How To Switch To Natural Deodorant
First things first: Before ditching your regular deodorant for a natural version, keep a few things in mind to make the transition as seamless (and pleasant-smelling) as possible.
1. You Might Need to Detox Your Armpits First
Even though it’s not medically proven to actually expel any toxins, some people swear by applying a bentonite clay mask to their armpits as a way to prevent those “I’m so smelly, I can’t take this anymore” moments that happen when your skin hasn’t yet acclimated to natural deodorant.
2. At First, Your Underarms Might Feel Super Dry
After using natural deodorant for a few weeks, the skin under your arms might start to feel like a desert. Why? Because baking soda is a common active ingredient in natural deodorant, dryness is actually a pretty common symptom. Luckily, there’s an easy solution: Moisturize liberally after showering, and allow the lotion to soak in for a few minutes before applying natural deodorant.
3. You Might Need to Apply it More Than Once a Day
Depending on how much you sweat, the days of waltzing from work to drinks to dinner to the gym with only one deodorant swipe under each arm may be over. Because you’re no longer plugging up your sweat glands with aluminum, you might need to reapply once or twice throughout the day. Just stash a backup in your purse and get used to the new routine.
4. There's No One-Size-Fits-All Deodorant for Everyone
While you might be tempted to just use the most popular kind and stick with it, most people have to try a few brands with different active ingredients before finding the right natural deodorant for them. The moral of the story? Keep testing natural brands and eventually you’ll find your perfect match.
The Best Aluminum-Free Deodorants
Speaking of trying different brands, here are six of the best ones around.