I’ve done a lot of googling since getting my definite fibroid diagnosis and probable endo diagnosis. Frankly the list of stuff that may or may not help or may or may not make both of them worse is fucking exhausting.
One thing that does not seem to be debatable is that both conditions are hormone sensitive, specifically regarding estrogen. There is growing evidence that some cosmetic products can accumulate in the body and potentially effect your hormone function and thus your and general health, and not in a positive way. I’m not going to get into a debate about how much sway these studies have, I don’t give a shit if you think that it’s cool to put masses of petro-chemicals on your body every day. I don’t. And since my diagnosis, I have two more reasons to be more vigilant about this in my life. I already shop to avoid excess packaging and try to go cruelty free and vegan where I can, so this is less of a jump that it might have been as many green and bunny friendly cosmetics also use natural preservatives. You could say I was already halfway there *cue the Bon Jovi intro*
Making an immediate all-natural switch isn’t a practical or economically viable solution however, so I am starting with the products that I use every day and doing my best to switch to versions which use organic ingredients and avoid parabens, phthalates and SLS. Top of my list are skin care, shampoo, shower gel and deodorant. I was quite nervous about switching deodorant and almost made the leap with a Neal’s Yard product a few weeks ago until I read several reviews which confirmed my greatest fear that a more natural product might leave me smelling like an all-natural compost heap by tea break. To be clear, when I say I am moving to more natural products, I don’t mean I’m going to start brushing my teeth with lemon peel and charcoal. I mean moving away from excessive parabens and looking for less-processed naturally occurring ingredients like sodium bicarb, essential oils and even sea salt. Organic content is a welcome bonus, but only if it works. I still want to be clean and pretty.
I finally took the plunge with a JASON Unscented Naturally Fresh Pure Natural Deodorant Stick for Women- which is organic, aluminium free, paraben free and phthalate free so tick those boxes. The active anti stink ingredients in here include bicarbonate of soda and grapefruit seed oil. I have never seen this in the shops and I got it for £4.99 from the feelunique site, which is well worth a trawl for organic and paraben free goodies. If you use this link you’ll get a 20% discount on your first order: https://feelunique.mention-me.com/m/ol/jc8su-jenna-barton
In truth, £4.99 is a lot more than I would usually spend on a deodorant, I am guilty of previously taking pretty much any name brand you can shake a stick at if it’s on the 99p offer of the week, but cheap and cheerful is something I’m willing to forgo now if I can feel more assured that the ingredients in more expensive products are not contributing to my faulty hormones.
The JASON stick is, well, it’s a stick deodorant with a pink label. It smells of next to nothing and operates with a wee wheel at the bottom. Unboxing commentary is really not my strong point.
I have to say it goes on very easily and feels dry straight away and not greasy or claggy as some sticks can. It is clear and has left no marks of any sort on my clothes.
I have been using it for two weeks now and on an average day, I am pleasingly unaware of everything about this deodorant! It doesn’t smell, I stay dry and have no skin reactions. Bonza. However I should say that on an average day I don’t do anything particularly strenuous other than walk to and from my car and sit at my desk. On the occasions in the last two weeks where I’ve been particularly active I have felt slightly damp, though not to the point of getting big gross builder-type sweat patches. The main thing I’ve noticed is there is a mild smell when I got a bit sweaty, which is no doubt something to do with the active ingredients working. I know it is technically unscented, but when it really has to work against a sweat there is a definite aroma there, a bit like fabric conditioner or those ‘linen fresh’ type room fragrances. It’s not unpleasant, but is noticeable to me and will pass as any kind of cosmetic fragrance really. I must stress, it is not unpleasant and it is certainly not even slightly BO or compost heap like.
Overall I’m giving it 4 out of 5, and I’ll be buying it again.
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