By Ashley Graf


I know what you’re thinking. “Been there, tried that, makes me smell like I spent three years in a cave.” But what I’ve learned in my mere 25 years on this planet is that using deodorant with ingredients you can actually pronounce is probably a lot better for you than using deodorants with ingredients like “cyclopentasiloxane.” …Ah, yes. That.

Here are three reasons why you should make the switch to natural deodorant.

What you’re currently using probably has ingredients linked to health issues.

Antiperspirants and many deodorants contain aluminum. These ingredients are used to help block your pores so you sweat less. Most notably, aluminum is linked to both Alzheimer’s Disease and breast cancer. This evidence isn’t overwhelming, but the lack of evidence doesn’t make up for the other not-so-great ingredients, like parabens and phthalates, which can cause hormone issues and promote the growth of cancer cells.

Natural deodorant brands like, Madame Lemy, offer all-natural, vegan and cruelty-free, limited ingredient deodorant. Madame Lemy provides effective and all-natural alternatives to controlling odor and wetness without exposure to harmful chemicals.

Less chance of irritation.

Scented deodorants typically have an ingredient of “fragrance” listed. The problem? We don’t really know what that “fragrance” is made up of. These fragrances can cause allergic reactions and skin irritations, leaving us with a look that screams, “I just finished filming as a contestant on Naked and Afraid.”

Many natural deodorants use essential oils, derived from plants, to add fragrance, decreasing the potential for a lot less irritation and increasing all the refreshing smells.

Sweating is good for you.

I know our last priority is looking like we woke up in a sauna, but it’s actually healthy for us to sweat. Sweating is our body’s way of regulating its own temperature – without it, we would overheat. Not only does sweating help control our body temperature, but it gives us the opportunity to detox toxins in the body.

BRB, ridding my bathroom of all conventional deodorant.

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Author Bio: Ashley exited the womb into this life with a fierce love for food, theatre, and breaking socially-constructed gender-norms in the dating scene. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelors in English, concentration in professional writing, and minors in journalism and classical voice. Some of her experience includes interning for FashInvest (now Women’s Wear Daily) and award-winning food critic, Craig LaBan. Ashley started writing professionally the summer before her senior year of college, and has written about topics such as fashion, food, law, music, entrepreneurship, beauty, fitness, health, and even ghostwrites. When she’s not writing or singing at funerals, Ashley’s covering her kitchen in homemade pasta and taking care of her fish, Fish. Ashley could not be more excited to be a part of the AMFAM team.