I haven’t talked about this much because I was afraid people would call me one of those crazy hippies. I mean, I do cloth diaper and baby-wear and I threw out all my non-green cleaning products way before we had kids. I make my own body wax out of sugar. But I’ve never talked about my deodorant.
But, it’s true: somewhere around 2009, I quit using traditional antiperspirant/underarm deodorant products.
It was a big switch for me because I was actually using Secret Clinical Strength at the time. That stuff is potent. I don’t think I sweated for, like, a year with that stuff!
That was actually what concerned me. There are sweat glands in our armpits for a reason. Is it really a good idea for me to be putting chemicals into my pores that will prevent anything from escaping? That’s kind of weird if you think about it.
What’s actually WRONG with sweating, anyway? It cools the body.
Of course, the odor is what we don’t like. I certainly don’t want to subject people around me to yucky smells, and I have a really sensitive nose, myself. I hate feeling icky. However, there are plenty of natural and organic deodorants that remove the offensive smell of sweat while still allowing your body to sweat.
Deodorants without phthalates, I might add.
I ended up with one of the crystal body deodorants. The kind you wet under the faucet and rub under your arms. When I know I am going into stressful situations, I will back it up with a solid herbal deodorant as well.
I think the hardest thing to get used to is being careful about what kinds of tops I wear. If I wear anything fitted around the shoulders, I have to be pretty sure I won’t be in a warm or stressful environment, cause I will have moisture marks.
It’s kind of a mental thing. Sometimes it does get warm and I sweat. I can tell it doesn’t smell but there is something psychological that makes me feel like I should be ashamed of my sweat. I have to stop and tell myself, “This is normal, there is nothing wrong with sweating. If it bothers someone else, that is just a construct of society”. It sounds dumb, but I believe it is true.