Prior to changing my life and switching out conventional products for safer ones, I used to use clinical store bought deodorant. I get real sweaty. As I am sure that you already know, conventional antiperspirants contain aluminum which has been linked to breast cancer. So if you are still using conventional deodorants or antiperspirants I highly recommend that you make the switch to something natural. Aside from aluminum conventional products often contain synthetic fragrance which is extremely toxic.
“Fragrance” is a generic term found on the labels of the personal care products we use day in and day out: Products like shampoo, deodorant, lotion, and in our laundry detergent, dish soap, and makeup. But the term isn’t as innocuous as it seems.
Each of these products may have a different scent, yet the labels simply indicate one descriptor: Fragrance. Though companies are required by law to list the ingredients that make up their products, the word “Fragrance” is considered a trade secret, so companies aren’t legally bound to disclose what chemicals make up said scent. Often times, it can be dozens and even hundreds of chemicals.
SCARY. I want to know what I am putting in and on my body. This is another reason why essential oils are so great. Aside from all of the other great benefits, they smell amazing and are safe to inhale. They have no adverse affects on the human body. In fact, they actually have positive effects.
The limbic system of your brain is the seat of your emotions. It gathers information from the environment through sensory information. As you’ve experienced firsthand, many times your senses can alter your emotional state rapidly. For example, a pleasurable meal can make you feel comforted, and very loud noises can make you feel anxious.
Ever wonder why certain smells conjure up memories and even physical feelings so vividly? Our sense of smell is unique compared to our other senses (such as taste, sight and hearing) because it bypasses parts of the brain that other types of sensory information often cannot. Because of this, smells can often cause immediate and strong emotional reactions based on memories. Smells can bring us back to past events within milliseconds, making us feel a certain way based on past events, whether we realize why we’re suddenly feeling that way or not.
Essential Oils can have dramatic effects on limbic function and how you feel. This is true because the strong fragrances they hold, which are found inside volatile molecules that can make their way into your bloodstream, travel directly through the blood/brain barrier very quickly. This is why you should avoid synthetic fragrances at all costs.
After trying a multitude of natural deodorants I was left smelling like herbs and BO.
There were a few out there that worked okay…
What has worked best for me is something that you wouldn’t typically think of as deodorant.
I use Young Living’s Thieves Aromabright Toothpaste.
It only requires one application and lasts all day! It is amazing!
Because I am on Essential Rewards (the monthly auto-ship program) I get rewards points back from each purchase and I accumulate points/get free product.
I love that I don’t have to be concerned about the ingredients in any of Young Living’s products. It’s no longer the bar code scanning game with the think dirty app in regards to personal care products. Young Living is a company with integrity.