Ready to make the switch to a natural deodorant? It can be a bit tricky to know where to start. In this guide, we'll explore the things you should consider when choosing a natural deodorant, ensuring that your selection aligns with your values, needs, and well-being. We don’t want to compromise on freshness after all!
Ready To Start? Let’s Kick Off With An Armpit Detox
The first thing we tell people who are making the switch from conventional deodorants to natural deodorants is to prepare yourself for a potential detox phase. Your body might increase sweat and odour as your body adjusts to the change, but rest assure this is a natural process. It’s your body’s way of eliminating toxins. Our tip is to give your armpits a real good detox using natural ingredients like apple cider vinegar or a bentonite clay. Detoxing helps to avoid issues with redness, sweating, BO and irritation – helping with the overall transition. During your transition period, don’t be afraid to reapply your deodorant throughout the day. A little bit goes a long way – so don’t stress about it disappearing too quickly. Finding the right deo can take some experimentation, so patience is really the key here.
What kind of ingredients can you expect in a natural deodorant? Well, as the name suggests, natural deodorants are formulated with natural ingredients like baking soda, arrowroot powder, cornstarch, plant-based oils (such as coconut or jojoba oil), and essential oils for fragrance. They are free from synthetic chemicals and fragrances unlike conventional deodorants, which often contain various chemicals to mask odors and reduce sweat. Natural deodorants do not block sweat glands or inhibit the body's natural sweating process. Tick, Tick! There are several beautiful scents to choose from, for something sweet we recommend a coconutty fragrance. For something more focused on masking odours, we highly recommend a powerful scent like lavender or citrus. Otherwise a non-scented deo works great for sensitive skin types.
Now that we have our ingredients checked out, let’s take a look at the different types of natural deodorants you can choose from.
Roll on & Stick Deodorant
Roll-ons and sticks are a great first option if you’re new to the natural bandwagon, simply because they are convenient to use and familiar. They have a solid form that glides on smoothly when applied directly to the skin.
Paste deodorants are typically creamy in texture and can be applied with your fingers or a small spatula. They offer precise application and can be especially effective for those with sensitive skin, as you can control the amount applied.
Spray-on deodorants come in a liquid form and are applied by spraying directly onto the skin. They offer quick and even coverage, making them a convenient choice for those with an active lifestyle.
Block or bar deodorants are solid, often waterless. They are applied by rubbing the block directly onto the skin. Block and bar deodorants are gaining popularity for their sustainable and plastic-free packaging options. A great option if you’re looking to make some eco swaps!
The great thing about natural deodorants is that they often come in sustainable packaging. Make sure to look for options in recyclable, reusable, or compostable containers. Some brands even offer refill options to reduce waste. How great is that?
Another interesting fact, which you may not have known is that fewer ingredients can mean a smaller ecological footprint. When choosing a deodorant, consider choosing one with simple ingredients to reduce your overall environmental impact.
Whether you’re after convenience and familiarity, seek something gentle on your skin, wanting a product that suits an active lifestyle, or desire the most sustainable packaging, you'll find a wide array of options to cater to your choice. Remember to be patient with your transition, you may need to try a few different types to find the one that’s right for you. Are you ready to give natural deo’s a go?
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