Let’s talk deodorant!
My oldest daughter (11 yo) expressed a need for deodorant this past summer which made me start to really think about products that we use on our bodies. I'm embarrassed to admit but when it comes to me, I’m less on top of it and can be downright irresponsible when it comes to my physical health (I can’t even remember the last time I went to a GP, I’m way overdue for a PAP test and have skipped plenty of dental visits). Hmmm sounds like a topic I need to cover on another day :)
Anyway, since Emma’s armpits have never been exposed to “non-natural” deodorant, I thought it was a perfect opportunity to start fresh and introduce her to products that may be better for her. I made the transition to using natural deodorant about a year ago. My friend Devon sells this amazing No-Tox Deodorant in her shop which I used for long time and highly recommend it. One of the perks of owning Meus is that I get the opportunity to test out all kinds of products that are sent to us. Nala reached out a few months ago and introduced me to their line of deodorants. I loved the story behind how Nala got started and happily started using the Extra Strength Sandalwood & Bergamot formula and now we carry the line! I won't lie and say there aren't days where I still reach for my Super Strength Degree - when I know it's going to be humid, 90 degrees and not in the mood for wet patches on my blouse!! (Not proud of it.) I have ways to go. Have you made the switch and do you have a favorite product?
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What are the benefits of natural deodorant?
Sweating is good! Sweating helps you regulate your body temperature and release toxins that have made their way into your system. Chemical-filled traditional deodorants tend to clog pores and make it harder for your body to sweat the way it needs to. Organic deodorant still helps to prevent odor by keeping natural bacteria from mixing with the salt and water on the skin while allowing your body to sweat, as it should.
Natural deodorant is free-form meaning it is free of the following;
Aluminum: changes your estrogen receptors; linked to liver, kidney and brain issues
Parabens: mimic estrogen in the body; cause cancer
Propylene glycol: considered a neurotoxin; known to cause liver and kidney damage
Carcinogens: substances that can lead to cancer
Phthalates: interfere with, mimic or block hormones
Cruelty: Products are not tested on animals
Here are some other interesting articles to check out if you're interested in learning more about making the switch:
Great as a nightly deodorant to support the transition from free-form deodorants. Cooling peppermint means you can wake up refreshed, especially for those that associate as hot sleepers.
Strength: Gentle Strength
Our most gentle formula. The perfect base for when you need the protection of deodorant without the addition of baking soda. Uses arrowroot powder, tapioca powder, and kaolin for absorption to keep your pits feeling fresh. Can be used daily or for days where you’re feeling particularly sensitive.
Sandalwood, the smoothest of all of the wood notes and reminiscent of freshly chopped wood meets sweet citrus hued bergamot for a healthy, refreshing and healing combination. Safe and free from toxins, this aluminum-free deodorant safely neutralizes underarm odour by using botanicals and scientifically validated ingredients of the highest quality.
Strength: Extra Strength
Our strongest formula. This base has our highest concentration of baking soda for days when your body and mind are asked to step up to life’s demands.
Gentle hues of sun-drenched lemons meet a hint of rose scent for a perfectly delicate and refreshing pairing.
Strength: Regular Strength
A little goes a long way. 2 swipes is all it takes. In the beginning reapply as necessary.
More about Nala:
In 2013, Mila Juristovski Bosnic and Ada Juristovski lost Alan—Mila’s husband and Ada’s father—to cancer. As a biotech engineer, Mila had spent most of her career developing drugs, but when her husband was diagnosed with lung cancer, she felt helpless. They tried every possible treatment to fight Alan’s cancer, both mainstream and alternative, but nothing really worked. The experience opened Mila and Ada’s eyes to the importance of taking care of our bodies and the harmful substances we are exposed to everyday. When Alan passed away, the they decided to channel their pain and grief into something positive and create something that would help other people avoid this pain. “It’s either going to kill you or you can do something with it,” Mila said.
Mila and Ada launched Nala, Alan’s name backwards, in 2017. It’s a clean, free-from beauty line that currently sells three natural deodorants with three different strengths and scents. Their goal was to make products that serve a purpose and were free of harmful chemicals, like carcinogens, aluminium, parabens, and other usual offenders in the cosmetic industry. The mother-daughter team wanted their products to be safe, reliable, and efficacious. In a world where it seems like everything gives you cancer, Ada says Nala is one thing people can rely on. With Ada’s marketing and tech background and Mila’s chemical engineering experience and MBA, the two have successfully built a brand that encourages everyone to care about themselves and their loved ones, starting with their skin.
*The information on this this newsletter or on our website is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.