28 days ago I was asked by the lovely team at Moo Goo if I would be interested in trying their fresh cream deodorant and to take on the 28 day natural deodorant challenge. It sounded a bit weird at first but after learning more about the benefits of going natural I thought why the heck not!
I’ve never been a very sweaty person and havn’t experienced problems with bad body odour before. I actually prefer to go deodorant free when I can. Though when I’m exercising or working I like to feel protected and fresh.
Having never tried a natural deodorant before I was somewhat skeptical to how it would perform against the big brand anti-perspirant I was currently using.
Before taking the challenge I learnt a few things about the differences between anti-perspirants and natural deoderants.
Here’s what I found out….
HOW ANTI-PERSPIRANT DEODORANTS WORK
Anti-perspirant deodorants are designed to slow down the production of sweat by blocking the sweat glands. The main and active ingredient being an aluminium compound.
HOW NATURAL DEODORANTS WORK
Natural deodorants kill odour-causing bactria and neautralize the smell of sweat rather than stopping it. They are made with natural anti-bacterial ingredients.
WHAT’S IN MY DEODORANT?
I thought it would be interesting to compare the ingredients from my current anti-perspirant deodorant with Moo Goo’s natural roll on.
Like a lot of people I never really thought about the ingredients in my deodorant. I knew it had chemicals in it but until reading this list it didn’t really worry me.
- Aluminum Chlorohydrate
- C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate
- Dicaprylyl Ether
- Butyloctanoic Acid
- Persea Gratissima Oil
- Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone
- Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate
- Polysorbate 65
- Butylphenyl Methylpropional
- Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone
- Benzyl Alcohol
With a total of 22 ingredients I was a bit shocked to see what I had been using on my skin. There’s a few ingredients in particular that are the reason people choose to go natural.
Methylparaben is a paraben that is used as an artificial preservative. It is being investigated for breast cancer links as it mimics estrogen which is said to play a part in breast cancer formation. Most major brands of deodorants in the U.S do not currently contain parabens.
Aluminium Chlorohydrate is an aluminium based compound and an active ingredient in anti-perspirant deodorants. It forms a temporary plug in the sweat duct preventing sweat to reach the skins surface. Some research shows that aluminium compounds can cause hormonal (esterogen-like) effects which may contribute to the development of breast cancer.
MOO GOO FRESH CREAM NATURAL DEODORANT RRP $8.50
- Magnesium Hydroxide (Milk Of Magnesia)
- Xantham Gum (Food Grade Thickener)
- Backhousia Citriodora Leaf Oil (Aussie Lemon Mytrle)
- Zea Mays (Corn) Seed Flour
- Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract
- Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract
I was pleasantly surprised that Moo Goo’s deodorant didn’t contain many ingredients. Even better was that they are all clearly explained on their website.
What I learnt….
Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract is used Instead of parabens to control bacteria. It’s a plant based ingredient that has high anti-bacterial qualities which helps to fight odour.
Witch Hazel helps to smooth the skin and reduce irritation. It is a well know natural astringent.
To read more about the other ingredients Click Here!
MY EXPERIENCE SWITCHING TO NATURAL DEODORANT
Here goes the big switch.The first few days were ok. I applied once in the morning and didn’t notice much of a difference compared to my anti-perspirant. The main difference just being that it was a roll on and had a much lighter scent (which I wasn’t too sure if I liked) To me it smelt a bit like lemon dishwashing liquid! I wasn’t quite used to waiting for it to dry either. (If your too quick to get dressed it may leave white marks!)
In the second week I noticed a big and kind of disgusting change. I applied the roll on as usual in the morning but during the day I could really feel that my underarms were sweaty. (and for me that’s weird as I wasn’t active or stressed) Though when I got undressed at the end of the day I couldn’t smell a thing. I think it was my body detoxing and adjusting to the natural deodorant.
By the third week my underarms were not having that sudden wet feeling. The deoderant was still neutralising any odour and I could tell a big difference on days I forgot to apply.
The last week was a breeze. I was convinced that Moo Goo’s natural alternative performed better than my regular anti-perspirant. I was even getting used to the lemony scent. On day 28 I did the ultimate test. A 20km bike ride. I was sure that a natural deoderant would not cut it. But I was proved wrong!
Verdict… Switched for good!
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