Doing any form of detox can be a daunting task, depending on the steps you take to achieve your goals. Thinking about how to detox your armpit when switching to natural deodorant is another thing. Before I started my clean beauty switch I started doing an underarm detox. A detox from using regular deodorant that contains aluminum, parabens and phthalates that has been linked to causing cancer and hormonal imbalance. Doing this was essential to preparing my underarm for the use of natural deodorant. Initially, I just stopped cold turkey wearing deodorant for 2 weeks. Yes, my natural body odour surfaced itself, but it wasn’t anything that would knock someone out if they walked by me. At least I thought so. I was careful with the type of clothing that I would wear and how I would wear it to avoid sweating too much.
How to start the detox?
The first step in my detox as I stated earlier was just to stop wearing deodorant. I know this technique isn’t for everyone. However, I found that by doing this it allowed me to reset my underarms to it’s natural sweating state and remove toxins from my armpits – smelly and all.
The second step was investing in a detox product to apply to my underarms. This helps to further remove impurities and may balance the PH levels in your armpit. Alternatively, you may create your own by doing the following: Use apple cider vinegar 1-2 times a week during your detox.
Once you’ve diluted the ASV with water dip a cotton swab in the solution and apply it to your underarm. Easy as 1-2-3 and you don’t need to remove it. I suggest doing it a apart of your night time routine. Then in the morning you can do a quick underarm cleanse if there is an lingering odour.
Mix the ingredients together in a small bowl (in the order stated) until the consistency looks like a paste. Apply it to each underarm and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Then wipe clean with a damply washcloth. Voila! You’re officially so fresh and so clean.
The first week of my detox I has used the apple cider vinegar method. This was readily available in my cupboards. Apple cider vinegar helps to balance the PH levels in your body once consumed, and it does the same on your skin. For the second week of my detox I had used Arbonne Sea Mud Face and Body Mask that I had amongst my other toiletries. I would apply it right when I get in the shower and allow it to do its magic while I continue to lather my skin. The product gives you that tingly sensation that makes you feel like it’s working, which it is. Upon removal, my skin felt soft and refreshed.
How to make your own deodorant?
Before finding an appropriate deodorant to use. I temporarily made my own deodorant cream or paste, if you want to call it that. I wanted something that was moisturizing and antibacterial at the same time. It’s simple and you can do it too.
This recipe is per use. You place a quarter size amount of shea butter in the palm of you hand then pour one drop of tea tree oil and mix it together. Apply half of the mixture to your first armpit and the other half the second. You may also add lavender oil for a better scent or any other essential oils that you favour.
Types of natural deodorants to try
After being on the hunt, I found two natural Canadian brand deodorants that peeked my interest to try. I purchased the Mabrook & Co 90g stick deodorant in vanilla and mint scent and Wildcraft 80 ml fresh deodorant which is a spray deodorant in clary sage and lavender scent.
The Mabrook & Co stick deodorant’s key ingredients are coconut oil, arrow root starch, beeswax, sodium bicarbonate, vitamin E and essential oils. These ingredients are anti-micorbial, moisturizing and drying agents that will assist with any odour. If you are allergic to any of these ingredients this product is not ideal for you. The pros and cons of this deodorant are:
When I use this deodorant, I tend to wear sleeveless tops or I apply one stroke and work it into the skin. You will need to wait a few minutes to allow the product to be absorbed within the skin. This will prevent the residue on your clothing.
For the Wildcraft spray deodorant, it contains key ingredients such as magnesium hydroxide, witch hazel, aloe barbadensis juice, clary sage oil and lavender oil. These ingredients cater to soothing and deodorizing. Application is quite simple. I spray each armpit 2 times at a distance of 5 inches and let it settle in my armpits. The pros and cons of using this deodorant
You can carry it with you in your purse to reapply since it’s in a bottle
Both products are great to be used and I’ve learned how to use them based on my body chemistry. I like them both for different purposes and to use for different occasions. However, I’m willing to try other brands as these are my first trials of natural deodorants.
Have you tried any other brands of natural, clean, non-toxic deodorants? Let me know what the result is and what you love about it?