The sniff test!
So I started looking into deodorant options last year. Deodorants usually come in disposable plastic packaging which I am desperate to use less. Also a few people I know have struggled with Breast Cancer. They are absolute warriors and working on beating it into submission. But it made me think about things that can contribute to increased risk of developing the disease. These has been a suggestion that the aluminium used in antiperspirants may contribute to the development of breast cancer.
First I learnt about the difference between antiperspirant and deodorant. Antiperspirant tries to stop you sweating entirely, whereas deodorant allows you to sweat but tries to absorb some of the moisture and neutralises the small of it. Antiperspirant works by blocking pores which I hadn't really thought about before but blocking pores isn't usually healthy... Hmmm.
I have always thought I desperately needed antiperspirant (I have has issues with over production of sweat most of my adult life). However when I was on holiday (a stay-cation) I tried a natural deodorant in cardboard packaging. I was absolutely amazed at the results. I didn't smell awful at the end of the day. It didn't stick to my clothes. It wasn't difficult to apply. It didn't need drying time. It was awesome. It seemed a little expensive but it lasted so long - about 3 months!
I used this natural deodorant for about a year then decided around the start of 'lockdown' that I had a little more time on my hands so I made a batch of homemade deodourant. Four ingredients and 20 minutes later I had made a large batch of my own deodorant. I was also amazed by the results of this product. It was fantastic. My hubby refused to sniff test my armpits but I was impressed by the lack of odour. It has lasted forever too which is a bonus.
I can highly recommend this deodorant but there are loads of other options out there. You really don't need to make your own!
Be brave - give it a try.