Deodorant has only been worn since the 1950’s. Does this mean that humans only started smelling since the 50’s? Most likely not. It is evident (ask your Grandparents if they grew up wearing deodorant!) that deodorant has become a profitable trend. This trend of wearing deodorant has become a particular fashion in many Western countries, which follow the consumerist ideals on needing to ‘buy’ or ‘add’ something to our bodies to enhance us. Here are 3 reasons why you should not buy into this theory and for those who still want to use it daily, worry not, alternative and healthier insights will be given.
1. We don’t really smell as bad as we think (or as we are told by deodorant advertising!)
I encourage you to take 5 seconds to check in with the smell under your arm when you wake up. You may notice that it smells slightly like air, slightly like nothing! Of course each person gives off a different amount of scent and smell (depending on activity and diet), but for most your natural scent actually smells okay – natural, like air.
When you do find yourself sweating (due to an increase in activity or environment/climate around you) know that this is absolutely normal. It is also normal for you to give off stronger scents some days more than others, for example after you play sports or enjoy a spicy curry. In fact it is healthy! Sweating is our body’s way of regulating our internal temperature and keeping us cool. Anything that disrupts (or blocks as most deodorant’s claim to do) can have a scary effect on our bodies.
A trick to releasing unwanted scent or excessive sweat when overheated is to wait before taking a shower and to breath slow and steady. By giving the body time to rest it will automatically cool down and return to its normal temperature. This will help you feel clean, calm and odour-free afterwards.
2. Our sweat is our personal identity
The scent glands under our arms are a form of our ontogenic recognition, meaning that your underarm is a resource bunker that stores and gives off a particular odour that identifies you.
Our recognition of each others’ smells may not be as strong as, say recognizing Camembert cheese, but it may be developed enough to explain why we sometimes feel drawn to certain people, even complete strangers. These unique scents are in fact signals of attraction between human beings. Just like our cousins of the Animalia Kingdom, humans have unique individual smells that attract us to one another.
If our odour can have an impact on attracting us to destined friends and possibly partners, make sure it’s kept free of toxic coverings smells. As unique as the distinction features of your face, the colour of your eyes, or the complexion of your skin, you should wear your identity proudly.
3. Deodorants are filled with toxins (deadly chemicals)
Have you ever tried to decipher the back of your deodorant bottle? Most likely you will need to Google what most of the ingredients are. In many deodorants the main ingredient is aluminium. Companies use aluminium not for anti-odour purposes, but rather to block the pores from which your sweat escapes. These are most commonly known as ‘antiperspirant’ deodorants. Not allowing your body to sweat can be compared to blocking your body from using the bathroom – both are completely unhealthy and unnatural.
Along with aluminium, deodorants are filled with chemicals to add scent, colour, sparkles (to keep the young girls excited about wearing deodorant) and many other harmful ingredients that have been proven dangerous and potentially carcinogenic. Look out for these deadly toxins that may be listed on your deodorant: Parabens, Propylene Gucol, Triclosan, TEA & DEA, FD&C Colours, Talc and Steareths.
I urge you to think twice before purchasing another deodorant. Instead, take a moment to acknowledge your body and its amazing capacity to nourish and heal itself. Begin to see the benefits of one less toxin for your body and mind, the same way that you see benefits in cooking with fresh produce, eating organic meat or exercising on a regular basis.
If deodorant is something you feel is necessary then try using more natural alternatives to cover your smell, such as organic ones. Toms, Natures Gift and Origins are all brands to look for in your local grocery or natural health foods store.
If you feel like getting creative, here is an easy homemade deodorant cocktail you can make with simple ingredients in your home.
What you’ll need:
6 T coconut oil
1/4 cup (4 T) baking soda
1/4 cup (4 T) arrowroot or cornstarch
essential oils (optional)
How to create:
Mix baking soda and arrowroot together in a medium sized bowl.
Mash in coconut oil with a fork until well mixed.
Add oils if desired.
Store in small glass jar or old deodorant container for easy use.
Most important, share this information with loved ones and encourage others (and yourself!) that you don’t need deodorant to be attractive, happy or more fulfilled. Your scent is unique, so wear it proudly!
JAL TORES is a born traveller and cultured on many subjects. Impassioned by people and health, nature’s important role, cultures and languages, his encounters are guided by the need to discover. As he continuously travels he seeks to share all of his revelations. Follow him here: www.jalshare.com