When most people make the switch to a natural deodorant, they think it doesn’t work so they throw it away and give up. They’re sweating more, BO is worse, and they can even have rash-like symptoms. That sounds like enough to make anyone throw away their new deodorant and return to the trusty drug-store brand.
If this is your experience and you want the benefits of a natural deodorant, you may need a detox.Making the switch to an all-natural, chemical-free deodorant can be intimidating.
Maybe you’ve used the same kinds of antiperspirant for years and don’t see the need to change, or maybe you’ve even tried a natural deodorant and had a bad experience.
It’s not that a natural deodorant won’t work for you -- your body has become dependent on toxins to do something that should come naturally.
The under arm pores are blocked by years of antiperspirants that contain aluminum salts, which leads to even worse body odor since your body’s healthy bacteria aren’t allowed to live while the odor-causing, “smelly” bacteria are thriving.
So what is a deodorant detox?
A deodorant detox is basically a purge, or a readjustment period for your pits.
Aluminum-salts are a key ingredient in most conventional deodorants that work by clogging your sweat glands to keep sweat from reaching the surface of your skin.
Remove that ingredient from the deodorant, your pores start to unclog and your body starts to self-regulate.
The goal is to get a natural deodorant to work, and we can guarantee that it will. But that may also come with a few short-term inconveniences.
A deodorant detox phase typically lasts anywhere from a week up to a month, and during that time period you may experience:
These symptoms are temporary and often are the exit point for most people! This is simply your body purging those toxins built-up in your pores.
After all, sweat is the body’s way of releasing toxins. Similar to the detox phase of a new skincare regimen or diet, it might “get worse” before it gets better.
If you’re really having a hard time with the smell during detox, consider switching up your diet so that it’s extra clean. Knock out processed foods that could affect your stench and stick to fresh ingredients instead. Don’t be afraid to reapply your new, natural deodorant multiple times each day.
Transitioning to natural deodorant doesn’t have to be scary. It’s a simple and powerful way to promote your health and well-being – and protect against unwanted odor.
To find out more of the benefits of a natural deodorant, click here.