Read This Before Switching to Natural Deodrant
If you’ve ever *tried* (read: deeply wanted to switch to) a natural deodorant, wore it for a day, didn’t like how your pits felt (aka they were wet), and even caught the most subtle whiff of body odor—all before immediately retreating back to your trusty antiperspirant the next day—this post is for you. Because, friends, I’m here to tell you that there is a light at the natural deodorant tunnel, you just have to A) be patient (I know, I know, it’s hard) and B) use the right formula for you.
Deodorant isn’t the same as antiperspirant (Note: While trace amounts of aluminum can be absorbed through the skin, there is no evidence it causes harm.). The former uses ingredients (e.g., essential oils, minerals) to block body odor, while the latter uses aluminum compounds to plug your ducts and actually stop you from sweating. “Many people who switch to natural formulations report an increase in sweating, then a normalizing of sweat levels after a few days or weeks,” says derm Rachel Nazarian, MD. “This isn’t a purge or detox period. It’s your body’s way of regaining the ability to perspire normally.” This is important, and is what you need to push through-slash-not get frustrated by when trying out a new natural formula.
Because, see, maybe the chemical-free deo you’re using does work for you, you just need to give it a week to prove itself while your body’s perspiration levels normalize. Just a thought.
Source: Cosmopolitan – Read This Before Switching to Natural Deodrant By, Carly Cardellino and Lauren Balsamo