Healthy Pits + Effective Deodorants

There has been a great deal of news about the hazards of antiperspirants and their toxic ingredients. Making the switch from a conventional deodorant to a natural deodorant can be challenging. There is a transition period as the body goes through a detoxification purging and reseting itself but don't sweat it. The transition is worth healthy, chemical-free pits!

We have traditionally used an anti-perspirant to help control perspiration. Anti-perspirants contain chemical ingredients that clog pores to prevent the release of perspiration, however, when sweat builds up behind the blocked ducts, it can becomes trapped beneath the skin resulting in bumps, swelling and a buildup of bacteria which causes odour. The acidity of these chemicals also causes a reaction with fabric that leaves yellow perspiration stains on our clothes.

Natural deodorant reduce toxic chemicals load on the skin and limit the likelihood of experiencing skin irritation. They contain a variety of beneficial ingredients that include baking soda (to neutralize odour and absorb sweat), witch hazel (a natural non-irritating astringent that evaporates sweat and soothes razor burn), antibacterial essential oils (prevent odour and the growth of bacteria) and mineral salts to create a temporary layer on the skin that is non-irritating, non-clogging, prevent the growth of bacteria and odour.

When transitioning to an all-natural deodorant, your body may need a couple of weeks to adjust. You may notice a detox period. This is your body ridding itself of your old antiperspirant and the chemicals in the antiperspirant.  You may notice a rash, heavy perspiration and/or odour. As natural deodorants control odour, not perspiration, you may need to be reapply throughout the day. until your body adjusts to the changes. Be patient. The process of finding the deodorant that works best for your body chemistry may involve trying a number of different deodorants.

Below is a detailed detox journey from Kaia.

 At ORESTA, we carry a variety of tried + true artisan natural deodorants. 

Meow Meow Tweet creates all-natural, vegan deodorants in cream and stick formulas. Their baking soda-free variety is ideal for those with sensitive underarms. The deodorants contain arrowroot powder to control moisture, shea butter and jojoba to moisturize and soothe dryness and essential oils to combat odour. 

K’pure Get Closer All Natural deodorants are created in Vancouver, BC. The light, whipped mousse texture is moisturizing, deodorizing and absorbs wetness. It contains organic shea butter, cocoa butter and almond oil to moisturize while the activated charcoal absorbs wetness and the baking soda and essential oils deodorize. Can also be applied to feet to control odour and wetness.  Canada on Apple

Kaia Takesumi deodorants (Ta-keh-su-mee is bamboo charcoal, a time-honoured Japanese secret for odour control and detoxification) deodorant is a combination of activated charcoal and natural fermentation technology that acts like a magnet to draw out toxins and fight odour-causing bacteria. The deodorants are baking soda free and stop odour for up to 12 hours.  Canada on Apple

Soapwalla deodorants are all natural, vegan and uniquely powerful. They contain superfine vegetable powders and clays, as well as essential oils to absorb moisture, discourage bacteria and combat odour. The frosting-like consistency allows for easy manual application and rapid absorption. Ideal for all skin types.

Locally produced Undercarriage deodorant is ideal for not only the underarms but also for under the belt, thighs and breasts. It is a great moisture repellent for those hot, humid days. The deodorant contains arrowroot, baking soda, beeswax, and oils for hydrating and silk dry finish. Available in 4 varieties: lavender, coconut lime, vanilla + unscented. Canada on Apple

Mbeze deodorettes are mini deodorants with a cosmetic look versus a deodorant stick that will conveniently fit in any clutch, makeup bag or even back pocket. They contain beeswax organic coconut, grape seed and sunflower oils, essential oil blends + zinc oxide. They are available in 5 varieties.

Our Beechwood gallery + Hintonburg Apothecary location will be open on Saturday 10am to 5pm and then closed for the Long Weekend only to reopen on Tuesday, September 5th. The Glebe confectionery will be closed Saturday, September 2nd until Wednesday, September 6th.

Wishing you a safe, fun-filled family weekend!
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