Switching From Anitperspirant - An Anecdote by Wes
Every now and then we ask some customers for an in depth review. This one came from a recent customer and we wanted to share!
"I’m thirty years old. Up until recently, I used regular deodorant from essentially the day I started puberty. I never thought anything of it. Nobody I knew ever talked about the chemicals in deodorant. I didn’t know anything about the effects these chemicals could have on my body, a human vessel with genes predisposed to cancer. Since I have been made aware of such information, I’ve made sure to steer clear of as many carcinogens as realistically possible.
One of these ways, you may reasonably intuit, is cutting out the regular sticks of deodorant. No more aluminum, no more propylene glycol, no more parabens. Mentally, that soothes me; physically, on the other hand, is more of a slow burn. So let me expand upon that…
Our bodies are quite resilient. As human beings, we have learned to adapt to living in a myriad of environments. I get pumped up when I think about that sometimes. We advance technology at impressive rates, we have developed this really awesome prefrontal cortex, we’ve discovered and invented modern medicines that can help us live longer than ever before… So if we want to live so long, why are we putting harmful chemicals in our bodies on a daily basis? It just doesn’t make sense.
Now, I’m not putting myself on a pedestal here, nor am I attempting to adopt any sort of “holier-than-thou” mentality. You may use regular deodorant, and while I’m aware of what that means for you, I’m not going to judge you for having any less character. But here’s what I think you should know:
When I quit using regular deodorant, the switch was (as I’ve said before) a slow burn. Allow me to explain: it took a few weeks for all of those chemicals to exit my body, and while this process went on, I found myself smelling worse and sweating more intensely. I like to picture those chemicals as microscopic monsters fleeing from my tiny pores. It was gross, but a process that I found to be cathartic. Imagine that: a catharsis that smells like garbage. But that was just the beginning. In a few weeks worth of time, I was over the “hump,” and my pits were home-free.
I started out with some reasonably branded all natural deodorant, a stick that I found at a name brand drug store. I had never heard of it before, but through a process of reading the products and giving them the tried and true smell test, I found a stick that I trusted. So I paid for my product and immediately put it on when I got home. I applied this stick for as long as it lasted, and I felt better knowing that I wasn’t putting garbage into my body anymore.
But then the irritation started. It began as a sort of itc0h, right in my armpit. It then spread to the outer edges of my biceps. I ended up ditching the stick, airing out my pits, and starting over. From what I understand it was caused by the baking soda, which is a common ingredient in natural deodorants. Now, here comes Farmpit. This is a brand that really caught my attention because it stripped away all the BS. So I took my chances and tried out a stick of the Life’s Lemons.
Two things that stand out to me about this deodorant in comparison with the other that I used up to that point: not only did the deodorant glide onto my skin better (a factor I had not even considered until that point), but it did not irritate my skin. Looks cool, smells great, glides on smooth, and doesn’t irritate my skin? Take my money.
Last thing I’ll say here: When you’re out shopping for all natural deodorant, and you look on the back of each label, chances are fairly high you’ll see a warning. It might say something to the effect of, “Product may irritate skin.” OK, but then… why would I want to use something that gives me a rash?