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Published Monday Aug 12, 2019 by Paula Hoss

4 Tips on Finding (and Using) Natural Deodorant

Personal Growth
Expert Advice

If you’ve been around the wellness community for an asana or two, you’ve probably heard the buzz about natural deodorants.
 
However, even though many of us know that it’s important to seek out natural alternatives in our personal care, sometimes making the switch can be daunting or downright stinky.
 
The great news is that natural deodorants have come a long way in the past few years. You no longer need to compromise between feeling “hand-raising ready” and choosing a safe choice for your body and the environment.


What is the difference between conventional antiperspirants and natural deodorants?

Most antiperspirants, including the ones that your mom likely slid onto your shelves right after you had “the talk,” are formulated with aluminum and synthetic fragrances. Aluminum blocks the sweat glands in your armpits and synthetic fragrances mask odors caused by the growth of bacteria.
 
The bad news? Your armpits were made to sweat and purge toxins. When your body’s sweat glands are blocked, those toxins stay in your body and can lead to potential health complications.
 
The great news? The wellness community has been heard loud and clear, and there are now several alternative deodorants to choose from. Compared to antiperspirants, natural deodorants replace aluminum with natural moisture-absorbing ingredients and synthetic fragrances with essential oils (look for bacterial blasting tea tree).
 
Here’s a few tips for finding (and using) natural deodorants!

Prepare for a detox period.

Depending on your body chemistry, you can expect a 2-4 week detox period while your body gets used to living without an antiperspirant.

During this time, you may want to carry around your natural deodorant and touch up a few times a day, use a sauna to increase detoxification, and wash with antibacterial soap to keep stick causing bacteria at bay.

Try: Pacifica - Coconut & Charcoal Underarm Detox Scrub, $15

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Prepare for a detox period.

Depending on your body chemistry, you can expect a 2-4 week detox period while your body gets used to living without an antiperspirant.

During this time, you may want to carry around your natural deodorant and touch up a few times a day, use a sauna to increase detoxification, and wash with antibacterial soap to keep stick causing bacteria at bay.

Try: Pacifica - Coconut & Charcoal Underarm Detox Scrub, $15

Look for deodorants with natural ingredients.

When looking at labels, aim to get as close to 100% natural ingredients as possible.

Look for plant-derived ingredients and natural clays and steer clear of aluminum, synthetic fragrances, and BHT (aka butylated hydroxytoluene, a cosmetic preservative).

Try: CORPUS N⁰ Green Natural Deodorant, $22

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Look for deodorants with natural ingredients.

When looking at labels, aim to get as close to 100% natural ingredients as possible.

Look for plant-derived ingredients and natural clays and steer clear of aluminum, synthetic fragrances, and BHT (aka butylated hydroxytoluene, a cosmetic preservative).

Try: CORPUS N⁰ Green Natural Deodorant, $22

Adjust your products for sensitive skin.

Many people complain that natural deodorants give them a rash or irritate their underarms. This is generally because many natural deodorants use baking soda as an ingredient to aid in absorbing moisture. Baking soda can be effective for keeping sweat at bay; however, it’s also quite abrasive (think: baking soda based toothpaste and home cleaning products).

If you tend to have sensitive skin, seek out deodorants that have arrowroot powder or kaolin clay.

Try: CLN&DRTY Natural Skincare Lemon Eucalyptus Natural Deodorant,  $16

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Adjust your products for sensitive skin.

Many people complain that natural deodorants give them a rash or irritate their underarms. This is generally because many natural deodorants use baking soda as an ingredient to aid in absorbing moisture. Baking soda can be effective for keeping sweat at bay; however, it’s also quite abrasive (think: baking soda based toothpaste and home cleaning products).

If you tend to have sensitive skin, seek out deodorants that have arrowroot powder or kaolin clay.

Try: CLN&DRTY Natural Skincare Lemon Eucalyptus Natural Deodorant,  $16

If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.

Don’t be shy to try a few natural deodorants until you find one that’s good for you. Test out a few different brands, scents, and ingredient profiles before throwing the towel in. And remember to give yourself the full 30 days to detox from aluminum and other chemicals.

Switching over to natural products can be overwhelming, so we encourage you to remember that it’s all about progress and not perfection.
 
Consider transitioning to one “clean” product per month rather than throwing out your entire medicine cabinet and starting from scratch. And remember, the natural personal care industry has grown so much in the past few years. You no longer have to compromise between being healthy and loving your personal care products!

Want to learn more about natural skincare? Discover tips, new products, and more at CLN&DRTY or follow @clnanddrty
 

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If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.

Don’t be shy to try a few natural deodorants until you find one that’s good for you. Test out a few different brands, scents, and ingredient profiles before throwing the towel in. And remember to give yourself the full 30 days to detox from aluminum and other chemicals.

Switching over to natural products can be overwhelming, so we encourage you to remember that it’s all about progress and not perfection.
 
Consider transitioning to one “clean” product per month rather than throwing out your entire medicine cabinet and starting from scratch. And remember, the natural personal care industry has grown so much in the past few years. You no longer have to compromise between being healthy and loving your personal care products!

Want to learn more about natural skincare? Discover tips, new products, and more at CLN&DRTY or follow @clnanddrty
 

Paula Hoss
Written by
Paula Hoss
Founder | CLN&DRTY Natural Skincare
About the author
The founder of CLN&DRTY Natural Skincare, Paula Hoss is a small business coach, consultant, and mental health and substance abuse recovery advocate. Featured in Beauty Independent and Brit + Co, she lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two children, and a flock of chickens.