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How to Switch to Natural Deodorant
Have you ever wondered, does natural deodorant really work? The answer is YES, but not everyone finds it easy to make the change from mainstream to natural right away, so I have put together this awesome guide on how to switch to natural deodorant, as well as the best natural deodorant for our unpredictable weather here in Australia.
Making the change to natural deodorant can actually be a really scary task. It may seem like a small and easy swap but I have spoken to a lot of people about this and it really can be stressful. Understandable, seeing as we rely on deodorant every single day to keep our pits from stinking! Changing what we know works can be scary, but trust me, some of the ingredients found in mainstream deodorants are even scarier. I have tried just about every natural deodorant out there so I know which ones are truly effective, but everyone's process of switching can be different as it is about finding what works for you.
How to detox your armpits
Before making the switch to natural deodorant, it can actually be recommended to go through an "armpit detox." What is an armpit detox? Well basically it is a process that can help to make the transition to natural deodorants a bit smoother. It is not necessary, but some people may experience sensitivity when changing from mainstream to natural deodorant due to the difference in ingredients. Many mainstream deodorants can actually be antiperspirants as they contain ingredients such as aluminium to help prevent sweating - natural deodorants differ as they are aluminium-free, instead using antibacterial ingredients to help reduce odour without stopping sweat.1
A popular ingredient is Bicarb Soda, widely used in natural deodorant because of its ability to help neutralise odour. However some people may experience initial irritation from Bicarb, especially those with sensitive skin, so it may take some time for our bodies to adjust to this new way of preventing body odour! An armpit detox may consist of applying purifying masks, moisturisers or using a gentle natural deodorant formula to help combat sensitivity and make the transition smoother.
Natural underarm detox treatment
Earths Purities Detox-A-Pit
For anyone making the switch to natural deodorants for the first time, I highly recommend starting the process with Earths Purities Detox-A-Pit! This is NOT a deodorant - think of it like a purifying face mask, but for your armpits! Detox-A-Pit works by helping to draw out toxins or impurities that have been building up in the body, working to improve the overall function of your armpits. It contains absorbent ingredients such as Diatomaceous Earth, Bentonite Clay, Activated Charcoal, Apple Cider Vinegar, Colloidal Silver and Coconut Oil to help unblock the sweat glands, and has been formulated to be worn for 10 minutes per day for one week for a thorough detox.
Natural deodorant paste
No Pong All-Natural Anti-Odourant
One of my favourite natural anti-odourants is the bestselling No Pong All-Natural Anti-Odourant. This creamy paste has been formulated to create a water and bacteria-resistant environment when applied to the underarms, thanks to antibacterial ingredients such as Bicarb, Coconut Oil and Beeswax. Made in Australia and packaged in a reusable tin, this natural deodorant paste has a light, gender-neutral fragrance and has been shown to be effective for over 12 hours, even during tropical heat and strenuous exercise. It also now has over 750 reviews with an average of 4.5 stars!
Egyptian Magic All Purpose Cream
Perfect for soothing itchy underarms, the Egyptian Magic All Purpose Cream makes a great barrier cream if Bicarb starts to cause trouble. This bestselling cream contains a creamy blend of Olive Oil, Beeswax and Honey to help moisturise and nourish skin. It is actually recommended by naturopaths, dermatologists and plastic surgeons all around the world! I like to apply this overnight for soothing relief if I start to feel itchy.
Bicarb free deodorant paste
No Pong All-Natural Anti-Odourant - BICARB FREE
If Bicarb does not seem to agree with your skin, I recommend trying the Bicarb Free Version of No Pong. Just as effective as the original but minus the Bicarb, this special formula contains Coconut Oil, Magnesium Hydroxide, Diatomaceous Earth and Beeswax to help absorb moisture and prevent odour while being gentle on sensitive skin. Apply a small amount to underarms and rub in until absorbed.
Natural deodorant spray
Life Basics Natural Spray Deodorant
If you prefer a deodorant spray to a paste, try the Life Basics Natural Spray Deodorant. Ideal for all skin types, this natural spray contains soothing Aloe Vera, Nettle and Burdock to help protect underarms, with a fresh and subtle scent from fragrant Rose. It makes a perfectly convenient alternative to deodorant paste, and is also vegan and Australian made.
For advice please contact Nourished Life Naturopath Mel. Always read the labels and use only as directed. If irritation occurs, discontinue use and consult your health care professional.
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