Learn how to make the switch to a natural deodorant easy, including how to do a DIY armpit cleanse and tips for the best transition possible.
If you’re here, you’re probably thinking about making the transition to a natural deodorant. You may have switched out all of your other personal care products, but have been intimated to switch to a natural deodorant.
I have been there. Deodorant was the very last natural swap I made. I have very sensitive skin in that region of my body and I get a rash from nearly every conventional deodorant. Over the years, I had found one that worked and I was very hesitant to give it up – even for a natural deodorant.
When I finally took the leap, it was a transition. Your body goes through an adjustment period when you switch to a natural deodorant – almost like a cleanse. Some people find they smell or sweat more during this transition period, but once the adjustment is over, their body likes the natural deodorant.
Many people find that doing an armpit cleanse during this transition period actually makes the process easier. Here’s how you would do it.
Easy Armpit Cleanse
- Gently use a loofah on your armpits to help cleanse and detoxify the skin.
- While your armpits are still wet, apply either baking soda or arrowroot powder (many people are sensitive to baking soda and will prefer the arrowroot powder). Next, apply your natural deodorant
- When your armpits start to smell (they will during this transition), just go ahead and wash them again and repeat the process in step 2.
- You’ll probably need to follow this routine for about two weeks (some people only need a few days). At this point you should be able to go for 6-8 hours with your natural deodorant working for you.
- Eventually, you should be able to use your natural deodorant just like you did your old one.
Tips to Remember
Please note that natural deodorants are not antiperspirants. You will still sweat, but after your body is done cleansing itself of the toxins, you should sweat less and less over time depending upon your activities.
Some people are sensitive to baking soda, which is often used in natural deodorant, and develop a rash. If that happens, stop immediately and switch to a baking soda free deodorant.
When I was first trying natural deodorants, I found that I needed to switch brands every few weeks to keep them effective. You may need to switch a few times to find one that works best with your body chemistry.
If you want to switch to a natural deodorant, don’t give up after a few weeks. Try our armpit cleanse and more deodorant brands, and before you know it you’ll be loving your new deodorant.