Bismillahir rahmanir rahmeen
Wearing deodorant is a cultural norm. I can remember learning about using scent/ deodorant when studying Ancient Egyptians when I was in primary school. Fast forward to the 19th century and the first commercial deodorant was manufactured. But many of us are leaving the drones and going deodorant free.
From an Islamic perspective, smelling nice and having a nice body odour is highly praised. Our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw) loved perfume and encouraged men to wear it (and women in the home).
“Cleanliness is half of faith” – Sahih Muslim
So if that’s the case, why would a Muslim decide to go deodorant free?
I’m sure you’ve heard about the harmful effects of deodorant. I’ve read a number of articles over the years that have concerned me enough to finally put down the Nivea/ Sure/ Dove (or whatever brand I’d use) and find a natural alternative. Plus being a new mum who exclusively breastfeeds, it was more important than ever to be conscious about what’s absorbed into my body, especially into my breast milk.
Commercial deodorants can contain parabens, aluminium compounds, silica and talc, all of which are known to cause cancer. In a world where environmental toxins are increasing not decreasing, it’s more important than ever to be mindful of what we put in and on our bodies.
So if I don’t wear deodorant, what do I wear? Simply put, nothing. For a number of months now, I simply followed the sunnah of removing my armpit hair, I’ve drank more water and changed up my diet. I was seriously conscious that I’d smell but alhamdulillah, I’ve come to realise that my sweat doesn’t have an odour.
And if you don’t want to go deo-commando, there are plenty of natural alternatives (which I can write a different post about in the future inshaAllah) that you can check out. I recently picked up a natural crystal deodorant from a Organic Box in Small Heath Birmingham. So far so good!
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Had to snap a pic of the new Natural Crystal Deodrant I got from #TheOrganicBox in Small Heath. I haven't used any deodrant or fragrances for a long time after doing some HEAVY research. I've wanted to try this for a LONG time. InshaAllah review on the blog soon! #organic #naturaldeodrant #allnatural #vegan #crueltyfree #lbloggersuk #lifestyleblog #nonastychemicals #earthfriendly
So will you be giving up the deodorant, or is the thought just too much to bear? Let’s chat about it in the comments below.
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