in a price range I could afford. I then made my own homemade deodorant with coconut oil and baking soda but ditched it very quickly as summer was too strong.

I continued to use my store bought deodorant and had nightmares about my skin absorbing all that bad shit.

Recently, I saw a video about lime as a natural deodorant. Apparently, lime juice kills the bacteria that causes BO (who knew?!).

It is winter and relatively cool here in Barcelona, so I decided to give it a try.  Additionally, I am working from home and I was not feeling comfortable leaving my house with nothing more than lime juice on my underarms.

I cut a lime in half and rubbed it on my armpits. I squeezed the rest into a little glass jar for the next days to apply. It feels refreshing but beyond that, it was super easy. Next, you wait for the lime juice to dry completely. On the internet it says you are good to go, but I noticed that my armpits were quite sticky and so after an hour I washed it off with warm water.

I went back to work without applying any other deodorant and you know what, I didn´t smell! I repeated the process and the first few days were OK because there was still plenty of the common deodorant product buildup under my armpits to protect me. But a week in, I was already wishing to go back to normal deodorant, especially before important meetings or dance classes. I ended up as a sweaty mess.

The sweat isn’t what causes you to stink, it’s the mix of bacteria and moisture that causes the odor. Many common deodorants however try to prevent sweating by blocking the pores using aluminium.

In Conclusion

I would be totally lying if I told you that it was a great experience. However, I will continue using natural deodorants in order to get off the store bought deodorant. It´s like a drug and my body will be thankful for it.

If you try lime, please don´t use it directly after shaving and avoid direct sunlight!!! (very important!)

As with all natural deodorant, it will take time till your body can get out all the toxic chemicals you put in for years. Your body will need time to adjust. I can´t tell you if it will take 1 or 2 months but I am definitely suggesting you try it and be patient. If you do try the lime or any other natural deodorant alternative, let me know how it works for you.

All the best,
xoxoxo Theresa

Theresa Götz
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