Aluminum compounds, parabens, and zillion other chemicals that I'm not too hot about... why would I want to smear them on my skin? On a sensitive part of my body and allow them to be absorbed into my bloodstream?
In the grand effort to get chemicals out of my life, I ditched deodorant a few months ago. It's been alright really. When I stink, I change my shirt and/or take a shower. Issue solved. But I sweat a TON. It's the south and I spend a lot of time outside - garden, walking, a run, biking. My head sweats, my back sweats, my knees sweat... so then, why is it just out pits that stink?
I am amazed to report that it's all about bacteria!! How exciting! I'm fascinated with bacteria these days. I've spent the past month studying our gut and all the wonderful (and not so wonderful) bacteria coating our intestines and mucus membranes. I'm not surprised it's bacteria hanging out in our pits that causes the stink.
According to NPR, "When the bacteria break down the sweat they form products called thioalcohols, which have scents comparable to sulfur, onions or meat. "
It's really super fascinating, except commercial deodorants either block up our sweat glands or they kill off ALL the bacteria (and killing them all off is never a good idea).
I'm on the hunt for a natural solution, but I think I'm ok with just taking a shower as needed for the time being. Wish me luck and let's hope my personal bacteria is balanced... or is on the way to balance soon!
But, is it necessarily a bad thing to stink a bit from time to time? Why do we shun this part of our person ecosystem? What do you use? Do you make your own? I'd love to hear from you!
Source - NPR: Meet The Bacteria That Make A Stink In Your Pits
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