Making the Switch to Natural Deodorants that Work
As promised, I'm going to be sharing some of my healthy living tips for summer. To get things started, I thought we'd talk about making the switch from chemical laden deodorants to more natural options that protect your health. I know this is a sensitive issue because there are so many natural deodorants that just don't work! I swear, I think I've tried them all. But it can be done and you can survive summer without stinking or compromising your health.
Here are a few tips.
1. Don't give up after the first try. You have to find the options that works best with your body chemistry so it may take a few tries.
2. Pastes tend to work the best for odor protection. You can buy an unscented option and add a few drops of bacteria killing essential oil for added protection. Melaleuca is one of my favorites for this job, but lavender and ylang ylang also work really well. Just avoid citrus oils (lemon, wild orange, bergamot, lime, etc.) since it's summer and they're photosensitive.
3. You may have to reapply throughout the day to keep things fresh. Keep a small container of your natural deodorant in your purse and reapply once or twice a day. It's a little effort for a lot of added protection.
4. If you're not getting the results you want from any natural deodorant I highly recommend trying an underarm detox. It's worth the effort to keep the chemicals out off your skin and out of your body and it can make a big difference in improving any body odor issues. You can also try dry brushing.;
How to Detox Your Armpits:
In a glass bowl, mix together 1 Tablespoon of Bentonite Clay with 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of water. Spread a layer of the mixture over your clean, dry armpits and allow it to sit for about 5 minutes to start. You can work up to longer periods of up to 10 minutes, but you'll want to see how your body responds first. If it starts to feel irritating, rinse it off. Once the mixture has been sitting for about 5 minutes, wash it off with a warm, wet washcloth. Repeat regularly until your natural deodorant starts working for you and you no longer experience any irritation.
One more tip: If your underarms are sensitive to natural deodorant, choose an option that is baking soda free. It makes a huge difference. Check out my video to learn why you should make the switch and which natural deodorants REALLY WORK.