Um, what? Did you just say armpit detox?
So one minute, we’re talking about something totally normal like journaling or making soup, and the next minute you want me to do what to my pits?
If you’ve never tried natural deodorant, an armpit detox might be a foreign topic to you.
If you’ve tried natural deodorant for more than a week or two, you know exactly what I mean by transition period, and you may be really glad you found this post.
What, did you think this natural personal care thing was all lavender and patchouli?
When we switch from commercial deodorants and especially antiperspirants to natural deodorant, we experience a rather smelly transition period. For those who are not expecting it, the transition period marks the time when they decide the natural deodorant option was a fail, and they may return to their good old standby commercial deodorant. It starts around day two or three and lasts a few weeks, then things even out and natural deodorant can keep us fresh all day after that.
But who wants to stink for one or two weeks?
There are a few, non-scientific proposed explanations for why this happens. One idea is that antiperspirants prevent sweating, a normal body function. After a few days off, the antiperspirant residues dislodge and let all of the backed up funk come out of the pores. Another possibility is that since your pores spent all these years being blocked from sweating, they produce excessive sweat until natural regulation mechanisms slow the process to a normal sweat production. I’ve also read that the skin’s microbiome has been disrupted by commercial products for so long, that it takes a few weeks to build a healthy ecosystem again. In the process, the undesirable pathogens die off, leaving toxins behind that cause odor.
What do I think is happening? I can’t say for sure, but what I do know is the process is unpleasant for those experiencing it and those close to us.
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Fortunately, you don’t have to go through all that. I found an armpit detox method that helped me go right from commercial deodorant to the stuff I mix up in my kitchen, without losing any friends.
Let’s mix some up and get to it!
Armpit Detox Recipe and Method
2 tbsp bentonite clay Get it here*
raw organic apple cider vinegar (with the mother)
1 drop lavender, tea tree or geranium essential oil (optional)
Put your bentonite clay in a cup or bowl. Using a plastic or wooden spoon, mix in a little apple cider vinegar at a time, until the mixture is the consistency of pudding. Add no more than one drop of essential oil.
Apply a thin layer to underarms. Allow to dry, and wait for up to 20 minutes. Rinse or remove with a wet washcloth.
Try your natural deodorant the next day. If the odor persists, repeat the armpit detox for as many days as needed. Most people report that once the odor is out, it’s out, only to return after illness or other detox circumstance.
Now are we ready to try natural deodorant again?