About two years ago, I decided to try a natural deodorant. I was ready to remove the chemicals from my body and take a more holistic approach to self-care. I wish I could say it was a smooth transition, but after trying numerous brands, I just now found a product that I love. In an effort to help the next woman, here’s my advice on switching to a natural deodorant.
Deodorant vs. Antiperspirant
Do you know the difference between a deodorant and an antiperspirant? A deodorant works to reduce the bacteria that flourish in perspiration which cause odor. An antiperspirant clogs your sweat ducts in hopes of eliminating underarm sweat, which reduces underarm odor.
In recent years, aluminum in antiperspirants has been a topic of conversation. Research suggests that aluminum zirconium and aluminum chloride cause breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Most antiperspirants also contain parabens, propylene glycol, antibacterials, and more. Yikes!
What’s right for you
I’ve tried dozens of natural deodorants, many of which were recommended to me. However, unlike a great insurance agent, recommendations on natural body products don’t work the same. It’s up to your body’s pH to decide if a product works or not, so what worked for your best friend may not work for you. This transition can be rough and no one wants to be the smelly kid on the block.
One of the first products I tried was a pit paste which worked great, however, it was too strong for my skin which caused an allergic reaction. This taught me not to just slap products on my body and to be conscious of my body’s distress. The allergic reaction probably wouldn’t have been so bad if I paid attention to the signs. The deodorant also stained my clothes because it contained oils. After that, I started researching and using the top chemical-free brands, but still had little to no success.
What’s more is you probably will sweat using natural deodorants (which isn’t a bad thing). After years of using antiperspirants, I’d gotten used to not sweating and had never experienced sweat stains. This was new for me and it felt gross! I was so discouraged, I went back to an antiperspirant for a while.
This summer, I decided to give natural deodorant another go and found a spray that I love! It’s certified organic and full of natural ingredients.
My advice to anyone in transition is it’s great to take recommendations, but know they may not work because everyone’s pH is different. For many, this will be a journey so be prepared to have fails knowing that a WIN is right around the corner.
Detox your underarms. Use a bentonite clay, apple cider vinegar, and water mask on your underarms the same way you’d use it on your face. Why? This helps remove all the chemicals you’ve been using for years. It also helps your body neutralize its pH, reduce odor and sweat, and possibly the need for deodorant at all. The mask can be used daily.
Comment below and let me know where you are on this journey!