Posted on July 20, 2017 by Alanna Hinds
Hemp seed oil is infamous for being a top performance ingredient in a variety of personal care products, but with the climate heating up for the summer months, one product can be seen as particularly important – Deodorant. Summertime + sunshine + activities = sweat, and as our societal norms tell us smelling pleasant is mandatory – so is the primary product that allows us to do so.
Hemp seed oil actually works as a moisturizing and nourishing agent in deodorant!
Hemp seeds are identified as a health supplement, and as an experienced Whole Foods, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, and “all natural” product shopper; I believe it’s safe for me to say that if a deodorant contains hemp seed oil there’s a 93% chance that it is all natural. (There are exceptions to this of course, but just double-check the ingredients and avoid anything unpronounceable). Regardless of whether or not the product contains hemp; however, there are a number of reasons to stop using conventional deodorants and switch to a more natural approach.
Aluminum compounds are used in deodorants to block sweat ducts. They have been found to mimic estrogen, which promotes growth of breast cancer cells.
LADIES, the fact that a majority of us remove our underarm hair (our natural barrier to entry) makes this especially dangerous for us as the cancer-causing chemicals can be absorbed through small abrasions in the skin (from shaving, for example) and are then locked into the body by antiperspirant (as we’re unable to sweat out the toxins). The risk for breast cancer increases even more so with the location of the armpits being so close to the lymph nodes and breasts – the continued use of regular deodorant can result in built up toxins, leading to your cells mutating into cancer.
◊ For added caution, putting chemicals on our skin may actually be worse than eating them as they enter the bloodstream without any filtering. (Whereas when we eat, enzymes in the saliva and stomach break down what’s ingested and flush it out of the body.)
◊ Additionally, the thin skin of the armpits is a moist environment perfect for bacteria breeding. This makes it even more important to be selective on what you apply there!
Sweating is a natural and vital process that helps the body stay cool and eliminate toxins. It also supports proper immune function, prevents diseases related to toxic overload, and kills certain viruses and bacteria to cleanse the skin’s pores.
In regards to the environment, you may think you’re doing the people around you a favor by masking B.O. – but adhering to these social norms has consequences.
◊ Toxic deodorant = toxic residue on underarms = toxic water runoff from bathing = harmful chemicals released into the environment and water supply = more complex filtering needed for drinking water, etc. The list of complications that do (or could) arise continues, but I think you get my point.
You’ve been using traditional, “48 hour protection” and “extra strength” antiperspirants your whole life. Did you ever stop sweating? Probably not. Granted, you don’t stink, but if your answer is no – realize what you’ve been using doesn’t even do what it claims to, which is stop perspiration, and the health risks aren’t worth it.Now that you’re concerned for your health and looking to make the switch – here is some advice on how to start:
Wash regularly and dry thoroughly.
If your diet isn’t up to par your body odor, resulting from poor nutrition, is consequently worse, and the transition will be a smelly one as the natural ingredients may have trouble masking the smell.
Certain foods cause the body to sweat more, these include: spicy foods, garlic and onion, caffeine, alcohol, and processed or sugary foods.
For a less intense body odor, reduce or eliminate your consumption of meat. I know it sounds drastic, but processed meat contains plenty of harmful carcinogens and a study in the Czech Republic found that red meat consumption actualy had a negative effect on perceived body odor.
Natural body deodorizers: chlorophyll and wheat grass supplements and herbs: mint, basil, and sage. Vitamin C and B Vitamins also encourage toxins to be eliminated via urine as opposed to the skin.
In my personal experience finding an all natural deodorant I liked was a trial-and-error process – is even still a trial-and-error process. YES there were times I wasted money on some that didn’t work for me; but as someone who needs to take as many preventative measures from developing cancer as possible – they were dollars well spent.
Here’s some advice to ensure your first pick does what you need it to:
It may sound like common sense, but READ REVIEWS.
I fell victim to making a poor purchase because a natural deodorant stick was on sale and I just grabbed it and left last minute – that deodorant (which happened to be coconut oil based) didn’t keep my underarms dry, didn’t go on smoothly, and didn’t guard others from my body odor *enter eyeroll* – things I would’ve known had I taken the extra 20 seconds to Google the brand.
If you are looking for a stick deodorant, make sure the reviews say it goes on smoothly, or says “smooth application” somewhere, and if it doesn’t – forget about it! ABORT IMMEDIATELY – just trust me on this one.
Know your skin and your preferences:
◊ Do you have sensitive skin? Do you need extra strength?
If you have a typical Western diet, I STRONGLY recommend using extra strength at first.
◊ Solid, powder, stick, or spray-on?
All natural pit pastes even allow you to sweat and solely neutralize the odor.
◊ What smells do you like?
In going natural, you’ll start to see a number of roots and herbs you’ve never heard of before; so how are you supposed to know how they smell? This is why I personally like to go in-store for new products, so I can take the lid off and smell for myself! Otherwise I’d find essential oils you love and then incorporate them in a DIY.
◊ What’s your budget?
If you were to make your own deodorant, the cost of each version can get down to mere cents considering the ingredients used are multi-purpose – like baking soda, coconut oil, shea butter, and apple cider vinegar. There are also these things called deodorant stones/crystals which cost about $10 but last all year!
There are so many options out there, so the more you know about what it is you’re looking for the better! I haven’t dived into DIY deodorants yet, but a premade one that I found and that works really well for me is the “Indian Hemp and Haitian Vetiver” deodorant stick from Nubian Heritage.
If you have hardly any body odor, transitioning will be a BREEZE for you! But for people like myself, transitioning will require more commitment and willpower:
Be prepared to smell temporarily. I’m not going to lie to you; the natural products I’ve tried aren’t as strong and in your journey you’ll notice it right away. Stay strong and commit to this change in your life; understand that you have more than one way of looking at everything: “I’m about to switch to using natural deodorant and stink for a month,” or, “I’m about to switch to using natural deodorant to be more proactive in my health and prevent cancer risk.”
Be prepared to change your routine. Combat the unpleasant bodily aroma with additional applications of your deodorant. Leaving the house? Bring your deodorant with you. If you already do that – awesome, just swap it out for the natural one.
Keep in mind your body has adapted to years of chemical-laden products (with each only stronger than the last) so it’s necessary to give your body time to adjust and to view this period of change as a detox – expelling all of the bad before your body can get better.
Get better, switch to using a natural deodorant, and, if you’re a hemp advocate like myself, challenge yourself to finding or making a natural deodorant with hemp seed oil for additional nourishing qualities.
About the author: Alanna Hinds is a millennial entrepreneur in the legal cannabis/hemp space whose passion is to promote conscious consumerism in her readers.
She has published numerous articles on the benefits of the cannabis plant family and offers her content as a means to increase student involvement in the building of the green economy in the United States.
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