The Interesting Truth About Switching to Natural Deodorant

The Interesting Truth About Switching to Natural Deodorant

This post is all about switching to natural deodorant!

As this generation has become more aware of the adverse long-term effects of using aluminum deodorant there is now a need to learn how to make the switch to a natural alternative. We want this blog post to help make the switch a little easier and a little less smelly.

When switching to a natural deodorant your body goes through a detox phase and it does not resolve itself overnight. This is especially true if you have been using an aluminum deodorant for a number of years.

Personally, I found the detox phase to take a little longer than I had expected, but now that I am on the other side I feel it was totally worth it to have peace of mind. No more putting chemicals on my underarms again! Now we want to help you get through the detox phase so you can throw out your toxic deodorant for good!

Hopefully, the information we provide can help you understand what is happening during this process and help you make the switch to a natural deodorant that will be much better for your health and your body!

We hope this post helps you with easily switching to natural deodorant!

Switching to Natural Deodorant

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All About Switching to Natural Deodorant

How does natural deodorant work?

There is a difference between antiperspirant deodorant and natural deodorant. An antiperspirant deodorant will prevent you from sweating while a deodorant will prevent you from smelling.

Natural deodorants contain simple ingredients that are specifically meant to combat odor-causing bacteria without using harmful chemicals that clog your pores. We make natural deodorants that are aluminum-free with no harmful parabens, phthalates or dyes!

Our ingredients are carefully selected to neutralize odor-causing bacteria, nourish your underarms, and scented with pleasant essential oils to provide a clean, fresh smell.

How do I prepare my armpits for natural deodorant?

There are a few ways you can prepare for the switch to natural deodorant:
  1. Prepare your underarms: You can use a clay mask to help detox before making the switch or you can just quit cold turkey. Also make sure to apply to clean, damp underarms. You may also want to use an activated charcoal soap on your underarms to help further draw out impurities.
  2. Prepare your body: Make sure you are drinking plenty of water to aid in flushing out all the toxins. Also, fuel your body with plenty of nutrients by eating whole foods.
  3. Prepare your mind: If you have been using a conventional antiperspirant deodorant your pores are clogged from the antiperspirant component that has been preventing you from sweating. Have it set in your mind that it can take up to 4 weeks or longer to expel all the aluminum from your underarms.
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What happens if you switch to natural deodorant?

Switching to natural deodorant may cause some side effects. Your underarms are a sensitive area so when trying a new product on your skin you should always patch test.

You may experience some irritation of the skin if your skin is not used to the ingredients. I know many who have negative experiences with natural deodorants containing baking soda so you may want to find a baking-soda-free natural deodorant!

You may also experience excess sweat and excess odor as your body adjusts.

What happens when you stop using deodorant with aluminum?

The aluminum may stay trapped and keep you from sweating for up to a week. When the aluminum is finally expelled from your underarms then your body is free to sweat out the cancer-causing toxins and lessen body odor over time by producing good bacteria.

Do armpits detox when switching to natural deodorant?

You will go through a detox phase when switching to a natural deodorant that will last about 4 weeks or longer. In the first week, you may not notice a huge difference.

The second week is the purging phase where you will begin to experience a strong odor because your body is detoxing all the chemicals, bacteria, sweat, and toxins.

In the third week, the odor may still be there and you will notice an increase in sweating.

By the 4th week, the odor should be less noticeable and the sweat should also decrease (although it will never totally go away.)

How do you know when your armpits are detoxing?
When your body is detoxing you may experience increased sweating, increased odor, underarm darkening, and underarm irritation.

Do you smell when you switch to natural deodorant?

You may smell as your body begins adjusting to the new product. If you find after using a natural deodorant for over a month and you still smell here are a few suggestions you could try:
  • Clean your underarms more often
  • Reapply your deodorant
  • Try a new deodorant formula
  • Give it more time

Why do I sweat so much after switching to natural deodorant?

If you find yourself sweating with natural deodorant that is normal and expected. Antiperspirant deodorants prevent you from sweating, but our bodies are made to sweat! Sweating has so many health benefits:
  1. Detoxes heavy metals from the body
  2. Prevents overheating
  3. Aids the body in removing BPA, PCBS, and other endocrine disruptors
  4. Defeats harmful microbes
  5. Prevents Alzheimers
That being said, after you switch to natural deodorant you may notice an excess of sweat in the first stages of detox. As your body adjusts your sweating should lessen, but it should never permanently go away. Our bodies are made to sweat so just embrace it and maybe clean your underarms more often!

How long does the transition to natural deodorant take?

If you have been using antiperspirant for years it could take up to 4 weeks or longer for your body to adjust to using a natural deodorant. You could possibly help speed up the process by drinking plenty of fluids, exercising regularly, visiting a sauna, and eating a balanced diet!

Why are my armpits dark after switching to natural deodorant?

Dark armpits after switching to a natural deodorant could be from several factors:
  • prolonged exposure to aluminum and other chemicals in conventional antiperspirant deodorant
  • accumulation of dead skin cells
  • hormonal imbalance
  • clothing that is too tight.
  • excessive sweating

Does armpit darkening go away?

Armpit darkening should go away after your body adjusts to the natural deodorant and once you are well out of the detox phase. If you are still experiencing armpit darkening then try another underarm mask, clean your underarms thoroughly, exfoliate, and be sure to not apply too much deodorant. If it still does not go away try another deodorant formula or talk to a doctor if it bothers you.

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Pros and Cons of Natural Deodorant

When choosing to switch deodorants you may want to weigh the pros and cons. As I said before, natural deodorant may take quite an adjustment if you have been used to antiperspirant deodorant. So let me lay out the benefits and drawbacks of switching to a natural deodorant. Switching to natural deodorant benefits are:
  • Peace of mind: Natural deodorants are safe to use and made with pure ingredients
  • Clearer skin: Natural deodorants won't clog your pores leading to skin irritation
  • Less Body odor and less sweat over time: Natural deodorants let your body sweat out the good and bad bacteria allowing you to smell less even without deodorant
Switching to natural deodorant drawbacks are:
  • Sweating: Even after the detox phase you will still sweat because you are no longer shrinking your pores and blocking the sweat with the antiperspirant
  • Smell: The detox phase may be too smelly for you to get through as it takes 30 days and does not improve until around week 4
  • Irritation: Depending on the ingredients your body may have an allergic reaction if you have never tried using natural deodorant before
All in all, making this deodorant switch can make a big difference if you're striving for more natural living!

Is it worth it to switch to aluminum free deodorant?

It absolutely may be worth it for you to switch to a no aluminum deodorant. Studies have linked aluminum deodorants to Alzheimers, liver and kidney damage, and breast cancer. You simply need to weigh the pros and cons and make the decision for yourself! Buy our simple-ingredient, aluminum-free, toxin-free natural deodorant here!


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