I personally make or oversee the production of my range of natural products –  healing salves, body butters, natural soap, deodorant, sunscreen and massage body butter.   I use only pure, high quality, all- natural ingredients and never harmful chemicals or preservatives.  VERTE products are completely safe to use and can be fully absorbed into the body (Except of course, in the case of an allergic reaction).  I live by the adage:  “If you can eat it, you can put it on your skin”.  If a child should accidentally ingest one of the products, he or she might not like the taste, but would come to no harm.

Why Natural Deodorant?

We have trusted large corporations to supply products that are safe to use.  Regrettably this not always so.

Off-the-shelf deodorants and anti-perspirants contain chemicals that can be harmful.  Triclosan, Paraben and propylene-glycol have all been linked to a multitude of health issues and aluminium can cause cancers and Alzheimer’s disease among others.

Some very good reasons to use natural deodorant:

Recent studies are demonstrating that aluminium may be linked to a number of different diseases.

The fewer things that go into products, the safer they are to use.  The body needs to sweat.  Sweating allows it to regulate its temperature.  Antiperspirants hinder this.

Natural deodorants, contain baking soda, which prevents odour-causing bacteria from forming.

Balanced lymph nodes are important for many different reasons, not simply for protection against breast cancer. Natural deodorants contain only pure ingredients that do not affect the lymph system.

Cancer-causing chemicals can be absorbed through small abrasions in the skin, and locked into the body by antiperspirant, which blocks the pores.   Because the armpits are so close to the lymph nodes and breasts, commercial anti-perspirants cause a build-up of toxins which could lead to the cells mutating into cancer.

What is absorbed into the mother’s body goes into the child’s body. Natural deodorants contain only pure ingredients that cause no harm.

One wouldn’t drink while pregnant. One wouldn’t smoke while pregnant. It follows then that in the interest of the baby, one would cut out the absorption of as many toxins as possible.

Aluminium free deodorant will not turn your clothes yellow, as many typical deodorants do.   My cream-based deodorant will wash out if it comes into contact with your clothes.

Allowing your pores to open is important for skin health.  It allows it to sweat, purge impurities and reduces the risk of underarm cysts.

Overuse of heavy commercial deodorant products can damage the skin.  Natural deodorant protects against dry, chaffed skin.

Why Natural Sunscreen?

Sunscreens are meant to protect our skin and bodies from harm but some are not as safe as we think.

There are two ways that sunscreen protects the skin from sun damage:  with a mineral barrier or a chemical one.

Mineral sunscreens typically include ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which create a physical barrier to protect the skin from the sun. Chemical sunscreens use one or more chemicals including oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate.

EWG  – The Environmental Working Group, a NGO watchdog based in Washington has the following to say about chemical sunscreens:    “Laboratory studies indicate that some chemical UV filters may mimic hormones, and physicians report sunscreen-related skin allergies, which raises important questions about unintended human health consequences from frequent sunscreen application”. (for the full article

In addition to this, aerosol suncreens have become very popular lately making them even more dangerous because of the possibility that they might be inhaled.

We need the sun for the Vitamin D it provides, so the dilemma is how to find a healthy balance.

The safer option for protection from the dangerous UV rays is a mineral sunscreen using non-nano Zinc or Titanium as an ingredient.

However, wherever possible, exposure to the sun should be limited during the hottest time of the day (11am to 4pm), apply your VERTE sunscreen liberally and regularly (especially after swimming) and ensure that children wear hats.

Link to EWG organization: