Natural deodorants can be tricky to add to a natural skin care routine. I gave up so many time when transitioning to natural antiperspirants. The odor...I gave up one natural deodorant after the other and went back to antiperspirants many times. I had to find out what was not working.
I knew that parabens and aluminium compounds in antiperspirants could be related to long term diseases and cancer. I also believe that the body is a well oiled beautiful machine, so the idea that antiperspirants stop our armpits' sweat glands from releasing body toxins through sweating did not sit well with me. I needed to know how to make natural deodorants work.
Sweat Glands and 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.
Transitioning to Natural deodorants
The transition to natural deodorants includes a detoxifying stage. Why detox? There is a build up of toxins created by years of using antiperspirants that need to be cleared up. Your sweat glands need to readjust before functioning properly. This detoxifying and adaptation phase depends on each individual; it can take up to a month, according to Dr. Hauschka.
The most difficult part of the transitioning process was the odor for me. I took me a long time to manage it. I will go as far as not raising my arms around people. I also washed my armpits mid-day. I know that this process can be quicker for some people, so your experience may be very different than mine.
I found that removing all hair under the armpits alleviates the odor. Regularly cleaning your armpits is essential during the detoxifying phase; it removes toxins built up and the bacteria that creates the odor.
The best time to transition to natural deodorants is fall, and spring. The temperatures are cool enough to not sweat too much. It is important also to wear cotton tops so the skin can breathe. Synthetic fabrics trap in the sweat and bacteria, and this will create the odor.
Sweating is part of using natural deodorants. Natural deodorants are not made to stop sweating; they are designed to fight bacteria that create the odor and keep the armpits clean.
Below are few natural deodorants that worked for me. There are both aluminum, petroleum, and paraben free.
The deodorant in a jar below is from Primal Pit Paste; 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. Remove all hair under the armpits to use this deodorant. Click here to shop.
Below are other effective natural and organic products you can use to transition to natural deodorants. I tried many deodorants; now, I used the armpit detox bar from Zabana essentials and the Desert Essence tea tree oil deodorant.
Some people talk about decreasing the amount of meat we eat during the transition process. They say eating meat actually increase the fatty acid level released in the sweat which is food for bacteria. This is something to consider during the transition process.
Try different natural deodorants to find the one that works for you.
Transitioning to natural deodorants can take time but it so worth not risking long term debilitating diseases. Using natural deodorants also allows the body to resume its natural function by releasing toxins that should be released. I really don't want all these toxins accumulating in my body.
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