Call it a mid-life crisis, call it what ever you want, I’m really not fussed about the title, I’ve decided that things have gotta change. There’s been no defining moment in my choice to make a switch to a natural deodorant and a healthier way of doing things, it’s more a collection of events and realisation that my body IS a temple and its high time I looked after it.
You see this ‘temple’ has served me well. It’s carried 3 babies, survived a rebellious teen, endured sun, late nights, early mornings, processed foods, excessive chocolate, no scrap that, excessive sugar consumption and still lives to tell the tale, albeit a little battle damaged and weary looking.
Truth be told, my late 30’s / fresh into 40’s are probably my healthiest yet. I have more energy, better skin and hair and a happier mind and quite simply I want to keep it that way. Preserve it if you like.
It’s been a gradual transformation, starting with weaning out processed foods, then giving up meat (I still eat fish as my protein levels were suffering.) I also embarked on a fitness challenge to keep my energy levels up and I feel good, really good. (sing that bit it you like)
Don’t get me wrong, there are still days when I have cake for lunch and my stress levels are out of control but the difference now is that I have a reserve tank to deal with it. But there is room for improvement. I don’t get as much sleep as I should and it only figures that when I’m being so careful about what I consume, I should be more conscious about what I put on my body.
And anyway, considering that 60% of what you put on your skin ends up in your blood stream,my next step is to be very careful of which body care products I use.
My biggest and most daring change has been switching to natural deodorant. And it is daring, sweat is not the best accessory to wear on a sunny, challenging or just physically busy day. And B O is so 1960’s! I might be a smilie, jean wearing vegetarian but that’s where the cliché ends. And my greatest critics (that’ll be the husband and my tween) would be the first to pack me off to the shower with a bottle of Lynx (all male household here, it comes with the territory)
So you see why I said daring.
But Why Natural Deodorant?
It was after reading a blog post on the Oleo website which really got me thinking.
Most high-street brands rely on aluminum to keep your armpits fresh. The aluminium salts prevent you from sweating when the aluminium ions are drawn into the cells that line the sweat ducts. This can cause the cells to swell, squeezing the ducts closed so sweat cannot get out. As a result you can end up with sore lumps on your armpits. Even more worryingly, aluminum is a known neurotoxin that has been linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s.
Olivia Chapman, Oleo Bodycare.
It was the final line which really got me. With 2 close family members suffering from Alzheimer’s and another 2 with breast cancer that really struck a chord. I owe it to my boys and my wider family to try all I can not to put anyone else through the misery of seeing a relative suffer.
So I ditched the spray and welcomed a natural, aromatherapy based roll on (this Oleo fresh and fruity one to be precise) which doesn’t interfere with your body’s need to sweat. Sweating is a necessary function for your body to secrete toxins. Instead, this fast drying roll-on masks body odour with natural aroma of essential oils. Stone crystal works to kill any bacteria and I can safely say it seems to be working. Or at least no one’s complained yet.
I apply it a couple of times a day, and while I wouldn’t recommend it when wearing any clothes which show sweat stains ( unless it really doesn’t bother you, I’m a little scarred after years spent sniggering at Mr Russell’s blue sweaty shirt in chemistry lessons) the uplifting fragrance and health benefits far out weigh the need to keep your arms firmly to your sides on a warm day wearing a pink long-sleeved top. (that actually happened.)
So there you go; I’m took one for the team, tried out a healthier way of ridding the world of smelly armpits and it worked!
You can stand a little closer now. It’s fine, honest.