Have you previously been using conventional, commercial deodorants and or antiperspirants on a daily basis and have just changed over to our natural deodorants and are your underarms now behaving differently?

Regular commercial antiperspirants can contain an array of ingredients that are not natural – they are synthetic. One of those is aluminium chlorohydrate which dissolves on your skin and melts into your pores blocking the sweat glands under your arms to stop you perspiring.

As you already know by reading this newsletter and our blogs – we are all for sweating! Humans are supposed to sweat, this is a normal bodily function essential to ridding the body of toxins and regulating body temperature. 

Blocking your pores then requires your body to eliminate these toxins elsewhere, and if you have a lot of toxic build up this can cause other issues.

When you make the change to using a natural deodorant you’ll experience a little more sweating than before, but no underarm odour (that’s if you use Green Goddess Natural Deodorants – I can’t vouch for other brands as the ones I have used have not worked nearly as well).

As your body adjusts to going natural you may experience a mild rash under your arms. Do not become alarmed – this is your body detoxing and releasing toxins. 

If you do experience a mild rash try doing this underarm detox.

Under Arm Detox

1 tablespoon bentonite clay  (I use the one from Pure South)

1/2 teaspoon organic apple cider vinegar with the mother

1 drop tea tree essential oil (helps to kill odour causing bacteria)

1-2 teaspoons of filtered water to get right consistency

Instructions

Get a glass bowl and wooden or non-metal spoon, add all the ingredients and mix into a paste with the water. You may not need all the water so put in a little at a time.

Sit calmly and spread the paste over your armpits in an even layer. Leave on for 5-15 minutes, longer is better however it’s a good idea to start slowly and work up to a longer period of time once you see how your body adjusts. If it starts to sting, remove the paste and try again the following day.

Initially the detox may cause some redness as the blood-flow will increase to your underarm area but it should quickly disappear.

The easiest way to wash off the detox paste is to hop in the shower and use a washcloth. If you are using soap make sure it’s totally natural like one from Be Natural which is plant based.

Repeat the underarm detox as needed.

Here’s some of the ingredients to look out for in antiperspirants and deodorants …

Aluminium compounds and salts (chlorohydrate), alcohol, parabens, propylene glycol (named American Contact Dermatitis Society’s Allergen of the Year for 2018) and triclosan (both of these can also be found in toothpaste), phthalates, perfume or fragrance.