We are all conscious of what we put into our bodies and we know that organic foods are much better for us than foods covered in pesticides and chemicals. Many of us are also conscious of what we put on our skin. Beauty product ingredients we put on the skin can be absorbed directly into our blood stream. This is important as there can be health problems associated with the use of chemicals, especially when they are interfering with how our bodies are meant to work.
Using a natural deodorant is a great way of beginning to detoxify your beauty regime and your body.
Conventional antiperspirants keep you dry and feeling fresh by blocking your sweat glands. But sweating is our bodies way of cooling down and eliminating toxins, so it's a pretty vital function and one that we shouldn't be trying to stop.
Natural deodorants keep you fresh by eliminating odour causing bacteria, and keep you dry thanks to arrowroot powder.
Make the switch to and let your body behave naturally.
There are plenty of alternatives to conventional spray and antiperspirants. We've done our research and brought you a range of the best that really do work!
Warrior Botanicals cream is made from organic oils, arrowroot powder, organic shea butter and bicarbonate of soda. It's kind to sensitive skin, aluminium free and handmade in small batches to ensure that you get the freshest possible product. You can be confident that it works on your body odour and you will be feeling fresh all day.
For those of you that sweat more, we love the coconut and vanilla fragrance. Fresh cloves work on dryness and bring their unique antibacterial properties, and since there are no essential oils this can be used during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
Baking Soda Free Natural Deodorant
Some people with very sensitive skin can have a reaction to the sodium bicarbonate used in many natural deodorants causing a rash under the arms. Warrior's grapefruit and green tea cream is one of the best natural deodorants for sensitive skin as it uses magnesium instead of sodium bicarbonate.
Pit putty is another fabulous cream that is effective, kind to sensitive skin and good for the planet. It uses 100% natural ingredients and is perfect for all the family. We love the all day protection and fresh unisex fragrances.
Zero Waste Deodorant
All are deodorants are packaged without plastic but we particularly love the cardboard tube roll on's for ease of recycling.
Ben and Anna
Recently we have added the fabulous easy to apply sticks from Ben & Anna. The range was developed and perfected by a German couple who follows a strict vegan lifestyle, hence their deodorant sticks aren't just blended with the finest ingredients mother nature has to offer, but are also suitable for vegans.
The range includes seven scents, the refreshing citrus fruit scents are a very popular deodorant sticks for kids, teens and young adults, while the more subtle options are perfect scents for men. Since no oils are used for the PURE stick, it is safe for all those mums-to-be and breastfeeding mothers, plus it's great for sensitive skin.
This 100% natural deodorant is handcrafted in small batches in the UK. As another stick it's perfect for replacing a roll on. Like Ben and Anna the packaging is completely recyclable and plastic free.
All their products are vegan and cruelty free, gentle on sensitive skin and perfect for all the family.
The baking soda helps to neutralise body odour and although this isn't an antiperspirant, it definitely reduces the amount of sweat. It keeps you feeling dry without blocking your sweat glands. Roll onto your clean dry skin and it absorbs quickly leaving no residue. You won't be doing the "drying dance" with this roll-on!
Fragrance Free Deodorants
There will be some who prefer a fragrance free or less fragranced deodorant. Both Ben and Anna and Your Nature make an aluminium-free deodorant in a fragrance free unisex formulation. It's suitable for men and is great for kids and teens as well.
Reasons to use Organic deodorant
It works with your body and naturally reduces the amount of sweat and body odour
It reduces the number of chemicals and toxins in your body, which are often introduced by regular deodorants
It helps your body to naturally detox on a daily basis
As part of a healthy lifestyle it contributes to your physical well being
Using it reduces the negative impact conventional deodorants and antiperspirants have on the environment
It is often packaged in eco-friendly or even reusable packaging and helps you to live a more sustainable life
It's great if you have sensitive skin.
Making the change to Natural Lifestyle Including Deodorant
Making the change to an aluminium free deodorant could not be easier, especially when the natural alternatives are so good. When it comes to eco-living deodorant is often one of the last changes people want to make. It might have taken years to find an antiperspirant that works and who would relish the prospect of feeling sweaty and smelly?
However, there are many reasons, why you should brave an armpit detox and make the switch.
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 antiperspirants prevent this from happening, which causes a build-up of harmful toxins in your body. Additionally, the aluminium salts, which are commonly used to stop sweating are actually absorbed into your body and are linked to breast cancer and even Alzheimers disease.
Another reason for the switch is the fact that the daily use of many conventional spray or roll-on, 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.
And, since all our natural alternatives come in plastic-free packaging you are not just protecting and improving your own health, but also the health of our planet.
Armpit Detox & transition to Natural Deodorant in 3 easy steps
1. Perfect timing
I won't lie. Depending on the products you have been using 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! Note this is just for the first few days of the detox and is not needed once you have transitioned.
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 deodorant range.
Our deodorants are made from a blend of natures finest ingredients including arrowroot powder, baking soda and essential oils or plant extracts. All these ingredients work together with your body instead of 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.
If you are using the cream, 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 a single tin. If you are using the tube just apply as you would a roll on.
Did you know? The Warrior Botanicals are also available in small travel tubs? Perfect for giving it a go yourself or for travelling!
When are you starting your armpit detox in order to transition to a healthier deodorant? Let us know how you get on!