Is Charcoal Deodorant Safe During Pregnancy?

Is Charcoal Deodorant Safe During Pregnancy?

When my friend became pregnant, it certainly changed the course of our conversations! Not only did she mention all the things she has been learning about child rearing, but she also talked a lot about her own bodily changes. In fact, she asked me if charcoal deodorant was safe to use during one of our dinner conversations. You may have heard a lot about certain ingredients being dangerous during pregnancy, but I can assure you that charcoal is not one of them. If anything, you might be more inclined to use it after you read today’s Decoded.


Charcoal Is a Potent Substance in Medicine

Charcoal is often used in medicine for food poisoning and drug toxicity cases. When someone is admitted to the emergency room for a possible overdose, they are often fed charcoal alongside other treatments. Charcoal binds to the poison in their gastrointestinal tract so that it is not absorbed in their bloodstream, which is where it is fatal. It is such a powerful substance that it can bind to the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in your foods. You should only ingest charcoal according to a medical professional’s advice.


Charcoal Used As a Topical Treatment Is a Dream

According to Medical News Today, there are no adverse reactions noted with activated charcoal in terms of topical usage. It is scientifically impossible for activated charcoal to enter the gastrointestinal tract when applied topically, so it is safe to use during pregnancy.

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How Does Charcoal Deodorant Compare to Other Deodorants?

Putting charcoal on your face, hair, and underarms doesn’t seem glamorous, but it has been proven to provide the following health and beauty benefits when used properly:


It Draws Out Oil, So What Is There Not To Like?

During pregnancy, you may be sweatier and charcoal will help your armpits become less congested. This is because charcoal’s porous textures bind to all the dirt, oils, and dead skin cells clogging your pores. Similarly, the armpit contains millions of apocrine sweat glands that can be overrun with the same substances. Just like the charcoal face masks you use, a charcoal-based deodorant decongests the pores from impurities throughout the day so that you can wash away the next morning. 

It Is A Natural Substance That Minimizes Odor

Many studies have shown that activated charcoal can bind to the smelly compounds in the body that produce unpleasant odors. It is a much better alternative than baking soda, which is a skin irritant. Your skin is usually more sensitive during pregnancy, so it is best to stay clear of anything that can trigger a reaction.


I Don’t Want It to Stain My Clothes Though

Maybe you are sold on charcoal, but you think it will ruin your clothes due to its dark hue. The deodorant that I have created called the takesumi detox contains low levels of activated charcoal as you don’t need very much for it to be effective. The deodorant has a grey tinge, but applies as a clear substance. Not only does it glide on easily, but it also dries quickly.

It’s always good to question the ingredients that you are using, especially during pregnancy. Your body is changing and you are caring for another human, so taking precautions is necessary. I hope you are at ease about using charcoal deodorants after reading this post. If you have any other questions or tips on using natural deodorant during pregnancy, please leave a comment below.



Do Hormones Make You Smell More During Pregnancy?

Do Hormones Make You Smell More During Pregnancy?

Your body goes through many different changes throughout pregnancy and this often involves your hormones. Not only do they cause your breasts to be tender, but you may also notice an increase in fatigue. Some women even experience a spike in blood pressure later in the trimester. However, various studies show that the fluctuation of estrogen and progesterone can make you more sensitized to scent as well. In this blog post, I am going to discuss how hormones affect your body odor throughout pregnancy. This will be one of several in a series where I detail the effects of hormones during various stages of a females’ life.


Why Do I Feel Sick Around Certain Scents During Pregnancy?

Many pregnant women have provided anecdotes of an increased sense of smell throughout their pregnancy and many feel that it causes nausea and vomiting. There is currently limited scientific evidence to support this perspective, but it is definitely a matter worth exploring as it is a common experience. Scientists believe that it is worth further investigation as they feel it may be the trigger in vomiting.


So I Am More Sensitive to Smell, do I actually smell worse?

As many women experience a sensitivity to smell, they notice changes to their body odor as well. Many feel they smell worse and that is not a surprise unfortunately. You are carrying more weight during pregnancy and are more likely to be insulated with body heat, so you are more likely to sweat. Sweat itself does not cause body odor, but it is transformed when it comes into contact with bacteria. In fact, these factors give you a lower threshold for dealing with heat, so you will sweat even in cold weather.


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Your Smell Helps You to Bond with Your Child

I know you don’t want to smell bad, but there is a biological explanation for it. Babies have weak eyesight and hearing, but their sense of smell is fully developed. In other words, this is how they identify you – it’s the body’s natural instinct to produce a strong smell. With this in mind, it is possible that your underarms are a main culprit since it is how you guide your baby to your breasts when breastfeeding. While the connection between the armpit odor and breast has not been proven scientifically, there is evidence to suggest that this might help your baby identify the region they are looking for when they are hungry.


Tips To Control Odor

You may notice the deodorants you have always used may not be performing anymore. Keep in mind that your heightened olfactory senses make you think you smell worse than what other people may be experiencing, but it has probably made you hesitant to be around other people. However, small changes to your lifestyle can do wonders. One thing you can do is try to find the best deodorant for your body chemistry. As mentioned in previous blog posts, apple cider vinegar is another great way to combat body odor naturally.

Personally, I am always paranoid that I smell bad and what I do is add powder (natural ones like cornstarch instead of talc) and a few drops of essential oils. I brush it over my deodorant with a loose powder brush to absorb excess sweat. It also helps when I brush the powder on my breastbone also called the sternum where I seem to sweat a great deal.

I hope you have a better understanding of why you smell during pregnancy. Share this blog with a friend. If you have other hacks and tips, please let us know in the comments below. 


Feature photo by Janko Ferlic

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