So Hilary, why did you set out to create the best natural deodorant and not the best natural antiperspirant?
Like most informed consumers, we prefer natural products over chemical-laden ones, so I set out to create the best natural deodorant there is, because it’s impossible to create an antiperspirant without chemicals. There’s a lot of debate about whether or not the aluminum in antiperspirants is linked to cancer or Alzheimer’s and I’m not willing to let my body be a guinea pig while the argument roars on. I don’t think most people are aware the the FDA classifies antiperspirants as a drug. I mean seriously think about that.
How are antiperspirants a drug?
They use chemicals to alter the body’s natural functions.
First, it’s absorbed by the ducts leading to each sweat gland, where it causes the cells to swell and squeeze the ducts closed. At that point, sweat can’t get out. Over time, it gets absorbed into the bloodstream, the swelling goes down and the sweating begins again.
The crazy thing is that the FDA would consider any kind of chemical-induced swelling in the body “harmless.” Swelling is always a reactive sign that your body is in distress. Look it up in any medical journal and you will see it is always classified as an abnormal increase in size and a reactionary response to something threatening. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my cells and glands experiencing an abnormal increase in size on a daily basis.
So you believe our bodies prefer deodorant to antiperspirant?
Absolutely. The thing about the natural movement is that if we respect our bodies and allow them to function as they are designed to function by choosing the best natural deodorant and natural products we can find, you will find that our bodies really do know best.
Any final thoughts?
Yes – fashionistas will appreciate the fact that the best natural deodorants, like pHresh, never damage clothes, but guess what does? The aluminum used in antiperspirants.