I cannot count how many times people have told me, “Tamara, natural deodorant just doesn’t work for me.”
What you don’t realize is that your body goes through a detox phase when you make the switch from an aluminum-laden antiperspirant for a natural deodorant. Some people find that the first week of natural deodorant that their body odor increases. This doesn’t mean it is not working. Your natural deodorant isn’t making you smell worse – the bacterial communities under your arms are changing and it doesn’t happen overnight! It can take up to 30 days for your body to fully detox from aluminum.
Aluminium-based antiperspirants work by blocking the sweat ducts, reducing the amount of sweat that reaches the skin’s surface. When they are applied to the skin and come in contact with sweat, the aluminium salts react to precipitate out and form a plug over the sweat glands. Sweat continues to be produced by the sweat gland but it just isn't able to reach the surface of the skin
Medical journals show that similar to the gut or the mouth, the biology of armpit bacteria is just as complicated. This is why you need to allow at least 2 to 4 weeks to adjust to natural deodorant.
Your underarm microbiomes are about to to go through an adjustment period as the bacteria in your underarm change.
Everyone’s personal chemistry and bacteria are different you will probably find when making the switch that :
Your underarms produce additional moisture because your body is sweating, which is the body’s natural way to flush out toxins
You will find your personal smell increases. But don’t fear that odor-causing bacteria won’t last forever, it is just a part of the detox that happens when you discontinue use of traditional deodorant.
Usually around the 30 day mark your body should have fully adjusted to natural deodorant and purged all of the aluminum from your pores. For some the detox stage is shorter. You can now continue and fully enjoy using natural deodorant every day to neutralize the smell of daily body odor.
Our Tried and True Tips to Help You Get Through the Detox
Eliminate odor-causing bacteria in the shower with a natural antibacterial soap.
Carry your natural deodorant with you on the go to freshen up throughout the day while you detox.
Take hot baths or showers to help open your pores and encourage sweating to help to flush out toxins.
Wear breathable clothing and avoid odor and sweat trapping synthetics
Have your tried our natural deodorant Refresh ? It doesn’t contain artificial fillers and synthetic chemicals, you’re applying the purest ingredients to your pits. With being confined to our houses with limited social interactions now is the perfect time to give it a try!
We have contactless pick up available in YYC , or can send your order out via mail.
“I had delayed the switch to natural deodorant as i was worried about the ~smells~ my armpits would product. But when I started to hear about possible links between breast cancer and antiperspirants, I finally felt brave enough to take the leap to natural, aluminum-free deodorant. I was a fan of Tamara’s natural deodorant Sister’s Soul and was devastated when I couldn’t buy it anymore. I have to say I was so happy when Wake Up & Glow came out with Refresh! With just a handful of organic and all-natural ingredients that you can pronounce, this deodorant is sure to keep you dry and smelling fresh. I love the smell and even during my toughest sweatiest workouts, I always smell great!:
- DK - Wake UP & Glow Fan