Making the switch from antiperspirants to natural deodorant is never easy, especially if you have been using antiperspirant year after year. The moment you decide to make the switch to natural deodorant, is the moment you start to stink. Of course, that excess odor you experience isn’t permanent, it’s simply a transitional phase that your body goes through while your ‘detoxing’ from your conventional aluminum based products. 

Many like to refer to this as the armpit detox, or the armpit cleanse. I personally like to call this transitional period “the stages of detox”, as it happens in four stages and normally takes up to 4 weeks. Regardless of what you choose to call it however, there’s a right way to detox, and a right time to detox, that can make your transition much more comfortable.

Why You Smell When You Switch To Natural Deodorant

There’s a common misconception out there that the reason you start to smell more when using natural deodorant is because natural deodorant does not prevent you from sweating. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The reality is that sweat doesn’t smell like anything…


Odor in the underarm area occurs as a result of the moisture in the underarm area that turns into bacteria. This bacteria is what causes the smell, NOT sweat. And, when you remove the ‘plug’ of aluminum that your antiperspirant implanted, you start to release what you were trying block off…sweat and bacteria. The problem is, your body goes into overdrive and …needless to say, you start stinking up a storm. 

The Winter Detox: A Full Proof Method For Detoxing

Just as with any kind of detox, there’s is a right way to detox, and a wrong way to detox. But with an armpit detox, believe it or not, there is also the right time to detox. Now that doesn’t mean you can’t make the switch to natural deodorant at any point during the year. You can choose to start your detox journey whenever! However, what it does mean is that there are certain periods throughout the year that make detoxing more comfortable. And while many may believe this time is during the summer, it’s actually during the cooler months of the year.

A winter detox makes the process almost painless for one simple reason – the weather is cooler, and you’re sweating a whole lot less! So, even though your armpits will still release excess bacteria throughout the stages of detox, that bacteria will be exposed to less sweat. And because there’s less sweat, you won’t struggle with as much odor as your would during the summer months. 

Your 30 Day Winter Detox Kit: A Fool Proof Method For A Successful Armpit Detox

Though a winter detox can make for a less painful journey, there are still unwanted side-effects of an armpit detox won’t completely disappear. As I mentioned earlier, these side-effects last for up to 4 weeks (30 days). So the team and I here at kaia naturals put together a 30 day winter detox survival kit for you the we like to call the Better Together kit. The kit includes everything you need for an easy and painless transition to natural deodorant…

The underarm bar: A one of a kind underarm soap that is formulated with door-fighting apple cider vinegar and activated charcoal. Together, these ingredients target underarm bacteria to…

  1. Target odor-causing bacteria
  2. Create a protective barrier in the underarm area
  3. Enhance the power and protection of your natural deodorant 

the takesumi detox charcoal deodorant: A natural deodorant that’s formulated with powerful activated charcoal to not only deodorize, but also draw out toxins and impurities from your underarm to help you underarms detox. 

Get Set, Ready, DETOX!

So here’s how the winter detox works. For the next 30 DAYS, use the underarm bar every morning (prior to shaving) in the underarm area. Wash the area for 30 seconds to make sure you really get in there and get rid of any nasty bacteria. Then after you’re all nice and dry, apply the takesumi detox charcoal deodorant in the underarm area. 

In the summer months, you may find the you have to touch up throughout the day. The great thing about the WINTER DETOX, is that it is more likely you will stay dry and odor-free throughout the day. If you do find yourself in need of 2 applications, carry a mini-deodorant with you and simply reapply in the early afternoon. 

FINALLY…share your progress with us either on Instagram @kaianaturals or in the comments below. Use #winterdetox and #thetakesumidetox to let us know how it’s going! Or you can e-mail us at [email protected] if you have any questions.