Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Avoid Toxic Personal Care Products

     I avoid most commercial personal and beauty products because they are loaded with potentially dangerous chemicals. The skin is the body's largest organ, and it absorbs toxins from the chemicals you put on it, which is why so many drugs now come in patch form to apply to the skin. What you put on your body is every bit as important as what you eat. This applies to cleaning products that you use as well, and my post on Healthy Natural Cleaning Products with recipe can be found here:

One of the biggies to avoid is anti-perspirant/deodorant. No one wants to stink, but sweating is one of the ways the body detoxifies itself. By preventing sweating and applying these chemicals you are  interfering with this process and adding to your body's toxin load. Women especially need to be careful since they shave their armpits which can cause damage to the skin and make it easier for the toxins in deodorant to enter the body. I use a natural crystal which is made of mineral salts, or more often I simply brush on baking soda. Works great and is non-toxic.

Diet plays a large role in body odor. I noticed that when I switched to a mainly whole foods vegetarian diet, my body odor decreased dramatically. Removing most of the processed junk from my diet meant my body had much less to try and detoxify.

I found a great article that is very thorough and well written by Vin Miller on his Natural Bias blog, titled Are You Poisoning Yourself To Avoid Body Odor, here, which I highly recommend you read.
 While not vegetarian, he covers a lot of health issues and I enjoy reading his blog regularly and share many of his philosophies.


iRaw September 2, 2009 at 4:31 PM  

Thank you for sharing this. There is a lot of good reading there and I also share many of his philosophies. Great post!

Tienne September 3, 2009 at 11:17 AM  

Yes! I totally agree. I started using baking soda as deodorant after the birth of my second child and I have never been as happy with anything as I am now. I use a combination of witch hazel and baking soda to cut down on irritation and bacteria build up, and I add a drop or two of essential oil to the witch hazel to get a nice fragrance.

And the bonus? The skin under my arms is smooth and exfoliated from the baking soda. It's the perfect deodorant!

janet September 3, 2009 at 8:43 PM  

That is a great idea to add essential oil to the witch haze1, thanks!

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