There’s never a convenient time to leave your traditional antiperspirant deodorant behind to try a more natural, less toxic alternative. But if there’s one personal care item you should consider switching out for a natural version, it’s deodorant. Why make the switch? Deodorants have ingredients that may contribute to causing cancer, disrupt hormones, among other health issues. Here are some tips to help you make the switch to a natural deodorant:
It May Get Awkward (& Smelly) — But We’re Humans!
Everyone’s body chemistry is unique, so quite frankly, the transition to a natural deodorant will not be seamless for all. But now (Winter time) is actually an ideal time to make the switch! It will be much easier to make the switch during the colder months than the Summer (which is still doable, but potentially smellier because you’ll sweat more).
Do An Armpit Detox to Decrease Odor & Skin Irritation
Try detoxing your armpits to make your new deodorant of choice more effective and to also decrease irritation as your body adjusts to your deodorant. Read this post and this post for tips to on how to detox your armpits.
Embrace Clothing with Natural Fibers During Your Detox/Transition Period
Whenever possible, for the layer of clothing closest to your body, be sure to stick with natural fibers because polyesters and acrylic fibers can trap moisture (and odor).
Never Leave Home Without Your Deodorant!
If you are sweating or doing physical exercise (or are just naturally sweaty!), it’s a good idea to carry your deodorant around with you in case you need to reapply. Once your body adjusts to natural deodorant, you may be able to leave your deodorant at home unless doing physical activity.
It May Take Some Testing to Find a Brand You Like
There are a ton of natural deodorant options out there if you do a little research. A brand that works for you may not work for someone else. Here’s a short list of brands that have proven to be effective for many:
Schmidt’s Lavender and Sage Deodorant – Long-lasting with a nice scent that will stand up to sweaty workouts or summer heat
Agent Nateur No 3 Deodorant – Long-lasting deodorant with a light, fresh scent
Soapwalla Deodorant Cream – A great deodorant, but applying it out of a jar can get messy
Fig and Yarrow Underarm Lotion – Pricey, but effective. The pump application can also get a bit messy.
Weleda Citrus Deodorant – Known for its fresh scent scent
Lone Natural Deodorant – Citrus Scent – Effective with a very light scent
LaVanilla: The Healthy Deodorant – Effective with great scents, but may require re-applying during the day
Be Open to Experimenting Making Your Own Deodorant
Just like most personal care items, you can make your own deodorant if you care to and you may already have some of the ingredients to make one on hand in your pantry! This recipe, this one, and this one look like promising ones to try with ingredients that are known to reduce odor. Making deodorant yourself can also prove to be cost-effective because many brands of natural deodorant will be pricier than what you’ll typically find in your local drug store.
Good luck if you are making the switch!
About The Author
Shenneth is a Washington, DC based communications professional and founder of the blog Shen Dove Style which covers fashion and lifestyle related topics. She loves travel, the arts, books, social entrepreneurship, tea lattes, and day dreaming.