The Naked Truth about Antiperspirants

By Dana Hill

Did you know that your body could absorb as much as 80% of what you put on your skin? It’s just as important to watch what you put on your body, as it is what you put inside your body. This is one of the key factors in maintaining your youth and increasing your longevity. In addition to eating organic foods, I’m very careful about what I incorporate into my beauty regimen and stick to mostly organic, all-natural, toxin and chemical-free products. They are a huge part of my Ultimate Beauty Arsenal.

In particular, I am very careful about the use of antiperspirants. Aluminum is a key ingredient used in traditional deodorant/antiperspirants that works by clogging up your sweat glands, so you don’t perspire; the deodorant then kicks in to neutralize any odor. The dangers of aluminum in antiperspirants have been well publicized in the media – they could possibly cause breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and kidney problems; and have an effect on the lymph glands. As a result, I’ve tried the many different aluminum-free incarnations of deodorants, but none of them worked – until now. One of my absolute favorite new finds is The Naked Bar Pit Cream Natural Deodorant, packaged in a cute eco-friendly container! Who knew a combination of Organic Coconut Oil, Cornstarch, Baking Soda, Beeswax, Raw Shea Butter, Cocoa butter, Vitamin E and Tea Tree Essential Oil would be strong enough to prevent body odor? This powerhouse combination of ingredients works to kill odor-causing bacteria and naturally neutralize any odor on your skin.

What’s even more exciting is that it’s the brainchild of two women of color - Natasha Gaylon and Jennifer Peets – I love supporting other women entrepreneurs!

My Top 3 Benefits of The Naked Bar Pit Cream Natural Deodorant:

  1. Free of carcinogenic ingredients

  2. Reliable all-natural odor protection

  3. Won’t stain your clothing

When Natasha and Jennifer told me that Pit Cream even worked on their husbands, I knew they had something special. When I initially tried it, I had no odor problems at all using it for an intense cardio workout; but my main test was a full day in the sweltering heat at the beach with a friend who would have had jokes for days if it stopped working. I have to admit that initially I was scared to try it – no one wants to get caught out there with a less than fresh aroma. I warned my beach buddy I was trying it out – the look on his face was priceless! I even brought a back up supply with me just in case, but to my pleasant surprise it passed my ultimate test with flying colors! I can now confidently say that I will never go back to commercial deodorant/antiperspirants.

Have you been thinking about trying out a natural deodorant? Keep in mind it takes a few days of use for your body to adjust and clear your pores from the aluminum. Once you’ve adapted, your body will naturally perspire less and the all-natural deodorizing ingredients will keep you smelling fresh and clean. As with any deodorant/antiperspirant, if you have sensitive skin, be careful using directly after shaving – the Tea Tree Essential Oil may cause irritation.

What to Remember When Transitioning to a Natural Deodorant:

  • Allow 1 -2 weeks for your body to detox if you have been using antiperspirants.

  • Initially toxins are being released so an increase of sweat and/or odor might be noticed within the first week of use.

  • Glands and pores will begin to unclog from the ingredients (such as aluminum, propylene glycol, synthetic fragrances, and paragons) that are used in many antiperspirants.

  • A clean diet and staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water also help in the detoxification process.

Get yours here and use our exclusive discount code to save. Also, feel free to leave a review on the site and let us know how Pit Cream worked for you!


Dana Hill - Founder & CEO, COCOTIQUE
A consummate beauty product and health/wellness junkie, Dana’s obsessed with discovering the best beauty products for women of color that not only suit their specific needs, but also have healthy ingredients. Although she created COCOTIQUE as an affordable way for women to treat themselves to a monthly beauty indulgence, she believes that true beauty comes from living a healthy lifestyle and focusing on the importance of beauty from the inside out. COCOTIQUE is the culmination of her love of beauty, and 20 years of experience in the fashion and entertainment industry with stints at Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Phat Fashions, Rocawear, Fetish and Arista Records.

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