The first time I used a natural deodorant it was a disaster! I applied it one morning for work and was going out straight from work to a girls night. When I got changed I realised that I had the worst body odour so I used the oils I had on me to hopefully disguise it. The problem was that one of the girls I was out with kept smelling me asking me what I was wearing (the oils were amazing at covering up the BO) but as you can imagine, I was mortified and so self-conscious of the smell!
After that I tried a few other natural deodorants with no luck but decided to persist and make my own. At the time I decided to do this, I read an article about the importance of detoxing your pits (especially when making the switch to a natural deo), a process I missed the previous times.
What I learned is that when our bodies sweat we are getting rid of toxins and the odour that comes out is our body’s way of cleaning them out. We get these toxins from products we use, things we heat and airborne stuff we inhale.
Regular deodorant has been designed to inhibit our body’s natural secretion of toxins and in doing so clogs skin follicles so we don’t sweat as much.
So using your typical deodorant, not only are you releasing chemicals into your body but you are also inhibiting your body’s natural cleansing and detoxifying process.
If you look at the ingredients in many deodorants you will see these listed;
Parabens – this is used in lots of products as a preservative but it actually disrupts hormone balances and has been linked to types of cancers.
Aluminium compounds – this is the ingredient used to prevent sweating which actually clogs your pores and has been linked with diseases and interferes with estrogen levels.
Triclosan – this is classified as a pesticide by the FDA and is an ingredient in many popular deodorants – definitely not something you want to be putting on your skin.
Propylene Glycol – if this is in products you use everyday it can cause damage to your central nervous system. It can irritate skin, particularly if you have sensitive skin.
There are also some artificial colours and bleaches in some deodorants that ca cause allergic reactions in some.
Read the labels before you buy them. Or check out the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Skin Deep Database to look up these ingredients and other chemicals to check for safety and health precautions.
So for all of these reasons you should switch to a natural deodorant, but when you do make sure that you detox your pits. Here’s why:
When you make a switch to a natural deodorant it can cause issues with irritated skin, redness, rashes etc as your body adjusts. Making the switch can cause detox issues so if you can help the body with this process it will make the process easier.
Detoxing your pits is all about getting rid of the built up and trapped toxins from using regular deodorants.
To detox, follow the steps below:
1. Wash your armpits well
2. Apply doTERRA mud mask under your arms
3. Leave on for 10-20 minutes and then wash off (if you are starting you can start with less time and build it up – remember to remove if you experience any discomfort). I like applying this 10 mins before getting in the shower and then washing it off there.
4. Repeat every day until you experience less body odour and any reactions to the natural deo ease off
There are many recipes out there to make your own homemade clay mask to detox – if the mud mask isn’t for you, give it a go making your own.
My transition to a natural deo (recipe below) has been so much better this time following this process – no BO and now I know that my pits are not getting clogged and my body is able to get rid of any toxins! Win win!
Here is the recipe I used from The Inspired Little Pot:
65g coconut oil (pantry item/market/supermarket)
65g shea butter
10g beeswax pellets
40g arrowroot flour (pantry item/market/supermarket)
70g sodium bicarbonate
25 drops of patchouli essential oil
15 drops of tea tree oil essential oil
1. Add coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax to a glass bowl and heat until completely melted.
1. Double boiler method – place bowl on a pot of gently simmering water and stir frequently.
2. Microwave method – heat in short bursts on low, stopping and stirring frequently.
2. Add arrowroot flour, sodium bicarbonate, and essential oils and whisk until well combined and no lumps remain.
3. Pour into a jar or container.
THERMAL APPLIANCE METHOD
1. Add coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax to bowl and melt for 4-5 minutes at 70 degrees celsius, low speed, until completely melted.
2. Add arrowroot flour, sodium bicarbonate, and essential oils to bowl and mix for 30 seconds on medium speed until well combined and no lumps remain.
3. Pour into a jar or container.
• Using clean fingers or a paddle, scoop a fingernail-sized amount of balm and apply to each armpit, gently rubbing in.
• Best not applied directly after hair removal.
• Store away from direct sunlight.
So, moral of the story... if you want to switch to natural deodorant - make sure you detox your pits!
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