This happened to me. I was cleaning up my toiletries and chose a lovely new deodorant, that didn’t have the toxic chemicals and aluminium in. I had my morning shower, put on my deodorant but by late afternoon, I was smelling… now, having very strong body odour no matter what deodorant you wear, is something slightly different. That means you need to detox!! But if it’s just that your new natural deodorant isn’t as effective as you hoped, I will save you scouring the market for other products, thinking there must be better out there. It’s probably not the product, it’s your armpit.

Before I explain, let me tell you why conventional deodorants are not something you want to be using. You want to avoid any deodorants with toxins such as aluminium, p-dichlorobenzene, parabens and/or phthalates. Regarding p-dichlorobenzene, it’s a carcinogen found in mothballs and deodorant blocks, which is linked to liver and nerve damage. Phthalates are chemical compounds that are often added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability and longevity. Phthalates are common in many cosmetic and food products – and they’re prevalent in the environment. For parabens, these are used as preservatives in deodorant and other personal care products. Research suggests some parabens may interfere with the way our body produces and regulates oestrogen and other hormones. There’s oestrogen-sensitive tissue in the breast, so the worry is that if you put parabens close to this tissue every day, they may promote the growth of cancer cells, which goes for men as well as women.

Then there is of course the aluminium. This metal can cause “gene instability” in breast tissue. This instability can cause changes than may promote the growth of tumours or cancer cells. “Over 50% of breast cancers start in the upper outer quadrant of the breast local to the underarm region,” according to statistics. While that’s not proof aluminium is to blame, breast cancer incidence tends to align with use of products that contain the metal. Especially if you shave under your arms, applying a product containing aluminium to that broken skin could be dangerous.

But if you’re here, you’ve probably decided to opt for a more natural alternative. After years of using the toxic chemicals and blocking our pores, we actually need to detox our armpits first. Once we clean out all of the old bacteria and toxic residues, our deodorants will be much more effective! Depending on how long you’ve been using synthetic products and how much you sweat, this may take a few rounds. I used to perform this detox twice weekly for some time and now I do it every month or so.

Here’s what you do;

Use 1 tbsp of bentonite clay and mix with filtered water, to mix into a paste. Apply that to your armpits and leave it to harden, which should take around 20 minutes. You may want to lie on the bed with your arms stretched up while this happens and then… simply wash it off. That’s it! It’s cheap, it’s simple and it’s effective. The more you do this, the more your natural deodorant will work.

Give it a go and let me know how you get on! 🙂

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