Disclaimer: This post is for educational purposes only and should not be taken as medical advice. Please consult your physician in all health matters.
The weather’s heating up, and pits are getting sweaty – but if you’re like me, you’d kinda rather be smelly than use traditional deodorants. For good reason.
Though the National Cancer Institute denies that traditional deodorants and antiperspirants are linked to breast cancer, and the American Cancer Society even calls the link a rumor – many scientists believe otherwise and studies have shown a relationship between the two.
Underarm skin is soft, thin, and even more susceptible after shaving. Depending on the formulation of the product, the chemicals may absorb through your skin and into your bloodstream in as little as 26 seconds- where they can quickly enter the nearby breast tissue and lymphatic ducts.
Here, they can interact with hormone receptors in the same ways that estrogen can. For decades we’ve known that prolonged estrogen exposure, such as starting your period at a young age and delayed menopause, increases breast cancer risk. Yet, we’ve been sold products, for daily use, that can do the exact same thing.
As crunchy moms and green millennials push for change in the beauty industry, it’s hard to trust labeling that claim products are “natural” or “clean.” Leading brands consistently Greenwash, and sometimes the products that truly are safe don’t work anyway – she said from experience. Again, sorry hubs.
My biggest contemplation used to be whether a deo would leave embarrassing white marks on my clothes – now I have to check if it’s aluminum, paraben, and cruelty free. Does it have sulfates? Are the ingredients ethically sourced? Are any of them on the Dirty Dozen List? And what’s the rating on Think Dirty? Will this little stick, that I used to apply without thought, give me cancer?
So many things.
And now I’m stress-pitting and heavy-breathing in aisle 5 of Target – the place that used to be my millennial heart’s safe haven.
This had to stop.
So, like any time I’m confronted with an issue, I consulted Dr. Google. He’s the best – I can ask him anything, and I never have to step foot on a scale or hand over a copay.
Dr. Google said that transitioning from a traditional deodorant to a truly natural one can cause your body to go through an onion-scented detox phase – to which I said, “Oh HECK no!”
But no worries, in comes my fav charcoal products from Beautycounter. I masked my pits 2 times a week for a month, and washed daily with my charcoal bar and never smelled bad as I started using…MAGNESIUM SPRAY as deodorant.
Yep – you read me right. I said to heck with trying to wade through the aisle of misleading products at Target and after some research, started using a locally made magnesium spray that my mom had actually gotten to help me sleep!
AND IT WORKS.
After wearing it to school with no problems, I decided to test out its use in this Texas heat. I wore it to a crawfish boil and a baseball game – both hours long, outdoor events. Nothing stunk but the other team!
The one I use is made by Rowe Casa Organics, and includes only magnesium, distilled water, aloe vera gel and lavender essential oil. It has no scent, helps me sleep, keeps me smelling fresh, and acts as a transdermal supplement.
According to a 2017 study, most of us are chronically deficient in magnesium and oral dietary supplements are not only difficult to absorb, but also cause stomach issues. So, using a transdermal formula, like the spray, increases absorption and helps decrease incidence of migraines, depression and anxiety, menstrual cramps, and others.
If you’ve been here a while, you know that I’ve written about my struggle with anxiety, endometriosis, and sleepless nights. Who knew that a little $20 spray bottle that my mom randomly picked up from a friend could help me in so many ways.
I’m a complete believer in going clean in as many areas as you can. (You can read about my clean beauty transition here.) I own and love several products from Rowe Casa Organics and have recently started reading her blog as well.