Natural deodorants can be tricky to add to a natural skin care regiment. It can take time to find the right natural deodorant, but don't gave up when transitioning to all-natural deodorants. Read about My 5 top tips on how to switch to natural deodorants.There are great chemical free natural options and the best time to transition to natural deodorants is fall, and spring. The temperatures are cool enough to not sweat too much; it is the perfect time to switch to natural deodorants. Do you know about the armpit detox mask? Learn about armpit detox mask and how to do it here!
Stay away from antiperspirants! One of the functions of the sweat glands is to release toxins our body creates in stressful situations, according to Mayo Clinic. The fluid is released during emotional stress time in our armpits' hair follicles, and is actually odorless. The odor under the armpits comes from bacteria breaking down the fluid that was released. Antiperspirants stop this process. According to WebMD, aluminium-based compound antiperspirants clog the sweat conduits. But, there are many natural deodorants that do not clog the sweat conduits; they work great, smell great, and we have several options. Here are my favorites:
My top pick - Green Tidings All Natural Deodorant. Long lasting, Odor Busting, and Perfect for on-the-go!
This deodorant is extra strong; it gives me all day protection. I used the lavender Green Tidings Lavender natural deodorant to fight body odor during my transition phase. It is an aluminium-free natural deodorants that works even in 90s to 100s temperatures to keep your body odor at bay. If you are on the go and do not have time to re-apply your deodorant, this is a perfect option; I love the 1oz size to carry in my purse. I only apply it in the morning and I am good for the day. I had a great experience with this natural aluminium-free deodorant. They have unscented version. It retails from $8 to $15.
Ingredients: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Shea Butter (Unrefined, Fair Trade), Magnesium Oil, Manuhot Esculenta (Tapioca) Starch, Aluminum-Free Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate), Wildcrafted Candelilla Wax (Euphorbia Cerifera). 100% pure lavender essential oil added in lavender scent version ONLY.
My #2 favorite is the Meow Meow Tweet, Baking Soda Free Grapefruit Deodorant Cream!
Great option for sensitive skin!
This is a baking-soda free natural deodorant. Several natural deodorants contains baking soda and that can be an irritant if you have sensitive skin. This Meow Meow tweet is a cream deodorant is great for sensitive skin. It is a paste deodorant. Paste deodorants are a bit different, so it takes a little to get used to them. To use: just take a small amount of the paste on clean dry fingers and apply under the armpits. This paste deodorant still works great even after a long day, but you need to reapply this deodorant during the day. They also have a deodorant stick now, but I find that it is a little to expensive. The 2.4 oz cream deodorant retails for $18 and the the 1.8 oz stick deodorant also retails for $18.
Ingredients: *arrowroot powder, *shea butter, magnesium hydroxide, *virgin coconut oil, *jojoba oil, *grapefruit, *bergamot, *lemon and *sweet orange essential oils. *organic ingredient
My #3 Pick is the Bare Bones Regular Deodorant. Very Clean Natural Vegan Deodorant that is Made in Small Batches!
This is another great option for sensitive skin. it is baking soda free, cruelty-free, and vegan option. This is a very clean deodorant; some ingredients are sourced from organic and/or local suppliers and other are made from scratch. The Bare Bones deodorant is also unscented; that is so great is you are sensitive to scent. If you have rashes when you using natural deodorants, this one will work great. I also love the price; the 2oz retails for $8. This deodorant can stain your clothes; It mainly use it when I wear sleeveless clothes. It creaminess and moisturizing effect actually makes this natural deodorant perfect for sensitive deodorant, but it leaves a light oily residue in your armpit. Another option could be the Kaia Natural deodorant; it is a very clean deodorant.
My last Pick is the Ursa Major Hoppin' Fresh Deodorant. It is my so so refreshing Natural Deodorant!!
The peppermint and eucalyptus scent of the Ursa Major Hoppin' Fresh Deodorant is just so uplifting and makes me feel so great when I use it. kaolin clay absorbs the sweat and moisture very well during the day. It is all natural and it has that cooling effect that is so refreshing. Swipe and Swipe under your armpits to feel fresh with no irritation. It also last a long time. I would not advice using it if you are in the transition phase to natural deodorants; I noticed that it does not keep body odor away for a very long time. I suggest using the Green Tidings All Natural Deodorant to deal with body odor.
Ingredients: Aloe vera (aloe barbadensis) leaf juice*, propanediol, sodium Stearate, tapioca Starch, silica, microcrystalline cellulose, cellulose gum, shea (butyrosperum parkii) butter (community trade), sodium bicarbonate, kaolin (clay), tocopheryl acetate, glyceryl caprylate, glyceryl undecylenate, glycerin, royal jelly extract, hops (humulus lupulus) extract, lemon (citrus medica limonum) peel extract, ginseng (panax quinquefolium) root extract, calendula officinalis flower extract, matricaria (chamomilla recutita) flower extract, saccharomyces ferment, rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis) leaf oil, peppermint (mentha piperita) oil, grapefruit (citrus grandis) peel oil, eucalyptus (eucalyptus globulus) leaf oil. Ingredients with * denotes that they are organic.
Would you put mercury on your skin? If not, then, it is time to transition to safer and cleaner beauty! We all have a story behind why we switch to natural skincare products. For me, it was the result of my quest to find effective products to deal with my acne and my dry and sensitive skin on my body. I used a lot of conventional skin care products, so I researched the ingredients in my favorite skin care products and discovered that most of the ingredients were skin irritants or possibly dangerous for our health. (read our Why Natural Beauty? Toxins To Avoid in Your Skin Care Products ).
First, anything with parabens and SLES had to go. I found myself spending hours reading labels, studying ingredients, and identifying the best product for each skin types. I learned so much and I’m still learning to this day. It was difficult to give up my old skincare products though; I used some of these products for a long time, and they became a part of me and my identity, so it was quite overwhelming to decide to throw them away.
Transitioning to natural and organic skincare can be an overwhelming experience. Here, I give you five tips I wish I knew before starting to transition to clean safe beauty.
1. Transitioning to natural skincare is not a race, it’s marathon. It’s all about finding what products work for you. Trying to switch all our products at once can quickly become a very overwhelming experience. Actually, we don’t see results right away when we switch to natural and organic skincare products; there is a detoxifying period. Natural and organic skincare products work with the skin instead of forcing it into becoming different like regular commercial products. It takes two weeks for the toxins that were accumulated in our skin to be released. I would say that it takes four weeks to see actual change in the skin when using natural and organic skincare. So, changing all our products at once would be a big mistake. Start small with one product at a time; we created the CFB's swap it out section to help you switch to natural/organic products. There, we gave you natural alternatives to different products.
2. Find out about ingredients. You’re going to need to familiarize yourself with potentially toxic ingredients used in the skincare industry. Did you that there are 75,000 industrial chemicals and at least 5,000 of these chemicals are used in the cosmetic industry? Yes, 5000 and several of these chemicals have been classified as harmful to our health. It is essential to know about ingredients in our products. You probably already know that we need to avoid parabens (Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben); they are the most common preservatives used in skin care. Many scientific studies have confirmed that parabens have the potential to cause cancer because of their estrogenic activity. We created a dirty 10 list to give you quick access to the most commonly used potentially harmful ingredients. Check it here to get our dirty 10 list.
Did you transition to natural beauty? What was your experience?
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