Kahla and I have been making small changes in our lifestyles to make sure we are treating our bodies the best possible way that we can. That’s why we eat more organic fruit, vegetables and meats. Also, why we use shampoos and conditioners that are cruelty and paraben free and why we have been swapping out lotions and creams and basically anything that we put on our bodies that can be absorbed into our skin with harmful chemicals. We recently have been wanting to try natural deodorant BUT with many companies claiming to have the best it’s really hard to decide for yourself. That’s why we were so excited to partner with Scully’s natural deodorant. Why try natural deodorant you ask?
Well, did you know that every day you’re exposed to thousands of toxins and chemicals? There are over 10,000 chemical ingredients, some of them known or suspected carcinogens, in soaps, shampoos, lotions, make-up and beauty products, and other personal care products. One of the most harmful products (because of the chemicals) that both men and women put on their bodies is deodorant. Here a just a few that are very common:
1. Aluminum Compounds
Aluminum is the ingredient in antiperspirants that clogs your pores and prevents sweating. Aluminum exposure has been linked with the development of Alzheimer’s disease and interferes with your estrogen levels. When your body can’t process estrogen properly, there’s a higher risk for breast and prostate cancer.
This chemical is used in a lot of products these days as a preservative, but it is possibly one of the most harmful additives of all. Sometimes parabens act as estrogen in your body, which disrupts hormonal balances and has been linked to breast cancer and prostate cancer.
3. Propylene Glycol
If used every day, this chemical can cause damage to your central nervous system, heart and liver. It is also shown to irritate skin, especially if you have sensitive skin.
4. TEA and DEA
Triethanolamine (TEA) and diethanolamine (DEA) are chemicals can seep into your skin and affect your liver and kidneys. In fact, they’re so harmful that these two chemicals have already been banned from products in Europe because they are known carcinogens.
Sounds a little scary when you read it out loud, huh? After doing some research and being approached by Scully’s Natural Deodorant we decided to give them a try. What we loved about Scully’s is that it works for 12+ hours and the formula is non-staining. It has no parabens, aluminum, artificial fragrance, or anything on the label that we couldn’t pronounce ourselves. To prove it, this is what’s in it
- Triple-Filtered Alcohol from New York Grains
- Organic Mint Oils
- Organic Citric Acid from Grapefruit
It is even safe enough for pregnant and nursing women. Add on the fact it was made in the USA and we were sold.
Now I will admit that I wasn’t convinced until I tried it and was skeptical at first because it’s a spray. The directions say to use 3 – 4 sprays and then rub it in. I am also glad that they warn you that if it tingles it just means it working. Now it doesn’t tickle or sting, it just feels really refreshing, like you took a breath after having a mint. Also, the smell is not over powering at all. I was afraid I might be smelling like a peppermint all day, but to my surprise it was subtle. Most natural deodorants are using oils that just cover up the smell of the bacteria that your underarms produce BUT Scully’s special formulation of local pure-grade alcohol and organic mints actually kills the bacteria that causes the smell in the first place. Thank goodness because, the heat has been crazy here in Seattle and with no air conditioning it can get pretty hot. It kept me feeling clean all day and I never had an issue with smelling a little ripe towards the end of the day. Phew! I am a believer in natural deodorant finally and am so happy I found a product that I can feel good about putting on my body everyday.
You can try the product for yourself by checking them out HERE