Do You Even Need Deodorant?
By Marissa Hicken |
Deodorant certainly serves its purpose but if you’ve ever left the house with white residue on your clothes, you’d probably agree that if you didn’t need it, you wouldn’t wear it. But for some people that’s not the case. According to a new study, over 75 percent of people with a certain gene variation don’t produce under-arm odor yet wear deodorant anyway.
“These findings have some potential for using genetics in the choice of personal hygiene products. A simple gene test might strengthen self-awareness and save some unnecessary purchases and chemical exposures for non-odor producers,” says co-author Dr. Santiago Rodriguez.
Wondering if maybe you’re one of these sweet-smelling gene carriers? The authors point out that the people who do carry this rare genetic variant are more likely to have dry (as opposed to sticky) earwax.
If you’re like most and do have to worry about an underarm stench, there are options beyond the drugstore standards when it comes to deodorant. If you’re looking for something sans chemicals (that still smells nice), try Lavanila’s Healthy Deodorant ($18). It fights odor and provides vitamin-rich nourishment without any harsh chemicals.
Or try treating the odor from the inside out. “It starts with a healthy digestive system. If the body is processing foods efficiently then foul body odor is usually kept to a minimum,” says celebrity nutritionist Paula Simpson. “Foods that can help minimize body odor or bring out a ‘pleasant’ sense of smell include yogurt (which naturally contains microorganisms that promote a healthy digestive tract and minimize toxins being absorbed into the body and natural herbs like rosemary, thyme, mint, ginger and parsley (that contain chemical compounds that can minimize digestive stress and neutralize toxins),” Simpson explains.