The Best Natural Deodorant May Be None at All : Exclusive Renegade Health Article

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If you get it right, you can lift your arms carefree — all the time.

It’s Q & A time here at Renegade Health…

Today, I’ve a question from a reader that I’m going to address in classic Renegade Health style.

This question asked about what natural deodorant I use, when I use it and — as I said above — why I think you might not need deodorant at all. (Except in extreme emergencies — which I’ve explained below.)

Let’s get started…

Robert wants to simply know the best product to frangrancize his pits…

“I need to find a nontoxic deodorant that contains a clove, lemon, anise, peppermint or raspberry perfume. Do you know of such a product? I would like a shave lotion made up from the same ingredients. If you know of any shave lotion containing of these, let me hear from you.”

Thanks for the question Robert…

In terms of the shave lotion, Annmarie’s Peppermint Body Wash is made with rosemary, peppermint and lemon balm. This is what I use to shave with a razor — when I choose to — which is quite rare. LOL!

It’s completely non-toxic, contains none of those nasty foaming agents, isn’t tested on animals and uses the highest quality of ingredients.

You can check this out here: Annmarie Gianni Skin Care Body Wash

On to the deodorant…

I personally haven’t used deodorant regularly in more than 5 years.

What’s even more impressive is that Annmarie has approved of my endeavor. The reason why? My armpits just don’t smell often any more.

As I’m writing this, I just confirmed this by taking a little sniffy-sniff and nothing but roses.

Well — to clarify — not roses, but no offensive smell at all.

So this obviously brings up the most important question:

“Do we need deodorant at all?”

First up, let me say that being in the personal care industry now for almost 3 years, I’m scared to use anything that I haven’t personally seen on the production line. Deodorants contain aluminum, parabens, propylene glycol and dozens of other chemicals that may or may NOT be listed on the ingredient label. So if there’s a way to avoid using them altogether, I’m in.

So to answer the question above — do we need deodorant — I say “yes and no.”

Here’s why.

I say no, because over the last 5 years, I’ve followed my nose and determined what foods actually make me smell — which surprisingly enough — has been quite successful.

For me, it seems when I eat a high amount of fat in my diet, my armpits smell all sorts of nasty. When I cut back and eat a higher protein and carbohydrate diet, the stench subsides.

I admit, there was a year or two when the cat wouldn’t even come over and lick my armpits (which he loves to do) because they were nearly radioactive in their emissions.

When I cut back on the fat, this seemed to go away quite quickly.

If there is a time that my armpits do smell a little riper than usual, I can usually link it to something I normally don’t eat or over-ate the day before.

My armpit smell also has subsided at the same time my hormones have come back into balance. And while I have no evidence that hormones are a factor contributing to armpit odor, it’s almost essential that you get your hormones checked and in balance regardless of a link or non-link to your underarms.

It’s just smart, health advice.

(NOTE: I almost feel like I want to link all health issues to our underarms, since it may even motivate the most stubborn of us all to do those hard things that are much easier to ignore.)

Anyway, the thought is that with a proper diet (one that works for you, not one concocted by some pseudo-expert) and balanced blood markers you shouldn’t smell.

I’d recommend you put it to the test.

Take a two week, do-I-really-need-deodorant challenge.

Just stop wearing it and see what happens. Take note of the foods that you eat and if they cause you to smell or not. Play around with your diet and see if you can get them to not smell at all — and on the other end, see what it takes to get them to a 10 on the offensive scale.

If you want you could even journal what you’ve eaten and if your armpits smell 6, 12, or 24 hours afterwards, but be sure to burn that diary after you’re finished in case a future guy or girlfriend discovers it.

So my thought is that maybe you don’t need deodorant, you just need an adjustment in your diet. (Please run this by your friends and close family members before attempting your experiment. Renegade Health assumes no responsibility for you having to sleep in another room.)

Here’s where I think “yes” is appropriate.

Now, the above is why I say no, but — I confess — there have been about a dozen times I have worn deodorant or antiperspirant in the last five years.

These are usually times when I’m required to wear a full three piece suit and hug a lot of people — read: weddings.

I’ve done this usually as an emergency application than a precaution, but now that I think about it — secondarily — it could be used in a preventative manner as a way to maintain credibility with friends and family to ensure them that you haven’t fully gone off the health nut deep end to forget about your own personal hygiene.

Your question of the day: Do you wear deodorant? Why or why not?

Live Awesome!
Kev

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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