Embrace your inner earth mama with natural deos.

If there is one thing most people aren’t willing to take a chance on, it’s being funky under the arms. Nothing kills your appeal faster than smelling badly. I have long wanted to get rid of the heavy aluminum antiperspirant that I’ve been slathering on since my teens. But after a few failed attempts at finding a natural deodorant that works, I had given up.

I’m really not a fan of conventional deoderants and antiperspirants. I don’t want to soak up aluminum into my under arms every day. I don’t believe that we should prevent sweating. It’s a natural way of ridding our body of toxins. Blocking those sweat glands can’t be good for us.

Because of this, I decided to give it another go. I started out with a Naturally Fresh salt crystal. It’s like magic. You just get it a bit wet and rub it under your arms. There’s no heavy stickiness or yuk. It’s not an antiperspirant, it’s a salt the neutralizes the odor produced when you sweat. And to be honest, I find that I’m pretty dry when I use it. It also lasts forever. I’ve been using it for about 6 months and it’s still as new when I got it. Not bad for a $5 investment.

But that said, the salt crystal does not survive my punishing workouts. I don’t need to smell fresh as a flower at the gym, but gym etiquette does dictate that measures are taken so that the person on the neighbouring treadmill can breathe comfortably. But again, when facing the natural deodorant section at the health store, it’s really hard to know what will work and what won’t. I almost wonder why these people even bother making deodorant.

I discovered Garden City Essentials which had the ingredients I was looking for. Coconut oil, arrowroot powder, baking soda, tea tree oil, essential oils. All the good stuff you’d want in a natural deo. And it works exceptionally well. It comes in a jar and you just smooth about a pea sized amount on. It smells absolutely great. I use it in addition to the salt crystal during my workout and it’s awesome. I found it at Whole Foods in Yorkville [Toronto, Ontario] and it’s a Canadian product, made by a holistic nutritionist in St. Catherines. They have an online shop as  well.

One thing I want to note is that I eat a healthy and balanced diet and I don’t drink a lot of alcohol. I have already taken care of the internal factors affecting odor as well.

But if you are willing to part ways with the drug store brand you are using, these two together or on their own are great options!

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