Everything You Need to Know About Switching to Natural Deodorant— Plus My Favorites
Switching to natural deodorant had been something I wanted to do for a long time but I was hesitant because I really need my deodorant to get the job done. I am not a dainty fresh flower, I can get pretty stinky. I guess, God just decided to bless me with B.O. I know, lucky me. If I can make the switch to natural deodorant then so can you! Here is everything you need to know about switching to natural deodorant.
What Makes Traditional Deodorants so Bad for You?
First things first, I feel like I should explain why you should think about tossing your traditional deodorant. I am not an expert and this is just the information I have found through many internet searches (thanks, Google) and speaking to women in the natural beauty industry (they really are experts). The two major buzzwords you will hear when talking about traditional deodorants are aluminum and parabens. Traditional deodorants contain aluminum in order to block your sweat glands. Parabens are preservatives in cosmetic products that allow them to last months and even years. Parabens disrupt hormone function by mimicking estrogen and have been linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues. To sum it up, they are bad and you really shouldn't be using any products that contain aluminum or parabens.
So now that we have established that traditional deodorants are toxic for your body, it's time to start thinking about switching to a natural deodorant. I first dabbled with natural deodorants about a year ago and found some that I liked but after a month or so I always ended up switching back to the degree deodorant I had used since high school because I STUNK. What I didn't know is that when you switch to a natural deodorant your body goes through a detox period.
What Happens During the Traditional Deodorant Detox?
I really wish I had known about this detox period, so I'm here to prepare you. You are going to stink. Your underarms are detoxing from all of the built-up toxins and chemicals. I have spoken to a lot of women who made the switch to natural deodorant and they all said that they were smelly for the first 2-3 weeks after making the switch. My detox period lasted about six weeks and it was not fun. I stunk, bad, but I am happy to report that this is just temporary! I am sure everyone's bodies will react differently but my advice is to stick with it!
Which natural Deodorant is Best for Me?
I have tried lots of natural deodorants in my search for the perfect one for me. My conclusion is that everyone has specific preferences so your bffs favorite deodorant might not be yours! Here is a quick rundown of all the natural deodorants I've tried and my pros and cons for each.
Vapour Organic Beauty AER Next-Level Deodorant: Vapour Organic Beauty is one of my favorite clean beauty brands so this was one of the first natural deodorants I tried. It comes in three scents and I tried their most popular scent, Lavender Myrrh.
PROS: Silky light-weight texture (gel to powder formula), goes on smooth, beautiful scent
CONS: The bottle gets a bit slimy from the gel (maybe it’s how I store it, who knows), a bit pricier at $24
Native Deodorant: I had heard lots of amazing thing about this deodorant and it comes in a variety of scents you can choose from. I purchased the Coconut & Vanilla scent.
PROS: Very affordable at $12, smells great
CONS: Goes on a bit clumpy
Ursa Major Hoppin' Fresh Deodorant: I purchased this one becasue it had received so many great reviews but I ended up being pretty indifferent about this one. I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it.
PROS: creamy texture
CONS: I felt like I needed to reapply throughout the day
Kaia Naturals The Takesumi Detox Charcoal Deodorant: This was the deodorant I committed to after I found out about the detox period. I tried both the Lime Mint and Juicy Bamboo scents, I much preferred the Lime Mint scent. Like I said, I was detoxing when I tested this deodorant so I was stinky but I did use their Deodorant Booster Bar which is formulated with activated charcoal and apple cider vinegar to help manage odor.
PROS: You get quite a bit for your money, comes in a variety of scents, the Lime Mint scent had a cooling effect
CONS: Didn’t roll on super smoothly
Curie Deodorant: This one is the deodorant I’m currently using and I love it!
PROS: price— it’s only $12, the white tea scent is amazing, goes on smooth, lasts all day
CONS: can ball up a bit in your underarm
I hope this helps make the switch to natural deodorant much easier for you!