In regards to using natural products instead of conventional ones, deodorant is probably one of the last changes people want to make. That is understandable, in some cases it took years to find a conventional deodorant that works and most of us dread to go through the endless months of trial and error again, which will leave us sweaty, smelly and feeling uncomfortable.
However, there are many reasons, why you should brave an armpit detox followed by the switch to an all-natural deodorant. First of all: your health! Sweating is not only your bodies way of cooling down but also necessary in order to release toxins. Many common antiperspirant deodorants prevent this from happening, which causes a build-up of harmful toxins in your body. Additionally, the aluminium salts, which are commonly used in a lot of conventional deodorants are actually absorbed into your body and are linked to breast cancer and even Alzheimer's disease.
Another reason for the switch is the fact that the daily use of many conventional spray or roll-on deodorant, especially antiperspirants can actually change the bacterial microbiome in your armpits. This means that due to an overproduction of some bad bacteria sweat will be a lot smellier whenever you stop or forget to use your deodorant. So if you notice that the smell of our sweat is after getting a lot stronger recently, it is not a reason to apply even more deodorant, but indeed the perfect time for an armpit detox and the switch to a non-toxic organic deodorant full of natural active ingredients. Since a lot of the natural alternatives come in plastic-free packaging you are not just protecting and improving your own health, but also the health of our planet and take another step towards your life without plastic!
Armpit Detox & transition in 3 easy steps
1. Perfect timing
I won't lie. Depending on the deodorant you have been using all along and on the amount you have been applying, the transitional and detox period might be tough. Especially in the first few days, you will notice a lot more sweat and stronger body odour. Pick the time for your detox wisely. Make sure you are not having any important meetings, like job interviews or similar during the first couple of days. These would just put pressure on you and your detox and transition to healthy deodorant might fail as a result.
2. Actively work with your body
As soon as you stop using conventional deodorant your pit detox will start. To give your body a chance to release the build-up of toxins and regulate the bacteria, you should probably refrain from using any deodorant at all for a couple of days. Once you notice that your body odour is getting fainter, you can start using the natural deodorant. However, there are ways in which you can actively support your armpit detox - not only in the first few days but on an ongoing basis:
In order to reduce body odour, you should wear clothes made from natural fibres. Unlike synthetic fibres, natural materials like cotton don't trap bad smells or harbour bad bacteria. Plus: they feel so much nicer against your skin!
Drying after your shower or bath
It's no secret that bacteria grow quickly in damp and warm environments, after all, that is why your armpits are so popular with all sorts of bacteria, especially on warm and sweaty days. Therefore it is important to dry off really well after your shower or bath. This will not only ensure that bacteria isn't getting too comfortable but will also make sure the skin on your pits is perfectly prepared for your new organic deodorant to be applied.
Food & drink
Everything you eat and drink has a direct impact on your body and health. This means your food also impacts your body odour. In general, a clean, organic and healthy diet without (or very little) caffeine, alcohol, meat and fried food contributes to a more neutral body odour.
As important as food, is of course drink and I don't mean fancy alcoholic cocktails, juices or smoothies - I am talking about plain water. Water is one of the most important things for your body. Staying hydrated by drinking 2 to 3 litres of water every day helps your body to rid itself of toxins on a day to day basis, which in turn helps to prevent smelly pits.
3. Using natural deodorant
At Baba Me we believe in only selling products that we use ourselves and that really work, this also includes our deodorants. When you order one of the Warrior Botanicals Deodorant Creams you receive a product that is not just completely natural, organic, environmentally friendly and made with love in Ireland, but also tried and tested thoroughly!
How the Warrior Botanicals Deodorant Cream works
Reidin, the founder of Warrior Botanicals is making all her products herself and in small batches in West Cork, Ireland. The deodorant creams are a blend of shea butter, coconut oil, arrowroot powder, baking soda and essential oils or plant extracts. All these ingredients work together with your body as supposed to just covering up bad odours. This means: the more you sweat, the more the ingredients are activated and you will be kept dry and smell delicious.
How to apply the Warrior Botanical Deodorant Cream
It is recommended that you apply the deodorant cream after showering or washing your armpits (remember to dry well afterwards). Take a pea-sized amount on your finger and gently massage it into your skin. One application will last for up to 24 hours, which means one tub will last a lot longer than most conventional deodorants. In fact, most people get between 2 and 4 months use out of it.
Which scent is right for me?
If your skin is dry and absorbs oil well, you will probably find that the Lavender Geranium or the Rosemary and Cedarwood will work best for you. If you find that your underarms are generally very sweaty, try the Coconut & Vanilla Deodorant, which has the added benefit of the anti-bacterial qualities of freshly ground cloves. The Coconut Cream is also free from essential oils and is therefore recommended to be used during pregnancy or when breastfeeding. In terms of men's deodorant, our male customers swear by the scent of Rosemary and Cedarwood.
Did you know? The Warrior Botanicals Deodorant Creams are also available in small tester tubs – so perfect for giving it a go yourself!
If you prefer a natural deodorant stick or roll-on then the Eco by Sonya Coco Deodorant is the perfect choice for you. With a blend of coconut oil, aloe vera, chamomile and lavender essential oil your pits will stay dry and odourless even in the summer heat and on your busiest days. Again, this aluminium-free deodorant is not blocking your skin pores or just masking bad smells, instead, its active ingredients work with your body for a healthier and more balanced sweat production as well as a nice and natural scent.When are you starting your armpit detox in order to transition to a healthier and natural deodorant? Let us know how you get on!