A reader asked me what beauty products I used so I’d start with deodorant – an infamous chemical laden nasty in our bathroom cabinet!
Deodorant (or in particular antipersperant deodorant) is one of those nasty products that seem to be a necessary evil. But you really have to stop and think about how unnatural and potentially dangerous it must be to stop the body from sweating (a necessary function of the body). But most people would rather risk block ducts and lymph nodes and potentially even cancer just so they don’t smell. Nobody wants to be the smelly kid – I get it!
But I would rather not stuff around with my body like that on a daily basis. I’d much rather wear a natural deodorant and reapply it throughout the day. Who honestly needs “24 hour protection” every day? Though I totally understand the need for it in certain occasions. The only time I’ll wear one (because I still have an old bottle of conventional deodorant lying around) is if I’m attending something like a wedding on a hot day – that’s the only time you’d need something close to 24 hour protection from sweating and smelling!
So here is my current favourite, Wild Earth’s “Zilch” Natural Deodorant (or as they call it “Antiodorant”. To be honest I was initially put off by the seemingly “hippy” packaging, it makes me think it will be so “alternative” that it probably won’t work (the term “smelly hippy” comes to mind!) BUT I bought it anyway as it was the only deodorant available at the time and I’m glad I did.
Zilch has a pleasant smell, is conveniently packaged and most importantly it’s aluminium free, zinc free, synthetic fragrance free, paraben free, alcohol free, propylene glycol free, triclosan free and talc free. It’s main ingredients are organic aloe and essential oils. I used it while pregnant in the heat of Australian summer and found it worked quite well. I only ever noticed a sweat smell at the end of the day and I hadn’t reapplied since the morning’s initial application. Like most natural deodorants, regular reapplications would be necessary to stay “stink free”!
I really like supporting an Australian company who are committed to producing high quality natural products.
This will be a new regular thing on the blog where I give kudos to some favoured “things” in my life, most of them will obviously be well respected & ethical etc. I got the idea after a reader asked what beauty products I use. I figured why not keep it up as a regular thing? I am a big fan of the word-of-mouth promotion of good products or places or “things”. I typically don’t even go to a restaurant unless it gets a good review! Hope you enjoy!