With summer right around the corner, a deodorant that works is pretty important! I’ve admitted many times that I gave up deodorant years ago and am not too worried about smelling-at least not anymore. I remember when I first stopped using the toxic deodorant, I smelled BAD. I was so self conscious about it and quite alarmed at the smells I was emitting. Since then I rarely wear deodorant and rarely notice much odor. If I’m concerned about pit odor I have a deodorant I use but mostly I freshen up in the sink and apply lavender mid day.
When you first stop using aluminum based antiperspirants, your pits begin to become unclogged. The unclogging process can be brutally stinky and turn many people off to going natural. After years of using harmful deodorants, your odor will be so much worse then if you hadn’t clogged your pores for years. Today, I’m giving you a DIY underarm detox mask recipe that will speed up the de-stinking process, helping you get well on your way to a healthier deodorant or no deodorant without the stink.
When you stop and think about the job deodorant claims to do, you soon realize that blocking the pores over your lymph nodes in order to stop you from sweating is just not a good idea. With immune suppressing and hormone disrupting chemicals directly on our lymph nodes, you are doing a lot of internal damage. Plus, we were meant to detox. Sweating is a very effective way to detox and many people tend to sweat the most under their arms. Stopping this process can trap toxins in the body allowing them to recirculate and cause harm. Lymph nodes are right beneath your armpits and are crucial to your immune system. You may notice lumps in your neck or underarms when you get sick. This is a sign your lymphatic system is working overtime to get you well.
Why Ditching Toxic Deodorants is IMPERATIVE.
Not only do deodorants block the pores, preventing crucial detox, they also contain crazy harmful ingredients!
- ALUMINUM-Most commonly linked to Alzheimer’s Disease and breast cancer in many studies.
- FORMALDEHYDE-A carcinogen used to preserve dead bodies. It is added to deodorants to kill germs.
- PHTHALATES-These are linked to hormone imbalance and infertility.
- PARABENS-Another hormone disruptor linked to breast cancer.
- PROPYLENE GLYCOL-Also known as antifreeze. Need I say more?
- ANTIBACTERIAL CHEMICALS-These kill beneficial bacteria we need to eat up odor. Plus, they are endocrine and immune system disruptors.
My Natural Deodorant Recommendations:
Schmidt’s-I use this brand but I do find that if I use everyday I can get irritated. I often react to natural deodorants and end up smelling worse then if I hadn’t worn any but this brand keeps me fresh. Also, I like this brand because it’s now carried at Walmart and Target which makes it convenient.
Homemade Deodorant-This is my favorite safe deodorant. It does contain baking soda which can cause irritation over time so if you’re sensitive, omit it and add arrowroot powder in it’s place.
Spray Deodorant-I created this easy recipe to actually benefit the lymphs and pits with cancer killing Frankincense. Not only does it serve it’s purpose, it is healthy for your body.
Multipurpose Gym Spray-Love this one and I always carry it with me. It’s strong and will knock out odor.
Making the switch to a natural deodorant will be majorly beneficial in the long run-I promise! However, in the meantime, you can make a DIY underarm detox mask to apply to your pits that will actually speed up the process of detox by pulling nasties out of your skin. This mask is so easy to make and can be applied 3x a week (maybe more if the ACV doesn’t start to irritate your skin).
DIY Underarm Detox Mask:
- 1 tbsp. bentonite clay (find it HERE or HERE)
- 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar (find it HERE)
- 1-2 tsp. water
- Mix bentonite clay, 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, and 1-2 teaspoons of water.
- Stir until you get a smooth consistency.
- Spread an even layer on your armpits and let sit for 15-20 min.
- Remove with a warm washcloth.
*Note that bentonite clay reacts with metal so be sure not to use a metal bowl or mixing spoon.*
Because the clay will increase blood flow, it will make your skin bright pink for about 20 minutes. You will also feel the blood flow pulsing under your arms. It’s a great thing-blood flow is being pulled to the surface as well as toxins!!
Ditching regular deodorants is an absolute MUST. With cancer on the rise (especially breast cancer) ridding your beauty routine of toxic ingredients and helping your body detox is one of the best things you can do. Plus, there are some other benefits to getting rid of toxic deodorant. First off, eventually you’ll smell way less stinky! Many women have reported they no longer have pit stains and the skin under the arms is much healthier!
I hope I’ve inspired you to revamp your underarm routine. It’s an important change to be made and with this DIY underarm detox mask, the transition is so much easier!
Plain old milk of magnesia works great as a deodorant. I usually buy the store brand and get one without any flavoring. I purchased some roller bottles and just pour it into the bottle and roll-on. I never get stinky and it is very gentle.
Kay-What? That’s crazy-I’ve never heard of that! So cool! I’ll have to explore that! Thanks for sharing!
Love this thank you!
How long until the detox happens usually if you try the mask?! I didn’t know about detoxing and have tried a few different brands of natural deodorant only to ditch them and go back the bad stuff thinking they weren’t working. Now I’m thinking I just need a good detox. I’m currently pregnant and feel like I’ve been stinkier than normal between hormones and just getting hot and sweatier easier (yay pregnancy lol!) I’ve been use Lume brand but I’m going to try to detox for sure!
Herrin-It is hard to say how long the detox can last. Everyone is different and your smell depends largely on what foods you eat. Hormones could definitely cause you to smell more then usual! I would hold off on the detox until after you give birth. Using healthier deodorants has forced me to lower my expectations of always feeling dry and smelling clean. I rinse my pits as needed through out the day and that helps greatly. In fact, I have been known to carry unscented baby wipes for a more convenient way to freshen up!