If you’ve been following me or reading the blog for any length of time, you might know that I’ve recently been passionate about finding more natural options for things like household cleaning products, makeup and body products. I’ve shared a few of my favorites on the blog, and more recently I’ve been talking about some things like my favorite BB cream on my Instagram story (follow me there if you’re not already!) I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while, because I’ve been keeping a bit of a secret: the fact that I detoxed my armpits and went without deodorant for the last 9 months before finding a natural solution I felt comfortable with. I wanted to share the process here, and hopefully encourage some of you to consider making the same change!
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When Ezra was born, I spontaneously decided I wanted to quit wearing deodorant/anti-perspirant – of course I’d been using it almost every single day since I was 11 or 12 years old, but suddenly something didn’t feel right about applying a product so harsh to such a sensitive and lymph-node saturated area of my body. I’m no doctor, but a quick Google search will bring up several different articles and studies in regards to the effects of prolonged aluminum exposure from conventional deodorants, harmful parabens, and even breast cancer. Since I was planning on breastfeeding, I became uncomfortable with the thought of absorbing those anti-perspirant chemicals into my body, and potentially passing them – however small the amount – through breastmilk. There’s few things you can control when you become a parent, and I figured this was one thing I could take into my own hands, so I decided to go for it.
Whether it’s smoking cigarettes or going to yoga class, quitting anything cold turkey is going to have some sort of effect on your body – one day, you just decide to deprive it of that “thing” it’s had for the last several months, years or even decades, and suddenly you’re all off-kilter. I had researched armpit detoxes before, I knew a little bit about what to expect, I read all about slowly using anti-perspirants less and less, but I didn’t want it to be some big long process, I wanted to just quit cold turkey. Mostly because I hate waiting for anything and need instant gratification, let’s just be real here, HAHA. I woke up one morning, grabbed my stick of Degree, threw it in the garbage can and never took it out, never bought more “just in case”, never used it again.
Also need to put a sidenote in here for all the moms reading this who know how bad postpartum body odor is. I mean like…it’s really bad. At least it was for me! So my logic was: I already stink, I’m not planning on leaving my house any time soon, so what better time than now to just get it out of my system (literally). Also, shoutout to my loving husband, whom I had many conversations with along the lines of:
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