A few years ago I started down the path of discovering natural deodorants. I heard about and then began researching studies suggesting a link between aluminum (active ingredient in most antiperspirants) and breast cancer as well as Alzheimer’s. Now, I will admit these studies are not 100% conclusive, and the health community is still very insistent that antiperspirants with aluminum are totally safe for use by all. But for me, wearing regular antiperspirant was no longer an option. After all that research, it just didn’t feel right for me to put a known toxin onto my skin to be potentially absorbed into my lymphatic system. I was not okay with putting a known heavy metal on my largest organ- my precious skin!

I began to wonder and look into what other options I had now that traditional antiperspirants were out of the question. While at Target one day, I grabbed my first bottle of natural deodorant. I think it was the Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting Deodorant in the Lavender scent. Honestly, I was under the assumption that it will be as easy switching to something natural. Boy was I wrong!

Overall, it was a long process of detoxing and trying out many new products for well over a year before I finally beat the “funk” that happens when you stop using traditional antiperspirant. The key thing to remember is, it WILL TAKE TIME for your body to adjust to a natural deodorant. You have to give the product at least 3-4 weeks to kick in and have your body acclimate. In my experience, it may even take up to 2 or 3 months. During this time you will be sweaty and musty and sometimes down right funky. My husband certainly wasn’t a fan of me going through this process. That is until I sent him the breast cancer studies I had found. Both his grandmother and aunt had gone through breast cancer and he didn’t want his wife suffering from it too. He actually ended up switching to a natural deodorant right then and there as well and has never gone back!

After about a year of switching from one brand of natural deodorant that didn’t work for me to another, I was still only mildly satisfied with any of my results. Then, I hit the natural deodorant holy grail, coincidentally, right back in that same isle at Target! I will admit, the name and packaging is what drew me in but the vegan ingredients, 24-hour protection and NO aluminum added was what sold me. This holy grail of natural deodorants is Love Beauty and Planet in the murumuru butter & rose scent. It smells so good! It is mainly floral but very subtle and light and leaves me smelling fresh. Plus, it really does work for 24-hours as promised; even through a rough workout or just a really hot day. This deodorant is also 96% naturally derived, cruelty-free, aluminum-free, paraben-free, & alcohol-free. It uses ingredients like rosa damascena flower extract and grape seed extract.

While, it does come on a little wet (which is common for natural deodorants) that has never bothered me much. Since the day I bought my first stick, I have never used another brand. The fact that I finally have found something natural that doesn’t have me walking around smelling like hot garbage is enough of a win for me! This one is for sure one of my all time favorite products and a major Honey, Yasss!

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