Here’s the dirty truth people — I haven’t worn deodorant regularly for YEARS. YEARS. I’m sorry if you’ve smelled me, but I’m not that sorry. Here’s a quick link to the Agent Nateur holi(man) natural deodorant I’m obsessed with if you don’t care to read on (but please do!).
Honestly, I never really needed to wear deodorant until a few years ago. I’m not sure if it’s because I didn’t work out much back then or when you get old everything just goes to hell and you start to stink, but I really never smelled badly to begin with. I wasn’t much of a sweater either, and then I got older and now I sweat so much more than I ever used to.
Scientifically I don’t know if “getting older” is the reason I sweat more and smell more (I mean I do workout A LOT more than I ever did before) so I’m just going to blame it on age. Any doctors or researchers want to weigh in on this?
Anyway, I stopped using regular deodorant because I was afraid of all the stuff in it and didn’t want to give myself breast cancer or all the other bad things that have been said to be linked to it. While I haven’t been able to find any concrete scientific studies with numerous subjects proving the link between aluminum and breast cancer (and other things such as Alzheimer’s and dementia) I still didn’t want to risk it, so I mostly stopped using regular deodorant when I was in high school/college.
I polled some friends who I know are in the industries of science and natural health and wanted to link to what they sent me for those that are interested:
Dr. Eric Schulze (a molecular and cellular biologist, genetic engineer, former Federal biotechnology regulatory, educator, and science policy strategist) said — There is no substantive scientific reason to believe that aluminum is neurotoxic in the ways and amounts we encounter it. Below is a statement that is as close to scientific certainty as you will find: “…there is no consistent and convincing evidence to associate the Al found in food and drinking water at the doses and chemical forms presently consumed by people living in North America and Western Europe with increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Neither is there clear evidence to show use of Al-containing underarm antiperspirants or cosmetics increases the risk of AD or breast cancer. Metallic Al, its oxides, and common Al salts have not been shown to be either genotoxic or carcinogenic. Aluminum exposures during neonatal and pediatric parenteral nutrition (PN) can impair bone mineralization and delay neurological development. Adverse effects to vaccines with Al adjuvants have occurred; however, recent controlled trials found that the immunologic response to certain vaccines with Al adjuvants was no greater, and in some cases less than, that after identical vaccination without Al adjuvants. The scientific literature on the adverse health effects of Al is extensive.” He also sent a link to this article.
Other friends sent these articles:
Aluminium chloride promotes tumorigenesis and metastasis in normal murine mammary gland epithelial cells and an easier version of that to read here Deodorants in the spotlight
So, because I never was much of a sweater I never had to worry about deodorant and rarely wore it. Until recently.
Being someone who prefers natural products in general, I started testing some natural deodorants to see if any them would work for me when I needed them (in the summer, yoga, running, intense workouts). I tried several that didn’t work at all (Toms, Weleda) and I found one that worked well — Soapwalla.
But the only thing about Soapwalla that me and a bunch of other people don’t like, is the fact that it’s a paste you have to apply with your fingers, versus in a stick form. This grosses a lot of people out, and while it didn’t gross me out and I went through several jars of it, I just hated that it was one more thing in my beauty process that I had to wash my hands after applying.
I’m already a bit of a germaphobe and an excessive hand-washer so if I can avoid using products that make me have to wash my hands after applying, then I will try to find a replacement for them.
Enter Agent Nateur.
No, this isn’t a sponsored post. I bought this deodorant on my own for several reasons, the brand didn’t send it to me. First was that I was looking for a natural deodorant in a stick version. Then I’d seen it featured on several other beauty sites and editors and writers only had good things to say about it. Once they came out with the holi(man) scent which is unisex, and in the sleek black container I could resist no more and I ordered it.
There are two other scents holi(rose) and holi(stick) but I love vetiver, sandalwood, and cedarwood in my fragrances so once I saw they were in the holi(man) deodorant I knew I’d love it. And honestly sometimes I put it on, and a few minutes later I think to myself what is that amazing smell, and I realize it’s my own deodorant. I’m obsessed with it. I also layer it with my Le Labo Vetiver 46 parfum and then all my smells are on the same page.
I’m testing out this deodorant as well. I love the scent of it if I’m going for something more light and fruity.
The holi(man) scent I’m obsessed with is a little on the masculine side, but these natural deodorants have been tested by me or people in the beauty industry I trust if you are wanting to try some out:
The thing you need to know about natural deodorants is that they aren’t going to stop you from sweating. But they will help you not stink as much.
I know a few people who sweat, like a lot a lot and have to go to extremes like getting botox or using an overnight deodorant to not sweat out their clothing by 8 am. If any of you have this, I’d love for you to share your experience and results below.
Photos by Emma Weiss