My Top 5 Deodorants for Sensitive Skin

My Top 5 Deodorants for Sensitive Skin

 

I became aware of the dangers of aluminium in deodorants when I was in my teens.  As dementia is common on both sides of my family, I definitely knew I wanted to avoid it, let alone the links between antiperspirants & breast cancer.  Instead, I used perfumed body sprays that were (and still are) so popular with girls & young women, not realising at the time how much they can mess with hormones.  I tried a natural spray deodorant based on tea tree oil, but it barely lasted a few hours before I started to stink.  I then tried one of those solid crystal deodorants, only to end up with irritation that looked like a chemical burn.  In the bin with that!

I tried so many different things over the years, with limited success.  Several years ago, I realised a lot of the newer natural deodorants on the market were based on sodium bicarbonate.  I tried dusting bicarb powder on my armpits & found it was amazingly effective!  I went on to try a couple of pastes with bicarb which were great…..until the itch started.  The itch quickly turned into peeling skin that had me wanting to rip my armpits off.  I had developed a sensitivity to bicarb and was back to square one.

As it turns out, I was not the only one and I started seeing bicarb-free deodorant pastes in the shops.  Huzzah!  I have tried pretty much every one I’ve come across & wanted to share my top 5 with you in case you are a sensitive flower like myself – LOL.  All are Australian made, natural and cruelty-free.

 

1) No Pong – Low Fragrance, Bicarb Free

No Pong is nothing short of fantastic.  I find it lasts 2-3 days with no smell, which is how often I shower (daily showers make my skin worse).  It has a lovely subtle scent, using some of my favourite essential oils.  It’s the same blend of oils they use in their original formulation, just at a lower concentration.  They’ve actually dubbed their deodorant as an “anti odourant”, which is probably a more accurate description for a product that prevents the odour forming in the first place. It’s also palm oil free, which is great news for the orangutans.  However, if you’re vegan, you may prefer the other deodorants I have listed as No Pong does contain beeswax.No Pong Bicarb Free Deodorant | www.unitywellness.com.au

Ingredients: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Magnesium Hydroxide, Diatomaceous Earth, Beeswax, and a reduced concentration of our fresh, gender neutral, proprietary blend of 100% pure, Australian certified organic essential oils consisting of Orange Sweet, Vanilla, Lemongrass, Cedarwood Atlas, Bergamot, Lime, Frankincense, Ylang Ylang, and Geranium.

RRP: $6.95 + Shipping from $3 from their website, $9.95 from retailers for a 35g tin.

Tins can be reused or recycled via roadside collection.

Available HERE

 

2) My Shay Sensitive

I had the opportunity to try the bicarb-free version of My Shay shortly before it was released on the market.  My Shay is based on certified Fair Trade shea butter from West Africa & certified organic coconut oil.  All the My Shay products are hand-blended & poured about half an hour away from me in Hobart, so it’s great to buy from a local small business!  My teenage daughter, who spends several hours a week getting sweaty at dance classes, said she likes My Shay more than No Pong, preferring both the smoother texture & subtle citrusy scent.  I find it doesn’t last quite as long (1, maybe 2 days), but I definitely like the texture more.  It is also the least likely of all the pastes to leave any white marks on dark clothes.

This is also the option for you if you’re vegan, as it’s free from beeswax & other animal products.  Tara who makes it is vegan herself, so this was super-important to her.My Shay Sensitive Deodorant | www.unitywellness.com.au

Tara took out both Gold & the People’s Choice Award at the 2019 Australian Non-Toxic Awards for her regular Lemon Myrtle deodorant (with bicarb) and her original scent was also a Finalist, so she definitely makes top-quality products.  She has had a number of people tell her that her bicarb-free deodorant has actually healed irritated and eczema-prone skin, which is amazing!

Ingredients: Tapioca Starch, Coconut Oil*, Shea Butter*, Magnesium Hydroxide, Cacao Butter*, Kaolin Clay, Diatomaceous Earth, Candelilia Wax. Olive Oil, Essential Oils of: Lavender, Lemon Myrtle, Sweet Orange, Red Mandarin, Peppermint & Cedarwood. *=Certified Organic

RRP: 30g tin $11.99 + Free Shipping / 4 x 30g tins $35.99 (save 10%) + Free Shipping / 65g jar $19.99 (Free shipping on all orders over $35)

Tins & jars can be reused or recycled via roadside collection.  Tara has also recently started using cardboard eco-pots, which are biodegradable, compostable & recyclable.

Available HERE

 

3) Good + Clean Deodorant Crème

I’ll admit that this was a “you had me at Sandalwood” purchase.  I really can’t go past anything with Sandalwood….nor can my daughter apparently, who looked at me intensely & insisted we weren’t leaving the store without buying the Santalum Deodorant.  There are 3 other varieties available: Nerolina (Beauty Shortlist Wellbeing Awards 2019 Finalist), Piperita (Beauty Shortlist Wellbeing Awards 2019 Winner) & Ternifolia (unscented), but it’s all about the Santalum in this house!

Like My Shay, this deodorant is vegan & hand-made, although somewhat further from us on the Gold Coast, and it’s palm oil free.

The first thing I noticed (after the beautiful scent) was the silky, powdery texture of the crème-to-powder formula.  It’s much softer than the other deodorants and very easy to spread without having to wait a few seconds for it to warm to body temperature.  They say on their website that it’s a non-staining formula and it’s true that there’s no lasting stains, but I do find it leaves white powdery residue on dark clothes, so you need to be careful getting dressed or be prepared to wipe down your clothes with a damp cloth.

Even though I love this scent the most, I do find that I react slightly to something in it (possibly the almond oil as I’m a bit iffy with nuts), but this is my daughter’s top choice.Good + Clean Santalum Deodorant | www.unitywellness.com.au

As a bonus, Good + Clean donates 10% of every sale to land and ocean conservation projects.

Ingredients: Tapioca Starch, Magnesium Hydroxide, Prunus dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Diatomaceous Earth, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Vegetable Glycerine (Palm-free), Candelilla (Euphorbia Cerifera) Wax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil, Essential Oils: Rosewood, Cedarwood, Orange, Buddha Wood, Peru Balsam, Australian sandalwood, Frankincense, Benzoin, Lemon, Vetiver, Juniper, Vanilla.

RRP:  70g tin $22.00 / 4 x 70g tins $80 / Free Shipping on orders over $75 / Afterpay available

Tins can be reused or recycled via roadside collection.

Available HERE

 

4) Black Chicken Axilla Paste – Barrier Booster for Sensitive Skin

For months, I saw people RAVING online about Black Chicken deodorant.  It seemed to be the go-to amongst lovers of non-toxic products.  It sounded great, but it was another product with bicarb.  Then (drumroll), they released their bicarb-free version, Barrier Booster.

It lasts 1-2 days, spreads easily & smells lovely.  It’s vegan-friendly & palm oil free.  The oils and fatty acids actually help to strengthen sensitive skin, reducing sensitivity over time.

They also have an agreement with Terracycle where you can send back any Black Chicken packaging that can’t be recycled via roadside collection (at your cost) & you’ll receive a $10 e-gift card to use on their website.Black Chicken Axilla Barrier Booster | www.unitywellness.com.au

Ingredients: Butyrospermum Parkii* (Shea Butter), Cocos Nucifera* (Coconut oil), Borago Officinalis* (Borage seed oil), Camellia Oleifera* (Camellia Tea oil), Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E oil), Vegetable Glycerine* not derived from palm oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla wax), Magnesium Hydroxide, Amorphous Silica (Diatomaceous Earth Powder)*, Manihot Esculenta (Tapioca).

With essential oils of: Citrus Paradisi (Pink Grapefruit essential oil), Citrus Reticulata (Mandarin essential oil), Pelargonium Graveness (Geranium Bourbon essential oil), Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang essential oil).

*Certified Organic ingredients.

RRP: 75g plastic jar $19.50 / Free shipping over $75 / Afterpay available

PET jar bases can be recycled in roadside collection.  Lids may need to be returned to Black Chicken for recycling as there’s no recycling code on them.

Available HERE

 

5) Woohoo Mellow

Woohoo was probably the first paste-style deodorant I tried, although I started with the Urban scent that does contain bicarb.  It worked well until I couldn’t tolerate it.

Even though they did all they could to balance the pH of their original formulas, it wasn’t enough for us super-sensitive types, so they created Mellow.  Not only is it bicarb-free, it’s also the only deodorant in this list that contains no essential oils, which can also irritate some people.  That makes it a great choice for pregnant & breastfeeding women who want to avoid essential oils, or those who just don’t like scented products.  Like all except No Pong, this deodorant is vegan-friendly.Woohoo Mellow Deodorant | www.unitywellness.com.au

Ingredients: Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Manihot Esculenta (Tapioca) Root Starch, Magnesium Hydroxide, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Kaolin Clay, Euphorbia Cerifera Cera (Candelilla) Wax, Triethyl Citrate, Zinc Oxide (non-nano), Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer Diheptyl Succinate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Activated Charcoal Powder

* Certified Organic Ingredient

RRP: 70g plastic jar $17.95 / Free Shipping on orders over $100 / Afterpay available

Jars are reusable or recyclable in roadside collection.

Available HERE

 

As you may have noticed, Magnesium Hydroxide (AKA ‘Milk of Magnesia’) is a hero ingredient in all of these deodorants due to its ability to safely kill bacteria on the skin.  Magnesium is required for over 300 normal processes in the human body & most of us are deficient in it, so this is a much healthier option to aluminium salts which are neurotoxic and block sweat glands.  On that note, none of these deodorants will stop you from sweating, and that’s a GOOD thing.  Sweating is a great detoxification pathway which we don’t want to stop, but the ingredients in the deodorants will slow the growth of odour-causing bacteria on the skin.

With all of the pastes, the application method is the same: apply a pea-sized amount under each armpit & gently massage into the skin.  Easy as!

So that’s my top 5 deodorants for sensitive skin.  Although they are all similar in ingredients, there are subtle differences that will affect which choice is right for you.

 

I’d love to know which one you love the most, or if there’s any others you think I should try, so please comment below 😊

 

Top 5 Deodorants for Sensitive Skin  |  www.unitywellness.com.au

 

 

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

 

Father’s Day 2018 is only a couple of weeks away, so if you’re looking for something other than socks & undies this year, I have a few ideas below to suit Dads of all tastes.

 

The Tech Head

Whether on his phone or laptop all day for work, or he likes to spend his spare time watching Netflix or gaming, here are some gifts to reduce the impact of EMF radiation on the geeky Dad in your life:Father's Day Gifts | Tech Dad | www.unitywellness.com.au

  1. Laptop Radiation Shield – reduces the electromagnetic exposure when using your laptop by 92%.
  2. Airtube Headset – Regular headsets transfer 3x more radiation into the ear via metal wiring but Aircom A3 Airtubes stop the radiation! Available in black or white.
  3. Anti-radiation phone covers – to suit iPhone 5/5S/SE, 6/6S, 7 & Samsung Galaxy S7
  4. mobileFloww or personalFloww – Floww® products transform the electromagnetic radiation associated with wireless communications into biological, body frequencies.

 

The Gourmand

  1. Fathers Day gifts 2018 | www.unitywellness.com.auLife Cykel Mushroom Box – get Dad growing his own oyster mushrooms. 
  2. Nature’s Tribe Chocolate – 100% Sugar Free, GMO Free, Gluten Free, Preservative Free, No Artificial Colours or Flavours, Vegan Friendly and Rainforest Alliance Certified sourced Cocoa.  Available in Dark, Paleo Mix, Wild Mint and Almond & Cranberry.
  3. Pickld Certified Organic Premium Seasoning Blends with spices & fermented lentils to add fibre, taste, texture & nutrition to meals. Available in 6 varieties – Coriander, Sesame, Coconut, Chilli Sesame, Mint and Spicy Coriander & Cumin.
  4. Organic Licorice – This Organic Traditional Licorice is made with real licorice roots, has no artificial additives and flavourings and is low in fat and preservative free.

 

The Sportsman

  1. Bfathers Day Gifts | www.unitywellness.com.auodie’z Protein Water – 4 drinks in 1 formulation as not only does each serve contain up to 30g of Whey Protein Isolate, it also contains vitamins, electrolytes and Branched Chain Amino Acids. Effectively, BODIE’z Protein Water could supplement your current protein shake, vitamin drink, isotonic sports drink and intra workout beverage.  Available in berry, orange & a variety pack.
  2. LifeCykel Vegan Protein powder containing pea protein, hemp protein & reishi mushrooms in 500g & 1kg packs
  3. Red Hippo Athlete blend to speed post-workout recovery
  4. Fitness Kick Book Pack – Motivation, self-image, a positive attitude, setting goals, creating healthy habits, what to eat, how to get your body alkaline, what makes your body acidic and what to avoid, the benefits of exercise, and an introduction to Matt & Monica’s Fusion Workouts, are all covered.  If Dad prefers an online/app-based program, they’ve got that covered with their 84 Day Body Challenge.
  5. For THOSE sports shoes, try the Fresh Feet probiotic odor-neutralising spray or the Fresh Foot mineral spray.
  6. Paramao Oil for relief of pain & inflammation, arthritis, sporting injuries, joint & muscle pain, tendonitis, sunburn, rashes, insect bites and more.
  7. Sanakey Pain Relief Device – fast, effective, drug-free pain relief.  Great for facilitating recovery from sporting injuries & relieving aching muscles.
  8. Minimal shoes to encourage proper form without slipping, whether lifting weights or doing yoga.

 

The Grandfather

Some gift ideas for the older Dad wanting to stay happy & healthy for his kids, grandkids & great grandkids.

Father's Day 2018 grandfathers | www.unitywellness.com.au

  1. Heart Health Pack – Reduce the cardiometabolic changes that come with age.
  2. Natural Harmony Body & Joint Rub – wonderful for all types of pain relief including Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Gout, Neck and shoulder stiffness, Headaches and Migraines, Pulled and Strained Muscles, Tennis Elbow. Also for relief of some skin conditions including Pimples, Eczema, & Psoriasis.
  3. Painmaster – Gentle but effective Micro Current Technology patches to help alleviate chronic pain.

 

The Dirty Dad

Magic Mud | www.unitywellness.com.au

For Dads who love to get grease on their hands, garden dirt under their nails, are partial to painting or are fishing fanatics, try the fantastic Magic Mud hand cleaner.  It effectively cleans & deodorises not only hands, but anything with grease & grime, so tell him to try it out on the stove, boat or BBQ, too!  Available in a convenient 300g tube or a value 5 litre pump bottle.

With the weather warming up, throw in a microfibre BBQ cleaning cloth or a car chamois.

 

The Zen DadFather's Day gifts 2018 | www.unitywellness.com.au

A man who at one with his spiritual side, who values the quiet times as much as the busy ones.

  1. Bodhi Organics SereniTEA with chamomile, lavender, mint & lemon, or maybe a Herbal Tea Lovers Pack or Winter Warmer Pack with 2 herbal teas & a glass diffuser flask.
  2. Various varieties of Hari Har Chai – Organic, Calming or Rejuvenating to name a few.
  3. Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser – A cool mist diffuser that doesn’t result in condensation problems like traditional diffusers that use heat.
  4. If Dad’s heart is yearning for a chance and his mind is seeking answers, then Awaken is the book he should be reading. Hailed as the most insightful spiritual book this year, Awaken is clear insight that will delight his heart and challenge his mind. Providing illumination on the path to freedom from the ego and towards true enlightenment and awakening. This book will provide a clear journey to reach what he is seeking.
  5. Give him the gift of inner peace, relaxation and mindfulness with a selection of guided meditations & sound healing recordings.

 

Every Dad, Every Day

To help Dad avoid the nasty chemicals in every day personal care products, many of which can also affect the quality & quantity of sperm (something to consider for Dads who want to expand their family in the future) here are some great products to fill the bathroom cabinet.Father's Day Gifts | Every Day Day | www.unitywellness.com.au

  1. Vitaman Shave Trio Pack – Shave Gel, After Shave Balm & Moisturiser with BONUS Face & Body Cleanser & Lip Moisturiser.
  2. Vitaman Complete Care for Him – Face & Body Cleanser, Face Scrub, Mud Masque, Face Moisturiser, Volumising Shampoo, Volumising Conditioner, Lip Moisturiser with BONUS Shave Gel.
  3. Vitaman Classic Skincare Collection – Face & Body Cleanser, Face Scrub, Mud Masque & a FREE organic lip moisturiser.
  4. Divine Company organic shave gel – buy 1, get one free! (free tube will automatically be added at checkout)
  5. Effective chemical free deodorant in Vetiver & Thyme, Vanilla / Bergamot / Lime or Fragrance-Free varieties.
  6. Magic Mud Man Body Wash.

 

These products all ship for $12.95 flat-rate per order, but new customers are eligible to receive Free Shipping on their first order over $99, plus a FREE GIFT!  Just register your free account & you’ll receive a discount code via email to enter during checkout.  All products also come with a 30 day money back guarantee.  Save yourself time & money this year by shopping online from these great Australian & New Zealand Merchants!

 

Father's Day Healthy Gift Ideas 2018 | www.unitywellness.com.au

MEDICAL DISCLAIMER

Unity Wellness provides health-related information to assist people in making their own choices.  While we have exercised due care to ensure the accuracy of the information on this site, it is not intended to be used as medical advice and it is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, nor should it be used for therapeutic purposes or as a substitute for your own health professional’s advice.  Unity Wellness does not accept any liability for any injury, loss or damage incurred by use of or reliance on the information provided on this website.

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This website is owned and operated by an independent InnerOrigin Advocate and is not endorsed by InnerOrigin Pty Ltd or InnerOrigin Australia Pty Ltd or any of their respective associated companies. Any opinions expressed on this website are made by, and are the responsibility of, the individual Advocate and should not be construed as a representation of the opinions of InnerOrigin Pty Ltd, InnerOrigin Australia Pty Ltd or any of their associated companies.

Fresh or Fatal? How fragrances in the products you use every day could be making you sick…very sick.

Fresh or Fatal? How fragrances in the products you use every day could be making you sick…very sick.

 

What’s your favourite scent?

Maybe it’s the warm, rich tones of a chocolate cake baking in the oven?  Maybe it’s your signature oriental perfume or the aftershave that guy at work always wears?  Maybe it’s the vanilla bodywash that leaves you smelling like freshly-baked cookies or imagining you’re in a field of flowers as you wash your hair? Maybe it’s the lemony freshness of your favourite cleaning spray or toilet cleaner that reminds you of the smell of the pine Christmas tree from your childhood.  Whatever it is, there’s no doubt that fragrances carry strong associations with them – good & bad.  Our sense of smell is connected to the limbic area of our brain – the same area responsible for memories & emotions – and product manufacturers know just how powerful this connection is.  Often, the way something smells will determine if we’ll buy that product again.

Layers, Donkey!  

Think for a moment about the products you use each day that are fragranced in some way, whether you use them on your body, in your home or at your workplace.  Here’s a list of things that the average person might use:

  • soap or body wash
  • shampoo & conditioner
  • hair styling products
  • deodorant
  • perfume / cologne / aftershave
  • skin care products
  • cosmetics
  • sunscreen
  • washing powder/liquid
  • fabric softener
  • kitchen cleaning products
  • bathroom cleaning products
  • air freshener (home/work/car) &/or scented candles

Most of those products will be scented.  If you read the ingredient list on the packaging, it may just say “fragrance” or “perfume”. Hmmmm, it’s just Apple & Berry Shampoo, right?  They must just use apple & berry extracts to make it smell like that? Sadly, not so much.

Say it 10 times fast: “Lax Labelling Laws”

One “fragrance” be created from any number of the 3100 chemicals used by the fragrance industry. Can you imagine how much room the products would take up in your home if the packaging was large enough to list each one of those ingredients?  Would you even buy the product if you knew how many chemicals were in there?  The manufacturers are only required to list “fragrance” or “perfume” as an ingredient.  The cosmetics industry (including fragrance manufacturers) is self-regulated & they are not legally obliged to list each component of the fragrance. There is also no requirement for these fragrances to be tested for human safety.  Now, while it’s unlikely that you’ll find all 3000+ chemicals in one fragrance, the average fragrance product tested contained 14 chemicals not listed on the label.  Multiply that by the number of scented products used each day & you can start to see the burden upon our bodies.

Phthalatest news

About 20 per cent of the population are allergic or sensitive to chemical fragrances. Symptoms can include a skin rash, hay fever, asthma, migraine, nausea, dizziness, fatigue or difficulty concentrating. These hypersensitivity reactions generally occur soon after exposure to the product, so it doesn’t take long to work out the trigger.

What’s more worrying are the longer-term effects these chemicals can have.  Many people these days are aware that BPA in plastics is not a good thing, so ‘BPA free’ has become a strong marketing point.  The main issue with BPA is phthalate (pronounced tha-late). Diethyl phthalate also happens to be one of the main ingredients in synthetic fragrances as it makes the fragrance longer-lasting.  It’s also a strong endocrine disruptor & a report by the WHO in 2012 showed links to early-onset puberty in girls, reproductive defects in boys (400% increase, mainly testicular issues), reduced sperm count in men (40% reduction), PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids & infertility. Around 70% of women have a hormonal disorder & 1 in 7 are classified as infertile.  Those who do get pregnant will detox via the foetus, as when fat stored on the mother’s body goes to the foetus for growth, it takes with it all the fat-soluble chemicals stored within.

Weight a minute…

Not only are we seeing unprecedented rates of endocrine disorders, cancers, autoimmune disorders & neurological issues, rates of obesity continue to rise.  Do you know how the body locks away excess chemicals that it can’t quickly excrete?  It stores them in fat cells.  And not the type of fat that’s easily converted to energy; the type that will maintain its integrity the longest to keep us safe.

Did you know that body fat is not inert?  It acts as an endocrine organ & interacts with the rest of the endocrine system to affect hunger, satiety, blood sugar regulation & general metabolism. Research suggests different obesogenic compounds may have different mechanisms of action, some affecting the number of fat cells, others the size of fat cells, and still others the hormones that affect appetite, satiety, food preferences, and energy metabolism.  Some obesogenic effects may pass on to later generations through epigenetic changes that affect when and how genes are expressed in cells, without altering the actual genetic code.

The products we use every day are potentially causing metabolic mayhem, regardless of diet & exercise, not only for us, but our unborn kids & grandkids.  It is even more important for women who want children to be aware of this when you consider that if you conceive a girl, the eggs that she will use to conceive her own children are developing when she’s still inside you!

Have we fallen into a mesmerized state that makes us accept as inevitable that which is inferior or detrimental, as though having lost the will or the vision to demand that which is good?
Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

Generation (Lyn)x

I remember the obsession with scented body sprays as a teen.  It’s an age when most people are acutely aware of their own body odor. With kids reaching puberty at an earlier age than ever before, they start using deodorant products earlier, which exposes them to endocrine disruptors for a longer period of their lives than any generation before them….right at a time of their life when there are significant hormonal changes already happening.  These chemicals are also neurotoxic & puberty is a time of significant changes in the brain, with the brain not considered fully developed until the early-mid 20’s.

I was recently helping my daughter with a costume change during a dance class.  We walked in to the bathroom where the girls were changing in the cubicles & I could hardly breathe.  They were spraying various deodorants on & I heard one of the girls say she had six different products in her bag!

It’s not just girls & women who love scented products.  Again during a dance class, a young man walked behind me as he entered the room & I immediately started sneeze-coughing.  I can only imagine how much cologne he’d sprayed on himself.  Now it’s no secret that teenage boys have a unique aroma all of their own, but they don’t realise that the very products they use to cover that aroma could be costing them their fertility or that of their children.

Thirty years ago, I wouldn’t have given a second thought to using these sorts of products, but knowing what I do now, I feel driven to get this message out.  I had the pleasure of meeting another Naturopath earlier this year at a business presentation & she shared a story about how she convinced her teenage grandson to ditch his popular brand of deodorant.  I re-tell the story in the video below:

Not only that, but think about when you go to the supermarket.  You KNOW when you’re in the cleaning products aisle, often an aisle or two before you get there.

For so long, we have associated these smells with ‘clean’, ‘fresh’ & ‘healthy’, but we now know the reality is far from that.

What you can do

These chemicals are insidious.  There’s probably nowhere left on the planet where you could completely avoid them.  What’s important is minimizing your exposure as much as you can through the choices you make:

  • Choose certified organic products when possible. They need to be free of synthetic chemicals as part of the certification process.  This is especially important for baby care products (this is a great range)
  • Choose unscented products, such as the deodorant in the video above
  • If you do want/need to use scented products, look for those which are lightly scented & use only pure essential oils
  • Make your own cleaning products without scents or use small amounts of essential oils. If DIY is not your thing, there’s a fantastic range of household cleaners here.
  • Replace regular perfumes with essential oils, either blended yourself or pre-blended.
  • Purchase natural perfumes that last longer than straight essential oils, but don’t contain any synthetic ingredients. They are available in a range of scents, including Rose & Lemon, Coconut, Incense & Neroli, Ylang Ylang (inspired by Chanel No.5), Rose, and even a scent for men to replace standard cologne.
  • Avoid those products you don’t really NEED, such as fabric softener which are highly scented.
  • Ditch the plug-ins, room sprays & scented candles. If your house is in need of freshening up, the first step is improved ventilation, but there are safer products such as this & this.
  • Use bicarb to absorb smells from carpet & shoes instead of fragranced powders & sprays.
  • Download the Chemical Maze app to instantly identify dangerous cosmetic (and food) ingredients with ease
  • Download the Think Dirty app which looks at the ingredients of 550,000+ products from over 3,800 brands

I also highly recommend you listen to this podcast with Therese Kerr from The Divine Company.  Therese speaks passionately about this topic as it is her mission to educate our young people so they do not have to go through significant health challenges as she did.

There is also a brilliant 8 minute video here that covers this topic so well.

Some people are so shocked when they learn about the health consequences of fragranced products that they want to throw everything in the bin immediately.  If that’s not a viable option for you, just replace one thing at a time as you finish it.  The products that you’ll want to change first are those left in contact with your skin – deodorant, facial care, hand & body cream, make-up, sunscreen & laundry detergent (residue on clothes).

There’s a fantastic documentary on Netflix called ‘Stink!‘ that I recommend watching.  You can watch the trailer here:

Comment below if you have any sensitivity to fragrances, of if you’ve noticed any changes in your health after switching to non-toxic products.

Also, please share this post with friends & family, especially those with existing health conditions or those planning on having children one day, to improve the health of future generations.

 

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Sources

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2008C0024

http://www.ewg.org/research/not-so-sexy

http://www.abc.net.au/health/thepulse/stories/2010/07/15/2954502.htm

http://davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/toxics/fragrance-and-parfum/

http://www.abc.net.au/health/thepulse/stories/2007/11/01/2078330.htm

https://www.fmtv.com/watch/depression-and-anxiety-therese-kerr

https://www.drdingle.com/blogs/dr-dingle-blog/toxic-chemicals-cause-weight-gain

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3279464/

 

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