The delicate skin under our arms is one of the most direct paths into our lymphatic system, which is the body's main defence against infection and one of the ways in which we release toxins. This in mind, it's worth keeping harsh chemicals away from the armpits!
Whether it's for your skin, your overall health or part of a full natural product overall, now is the time to make the switch to a natural deodorant.
What is natural deodorant?
Put simply, natural deodorant is deodorant that is free from harsh chemicals such as aluminium and other potential toxins and is, instead, made from natural ingredients.
Most mainstream deodorants will also "block" the pores and sweat glands under the arms to prevent perspiration, while natural deodorants will allow your skin to breathe. Where many mainstream deodorants contain heavy metals, just like aluminium, to block those pores, natural deodorants are free from metal as this can create a buildup on the skin (and in the body!) and cause a bacterial imbalance.
What we love most about natural deodorants is that most of the natural, botanical ingredients you'll find in them actually contain several benefits for the skin, beyond just masking an odour! The skin beneath our arms is so delicate, so a great natural deodorant formula will allow you to really care for that skin while safely erasing the scent of sweat.
What are the benefits of switching to natural deodorant?
The major benefit of switching to a natural deodorant is that they actually work quite differently to mainstream deodorants- the primary function of many mainstream deodorants is to block the sweat glands, which is not the case with a natural deodorant.
Many popular, traditional deodorants function as an antiperspirant, formulated with ingredients like aluminium to physically stop you sweating. The issue here is that sweating is actually our body's way of detoxifying itself- so not only are you preventing your body from expelling toxins, you're loading on more!
A natural deodorant won't obstruct your body's natural detoxing process. A natural deodorant will still allow you to sweat, instead relying on natural antibacterial agents to kill off odour-causing bacteria. The result? Underarms that can function at their healthiest, without any off putting scents!
How to switch to natural deodorant
The process of switching from a mainstream to natural deodorant does require a little bit of an armpit detox- which sounds far scarier than it is. Trust us!
The process begins with an armpit detox, which involves applying a clay mask to your underarms for 10 minutes per day, for one week. This will work to draw impurities out from your armpits, making the transition to a natural deodorant far easier as well as improving the overall health and function of your underarms. The next step is to find a natural deodorant that works for you- and we're here to help.
You can read more about making the switch here.
Which natural deodorants actually work?
One of Nourished Life's consistent best-sellers, across all categories, is the Black Chicken Remedies Axilla Deodorant Paste. This paste contains a blend of natural ingredients including Tapioca Starch, Sodium Bicarbonate and Organic Coconut Oil to absorb moisture and neutralise odour. It's known to out-perform even the most popular mainstream deodorant brands!
Also in paste form, the No Pong All-Natural Anti-Odourant is a beautiful natural alternative to traditional deodorant. The natural ingredients in this formula work to create a water-resistant environment where odour producing bacteria physically cannot survive, leaving you with armpits the smell and feel fresh all day.
Those who prefer a stick deodorant will love the Andalou Botanical Deodorant in Rose Pomegranate, which contains antibacterial Coconut Oil, antioxidant-rich Alpine Rose, Apple and Grape Stem Cells, vegan probiotics, and Bicarbonate of Soda, all of which work to help neutralise odour for day-long freshness.
If you have sensitive skin, we recommend opting for a bicarb-free deodorant formula as bicarb or baking soda is a common irritant. We love the Ethique Solid Deodorant in Botanica, which contains zinc oxide, magnesium hydroxide and spiny bamboo extract, which can absorb twice its own weight in moisture and oil.
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