Natural deodorants can be tricky to add to a natural skin care regimen. 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; the idea that antiperspirants stop one of the essential function of our body by stopping our armpits' sweat glands from releasing body toxins through sweating didn't sit well with me. I needed to know how to make natural deodorants work.
Sweat Glands and Antiperspirants
There are sweat glands all over our body to cool the body. One of the functions of the sweat glands is to release toxins our body creates in stressful situations, according to Mayo Clinic. These byproducts are in a fluid that is released in our armpits' hair follicles.
The fluid is released during emotional stress time, and is actually odorless. The odor under the armpits comes from bacteria breaking down the fluid 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 will also wash my armpits mid-day. I know that this process can be quick for many 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. It can take up to a month for the detoxifying process and for the sweet glands to resume their natural functions.
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 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.
Below are few natural deodorants that worked for me. There are both aluminum, petroleum, and paraben free.
The all natural stick deodorant from Green tiding lavender is very strong. The scent of lavender is great especially during the transition stage. This deodorant is extra strong so there is less sweating with it. I used it during the transition phase to fight the smell. You can shop it here.
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.