Today, we’re going to explore the many options you have with natural deodorant. Whether you want to make your own or buy some pre-made organic deodorant, you’re in for a treat. First, let’s take a quick glimpse at why we started using deodorant in the first place.
Why Do We Use Deodorant - A Quick History
If you’ve ever been in a room full of other people in the middle of Canadian July, and it’s sweltering outside, you’ll know why we use deodorant. No one is immune to body odour, especially when the mercury rises.
This wasn’t always the way of thinking, though. Up until the late 1800s, deodorant wasn’t something people purchased regularly. In the Victorian age, no one discussed sweat, bodily smells, or any other natural functions. It was just part of life and the circumstances given.
To remain stink-free, people would bathe as often as they could, and then douse themselves in cologne and perfume to mask their odours. If someone sweat prolifically, there were cotton pads known as dress shields that could be used in the armpits of clothing.
That all changed in the summer of 1912 at an exposition in New Jersey. Developed by medical professionals, a new deodorant and antiperspirant was making waves and quickly grew in popularity. Women were the main customers as they were afraid of the social ramifications of body odour.