Switch, Switch: Traditional to Natural Deodorant

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So about a year ago, during a random dinner conversation with my family, the topic of deodorant came up. I mentioned that I always sleep in deodorant and I was met with a collective gasp. My family was mortified, I was taken aback. “What’s wrong with sleeping in deodorant?” “EVERYTHING” they all screamed in unison at me.

So this set me on a deep dive of research and a shift in my mindset about that necessary product we put on our underarms to stay fresh. So what did I learn? Well, a few things. Traditional deodorants like most other products made today are a mix of chemical ingredients formulated to treat a particular problem. One prominent ingredient in traditional deodorant is aluminum. Aluminum’s purpose is to keep sweat and odor at bay when using the product. That is problematic for a couple of reasons.

First and foremost being, that our bodies were created to sweat. Sweating is a natural and necessary bodily function for our health. Sweating naturally cools our bodies and releases toxins through the skin. Traditional deodorant can trap and clog the pores under our arms, which can lead to skin irritation and the absorption of chemicals by our lymph nodes. When these unnatural ingredients are being added to our body’s ecosystem it can throw off our systems and affect our health in unwanted ways.

Over the past couple of years, there has been a big shift in public opinion about using products that are natural and clean. So I’m sure I’m not alone in wondering, “Is switching to natural alternatives really necessary or is this just capitalism at work?” I can’t answer that question for you but for me, it was a yes. Wanting to take control of the products I am using on my body has been a priority for me, so this was a switch I wanted to make.

So now you might be thinking, “okay I’m switching my deodorant, let me look some up and go.” But as I have found making this transition takes a couple steps and a bit of trial and error to get it right. Here are my tips and tricks on how to make the transition easy and body-odor free.

Choose A New Deodorant

There are so many natural deodorant companies that have popped up over the past couple of years. You can find them online, at Target, or Whole Foods. With a couple of Google searches, you will have tons of suggestions for different brands to try with the pros and cons of each. This part is a bit of trial and error because you never know what is going to work for you specifically from reading an article. What works for a one person doesn't always work for the next. So pick one and see how it goes until you land on one that works for you.

Detox Your Pits

This is a crucial step in the switch that I didn’t hear about when I first made the decision to start using natural deodorant. After years of using traditional deodorant, your body has built up a level of product in your system. So when you stop using that product it can throw off your body and cause reactions. When I stopped using traditional deodorant my underarms were more smelly than they had ever been and my skin became very irritated. To help with those effects you can detox your armpits.  

I used a detox clay mask that I usually use on my face. The famous Aztec Secret - Indian Healing Clay mask that everyone and their mother uses to be exact. I mixed the clay with water and a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and slathered it on my armpits. I let it sit for 25 minutes as I watched tv with my arms over my head, allowing the mask to dry. I did this two to three times for a week to fully detox my armpits.

Make The Switch

Once you are done detoxing you can start using the deodorant of your choosing and never look back. Once you have switched over, go forward with using your new deodorant daily as normal. I advise that you give your body a few weeks to adjust to the introduction of your new product. Keep in mind it might take a few different tries to find the right one for you.

Since making the switch I no longer have to sleep in deodorant because my body doesn’t seem to need it. My family was indeed correct with their protest. Less really is more in this case. I hope this article helps anyone looking to switch from that toxic, old deodorant to a new, natural alternative that works just as well and is better for you.

Until next time.

XO,

Adriana Alicia

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