If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I am venturing into the world of “healthy living” one baby step at a time. I switched from my favorite Old Spice deodorant to a natural version with no toxic ingredients within the past year. Read more on why here.
I have tried three different brands of natural deodorant that I really liked – they worked better than Old Spice and smelled good. I also instantly started sweating LESS and my sweat smelled much less UGH as soon as I quit using Old Spice which has been my go to choice since junior high. But after a few weeks or months, my armpits started breaking out in a rash with each deodorant. I was able to get away with only applying it once everyday or every other day but it’s been getting warmer so that’s no longer an option.
Switching to Natural Deo
These are the three brands + scents I loved:
Primal Pit Paste Lavender: http://primalpitpaste.com/primal-pit-stick-regular-lavender/
Schmidts Lavendar + Sage: https://schmidtsdeodorant.com/lavender-sage-stick.html
Stinkbug Naturals Tangerine Spice: http://www.stinkbugorganics.com/product/tangerine-spice-organic-deodorant-bar/
The Schmidts worked the best as far as odor control but the others were really good, too. The Stinkbug Naturals felt the most like “normal” deodorant and glided on more smoothly, probably because it’s got coconut oil in it. The Primal Pit Paste glided on more smoothly than the Schmidts and worked well for odor control. I also liked the size of the stick – it’s round and doesn’t take up much room.
I have since discovered that baking soda (the active ingredient in many deodorants including natural ones) is probably what my armpits are reacting to. I found a sensitive skin formula that I am LOVING from Schmidts: https://schmidtsdeodorant.com/tea-tree-stick-sensitive-skin.html It smells good and works.
Armpit Detox Time
I came across this armpit detox idea and recipe awhile ago and finally bought the ingredients to try it. I don’t want my armpits to start reacting to the sensitive skin formula and am curious if my armpits still need some detoxing even after being free of conventional deodorant for several months now.
Lifted straight from Wellness Mama: http://wellnessmama.com/25432/detox-your-armpits/
Great article on the science behind an armpit detox + details on why conventional deodorant options are toxic.
I got bentonite clay from a quality brand here: http://www.amazon.com/Redmond-Clay-Bottle-10-Ounce/dp/B001DJ6J5W/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1462545389&sr=8-1&keywords=redmond+bentonite+clay
The ACV was just from the grocery store. Make sure it has “the Mother” in it – it will say on the label.
1 tablespoon bentonite clay
1 teaspoon ACV
1 – 2 teaspoons water
Mix in a glass bowl with a non-metal spoon. I used a glass bowl with a wooden spoon. I added a little more water than 1-2 teaspoons to get it to the right consistency. This makes just enough for one person to slather their armpits with a tiny bit leftover. You want it to look and feel like sour cream – goopy but not too runny.
(The mixture washed off the bowl and spoon well, with no staining or anything left behind. So this recipe won’t ruin your dishes!)
I mixed up the recipe and applied it to my armpits. Since it’s a detoxing paste, I only did about 10 minutes. When you’re detoxing, you want to start small and work up to more, so your body can have a chance to respond without getting overwhelmed. I HATE apple cider vinegar but the paste did not cause any negative reaction – no burning, itching, or anything. I left it on for 10 minutes and then got in the shower to wash it off with warm water.
I have only done this once, but I think I am going to do it every few weeks for now.
The little irritation I had on my armpits was gone by the next morning.
I didn’t apply deodorant until the next day and my armpits did not smell at all.
No negative effects – no rash, no itching, no dry skin.
I am going to use this recipe for a few months and then try one of the other deodorants I have with baking soda and see how my skin reacts.
If you’re using conventional deo, it’s time to switch + detox!
If you’re using natural deodorant and having some reactions to it, try this detox recipe + see if it helps.