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In my last post, I talked about why social distancing was the perfect time to make the switch to natural deodorant. Today I want to give you some useful tips to make help with the transition.
1. Clean your underarms in the morning and in the evening.
You do not need to shower, just use some soap and water with a clean washcloth. (I prefer to use Dr. Bronner’s soap, specifically either Tea Tree or Peppermint because of their antibacterial properties.)
2. Use a charcoal detox bar or paste.
There are so many options you can find online for purchase, as well as a ton of DIY recipes too! (I started doing this about halfway through my transition process and I wish I would have done it from the beginning. I continue to do this now about once per week in the shower.)
Sweating is a natural and needed process that our body uses to help rid our body of toxins. Traditional deodorants and antiperspirants block your sweat glands causing toxins to build up. So once you quit using them, you can help to speed up the toxins leaving your body by sweating more!
Bonus Tip – realize now that there is no one size fits all when it comes to natural deodorants.
You will need to experiment with different brands to find which one works best for you and your body! There are so many natural deodorants out there to choose from. There are crystals, brands that are essential oil based, some with baking soda and some without baking soda. Try multiple until you find what works for you!
What Has Worked for Me
I have very sensitive skin, so deodorants that contain baking soda irritate my underarms, but others who don’t have that problem prefer to have baking soda in their deodorant. The deodorant I am currently using and loving is the Crystal Unscented Mineral Deodorant Stone. Besides this deodorant just working for me, I also love it because it lasts an entire year, which helps me to cut down on waste deodorant containers!
Do you have any other helpful tips for the transition process? Let me know in the comments below!