This post is in no way sponsored but I wanted to share my experience switching to natural deodorant (affiliate links may be used). I switched to Native Deodorant 5 months ago. Never in a million years did I think this would be one of my best beauty decisions! Especially as a nursing hormonal mom of a 2 year old and an then-6 month old. Between the post baby/breastfeeding hot flashes and chasing after a toddler, I thought there was no way in hell switching to natural deodorant would be a good idea…at least not then.
Back in college, I remember trying to use some super crunchy deodorants made from elf tears and unicorn essence (I kid, but seriously) and they SUCKED. Regardless of the fact that I was at the gym working out upwards of 2 hours a day, they just couldn’t hang.
My Personal Experience Switching to Natural Deodorant
I’m Breastfeeding and Hormonal AF. What Am I Thinking?
I’m not even gonna try to lie. The early post baby phase is one of the smelliest times in your life. You’re body is leaking from various places, your hormones are all over the place, you’re trying to adjust to this new life and lack of sleep, running around meeting your baby’s needs. If you choose to nurse, it’s a whole new level of stanky!
You’d think you’d want to pull out the big guns – the prescription-strength stuff. From personal experience, I can say that my body just fought off the chemicals in mainstream deodorant so hard. There was actually no better time to switch as I had nothing to loose!
Put It Off & Finish My Current Deodorant
Admittedly, I had my natural deodorant delivery on my bureau for a few months until I dove in. As a frequent product sampler it truly and nothing to do with “well I spent money on this let’s use it” and everything to do with “there’s no way this can work and I just don’t want to smell even worse.”
I finally took the plunge and waited for some overly scented hippie dippie lavender smell to mix with stinky pit smell. But that never happened. Instead I smelled like roses. Actual, real roses.
Pit Rash, Or Was It?
On day 3 or so, I realized my underarms burned a little bit. Not bad, but just enough. I Googled my symptoms (because of course I did) and the “rash” was actually a good thing. It meant my pits were detoxing all the crappy chemicals that was clogging my pores. By day 5 or so, this went away.
OK This Stuff is Freaken Amazing
After a week, I was hooked. I smelled good. Like, really good! My shirts weren’t wet (well, except for the boob leakage but that’s a different super cute topic for another day). I didn’t have that “raw onion didn’t put on deodorant for a week” smell. There was no fairy dust mixed with rainbow essence smell.
Yes, yes, so much yes. I wish I kicked my usual antiperspirant to the curb years ago. Native, specifically, has been such a phenomenal, life changing decision for me I didn’t even bother trying other brands out there.
My 10 Suggestions for Switching to Natural Deodorant
- Get the 3 pack – 2 scents to rotate daily and a third to keep in your purse/diaper bag/gym bag/desk. When I rotate scents I don’t get used to one constant smell and I feel like I smell nicer too. (I do this with perfumes too!)
- Give switching to natural deodorant a solid 30 days. Your body needs time to detox and get used to not having your armpit pores all clogged up with chemicals. Don’t jump ship right before the magic happens.
- Shave your pits regularly. Keep those babies bare! Stinky sweat gets trapped in armpit hair. It’s just a gross fact. When your pits are smooth you will naturally smell better.
- Less is more. Rather than slathering natural deodorant on, I go top of pit down about 4 times, spreading each application to cover each part of my underarms. I apply after my shower at night and then reapply in the morning. Every once in a while if I’m having a busy day I will reapply midday.
- If you are going to sweat extra (you workout, your toddler just squeezed a pouch all over your favorite sweater, you know, fun stuff), I suggest grabbing a washcloth with soap and water and washing your pits before reapplying. Don’t reapply to stinky pits. Why put extra bacteria on your deodorant stick if you don’t have to?
- Breathable cotton clothing during the transition period helps. Save your silk and cashmere for after your body adjusts. And anything you need to dry clean, layer it with cotton or save it.
- Watch your diet. I noticed before eating mostly paleo, dairy would make me STINK! Some healthy foods – like garlic and onions – can change your body odor too. During the switch maybe limit these fragrant foods if you notice they make you smell.
- Drink lots of water. You should be doing this already, but during any detox this is important.
- Exfoliate. No, you don’t need to buy anything special or add 20 minutes to your shower time, but a little scrubbing with a washcloth, clean loofah, or my favorite brush helps rid your pits of any nasties.
- A good charcoal soap or once a week mask under the arms is a great way to help your transition along and boost detox. THIS is my favorite detoxifying mask for face and pits. Mix it with water and apple cider vinegar then apply under your arms.
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