What you need to know about deodorants, and your health!

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Deodorants are amazing!! They allow us to confidently move throughout our day, but we do need to be aware of what deodorant product we use, the ingredients in it and how it is actually affecting our body.


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A deodorant stops the ‘bad odour’ while an antiperspirant stops ‘sweating’. We never want to stop the body from naturally sweating so always opt for a deodorant over an antiperspirant. If you tend to sweat a lot especially without exertion or at night this is an imbalance in the body which can be easily treated with Chinese Medicine. The same actually goes for chemical and synthetic perfumes. They can strongly alter both our hormone (endocrine) and nervous systems.


We have several lymph nodes located under our arms. These are part of our lymphatic system which works tirelessly to filter body fluids and remove wastes. Antiperspirants usually contain Aluminium which is terrible for our health and as it blocks the sweating process it affects our lymphatic system. Also, with breast tissue being so close to this area (both men + women) we don’t want anything to be blocked or affecting natural flow.


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Body odour (or b.o.) occurs when bacteria breaks down our sweat into different acids. The trick to a good deodorant is that it should contain high amounts if antibacterial ingredients to combat this while also supporting gentle sweating to allow for the natural detoxification process.


Be weary of natural deodorants with ‘bicarb’ in them as many people can experience irritation which may not always happen straight away.


I know several people who don’t like the idea of using their fingers to apply a deodorant but actually this is a beautiful and easy way to gently massage our lymph nodes under our armpits.


Opting for natural and organic deodorants is always better for you and the planet and there is no need for chemicals to make these products work well. In the ingredients list, if you can’t pronounce it, if it’s a very long word or it has numbers it’s usually not good for you. Get familiar with what ingredients really are - in your skincare products and your foods. Aerosol sprays are detrimental to our health and the ozone so opting for glass or metal packaging for deodorants (and other beauty) is definately better.



HOW TO USE IT

It really couldn't get any simpler! As it's a balm just rub around 1/2 a pea size of deodorant balm under each armpit (preferrably clean, although if you're feeling a bit stinky already it will remedy that!). That's it. You're done for the day. If you're wearing something tight or black apply either after putting your clothes on (so you don't move fabric over the balm while it settles in ) or wait a few minutes after applying. It leaves no real residue if not rubbed off with fabric immediately. Super fresh, no overpowering smell (from the deodorant or your body odour) so you can feel confident all day.


I hope this sheds some light on the humble deo balm and can guide you well. I am still surprised that this little jar of goodness is the best seller (well tight winner with the 'Nourish Face Cream') and am blown away how many people have made the switch to a cleaner deodorant and continue to tell me that it works! Thankyou for all your kind words, it makes it worth all the effort to continue making these organic skincare products with love.




Miriam x

ILA + AVA organic skincare

'Clean skincare made simple.'


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