The down low on BO

One square inch of your skin has about 650 sweat glands that need to be free and clear to get on with their important jobs. Most antiperspirants work by blocking, clogging and closing your pores with powerful astringents so they can’t release sweat. But you want to sweat (you NEED to sweat) – it’s the body’s natural cooling process, and aids in detoxification by letting the toxins out.

Sweat itself is actually quite odourless, but body odour, on the other hand, is caused by bacteria that lives on your skin and breaks down sweat into certain acids. Deodorants help to combat this process and fight the stink, but many of the recognizable brands on store shelves are loaded with synthetic fragrances, preservatives, and chemicals that you certainly don’t want to rub anywhere on your skin, because if it’s on you, it’s in you. You can visit EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database to look up if what you’re using is safe.

Lucky for all of us, there are a number of truly clean and effective deodorants available today that prevent BO with natural antiseptic agents and ingredients we keep in our kitchen (and even eat!) – brands like Bare Organics, and Leaves of Trees, or you can even make your own.

None of us want to offend those around us with our stink, but there is a better way. Here’s hoping for a hot summer, not a smelly one!