Save Your Pits! Avoid the Dangers of Toxic Deodorants & Antiperspirants.

Schmidt's_Natural_Deodorantby Kerrie Bross

If you’re looking to eliminate toxins in your everyday life, then toss your villainnous deodorants and antiperspirants. Most deodorants and antiperspirants are loaded with toxic ingredients linked to many diseases. Check out the list below to see what toxins may be lurking in your stick. Or skip right to the end to see our new all natural deodorant line.

Common Toxins in Deodorants & Antiperspirants

Aluminum-Based Compounds – Aluminum compounds are the ingredients responsible for clogging the pores in the underarm area, thereby reducing sweating. Studies suggest there is a relationship between underarm antiperspirants/deodorant use and the development of breast and prostate cancer due to the aluminum compounds messing with estrogen levels. Other studies suggest that increased aluminum compounds in the avoid_toxic_deodorantbody may disrupt proper neurological function and can lead to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Need another reason to avoid deodorants with aluminum? Aluminum kills the less odor-causing bacteria in our armpits, making it so the more odor-causing bacteria can thrive. That’s right, the use of deodorants and antiperspirants with aluminum actually make us more smelly. Natural deodorants with no aluminum will automatically help with odor because they don’t kill the beneficial bacteria in our armpits.

Parabens – Parabens are the preservatives most often used in the skincare industry. They get into our system quickly, even when applied topically, and mimic estrogen. Although they are only found in minuscule amounts in deodorant or antiperspirant, they are found in so many products that it can add up quickly. The big concern is the cumulative damage done from years of repeated daily exposure. Interfering with estrogen has been linked with breast cancer, in both women and men, and prostate cancer. Look for natural deodorants, sunscreen and other skincare without nasty parabens.

Phthalates – Phthalates are often hidden on skincare labels as “fragrance” but are plasticizing chemicals often used for their texture and their ability to help dissolve other ingredients. Phthalates is actually a huge class of chemicals, and not nearly all of them have been studied, but those studied have shown scary results. In the past few years, researchers have linked phthalates to multiple neurological issues like low IQ, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders and other neuro-developmental issues & behavioral issues. They have been connected with breathing problems like asthma. Some other biggies researchers found links to are breast cancer, obesity and type II diabetes, as well as altered reproductive development and male fertility issues. Clearly, the less we get of these in our bodies, the better! A good natural deodorant will not contain any phthalates or artificial fragrance.

Propylene Glycol – Propylene Glycol is another ingredient that has multiple questionable health risks. It is a common food additive and is often used as a base for many skin care products. Although it is FDA approved, toxic levels have been associated with cancer, heart  disease, reproductive issues, developmental abnormalities, and endocrine complications. Many people get skin irritations or have allergic reactions to this common ingredient. Infants cannot properly process Propylene Glycol, meaning they can get toxic levels in a much shorter amount of time than adults. Pregnant and nursing mothers should avoid it. Lastly, Propylene Glycol helps the body better absorb anything it comes in contact with, making it easier for other toxins to enter our bodies. Again, check your labels. Natural deodorants will not contain this toxic chemical.

Triethanolamine (TEA) & Diethanolamine (DEA) – TEA and DEA are known carcinogenic chemicals that can permeate the skin and negatively affect the liver and kidneys. Europe has already banned the use of these chemicals because of their known cancer-causing risks. And so have all the manufacturers of quality natural deodorants.

What Should You Use Instead of Toxic Deodorants & Antiperspirants?

Don’t worry, you don’t have to walk around a sweaty, smelly mess to have healthy armpits. Just switch to a non-toxic product like Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant. Schmidt’s Naturals was started in 2010 when the founder was pregnant and on a mission to develop a natural Schmidt's_sensitive_skin_natural_deodorantdeodorant that was actually effective. And we think she did a fantastic job of it!

Schmidt’s invests in research and testing to ensure their deodorants are all natural, non-toxic and free of any controversial or filler ingredients. Schmidt’s developed their award-winning formula to naturally and effectively neutralizes odor without the use of aluminum or any other toxic ingredients. And it is 100% made in the USA!

Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant is enriched with natural minerals and essential oils, contains no artificial fragrance, and is easily absorbed so you only need to use a small amount. What’s more, they use natural powders to help absorb wetness. Schmidt’s Deodorant is also cruelty- and gluten-free and certified Vegan.

We Put Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant to the Test!

The last natural deodorant I tried gave me quite an irritation and even a weird bump under my armpit after using it for a while. These went away when I stopped using it, so I blame the deodorant. I’ve tried other brands that seem more like I’m spraying on a nice fragrance to mask my own smell. They didn’t really work on odor or wetness. I decided to try Schmidt’s Geranium Sensitive Skin Formula for myself because of my reaction to the last natural deodorant. I am extremely impressed!  Firstly, it goes on very easily, very smoothly. I tried a couple different brands that the texture was so bad – too thick and sticky even – that I had to toss them. Schmidt’s Natural Deodorants have a great smooth texture that goes on easily.

I know what you’re thinking. Nice texture is all well and good, but does it work on odor and wetness? Well, we got our initial order of Schmidt’s Naturals at the end of last week, right before a weekend of skiing at Attitash Mountain and dancing our butts off. It is late in the season, soNatural_antiperspirant it was a little warm for skiing in the Northeast, in the 40’s. But, it withstood the potential stink of a teenager skiing on a warm day! And, Saturday night was a huge party and dance night with a super fun 70’s band, Motor Booty Affair. I was out on the dance floor shaking my booty, literally shoulder to shoulder, with a crowd of people. At the end of the night I was not stinky and I had no sweat stains under the armpits of my silky long-sleeve shirt. So impressed!

Test Schmidt’s For Yourself!

We put it to our tests, and think you will be equally impressed when you put it to your tests. Give any Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant a try, and if you don’t like it, send it back. We have a 60 day money-back guarantee on all Schmidt’s products. Let us know what tests your Schmidt’s Natural Deodorants pass!

What’s in your body lotion? The Best Natural Skin Care Products

natural_skincareBy Ali Wetherbee

The skin is our body’s largest organ, accounting for about 8 pounds of the average adult. Because our skin is so porous, it absorbs nearly everything that comes in contact with it. That’s why natural skin care products are so critical to our health. Studies have found that skin absorbs more than 64% of chemical contaminants (up to 100% in sensitive areas such as the underarms) and 100% of chemical fragrances. More than half of skin care products contain chemical ingredients designed to enhance penetration, which means even more of these toxins are absorbed into our bloodstream.

Why Choose Natural Skin Care Products?

In one day, the average person is exposed to 126 different chemical ingredients via skin care products, including sulfates (including sodium lauryl sulfate), parabens, glycols, dioxin, dimethicone, PABA, formaldehyde, chemical sunscreens, diethanolamine, monoethanolamine, triethanolamine, triclosan, plus chemical dyes, pigments, and fragrances. A whopping 95% of personal care products contain pthalates, endocrine disruptors linked to developmental disorders and neurotoxicity as well as cancer. Even skin care products labeled “natural” often contain synthetic ingredients and toxins — one estimate found 35% of “natural” children’s products contained synthetic preservatives linked to health problems such as allergies, nervous system issues, and hormone disruption.

Many of these dangerous skin care ingredients are banned in other countries, but here in the U.S. we each have to actively work to eliminate these ingredients from our homes and our bodies. Switching over to natural skin care products that are safe and non-toxic can be a daunting process, but it is completely worth it to ensure that only the best natural and organic ingredients are absorbed into our bloodstreams! Check out these safe natural skin care products from Nourishing World.

Golden Essence Natural Skin Care Products

rk_body_lotionGolden Essence Raspberry Ketone Body Lotion is appropriate for the hands, feet, elbows, and the entire body. With no oils or parabens, this is a non-toxic lotion with the added benefits of raspberry ketones. Pure raspberry ketones aid the body in detoxification and fat burning, plus tighten and tone skin, all while moisturizing dry areas of the body. Rub this raspberry ketone body lotion into trouble areas of the body to burn fat and firm the skin.

rejuva_180_face_moisturizerIdeal for both women and men, Golden Essence Rejuva 180 Face Moisturizer is a luxurious face moisturizer which minimizes the fine lines and wrinkles that come with aging. Enriched with raspberry ketones, Golden Essence Rejuva 180 improves skin elasticity and combats the free radicals and UVA damage that can lead to skin cancer. This natural skin care product contains no oils or chemicals, and no parabens, dimethicone, synthetic fragrances, or toxins. Golden Essence Rejuva 180 is safe for the entire face, including the delicate areas around the eyes and the soft skin around the neck.

Green Pasture Natural Skin Care Products

GPBeautyBalmGreen Pasture Beauty Balm is made from nutrient-dense oils including high vitamin butter oil, fermented cod liver oil, and organic coconut oil. The nutrients from these oils — vitamins A, D, and K, plus omega 3 and 6 fatty acids — are absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream to boost levels of these critical nutrients in the body. Beauty Balm smooths skin, reduces wrinkles, and evens out the complexion. It can also be used on acne, rashes, eczema, and sun spots to improve these skin conditions naturally.

Blue_Ice_Calm_BalmCalm Balm is a natural menthol camphor muscle rub you can massage into the skin to reduce muscle pain, stiffness, and soreness. Calm Balm is also a great natural alternative to vapor rub, and alleviates stuffiness and congestion associated with colds. Green Pasture Calm Balm contains the same nutritious, healing oils as Beauty Balm, with menthol and camphor to ease aches and pains.

Living Clay Natural Skin Care Products

Living_Clay_bentonite_detox_deoderantSafe, non-toxic deodorant that actually works and keeps you smelling fresh all day is hard to come by! The natural skin care products from Living Clay contain detoxifying bentonite clay to help draw out toxins and neutralize odors. Available in two scents — lemongrass sage and lavender — Living Clay Detox Deodorant will keep you dry all day, with none of the toxic and carcinogenic ingredients in other deodorants.

Bentonite_cleansing_clay_face_maskIf you’re looking for a refreshing, cleansing face mask, this bentonite clay mask from Living Clay is one of the top natural skin care products available. Living Clay Bentonite Face Mask removes skin impurities while softening the skin. With only two ingredients — bentonite clay and purified water — this face mask is free from the additives and toxins found in other face masks.

Bentonite_Face_&_Body_ScrubClean and detoxify your skin with Living Clay Face & Body Scrub. Made with bentonite clay, jojoba, tea tree, grapefruit seed, and peppermint essential oils and ground walnut hulls, this body scrub is so invigorating and refreshing! After rubbing Living Clay Face & Body Scrub into your skin, you leave in on for a few minutes, and you’ll feel it go to town waking up your skin & your mind as it draws out toxins and impurities.

If you’re looking for great natural skin care products to combat signs of aging, Living Clay Rejuvenation Face Cream and Living Clay Wrinkle Release Cream work great alone and even better together! Made with bentonite clay and nourishing oils, the Wrinkle Release Cream helps reduce wrinkles and fine lines and smooth the skin, while the Rejuvenation Face Cream hydrates and leaves skin looking and feeling younger, naturally.

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Perfect Supplements Natural Skin Care Products

coconutoilWe usually think of using coconut oil in food, but Perfect Coconut Oil is also one of the easiest, healthiest, and most nourishing natural skin care products available. It’s safe enough to eat! Simply rub a spoonful of Perfect Coconut Oil between the hands to melt, and then rub into dry, itchy, or rashy areas.

Perfect-Lip-NutrientsAfter trying this lip balm, I wanted to throw out all my other little bottles of various brands of chapstick! Perfect Lip Nutrients goes on so smooth, has an amazing lemony smell, and actually moisturizes the lips. With other brands of lip balm I found myself constantly reapplying throughout the day, almost as if they were causing more dryness, but with Perfect Lip Nutrients, once a day is plenty!

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Walkabout Emu Oil is an oil rich in vitamins D, E, and K plus omega fatty acids. Rub this nourishing oil into your skin to reduce wrinkles and signs of aging and promote skin regeneration. In addition to providing transdermal fat-soluble vitamins, emu oil is excellent for alleviating aches and pains. Walkabout Emu Oil is non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog your pores.

Wedderspoon_Manuka_HoneyHoney for the skin? Yes! Wedderspoon Manuka Honey provides a natural face lift as it tightens and softens skin. And if you’re suffering from a skin condition such as acne, eczema, or psoriasis, manuka honey is a great remedy. Apply a light layer to the affected skin and bandage the area to give the manuka honey the chance to fully absorb. Manuka honey has amazing anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties and can even help heal wounds and reduce scarring.

ancient_minerals_magnesium_massage_gelAncient Minerals Massage Gel is another excellent natural skin care product for those with eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, acne, and other skin conditions. Ancient Minerals lotions, oils, and gels deliver elemental magnesium through the skin, supporting skin and cell health while providing numerous additional health benefits, particularly for the 75% of the population with magnesium deficiency. The Ancient Minerals Massage Gel remains wet on the skin to truly nourish and hydrate the skin. You can leave it wet or wash it off after 20 minutes. Ancient Minerals Magnesium is also available in oil form, as well as in a lotion ideal for sensitive skin.

Natural Skin Care Products for Spring & Summer

One final note: it’s not too soon to be thinking about sunscreen and bug spray! As the days grow longer and we spend more time outdoors, it becomes vitally important that we have safe, toxin-free products to protect us from everything from bug bites to UV damage. Check out Nourishing World’s entire natural skin care product selection to find these and other safe, healthy natural skin care products for the whole family.