Updated: Sep 10, 2019
If there is one thing that I have learned about being truly healthy, it is that the process consists of not only what you do for your body, what you put in your body, but also what you put on your body each and every day. Ever since my mom got breast cancer when I was young, I have started to become so much more aware of the various chemicals, parabens and toxins that are added into our daily home and personal care products throughout the US. Did you know: Compared to Europe, who bans over 1000 chemicals, the US only bans only 11! To me, that is mind blowing. Also, ladies, on average we put around 168 chemicals onto our bodies before we even leave for work in the morning...CRAZY!
Over the course of the past few years, I have learned that in order for me to avoid any of these added chemicals, I have to take the matter in my own hands and find new brands to support. That means no more Covergirl, Neutrogena or even Clean and Clear, but rather finding brands that do not put me and my health, or my future family, at risk with every use. That said, in addition to slowly switching out my shampoo, conditioner, face wash, dry shampoo and makeup, one of the main things I was sure to replace was my deodorant. Now, when you begin your journey to nontoxic living, swapping out personal care products can be the most intimidating - but I promise there are options out there!
With the amount of deodorants out there that are laden with so many chemicals (including aluminum which can lead to so many issues including breast cancer, Alzheimer's or impaired cognitive function), I knew it was a priority that I needed to switch out. However, my frustration was finding a natural, non-toxic deodorant that still smelled good AND actually worked. I won’t lie, I sweat a lot and am extremely active, so finding this wasn’t easy. But the day finally came!
I was at a bloggers event one time in the city and was given a little swag bag of goodies at the end, which contained a small deodorant stick from a company named Rooted Athlete. I was skeptical at first, as I had already tried so many other brands in the past…. but this one turned out to be a game changer. I automatically was drawn to the brand since “Athlete” was in the name….so naturally, it had to be a good match. Their deodorants not only manage my sweat really well (and don't lose their scent), but they also are all USDA organic, aluminum free, certified vegan, cruelty free, and chemical/toxin-free. I have used other brands in the past as well where the various scents can irritate my skin, but I haven’t found that to be the case with Rooted. Ever since that initial bloggers event I have been using Rooted Athlete daily and I love it! I would highly recommend the brand for anyone trying to make a safer choice Check out their website for more information. Want to learn more about WHY natural deodorant is so important (and a great place to start when changing out your products)? Read more here!
Some other clean beauty brands that I really like for other things besides deodorant are:
Make sure to do some research and know what is in your products! I am always happy to help anyway that I can. I hope this helps you to make some healthier choices when it comes to skincare/personal products. Cheers to a healthier, happier, non-toxic life!