Why You Should Go Natural
Less than 20% of the chemicals in many of our everyday products, like deodorant, are assessed for safety in the United States. Even worse, some popular deodorants contain ingredients that are clinically-demonstrated carcinogens, neurotoxins, and reproductive toxins that deposit in the body and add up over time, which is known as bioaccumulation.
Scientists long held the belief that the skin was a strong, impenetrable barrier to the outside world. So for a long time, many deodorant brands failed to give their ingredients list a second look because what we put on our bodies was not always connected to our health. But, recent research has turned this belief on its head by demonstrating that when we put something on our skin, it can enter our bloodstream without being metabolized.
Hearing all about transitioning to natural deodorant, but still haven’t made the switch yourself? Maybe you’re scared about the myth of the detox period, or you’re just too complacent with the deodorant you’ve grown to love over the years. We totally get it. But if you have any inkling of curiosity about going au naturel, read on because your health might just might depend on it.
While more research is needed to deduce whether regular deodorant use is correlated with health issues, like breast cancer, the jury is not out on concerns of bioaccumulation. There is no doubt that our body is an open and connected system, meaning that our lifestyle and the products we use have a greater effect on our wellbeing than was once previously imagined.
Many traditional deodorants on the market are actually antiperspirants. If you use a roll-on, or aerosol spray, you’ll likely find zirconium tetrachlorohydrex or aluminum chlorohydrate in the active ingredients list. These ingredients are actually forms of aluminum that clog underarm sweat glands that shut down normal perspiration. And while there has been no direct link between deodorants containing aluminum and cancer as of yet, such speculation has led consumers to become more mindful about what they’re putting on their bodies. What is known is that aluminum may cause gene instability in breast tissue that may play a role in promoting tumor or cancer growth. It’s even been found that over half of all breast cancers begin in the upper outer part of the breast, right near the underarm. Certainly, such a statistic is not enough to connect all aluminum-based deodorants with breast cancer incidence, but it has caused eyebrows to raise.
If the aluminum concern alone isn’t enough to make you switch, consider parabens. Found in many popular antiperspirants, parabens are synthetic preservatives. Research suggests that parabens are pesky endocrine disruptors that can interfere with the production and regulation of hormones, like estrogen. The concern is that we apply deodorant close to or on the estrogen-sensitive tissue of our underarm and breast, which may thwart our endocrine system’s balance and promote the growth of diseased cells. Keep in mind that chronic diseases, like autoimmune conditions and cancer, are complex, multi-stage processes that take years to develop, so it’s nearly impossible to pinpoint one exact cause. What you can do is take the steps to put yourself in a position of better health by using a paraben-free deodorant.
It’s unsurprising that the hallmark of any effective deodorant is that it smells good. And, because everyone wants to smell fresh, nearly all deodorants are scented. And if you looked at the ingredients list of any conventional deodorant or antiperspirant, you wouldn’t learn much about what was used to scent it. Unfortunately, “fragrance” and “parfum” are protected under trademark secret, which means that consumers are often left in the dark about what ingredients are used in scent formulation. Plus, elusive “fragrance” has been linked with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory conditions, and reproductive issues.
If you’ve tried any natural deodorant, have you wondered why so many of them feature the same scents? Most natural deodorants rely solely on essential oils to achieve their signature scent, which is why singular notes, like lavender, eucalyptus, and tea tree, are commonplace. For those switching from antiperspirants or conventional deodorant brands, such limited aromatic selection can be a discouraging and may even deter one from trying an all-natural formula.
Enter Corpus— A natural deodorant containing scientifically artful and aromatically complex scents while maintaining all-naturally derived ingredients. For years, other natural deodorant formulators struggled to unlock the next evolution of natural fragrance without compromise. But, Corpus has mastered it.
Make Natural Deodorant Your First Switch
Corpus does not contain any potentially harmful chemicals. And, it’s just as effective as the brands you’ve used your entire life— plus, it smells better too. Most deodorants marketed as “natural” are misleading because they often only “contain natural ingredients.” Corpus doesn’t cut corners or formulate with just a few natural ingredients. Corpus is completely naturally derived.
If you’re curious about switching to natural products, start with deodorant. You’ll likely spend over 3 and a half days of your life applying deodorant, so why not make sure you’re lathering on something that’s not only good for you, but also formulated with the most recent and advanced science in mind. Trust us, Corpus is not a thick paste DIY kitchen recipe, rather it’s a high-quality, luxury formula that took years for body care and beauty industry experts to perfect. Beyond the unparalleled formulation, Corpus is sustainably manufactured to also decrease the environmental impact.
Swapping out your go-to deodorant for Corpus is easy. But, let’s be real— many people are intimidated or afraid to switch to a natural formulation because they believe that doing so requires an underarm-detox-period where they will sweat and reek of unbearable body odor. Luckily, there is likely no or only a minimal detox period when switching from your name brand deodorant to Corpus. Did you catch that? Switching from other deodorants to Corpus’ natural formulation is a minor adjustment for your body. Switching from antiperspirant to deodorant (any deodorant, natural or not) and you should expect an adjustment period.
Trust us, giving up your pore blocking antiperspirant will have your underarms thanking you in the long (and short!) run. Our propriety formulation goes on lightly to neutralize body odor without harsh synthetics, and will even keep you fresh after sweaty workouts and stressful life moments.
Written for CORPUS by Leigh Winters.
CORPUS IS A COMPLETELY NATURALLY DERIVED VEGAN DEODORANT MADE WITHOUT SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCES. OUR WATER-BASED, LONG-LASTING FORMULA CONTAINS NATURALLY DERIVED ENZYMES AND PLANT EXTRACTS.