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Why should you switch from a regular antiperspirant deodorant to a natural deodorant?
Well, for starters antiperspirants are filled with aluminum which clogs our pores + prevents us from sweating, when really sweating is a natural way our bodies remove toxins!
I have a special place in my heart for testing new, interesting, strange + fun beauty products, trends, + DIYs. Thus, when I came across the idea of detoxing my armpits during my transition, I just couldn't wait give it a go + report back to y’all.
Anyone who’s tried switching to natural deodorant knows how difficult it can be. I’ve seen various people complain about their armpits burning, or developing a rash! Some even say “it doesn’t work”, well that is because they probably didn’t realize it takes a month to have your pits detox of all those years of aluminum. (Without the clay detox of course!) Natural deodorant works far better when you detox your armpits first.
Don’t worry! I am about to tell you what you need:
1 teaspoon bentonite clay
1 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
1 teaspoon of water
Give or take the aforementioned amounts, you want to mix it into a semi-thick paste
Wooden, plastic, silicone or ceramic bowl – for mixing — do not use any metals
Wooden, plastic, ceramic or silicone spatula/spoon – to blend + apply
What you need to do:
Mix apple cider vinegar + bentonite clay in the bowl.
If you have sensitive skin, skip the ACV + use just water. You can also use rose water.
Blend it until you achieve a smooth consistency – with no lumps.
Apply the mask all over your armpits evenly.
Leave it on for about 20-30 minutes or until it dries up.
Clean it off with a warm rag, warm water or in the shower — make sure to dissolve the clay down your drain, or it will clog up!
Pat it dry + use your natural deodorant!
I personally like Schmidt’s Charcoal and Magnesium stick (it smells so good + the price is the best in compared to other natural deodorant brands) or Native. Both sell at my favorite place, Target!
You can also use the bentonite clay for so many other great uses, like a face masks! I tried this as well, my face felt so great afterwards. It cleared up my adult acne much quicker too. It’s basically the same mixing + applying method.
For this experiment:
Day 1: I wore no deodorant (luckily it was my work from home day), applied the clay detox.
Day 2: I wore Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant (Charcoal + Magnesium) - It is a little gritty when applying on, but it didn’t bother me at all.
Day 3: Another round of the clay detox + deodorant
Day 4: Deodorant
Day 5: Last round of clay detox
Day 6 + on: I wore natural deodorant every day like I normally would!
Everything went pretty well, the only con would probably is that it does “stain” on certain shirts around the armpit area. I didn’t notice it on all shirts but the ones I did, it was in the pit area but it was just darker, almost like sweat. Which is could very well be since natural deodorant isn’t an antiperspirant that clogs your sweat glands.
I will update this blog to let you know if it comes out of the clothes in the wash or not!
Granted there are plenty of other brands of natural deodorant, this is just the one I tried, I really like the smell + price point.
Let me know in the comments your results!