IS THERE A DETOX PHASE?
I’ve been wearing natural deodorant for so long that I don’t remember a detox phase, but from everything I’ve researched, it takes between 2-4 weeks to transition from an antiperspirant to a natural deodorant. Why? Aluminum compounds in antiperspirant act as plugs in each of the pores in your armpit. This gel-like plug literally stops you from sweating by blocking your pores.
Once you stop using antiperspirant, you’ll start to sweat again, maybe even more than usual. Don’t worry—this is just a phase and it won’t last forever! Our bodies are designed to sweat as a means of cooling down and detoxing, and sweating is a necessary bodily function! Your system will balance out after a few weeks.
During the detox phase, there are many products that claim to detox the armpit, draw aluminum out of the pores, and remove bad bacteria. These products usually contain absorbent clay or charcoal. I’ve never tried a detox mask under my arm, but if you’re experiencing intense body odor during the detox phase, it wouldn’t hurt to try it.
You may also need to refresh with deodorant wipes throughout the day if you notice odor. Reapply deodorant after using a wipe.
IF you’ve been using a non-natural deodorant (not antiperspirant), the switch to a more natural brand is easier.
WILL MY SHIRTS TURN YELLOW UNDER THE ARMS FROM NATURAL DEODORANT?
Most likely no. I have NEVER experienced the yellowing of fabric in all my years of using natural and organic deodorants. One reason that fabric in the underarm area can yellow is from the reaction of antiperspirant, underarm sweat and skin bacteria.
Yellowing of fabric can occur from stress sweat too. Stress sweat produces a potent, milky kind of sweat that may cause yellow stains on certain fabric (yuck).
Wash shirts with sweat stains right away! DON’T leave sweaty shirts at the bottom of your hamper. Make sure to launder as soon as possible and the stains should come out.
DOES NATURAL DEODORANT RUB OFF ON CLOTHING?
I put on a tight fitting black t-shirt right after applying a few swipes of Native unscented stick deodorant. The stick is a solid white color, and my black shirt was not covered in white smears. At most all I could see was a very faint, small white smudge on the side of the shirt. I actually had to look for it.
I dampened a washcloth, making sure to squeeze out most of the moisture, and dabbed at the white smudge. That was enough to remove it.
CAN PEOPLE WITH SENSITIVE SKIN USE NATURAL DEODORANT?
I have the most sensitive skin on my face, so I was worried that I’d have a bad reaction to natural deodorant. But for me, I’ve personally had no problems with natural deodorant. Baking soda is a big culprit in causing skin rashes, irritation and redness on sensitive underarm skin.
Essential oils are also a common culprit in causing allergic reactions on underarm skin. Either choose an unscented deodorant or try chamomile or calendula essential oils, which are safer for sensitive skin types.
Native Deodorant has a line of deodorant for sensitive skin. Meow Meow Tweet has a stick deodorant for sensitive skin with arrowroot powder- it’s what I’m using now and I’m loving it!
DOES NATURAL DEODORANT EVER STOP WORKING?
Yes, and this has happened to me with the Primally Pure deodorant. I had ZERO odor for 4 months, and then I noticed that I was starting to smell. Not horribly, but enough that my own body odor was occasionally wafting by my nose. So I did some research to find out why this was happening. I had just gotten my period and was also going through a really stressful time.
Here’s what I learned: hormonal fluctuations caused by your menstrual cycle, pregnancy, menopause, and stress can change your body odor. The sweat caused by stress creates a stinkier sweat than exercise sweat.
Stress sweat, as well as sweat produced by hormonal changes, is excreted by the apocrine glands, which are located near hair follicles found in the armpits and groin area. The sweat excreted from the apocrine glands contains proteins and fat. When this sweat reacts with the bacteria that naturally lives on the skin, the byproduct really smells.
Medication has been known to change your body odor. If you are on antibiotics, certain allergy medications, antidepressants and even Tylenol, this can cause your body odor to change.
Change in diet can also affect body odor. Are you eating more highly processed foods, red meat, or drinking more alcohol?
What did I do about it? I switched brands. You can try to switch back and see if the original brand works again after giving it some time.
DOES NATURAL DEODORANT DRY CLEAR?
It’s dries more like a translucent white. I swipe with an up and down stroke and I’m done (no need to apply a ton). When I wear a tank top, my underarms never have a white cast from deodorant. You can always use your fingers to rub the deodorant in if you’re concerned.
WHY I STOPPED MAKING MY OWN HOMEMADE DEODORANT
There was a time when I made my own deodorant. I loved how effective it was. BUT, after many years I switched from making my own to buying store-bought natural deodorant. Although I NEVER experienced any body odor when using my homemade deodorant formula, I decided to give it up. Why?
My drawers and closet started smelling like an old, stale, greasy bakery. This DOES NOT happen with ANY of the store bought natural brands I have tried. My theory is that I don’t normally wash my clothes after every wear, and it was making all my drawers and closet smell stale. I have not had this problem with the commercial brands of natural deodorants. Another reason I stopped using homemade is that I prefer using a stick deodorant so I don’t have to rub it on with my fingers.
Ingredient lists for the deodorants I tested
Ingredients: Caprylic/capric triglyceride (fractionated coconut oil), arrowroot powder, stearyl alcohol, baking soda, shea butter, coconut oil, hydrogenated castor oil, polyglycerol-3 beeswax (cera bellina wax), jojoba esters, tocopherol (Vitamin E), L. acidophilus (natural bacteria found in your body already), maltodextrin, glyceryl caprylate, glyceryl undecylenate.
Meow Meow Tweet Baking Soda Free Grapefruit Deodorant Stick–
Ingredients: *helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, *maranta esculenta (arrowroot) powder, magnesium hydroxide, *+theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, *+butyrospermum parkii (shea) fruit butter, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed wax, *cymbopogon martini (palmarosa) oil, pelargonium graveolens (rose geranium) oil *certified organic / +fair trade
Primally Pure Unscented–
Ingredients: Arrowroot Powder, Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (fair trade), Tallow from Grass-Fed Cows, Organic Beeswax, Baking Soda, Non-nano Zinc Oxide, White Kaolin Clay
Agent Nateur N5 Unisex Deodorant–
Ingredients: organic cocos nucifera, (coconut oil) cera alba, (beeswax) sodium bicarbonate, (baking soda) persea gratissima, (avocado butter) helianthus annuus, (sunflower butter) ricinus communis, (castor oil) a proprietary blend of essential oils, love
Ursa Major Hoppin’ Fresh Deodorant–
Ingredients: Aloe vera (aloe barbadensis) leaf juice*, propanediol, sodium Stearate, tapioca Starch, silica, microcrystalline cellulose, cellulose gum, shea (butyrosperum parkii) butter (community trade), sodium bicarbonate, kaolin (clay), tocopheryl acetate, glyceryl caprylate, glyceryl undecylenate, glycerin, royal jelly extract, hops (humulus lupulus) extract, lemon (citrus medica limonum) peel extract, ginseng (panax quinquefolium) root extract, calendula officinalis flower extract, matricaria (chamomilla recutita) flower extract, saccharomyces ferment, rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis) leaf oil, peppermint (mentha piperita) oil, grapefruit (citrus grandis) peel oil, eucalyptus (eucalyptus globulus) leaf oil. Ingredients with * denotes that they are organic.
Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant Sport Luxe–
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Propanediol (Corn derived), Sodium stearate (Coconut derived), Zea mays (Corn) starch, Silica, Glycerin (Vegetable derived), Glyceryl laurate (Coconut and palm kernel oil derived), Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, Citrus medica limonum (Lemon peel oil), Inulin (Artichoke derived), Alpha-Glucan oligosaccharide (sugar derived), Yeast beta glucan, Camellia sinensis (Japanese green tea) extract, Salvia officinalis (Sage) leaf extract, Lonicera caprifolium (Honeysuckle) flower extract, Hydrastis canadensis (Goldenseal) extract, Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea tree) oil, Lycium barbarum fruit (Goji berry) extract, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) extract, Tocopheryl acetate (Vitamin E), Sodium phytate (Rice derived), Sodium bicarbonate (Baking soda), Botanical fragrance blend.
Rinse deOdor Stick Rugged Scent-
Ingredients: Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Beeswax, Arrowroot Powder, Baking Soda, Probiotic & Fragrance oil blend (from essential oils)
Schmidt’s Bergamot + Lime Deodorant Stick–
Ingredients: Maranta Arundinacea (arrowroot) Powder, Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda), Cocos Nucifera (coconut) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (fractionated coconut oil), Euphorbia Cerifera (candelilla) Wax, Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (bergamot) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (lime) Oil, Tocopherol (vitamin E; sunflower-derived)
Tom’s of Maine Wild Lavender Long Lasting Deodorant–
Ingredients: propylene glycol (vegetable derived), water, sodium stearate, organic Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, glyceryl laurate, natural fragrance, Humulus lupulus (hops) cone extract, organic Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, ascorbic acid, organic Cymbopogon flexuosus oil.