It can be exhausting to be chemically sensitive!
When you’re chemically sensitive, taking the time to read every label can be exhausting. It’s why CurlyCoilyTresses®️ is committed to bringing you hair care products that are particularly suitable for sensitive skin and allergy sufferers.
But hair care is only one part of the story. There are so many different products we use on our bodies and in our homes that contain ingredients that could cause a reaction. One such product is deodorant. Deodorant comes in a wide array of formulas. From sprays and sticks to roll-ons and creams, with antiperspirants, moisturizing formulas, and even clinical-strength options.
And many products fit into more than one of these categories. It can be overwhelming to know where to start and what to look out for in order to avoid irritants.
On the plus side, natural deodorants seem to be getting more attention lately. Every week there’s a new natural deodorant on the market. But it’s important to remember that “natural” isn’t always good, and in the world of deodorant, “natural” can have a variety of meanings. The next time you’re shopping for deodorant, watch out for these terms instead.
“Aluminum-free” - This is the granddaddy of all natural deodorant claims. Aluminum is used in antiperspirants (deodorants that stop perspiration). It’s important to note that not every deodorant is an antiperspirant. Aluminum blocks your pores and reduces the amount of sweat you can produce. There has been ample research to determine a potential link between aluminum and breast cancer. No causal link has been found, but there’s enough evidence of a link to be concerned. If nothing else, it’s a good idea to limit the amount of heavy metals in your body.
“Naturally fragranced” - Naturally fragranced can mean that the fragrance is sourced from plants, or that the product is scented using essential oils. It is important to read labels to ensure that the fragrances used aren’t ones that could be irritating to you. Some essential oils could be particularly harmful to pregnant women, so read all of the ingredients before hitting the checkout aisle.
“Formulated using baking soda” - Baking soda is a common ingredient in natural deodorants. Baking soda can help reduce perspiration and odor without the use of aluminum. Unfortunately, some people react badly to baking soda and can develop a rash. It’s best to do a patch test before using products with baking soda in order to know how you will react.
Whichever type of deodorant you choose, take some time to read the claims and ingredients and remember that just because something is “natural” doesn’t mean it’s safe or healthy.