It's the top of the year, and I am still living in the New Year, New Me mentality. I have been detoxing in two major ways for the past few weeks. First up, is Body Back, which is a program offered through Fit 4 Mom. This detox is more of a purge of bad habits. I am getting back into the routine of exercising and preparing meals in the home for myself and family. More to come later on Body Back.
Another detox that I am 100% on board with is the Armpit Detox. Have you ever heard of such a thing? Those of you who have tried and used natural deodorants might know what I am talking about here.
In the past, I have been using an antiperspirant deodorant. It has always worked just fine. I had never really put too much thought into my deodorant, but after becoming acquainted with American Provenance, and learning about natural deodorant, I started to see this everyday product in a different light.
I found out that many of my coworkers were into the natural deodorant movement. We are all scientists, and work closely with various chemicals and additives that are added to food products to extend shelf life and ensure food safety. I was not as up to speed on some of the controversy surrounding personal care ingredients as I am now.
Many of us are concerned with what we put IN our body, but we sometimes neglect what we put ON our bodies.
The main ingredient that comes under question in antiperspirants is aluminum. Studies are inconclusive to date surrounding claims around breast cancer and Alzheimers, however, I suggest conducting your own research on aluminum and then make a decision on personal care products that best suits your lifestyle. Include parabens into your research as well (which is used to preserve traditional deodorants). Other compounds that are found in antiperspirants that you will not find in American Provenance are phthalates, propylene glycol, formaldehyde, and antibacterials.
Lucky for us, we have many options when it comes to personal care. After using American Provenance deodorant for 4 weeks, I am a HUGE fan. I love its clean label, which is composed of Coconut oil, Beeswax, Shea Butter, Arrowroot powder, Aluminum-FREE baking soda, and essential oil blends. It goes on smooth (thanks to the coconut oil!) and lasts all day long.
There are several differences between natural deodorants and conventional antiperspirants. The aluminum ingredient in antiperspirants acts as a plug for your underarms. Everything that is trying to escape as you move throughout the day is trapped. From my point of view, there is not anything natural with blockage of this type!
With natural deodorant, you do sweat. However, the aluminum-free baking soda neutralizes odors, and the essential oil blends keep you smelling great throughout the day. Sweating is natural - it is our way of cooling off and purging toxins. Why would we want to put a stop to that?
As you convert over from conventional deodorant to American Provenance, an armpit detox takes place. Think of this as a purge of all the toxins that the aluminum has been trapping in for years. Don't get too excited, nothing super crazy takes place, you might just feel like you are sweating a bit more during this time. Some people report a mild rash when switching from conventional to natural, but I did not experience this at all.
I love the story behind American Provenance. The company was started out of a realization that there needed to be more natural offerings on the market for consumers (especially for men). Kyle LaFond is the founder of American Provenance. He started his company on his farm in Blue Mound, WI. He would give out his handmade products as gifts to his friends and family, and they encouraged him to pursue his passion for natural personal care full time.
Kyle works with a local tattoo artist on the artwork design for his minimalist packaging. There are four signature women's scents, and four signature men's scents. My favorite scents are Daggers & Diamonds and Virtues & Vices. Other products in the line include lip balms, beard balm, after shave, bar soap, salve, and body spray.
The lip balm is amazing - it is composed of almond oil, beeswax, shea butter, mango seed butter, essential oils, and vitamin E. It goes on smooth and lasts for hours. Some lip balms leave me needing more and more throughout the day, and I believe this is because the additives in them cause irritation to my lips. The American Provenance balms last for hours and feels great. My personal favorite is the peppermint.
You can find American Provenance online, but most recently, you can find it at the Grand Opening of the Whole Foods in Wheaton, IL (taking place on January 25th!). Other Whole Foods locations that stock American Provenance are in Wauwatosa, WI, and Streeterville, Chicago.
Currently, this brand is carried in over 70 retail stores across the country. They have also partnered with several online distributors that you may be familiar with, such as Uncommon Goods, Refinery, ScoutMob, and Good Being.
I'm forever on the natural deodorant bandwagon - it's too bad it took me this long to catch on! But you can't know what you don't know, and now I know!