I’m getting personal on the blog today by talking about….deodorant. Because with it, you’re being exposed to harsh chemicals, but without it, ya stink!
Given that many major deodorant brands contain harmful chemicals such as aluminum, I decided to switch over to a natural deodorant about 6 months ago. We’re exposed to so many toxins all day every day, I wanted to eliminate something that I have control over. So today I’m sharing my four tips on how to transition to a natural deodorant!
- Avoid formulas with baking soda or other irritants.
I learned this the hard way. I do have somewhat sensitive skin, although normally I can use most products without a reaction. However, I had a negative reaction to the Schmidt’s natural deodorant. I think this is because Schmidt’s, like many other natural brands, contains baking soda. This caused my armpits to darken significant which was no good. So if you think you have sensitive skin, first try a natural brand that doesn’t contain baking soda! If the discoloration has happened to you, don’t panic. Once I stopped using the formula with baking soda, the darkening went away in a few weeks. To prevent this from happening though, just go straight to a non-baking soda formula.
2. Buy a primer. It’s worth it!
I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t a primer for your face, not your armpits? Most natural deodorants do not have the same texture as antiperspirants. Antiperspirants are usually smooth and easy to apply; natural deodorants are rough and clumpy. This means that if you apply them in a haste, you may give yourself deodorant burn. By spraying a primer on before the deodorant, it kind of softens/preps the armpits for the deodorant. I also really like the primer because I use it when I need a quick refresh. Natural deodorants do not last anywhere near as long as antiperspirants, so a quick freshen up is necessary sometimes.
3. Be patient & open minded.
We’re all chemically different. What keeps me fresh and good smelling may not work for you. The first brand I purchased from (Schmidt’s) turned out to be a total bust for me. But there are plenty of people who use it everyday. Don’t get discouraged if the first brand you try leaves you smelling after only a few hours. You just need patience and a willingness to try until you find what works for you.
4. You may have a ‘detox’ period.
After you stop using an antiperspirant, your body may release any built up aluminum that had been stored in your glands – blocked from being excreted by the anti-antiperspirant. This may cause you to smell and sweat more than usual for a period of days to weeks. I found that you can expedite this cycle if you use a detox product. You may also be interested in a detox product if you’re concerned about a build up of aluminum from years of antiperspirant use.
I found that after about 2 months, my body acclimated to using the natural deodorant. I stopped sweating, and the deodorant became more effective at fighting odors. I’ve been worry-free since!
Have & Love ~ Primal Pit Paste Sensitive Unscented Natural Deodorant Stick ($10.95)
Have you tried natural deodorant? Do you have any tips for those looking to try it? Let me know in the comments!