If the chemical scent of commercial deodorants takes you back to high school gym, you’re not alone. For many, synthetic deodorants have been part of our personal care routines since we were teens!
But if you’ve glanced at the ingredients list, you know that store-bought B.O.-busters are far from innocent. Packed with parabens, triclosan, phthalates, and aluminium, chemical antiperspirants and deodorants do much more harm than good.
While natural deodorants get a bad rap, they can and do work! They effectively battle sweat, neutralise unpleasant odours, and restore healthy bacteria.
Here’s 5 things to know when switching to natural deodorants:
1. Chemical deodorants mask sweat, natural deodorants target smell
Our sweat is odorless. When bacteria interacts with sweat you get body odor. Harsh chemical deodorants indiscriminately kill all the bacteria living on our skin– even the good guys– which can lead to skin pH imbalances and other nasty side effects. However, natural deodorants fight off bad bacteria while leaving restorative bacteria alone.
2. Do your research
Spend time getting familiar with what’s out there, experimenting, and learning what works for you. It took years of testing on ourselves and carefully sourcing ingredients from all over the world to come up with our line of gender-neutral, and clean yet effective deodorants. Each of our deodorants comes with prebiotics that support the skin’s natural microflora. Don’t settle for anything but the best!
3. The process works– trust it
Your body goes through a detox phase when you switch from a harmful antiperspirant to a natural deodorant. Everyone is different, but the period can last up to 30 days. During this phase you may experience worse body odour than before, and feel tempted to go back to your old ways. But be patient, the best is yet to come!
4. Detoxing won’t be pretty, but it’s worth it
Adapting to a natural deodorant takes time. After all, the microbial communities under your arms go through major changes. But you can ease the transition. For instance, our activated Charcoal Detox Pack can help you achieve a complete armpit detox in about a week. The sweat-busting formula draws out impurities and buildup, and helps improve skin colour and texture over time.
5. Seek advice, and find community
If you have questions about how the process works, turn to someone you trust. Surround yourself with positive vibes, be kind to your body, and find a community that cares about green beauty like you do. We’re always here to help, too.
Getting healthier pits is a journey. You’ve gotta embrace it with open arms! We’re right here with you – every step of the way.