Deodorants are something we’re more or less obliged to use when we enter puberty. Who wants to be the smelly unfresh person? But there are other ways to stay fresh than buying chemical filled plastic roll-ons.
How to make the change
There are lots of different recipes for homemade deodorants online. Just Google “homemade deodorant” or “DIY deodorant”. Most of them use coconut oil and baking soda as a base. If you don’t have time to make your own, you can find organic deodorants with minimal packaging, or find a natural mineral salt deodorant, which can even be found without packaging.
Why make the change?
Antiperspirants use aluminium and parabens to block pores and prevent sweating. Studies have linked the parabens to breast cancer, altough this is highly debated. Sweating is the body’s natural way of getting rid of toxins, so going for a natural deodorant without chemicals seems like a safer alternative. If you make your own product you cut down on the use of plastic packaging as well. Yay!
Be a climate ninja
Don’t use deodorant at all. This might seem very odd and unfresh. But not everyone sweats a lot. And the truth is that it’s not the sweat itself that is smelly, it is when the sweat gets in contact with dirt on fabrics that odors can occur. So keep your clothes clean and let your armpits breathe.