Post # 1
Hi – I am wondering if anyone switched from using mainstream antiperspraint to an all natural deoderant during pregnancy? Antipersperant has aluminum which is well know to cause problem in normal people, so I am assuming it is not good for a fetus. I tried using Toms all natural deoderant and it is NOT working. Any input would be appreciated!
Post # 3
@missbbc: I used Toms before and now during pregnancy. When you say it’s not working, do you mean you are smelly, or just damp? As far as I know, any natural deoderant is not going to have an antipersperant, because that’s the aluminum or otherwise chemically part. So by going natural you kind of have to adjust to a little wetness here and there, because it doesn’t stop you from sweating, but you shouldn’t be smelly 🙂 You could try other scents? Or my mom uses the mineral ‘rock’ type deoderant and really likes it. But if Tom’s isn’t right for you, there are lots of other natural brands – I’ve used Burts Bees, Kiss My Face, Desert Essence, Earth Science, and Avalon Organics brands in other products and like them all, so you have options! Vitacost.com is where I do a lot of my HABA shopping and they have awesome prices 🙂
Post # 4
I used Ban before and now during my pregnancy. My OB didn’t say anything about changing deodorants. And I need something that keeps me dry and unstinky, so going without the antiperspirant part just wasn’t going to happen.
Post # 5
Thank you! I’ll try those different brands. I am smelly (i knew I would be damp) – not good since all my work clothes have to be dry cleaned and dry cleaned clothes don’t smell that good in the first place!
Post # 6
@missbbc-Are you supposed to change deodorant? I have never heard of that.
Post # 7
@missbbc: I feel your pain. I’ve never been pregnant, but when I switched I had a lot of trial and error. I find Tom’s did nothing whatsoever. The thing I have the best luck with is the crystal (crazy, I know, but I’m not the first person I know to have success with it). This is the one I’m talking about:
Some friends of ours swear by making their own with coconut oil and xanthan gum. I also like the Burt’s Bees spray, mainly for its smell – dry and herbally.
Post # 8
I have tried every kind of natural deodorant, I am an all-natural person- but it is the one thing that I cannot go natural with. I have never found one that works. I am a teacher, so I can’t really risk it. I have tried every natural brand. The closest one to being okay is Kiss my face- (they changed the scents so I can’t say which one is best- and I don’t know if they changed the formula too) otherwise Nature’s Gate Autumn Breeze. Really though, I use Secret Clinical Strength and it is the only thing I use that is not natural. (I even clean with vinegar and baking soda- I am hardcore- but natural deodorants don’t work in my experience.)
ETA: Here is some information:
From what I can tell, the deodorant is not yet directly attributed to breast cancer, (although I know aluminum is not good!) but what seems to be definitely a positive correlation (as in- related to earlier diagnosis of cancer- in younger years) is shaving. Note how it says women that shaved and used antiperp. since 16 years were diagnosed with BC at a younger age. Just thought I would mention it.
Post # 9
I just use my regular old deodorant, my docs and midwife never said not to and they carefully went over the no nos with me.
Post # 10
I use the “naturaly fresh” brand they sell on GNC. The thing with cristal deodorants is that you need to let you bdy get used to it. It could be a month before it works 100%. I’ve been using it for years now and I can forget to put it on up to 2 days without smell.
Post # 11
Tom’s works for me for about 12 hours and then I start smelling not-so-great. I’ve also used Arm & Hammer Essentials, which seemed a little better, lasting more like 16 hours, but that’s not fully natural since it has triclosan in it. I haven’t tried any other brands yet, but once I’ve used all the Tom’s, I’m going to look through what they have at Whole Foods and try something else.
So yeah, I’ve had success with natural deodorant keeping me smelling fine, just not for long enough. If I re-apply then I can extend that time. But if it’s not working for you at all, I’m not sure what you should try.
Post # 12
Apple Cider Vingear, preferably organic. Braggs is a great brand. Put some on a cotton ball and apply to your underarms. Some people do it before they shower, then rinse off a little. Or you can also just do it without a rinse and give yourself a few minutes for the vingear smell to disapate. Either way it works great. Try it.
Post # 13
Thanks everyone! I am just going to start going through all your suggestions until I find something that works. The apple cider idea is interesting – maybe I’ll just keep a bottle in the shower.
@cbee: Thanks for the link!
Post # 14
Also, to the ladies that asked if you need to switch – my OB didn’t say anything – this is just something I decided to do.
Post # 15
now DEODORANT is bad during pregnancy? geez….
Post # 16
I am not pregnant, but I try to use as many natural/organic products as possible. Tom’s doesn’t work for me, either.
I really like LaVanilla brand deodorant and Lush deodorant. Neither of them stop perspiration completely, but they minimize it and they smell great!
(Warning: The LaVanilla is pretty spendy, but worth it, IMO, because I went through SO MANY $5-$10 natural deodorants before finding this one that actually WORKS. Lush is less expensive at $7ish. I don’t think Lush smells as good as LaVanilla, but it seems to work a little better at preventing pit sweat…)
That’s my 5 cents.