There was this amazing underarm I used to buy overseas. It was made by a popular store brought brand, and it smelled like watermelon. I LOVE anything watermelon and so this had my name all over it. With coupon culture as it goes in North America, I often used to get it half price, so… I was stocked up, on watermelon underarm.
I must now ask myself a few questions:
- WHY ON EARTH would I want my underarms smelling like watermelon?
- Surely there is nothing attractive about watermelon smelling underarms.
- (The glitzy sticker on the tube should’ve given that away)
- There is nothing normal about ones underarms smelling like watermelon.
- Oh, and… aluminium.
I will extend myself some grace as a then-ignorant-20-something, who just loved all things watermelon. But really, wow, how I’ve grown.
I had no idea that 99% of underarm/roll on/deodorants (call them what you will) have aluminium in them. Aluminium. ALU-MINIUM. Did you know this?
Most antiperspirant concerns center around the active ingredient – an aluminum-based compound that temporarily plugs the sweat ducts and prevents you from perspiring. Typically, antiperspirants are coupled with a deodorant, which contains the pleasant scent that stops you from smelling.
That pleasant fragrance comes with it’s problems too – often accompanied by the endocrine disrupting phthalates. A number of studies in recent years have clearly linked aluminum-based antiperspirants with the increase the risk for breast cancer. Source
Right then. Fresh perspective. We need an alternative. We need to be more careful.
Here is it. Pure Beginnings have 4 different natural deodorants which do not contain aluminium. Their amazing different scents include Monsoon, Forest, Sahara and Fragrance Free (for super sensitive skins).
These eco-deo’s are awesome. They are safe, natural and smell amazing. While I do still perspire when I use it, I’m okay sweating. I know it is our bodies’ natural way to cool ourselves down. What makes me more concerned is when I don’t sweat. And so this deo ticks all the boxes for me.
Give it a go, and tell me what you think? You can order it online here and it retails for only R59.85.
Contributor: Debbie Knighton-Fitt, Pure Beginnings pregnancy & parenting ambassador & author of the Our Greenish Life Blog.