The first thing I see when I reach over to turn off the alarm on my phone is a message: “Temperature Warning: This iPhone needs to cool down before you can use it.”
Today the temperature is predicted to soar to 38 degrees and I’m doing a Style Trial for natural deodorant. Even the inanimate objects in my house think it’s a bad idea.
I’m all for putting fewer chemicals on my face and in my food, but I have my limits. Anything that will make me a social pariah or that will make my husband not want to kiss me (toothpaste will always be a constant in my life) is one step too far down the road to living off the grid.
However, I had committed to putting my armpits on the line for Style readers, and here I was, as close to hell on earth as it can possibly get in Brisbane: 10000 per cent humidity, a day full of meetings, and nothing between me and BO but a handful of bicarb soda. Here goes nothing.
First of all, why give up a perfectly good relationship with my roll-on? There’s lots of research about the build-up of chemicals that regular deodorant can leave in your body, the most alarming of which is aluminium, which has been implicated in the development of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Not all of this research is highly reputable, but anything a girl can do to keep from losing her mind has got to be a good thing.
My initial research into natural deodorants had revealed that rolling a crystal into your pits can do the job (something to do with the mineral salts?) but I figured this kind of beauty issue calls for expert advice. I’m going with a brand that comes highly recommended by my facialist, who uses it and definitely doesn’t stink.
Natalie has recommended Erica Brooke’s His/Hers Double Strength Deodorant Crème. It comes in a small white pot, and is kind of the consistency of cold coconut oil (a key ingredient in the formula). Dip your fingers in, rub it together in your fingers, and smear it under your arms. I’d recommend doing this after you’ve put your makeup on for the day, unless you want deodorant rubbed all over your face.
The natural deodorant doesn’t feel as dry as the chemical stuff, but I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing. I mean, sometimes you want your hair or face to feel squeaky clean even though you know it’s stripping all the natural oils.
With more than a little trepidation, I ventured out into the hellish heatwave to see how long I could last without diving for the roll-on I’d secretly stashed in my glove compartment.
By the end of the day, I was surprised by the fact that I wasn’t a stinky social outcast! I definitely wouldn’t recommend playing a super sweaty game of sport without having a shower afterwards, but for my day of meetings, spent in and out of air-con, left me pleasantly surprised. I reapplied at around 5pm before going to teach yoga; I didn’t want my students to get a face full of armpit and think I was one of those yoga teachers.
Overall, it definitely takes some getting used to. Having to apply with your hands isn’t the most convenient, but it does wash off without residue, and the smell was minty and fresh. I’d recommend applying straight out of the shower, and friends who are also on the natural deo bandwagon tell me it has some sort of cumulative effect, so using it every day without reverting to the chemical variety works much better.
Some practitioners do recommend an aluminium detox before starting down the natural deodorant path, which involves putting clay onto your armpits to draw out the aluminium, but I didn’t bother with it, and didn’t experience any stingy side effects. I also haven’t applied the product after shaving, but have applied it after getting laser treatments, and no ouchies!
If you want to try out Erica Brooke’s His/Hers Double Strength, it's available at Kindred Toxin Free Facials. There are a number of other scents available in that range, or you could also try:
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