The Sweet Smell of Eco-friendly Deodorant
Part of the body’s natural cooling mechanism is to sweat, and because we find the body odor released by the bacteria contained in perspiration unpalatable, we often seek to neutralize it. Of course, in prehistoric times our ancestors all smelt the same, so body odor wasn’t an issue and the environment they lived in did not suffer from the man-made pollutants that afflict it now.
Today’s society however dictates that we all smell sweet, and being a ‘sweaty Betty’ is a definite no-no. Unfortunately, some of the most environmentally damaging beauty products you can find today are deodorants and antiperspirants. Luckily, there are natural alternatives that can keep you fresh and fragrant all day.
Environmental Impact of Conventional Deodorants
When we shower, our deodorant or antiperspirant is washed away down the drain flooding the nation’s waterways with potentially harmful substances. APEs, or alkylphenol ethoxylates, are octoxynol compounds found in many deodorants. When these chemicals enter the environment they break down slowly, and as they do so they disrupt the endocrine systems of mammals, birds and fish.
The mining process required to extract the aluminium that is contained in antiperspirants causes untold damage to the landscape, pollutes water, and uses a tremendous amount of energy.
Instead of choosing products containing harmful chemicals, look for natural alternatives. Always read the ingredients before placing a deodorant in your shopping basket; look for hypoallergenic, aluminium-free or paraben-free brands. ‘Green’ products will contain ingredients like essential oils, charcoal, vinegar, glycerine, baking soda, algae extract, green tea, aloe vera gel and natural preservatives.
Why not try using natural crystal or rock deodorants or even make your own using baking soda and essential oils?
If you’d rather not use deodorant at all, stick to a healthy diet rich in unprocessed vegetables and grains, and low in meat, caffeine and alcohol. Make sure you shower regularly, and wear breathable natural fabrics like cotton and silk.
You don’t have to resort to polluting the planet in order to smell fresh all day! Look out for natural, chemical-free products or try making your own at home instead.
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About Alison Page
Alison is a small business owner, freelance writer, author and dressage judge. She has degrees in Equine Science and Business Studies.