What You Need to Know about Natural Deodorant

I don’t need to tell you about all the harmful chemicals in “normal” deodorants, everyone knows them by now.  Here is a great post if you aren’t up to speed yet.  But the main reason people keep going back to antiperspirants is that it stops you from perspiring..(duh! thanks aluminium..) and so stops you from being smelly.  Natural Deodorant does not do that so that leads people to think it doesn’t actually work.

I wilnatural deodorantl fill you in on my natural deodorant story before I get to the facts.

I received my first ever natural deodorant with my Good Green Box Subscription.  It was from a company called Pure Deo Co. – an Australian based company dedicated to selling all natural skin care.  I figured I would give it a go, what have I got to lose?  Apparently the ability not to smell like a barnyard animal!!  I chose to start using natural deodorant during the middle of summer and I stank!  Christmas Day I couldn’t hug anyone or get within 4 feet of people for fear they would smell my aroma.  I couldn’t believe that something all natural had let me down so badly.

But this story does have a happy ending.. I figured I must have done something wrong, so I did a bit of googling and found out that your body needs to detox after you stop using “normal” deodorant.  If that doesn’t tell you that there is something wrong with “normal” deodorant then I don’t know what will.

So this detox could take anywhere from 2 to 3 weeks.  It took me 2 weeks.  Then the stink went away, like magic!  All I could smell now was the delightful musk of my natural deodorant.  I did it!  I made it through detox and I am pleased to say that I am still using natural deodorant.

Natural Deodorant – Should be the new normal!

Now, what you need to know about deodorant:

  • Everyone goes through detox.  You will smell.  You will smell bad.  But only for 2-3 weeks.  Apart from good old aluminium to block up the pores, antiperspirants use antimicrobial agents to kill the bacteria living on your skin.  Ingredients like coconut oil, beeswax (sourced ethically of course) and sodium bicarbonate can do the same thing.  So just power through it and don’t do what I did and detox through the middle of summer.
  • Another reason people don’t like deodorants is that most contain sodium bicarbonate which some people believe causes sensitivity.  That is not the case.  The build-up of toxins and heavy metals escaping your skin causes this sensitivity.  Pure Deo Co. has a Detox Deodorant that helps with this process, I have not used so I can not vouch for it.  But I do vouch for their other products, so I think it would be a good investment during the crossover.
  • As opposed to damaging your skin and blocking your sweat ducts like antiperspirants, deodorants are actually good for your skin.  Most contain nourishing ingredients like coconut oil, jojoba oil and shea butter.
  • For those that produce a lot of sweat and end up with wet pits after a good work out, there are some brands that use ingredients like cornstarch and silica to help soak up the sweat or use an astringent like coriander to tighten up the sweat pores.
  • Many brands use essential oils, so you get the benefits of aromatherapy throughout your day!  Lavender, Geranium, Lemon and Tea Tree Oil are all natural body deodorizers.

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If you would like a review on some of the most popular deodorants go here – They also include a rather amusing whiff and wet test.

Personally, I have used the Pure Deo Co, like I said before, and thoroughly recommend it.  I have just started using the Black Chicken Remedies Axilla Deodorant Paste.  It has only natural and certified organic ingredients, pure essential oils and botanical extracts.  Another fantastic buy when you are ready to give natural deodorants a go.

You really have nothing to lose and everything to gain by using a deodorant.  Give it a try and let me know your results!




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21 thoughts on “What You Need to Know about Natural Deodorant

  1. This is interesting! I began using natural deodorant when I was pregnant, but have recently switched back (simply because my husband picked up the Dove brand at the store). I think I will be working my way back to the natural variety!

    1. Do it! Your body will thank you. Check out my blog on baby skincare products too. I was suprised to find a couple of the products I thought were natural, are far from it.

  2. You know I can totally relate to this post. A while back I had an illness and was in too much pain (actually I didn’t care) to put on deodorant (or even use soap on my skin) and guess what…I didn’t smell horrible but after a while, I didn’t even really need deodorant. Fast-forward, I am back at work and applying deodorant but it definitely made me realize we don’t “need” all of this stuff for our bodies.

  3. Thank you for the new recommendations! I’ve tried a couple of natural deodorants and have ended up feeling clammy, self-conscious, and disappointed. (That could really be the title of a blog post on this subject, hahah!) But I do know how important it is to decrease my reliance on aluminum deodorants/antiperspirants eventually… so knowing that you just have to get through 2-3 weeks before you’ll see an effect is super helpful! Maybe I’ll try again in the winter, so I’m not going off deodorant in the summer like I did before, and like you did!

    1. I felt the same way when I started. I almost gave up on it, but I’m glad I didn’t. One less toxic product on your skin the better. DEFINTELY try it in winter!!

  4. This is great! I use an all-natural lavender deodorant spray. I agree all-natural should be the norm. I will pass this onto my sister who perspires a lot.

    1. I don’t perspire a lot under my arms so I don’t have a problem with keeping dry. Let me know how your sister goes!

  5. I’m so curious about deodorant. I’m not ready to go through the detox though and it’s getting to be summer. Maybe next winter! Thanks for the advice and for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop.

  6. Great information. I haven’t used commercial deodorant my many years. Just use some DIY deodorant and at times have bought some natural deodorants. Either one works very well. I agree with you totally that natural should be the new normal for your health. I don’t remember that I went through any detox but it been so many years ago that I probably didn’t and have forgotten and didn’t know what was going on. Congratulations on being featured on #WasteLessWednesday.

      1. I like to use this recipe
        Coconut Oil Deodorant Ingredients

        6 T coconut oil
        1/4 cup (4 T) baking soda
        1/4 cup (4 T) arrowroot or organic cornstarch
        essential oils (optional)
        Mix baking soda and arrowroot together in a medium sized bowl. Mash in coconut oil with a fork until well mixed. Add oils if desired.
        Store in small glass jar or old deodorant container for easy use.

        Another easy recipe is – Use about ⅛ teaspoon of baking soda, 1 tbsp of water and a few drops of any essential oil (I like peppermint) Use a cotton ball or cotton swab to rub it on your underarms or anywhere on your body where you seem to sweat a lot.
        Baking soda is one of the best natural deodorizers that help treat mild to severe body odor. It helps absorb moisture and sweat from the skin, thereby reducing body odor. Being an antibacterial agent, it also helps kill bacteria that give rise to body odor as coconut oil does too.

        I hope this gives you some easy useful ways to make you own DIY deodorant.

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