Making the switch to using natural deodorant can be a daunting task because the adjustment period, well, stinks. But I think it's definitely worth the effort to try and find products without aluminum and the list of other questionable ingredients found in conventional deodorants and antiperspirant since they have been linked to various health hazards.
Here are my top 4 tips for a making a smooth transition.
1. Make sure you apply enough deodorant
This tip seems obvious but it's one that can make the difference between an affective deodorant and a smelly afternoon. Make sure you take the extra 5 seconds and apply a generous layer to the entire underarm area. This will ensure you have enough product to combat body odor through out the day.
2. Detox with clay based products
I discovered this little secret while floating in the dead sea last year. Before I went into the water, I applied a layer of clay to my face, legs, and arms. I figured since clay is detoxifying that it couldn't hurt to also apply it to my underarms so I did and noticed that I didn't smell one bit even when I realized that I forgot to apply deodorant for two days! I brought this trick home with me and use a clay based cleanser or mask a few times a week when I am testing out new deodorants.
3. Apply lemon juice
There are some people who use lemon juice as their deodorant. I haven't used it that way yet but I do like to use it in the same way I use clay based cleansers since lemon juice can help to kill odor causing bacteria. In the shower, lightly rub the juice of half a lemon under your arms. Leave it on for a minute or two then rinse off. The lemon juice will help to keep you fresh even if your new natural deodorant wears off a little through out the day. *Pro tip: make sure you don't shave before or after you apply the lemon juice.
4. Wear a perfume oil
This is my favorite tip and one that has never failed me. After you put on your deodorant, apply a touch of a natural perfume oil to the area just below your arm pit. If you start sweating, your body heat will automatically active the fragrance, eliminating any chance of stinkiness.
These are my favorite hacks to use when I am transitioning to a new natural deodorant. If you have any other suggestions, make sure to leave them in the comment section below for other readers who may be looking for tips. Let's help each other out. <3