Updated: Jul 31, 2019
Switching to a Natural Deodorant?
Here is what you need to know...
Why Use a Natural Deodorant?
Your conventional deodorant is TOXIC! Conventional deodorants contain parabens, aluminum compounds, triclosan, synthetic fragrance, propylene glycol among other chemical compounds that act as endocrine distrupters and carcinogens that can lead to serious health issues over the years. These include cancer and alzheimers.
Antiperspirants suppress the sweat glands. This is a serious issue and can cause your body odor to become more severe over time. Lymph nodes are located close to the armpit and their main function is to rid the body of toxins in order to protect your body's organs. It does this by sweating. Not allowing your body to sweat out toxins can have serious consequences.
Sweat, itself, does not stink. It isn't until sweat comes into contact with bacteria on the skin that it begins to stink. Deodorants are designed to kill off bacteria to control odor, but are not designed to eliminate sweat. However, after detoxing the body and using natural alternatives, you can actually rebalance your body's bacteria. Over time, your body will produce less sweat and odor as toxin consumption is lessened.
What to Expect When Switching from Conventional to Natural?
You will sweat! Surprise! This transition can seem terrifying for many people, but it is necessary if you are serious about your health. After you quit using antiperspirants or deodorants that contain harsh synthetics, your body will need to detox. Your sweat glands will begin pushing out toxins, something that has been prevented through the use of antiperspirants.
How long will the detox period last?
The duration of the detox period varies from person to person, but you can expect excessive sweating and itchiness to occur any where from 1 to 3 weeks. Yikes!
What Can I Do To Alleviate Some of the Symptoms?
You can speed up your detox period by using a number of methods. These include eating clean, neutralizing your underarm bacteria, and applying a clay mask to the underarms to draw out toxins fast(er).
1. Eat Clean & Drink Lots of Water:
Try avoiding eating foods that contain hormones and pesticides and eat leafy greens to cut down on odor. Increase your water intake to help flush out toxins.
2. Neutralize Underarm Bacteria:
Switching deodorants will throw your pH level out of wack. You may experience some itching and redness, and even darkening of the armpits, after making the switch. Darkening of the underarms is an accumulation of dead skin, a result of your changing body chemistry. After showering, apply apple cider vinegar (ACV) or witch hazel to the underarms with a cotton ball. This will help neutralize the bacteria on your skin and help you adjust quicker. Lastly, you can try using a salt scrub to help your skin purge itself of its top layer of dead skin.
3. Detox Your Pits:
You can speed up the #detox period by applying a clay mask to the underarm area. Natural clay masks have intense drawing power that will pull out toxins, and help your body get back on track. SM Co recommends using a clay mask detox one to two times a week during the transition period.
4. Wear Natural Fibers:
Natural linen and cotton fibers don't trap bacteria as easily as other blends. Wearing loose clothing will also help keep your armpits airy to avoid extra sweating.
About SM Co. Deodorant:
Our deodorant is made with #natural oils and butters that are antimicrobial and antibacterial. We use a blend of #therapeutic grade essential oils that contain anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties to deter bad bacteria from causing underarm odor. Baking soda and arrowroot help to absorb moisture, so you don't have to worry about our natural deodorant not controlling underarm sweat at all! Because your body needs a healthy balance of bacteria, #probiotics are added to our formula to help rebalance your flora to create a healthy microbiome. It's only a plus that our deodorant is additionally moisturizing and will leave your pits feeling silky smooth.
Who Can Use Our Deodorant?
How to Use?
For general directions, apply a pea-sized amount as needed! Our recipe includes baking soda which can cause reactions, so we suggest starting out slow and applying every other day until your skin fully adjusts.