Making the Switch: A Guide to Natural Deodorant and How it Can Benefit You
If you’re considering switching to natural deodorant but don’t know where to begin or what to expect,
don’t worry – I’ve got you covered! With over five years of experience in manufacturing and using natural deodorants,
I have the knowledge and expertise to guide you.
As more people are shifting to prioritise their health and planet, they are turning towards more natural and eco-friendly alternatives compared to traditional deodorants.
So, whether you’re looking to reduce your exposure to chemicals or simply want a more sustainable option, read on to learn more about natural deodorants and how they can help you stay fresh and odour-free.
How to Choose the Right Deodorant For You
With or Without Baking Soda
Baking soda is excellent for combatting body odour, but some people may be sensitive to it. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to opt for a deodorant without baking soda.
I prefer my deodorant with baking soda – it’s great for combatting that nasty odour. I’m super active AKA a workaholic!
Type of packaging
Stick, tube, tub, or spray. Consider which is most convenient for you to use. A stick may be easiest to apply, while a spray may be more portable. A tub may be the most eco-friendly option, but also the messiest.
I prefer a pushup tube all the way – it’s easy to use, no mess, no fuss, you just swipe it on and go!
What are the ingredients?
What!? Do I need to check the ingredients?
Yes, it is always good to check the ingredients in every product you buy, even if it says it’s natural. Some products come with a long list of unnecessary ingredients. Deodorants are simple; let’s keep it that way.
A good natural deodorant only needs the following ingredients:
- Butter, wax, and or oil,
- Clay, starch, and or baking soda,
- Essential Oil – but not necessary,
- Preservative and an antioxidant – depending on the formula, these items aren’t always needed.
The Difference Between Antiperspirant and Deodorant
On the market you can buy an antiperspirant, a deodorant, or a two-in-one deodorising antiperspirant. So what’s the difference? Antiperspirants stop you from sweating by blocking your pores. Usually, the main active ingredient is aluminium which functions as a pore-blocker. On the other hand, deodorants mask and neutralise the smell of body odour. Sweat itself doesn’t actually smell, it’s the bacteria on your skin that converts your sweat to stinky by-products.
Sweating It Out - Why It’s Healthy To Sweat
Why Change to a Natural Deodorant?
Ingredients to Avoid in Deodorants
“My deodorants do not, and never will contain aluminium.”
Solvent-Extracted/Refined Oils and Butters
“I only use cold-pressed or expeller-pressed ingredients.
- Cold-pressed oils use a seed press designed to press soft seeds. During the cold-pressed process, the oil does not go over 50℃.
- Expeller-pressed oils use a screw press designed to press hard nuts and seeds. Due to the friction caused during pressing, this can heat up to temperatures from 60℃ to 99℃.”
“I only use unrefined, or naturally-refined ingredients. The coconut oil I use from Blue Coconut is naturally refined using clay.”
What to Expect During The Detox Process?
When switching to a natural deodorant, people may experience a “detox” period where their sweat smells stronger or more intense than usual. This detox happens due to previous use of antiperspirants which block the pores of your underarms, stopping you from sweating. Remember, sweating is one of the key ways your body naturally detoxifies.
As a result, the body may initially produce more sweat to cleanse itself of any buildup that may have occurred while using an antiperspirant.
That’s a lot of stink!
Within this detox period, I recommend NOT doing the following:
- Clapping with your hands above your head,
- Waving your arms around while in an enclosed space, or standing close to someone,
- Reverting back to your old antiperspirant or deodorant,
- Forget to have your new deodorant on hand while out and about. My Scentsless and Sweet Orange travel-size deodorants are perfect for when you’re on the go.
I recommend washing your underarms with a natural unscented antibacterial soap like Kawakawa Soap, also use this for shaving (if you shave). For the first week, you may want to wash your pits a few times a day, just to freshen up – we don’t want to lose a friendship or job over this!
Changing to a natural deodorant like my Kawakawa Sweet Orange Deodorant, you will still sweat, but you won’t stink!
When choosing a natural deodorant, always look for simple, pure ingredients and environmentally friendly packaging. And always check the ingredients label.
It’s also worth trying a few different options to see which one works best for you. Everyone has a unique set of bacteria which can respond differently. Finding the right natural deodorant that works for you may take some experimentation, but the benefits to your health and the environment make it worth the effort.