Transitioning to a Natural Deodorant

Apr 01, 2020by Olivia - F&F

Over the past year, many of us have been working from home and self-isolating. Being socially isolated is actually a really good time to transition to a natural deodorant and give your underarms some time to detox (in the comfort of your own home!) We’ve also popped in some testimonials from some of us here at F&F to help you along the way!

Have you ever thought about switching out your regular antiperspirant for an all-natural deodorant? Or, perhaps you’ve heard of this nightmarish ‘detox period’ from friends or family members who have tried a natural deodorant in the past! We understand it’s sometimes easier to stick to what you know – but here are some facts:

  • Humans are meant to sweat! It’s a natural bodily function that helps with detoxification and temperature control. Plus, sweat itself doesn’t smell – it’s actually the bacteria that grows in the underarm area that causes you to smell.
  • Traditional antiperspirants contain aluminium, which essentially plugs your sweat glands to prevent you from sweating. However, it also prevents the body from expelling any potentially harmful toxins. There are also concerns that aluminium may be linked to Alzheimer’s and breast cancer.
  • Deodorants are designed to neutralise body odour and keep you smelling fresh. They mask what needs to naturally happen.
Earths Purities Detox a Pit (70g)Earths Purities Detox a Pit (70g)


Keeping all of the above in mind, it can actually take your body around 2-4 weeks to adapt to a natural deodorant after you’ve ‘pulled the plug’ on antiperspirant (so to speak!). Your underarms will work in overdrive to sweat out excess waste and toxins in the body.

This is a good thing – embrace the sweat!

“I think now is the perfect time to transition. It took me around 3 months to get comfortable with using a natural deodorant – at the time I was a bit stinky and sweated more and I still worked in the world of corporate. Now I barely use deodorant and my body seems to self-regulate.” – Julie, our wonderful Chief Experience Officer.

Let’s make one thing clear – natural deodorants work. Here at Flora & Fauna, we have a great range of natural deodorants for women, men and teenagers. Before we jump into some recommended products, let’s take a look at why they work.


Many natural deodorants contain four simple elements that work together in perfect harmony:

  • An oil or butter as a moisturising base (coconut oil, shea butter)
  • An absorbent ingredient to minimise sweat (cornstarch or arrowroot)
  • An antibacterial ingredient to minimise bacterial growth (tea tree oil, sodium bicarbonate)
  • Essential oils to make you smell good! (lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint)


Black Chicken Remedies Axilla Deodorant Paste (75g)Black Chicken Remedies Axilla Deodorant Paste (75g)


If you’re a fan of paste deodorants (usually contained in a little tub), you can’t go past our best-selling Black Chicken Remedies ‘Axilla’ Deodorant Paste.  This unisex deodorant is simply outstanding, effective and 100% natural – plus, a little goes a long way.

The Good + Clean Deodorant range is a wonderful cream-to-powder formula. Give it a try if you don’t like that sticky underarm feeling. 

“I’ve been using Good + Clean for a year now and absolutely love it. It’s our only cream deodorant and it’s so easy to apply. I’ve been using natural deodorants for a couple of years now — I won’t look back!” – Breanne, our fabulous Operations Support Manager.

Viva La Body Natural Deodorant Cedarwood & Rose (65g)Viva La Body Natural Deodorant Cedarwood & Rose (65g)


If you love interesting, invigorating scents – you can’t go past Viva La Body

These bi-carb free stick deodorants are available in four scrumptious scents – Patchouli & Rose, Cedarwood & Rose, Lemongrass & Basil, and Cinnamon & Patchouli.

“The Cedarwood & Rose deodorant smells absolutely delicious. Seriously, I’ve started sniffing my pits when I have it on!” – Justine, our amazing (and new!) Social Media & Marketing Coordinator.

Grants Aloe Vera Crystal Deodorant (100g)Grants Aloe Vera Crystal Deodorant (100g)


For those of us with sensitive underarms, finding the perfect deodorant can be tricky.

Black Chicken Remedies have an amazing Barrier Booster formula, which is specifically made for sensitive skin.

Grant’s Natural Crystal Deodorant is an affordable favourite for sensitive skin. It contains no aluminium chlorohydrate, plus it’s unscented and hypoallergenic.

“I recently transitioned to a more natural deodorant, at first I was very sceptical but it's been surprisingly pleasant. I'm currently using the Grant's Crystal Deodorant which I love. The deodorants aren't by any means an antiperspirant, so I still get a little sweaty on hotter days but there's absolutely no B.O which is a massive plus for me!” – Dalena, our incredible E-Commerce Coordinator.

Black Chicken Remedies Axillla Barrier BoosterBlack Chicken Remedies Axillla Barrier Booster


Using a clay-based mask on your underarms during the transition period can help to speed up the process by drawing out toxins. We recommend the Earth Purities Detox-A-Pit!

“I get discolouration really easily from shaving/sweating and years of chemical deodorants. During the transition period, I used the Earths Purities Detox-A-Pit which has helped a lot. I will still use it every now and then because I've found it to help my discolouration and makes the performance of my deodorant much better.” – Dalena, our incredible E-Commerce Coordinator.


Will you make the transition to a natural deodorant?

Let us know how you go in the comments below!

For more information on natural deodorants you can read these blogs:

Crystal Deodorants Explained

Find Your Perfect Natural Deodorant

Founder Friday With Viva La Body

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