HINT: It’s not the deodorant.
When switching to natural deodorant, some people are concerned that it just won’t work for them. Most often consumers blame the ingredients in the natural deodorant when it does not work. What they don’t realize is that it may not be the ingredients at all.
Here are 3 things you may be why your natural deodorant is not working, but can easily fix:
Wearing Synthetic Fabric
When natural deodorant is not working, one thing most people don’t think about is the clothing they are wearing! This is especially true of when you are going through the initial transition to natural deodorant.
TIP: Try wearing natural fabrics when making the switch.
Natural fabrics such as cotton, wool, bamboo, and silks allow your body to breathe. This is vital when the body experience excess moisture levels. Synthetic fabrics, such as rayon and polyester, do not allow the body to breathe. The mix of trapped moisture aka sweat combined with bacteria is what will produce body odor. Click here to read why your body smells.
You may also want to be cautious in wearing tighter-fitting synthetic fabrics. Doing this is just asking for trouble as trapped sweat is inevitable.
Sometimes it may be that you have successfully found a natural deodorant that works for you. However, there can be odd days or weeks when you feel it has stopped working. Rather than blaming the ingredients in the product, first analyze what you are eating. Different types of foods can affect the body in different ways.
Have you ever had one of those nights where you drank just a little too much alcohol, then find that you smell of booze the next day? This is because once the alcohol breaks down in the body, it is shuttled out through your pores – then causing you to stink.
Eating processed, sugary foods can also cause body odor. Processed food lack chlorophyll, the compound that gives green vegetables their color. Chlorophyll is known for cleaning and deodorizing the blood, so foods that lack this compound will be more likely to cause the body to smell.
Bacteria Under Your Arms
It’s not actually your sweat that smells, but the mix of sweat and bacteria under your arms that produce body odor. Don’t be alarmed as there is an easy way to help mitigate this problem! Using natural antibacterial products under your arms before applying natural deodorant will provide a squeaky clean surface for your deodorant to start fresh and do what it’s intended for – TO DEODORIZE!
The underarm bar is a a natural antibacterial deodorant bar soap created to help control underarm bacteria. Using this soap in the shower daily before applying natural deodorant provides the extra strength protection against odor. A DIY alternative is to try applying a solution of 1 part apple cider vinegar and 2 parts water to the underarms in replacement.
Before turning against the ingredients in your natural deodorant, try taking a look at parts of your lifestyle. It is a trial and error method, but you will be surprised how much money and time you may be saving before rejecting a product.
10 second quickies
If you’ve ever experienced an armpit rash it could be because of the ingredients in your deodorant. This week on the blog I share what ingredient you should look out for and a simple method for testing how much of that ingredient is in your deodorant.