Few of us can say that we’ve never been caught in a smelly situation. Sweat and body odor pose a common challenge, and this is often made even more difficult when you want to remain natural with products and ingredients. We know that most mainstream deodorants contain chemicals such as aluminum, parabens, propylene glycol, and other toxic hazards worth avoiding. With the right balance of products and habits, as well as a bit of trial and error, your perfect combination can be found. We’ll go over two key steps to preventing odor: body wash and deodorant. You can also choose to update your diet for an additional safeguard against unholy smells.
We know that body odor is not simply caused by sweat itself, but by the bacteria that comes into contact with it and creates that distinctive unpleasant scent. In other words, sweat itself is basically odorless but things take a sharp turn when bacteria joins the mix. For this reason, many people who use artificial or highly processed body wash and skin products may find themselves feeling the need to shower more often. This is because these toxic items, while initially giving off a desirable fragrance, actually make you smellier over time because they alter your body’s natural pH. For this reason, it’s best to find a body wash and deodorant that can balance your body’s pH instead of just masking the odor. Don’t worry, we have a couple solid products to start you off.
Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap
While you can certainly use this as a mild body wash, this option by Dr. Bronner’s can also function as laundry detergent, shampoo, shaving gel, hand soap, and endless other things. They also come in a broad swath of scents, including a gentle baby formula and unscented for those who are extra sensitive. It’s also incredibly easy to find at stores and the ratings are impressively positive.
Shea Terra Organics African Black Soap
This is a great selection if you live a more active lifestyle and need something to really pull sweat and buildup from the skin. This black soap by Shea Terra Organics helps to cleanse the skin comfortably and clear off impurities without stripping away natural oils.
Zoe Organics Bath Wash
With a short list of clean organic ingredients and mild composition, this wash by Zoe Organics is perfect for keeping your skin naturally clean. It’s also ideal if you prefer a light foam texture as opposed to cream or gel.
Primary Types of Natural Deodorant
One great direction to take natural deodorant is going for cornstarch as the active ingredient for reducing dampness and odor. Organic 101 makes this simple option, including an easy swipe-on application for those who aren’t into the pots that require you to scoop up with fingers. It also won’t stain your clothes, which is a huge plus.
Perhaps the most common composition of non-toxic deodorants is the baking soda variety. A popular favorite (if you haven’t tried it out already) is Primal Pit Paste. It’s also available quite readily in comparison to most other natural deodorants, which makes it easy for you to check them out on person and see which is your favorite. Just keep in mind that some people can be irritated by baking soda, so test for yourself to find out if it’s the right fit.
This option is the least mainstream but can have many perks. For those who have irritation from baking soda or don’t find that cornstarch-based deodorants work, opt for something with magnesium. Try this one from MagSol Organics, which also offers plenty of scent options with only 4 ingredients. For a different application option or to take on the go, test out a spray like this one by Earthbound. The added aloe inside will also promote skin health and prevent irritation.
If you are just beginning to dip your toe into the natural care realm, your body may take some time to adjust. Naturally Sourced has this tea tree and charcoal deodorant which works to kill bacteria and pull toxins from the area that may be lingering.
If you are struggling with body odor, we feel your pain. Figuring out an effective and healthy regimen can take endless experimentation, but it is doable. With these tips, you can feel more confident not only about the way you smell, but also the quality of items you’re using.
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