Truth is, there is no need to wear deodorant to bed.
Why? Odor is only produced when there is a combination of sweat and bacteria. Your body temperature naturally drops in sleep mode and sweating is reduced. With no moisture, odor-causing bacteria does not grow and thrive in regions like your underarms and feet. Wearing deodorant at night will not help you smell any less during the day.
If you are looking for extra odor control, try some of these tips below:
Apple Cider Vinegar:Pour this solution onto a cotton pad and apply it to your underarms after washing them with regular soap.
Antibacterial Soap with Apple Cider Vinegar: Use our underarm barwith apple cider vinegar and sodium chloride to wash your underarms at night.
Whew, now you can rest easy tonight without worrying if you should apply deodorant before you slide into bed!
For years, I have raved about drinking apple cider vinegar shots every morning. Not only does it help control my sugar cravings and ease digestion, but I find it also helps boosts my immune system. This past winter where 90% of my team came down with the flu and germs were flying everywhere in the air, I did not get sick once. I actually believe it was thanks to my daily immunity boosts from ACV.
Why I love apple cider vinegar even more is because not only is it a powerful detox ingredient for our bodies, but it’s also very effective at neutralizing odor-causing bacteria on the skin.
How Does ACV Work?
If you’ve ever sniffed apple cider vinegar, you know it’s not the best smelling thing out there. I’ve heard many of my family and friends say that it smells like feet… Ok now, it does NOT smell like feet and although it does smell strange at first, you do get used to the smell and taste fairly quickly.
Side note: If you’re struggling to drink ACV, here’s my tried-and-tested tip on making ACV taste delicious:
Add 1 tablespoon of ACV into ¼ cup of organic lime juice (I bought a bottle at Whole Foods), and ¼ cup of water. The lime juice helps to hide the ACV taste and I also have no time to cut limes and squeeze them in the morning, so store-bought lime juice works even better for me!
That unique smell of ACV comes from acetic acid. Acetic acid and other organic acids found in ACV are responsible for killing bacteria. It works by passing through into the bacteria’s cell membranes and neutralizing it.
Photo by Daria Vokova.
It’s like Natural Clorox for Your Body
A study conducted by the Middlesex University London in the UK, tested different bacteria strains in petri dishes with apple cider vinegar and cultured them together at 37 degrees celsius for a 24 hour period.
The results showed that ACV reduced bacterial growth and eliminated bacteria types such as E. coli, C. albicans (which includes Corynebacteria, the type of bacteria that causes body odor) and S. aureus.
This means that apple cider vinegar has the ability to eliminate odor-causing bacteria and create an inhospitable environment for bacteria to grow when applied on the skin. The best part is that unlike Clorox bleach which is highly toxic, apple cider vinegar is 100% natural and safe for humans.
Individuals suffering from excess body odor would be able to reap the antibacterial and deodorizing benefits of apple cider vinegar.
Photo by Kyle Smith.
3 Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar on Your Armpits
Body Odor Eliminator
ACV’s antibacterial properties will prevent bacteria from growing on your skin and will neutralize any odor-causing bacteria, keeping you smelling clean and fresh. If you’re doing an armpit detox or are naturally a smellier person, try using apple cider vinegar to get rid of body odor in your shower routine.
What to do: Use a natural antibacterial bar soap formulated with apple cider vinegar in the shower like the underarm bar, or apply ACV onto a cotton pad and gently swipe onto armpits.
Lighten Dark Armpits
ACV helps to regulate the skin’s pH balance and gently exfoliates away dead skin cells, which works to gradually lighten dark armpits.
What to do: Mix equal parts water and ACV in a bowl. Soak 2 cotton pads and apply onto each underarm like a sheet mask. Leave on for 15-20 minutes, then rinse with water water.
During the transition from antiperspirant to natural deodorant, try an armpit detox mask to help expeditethe stages of detox and to pull toxins and aluminum chloride from your pores..
What to do: Mix 1 tablespoon of bentonite clay (I recommend the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay) with ½ tablespoon ACV until it becomes a paste. Apply onto clean armpits and leave on 15-20 minutes or until dry. Rinse off and pat dry.
Experience the detoxifying and deodorizing properties of apple cider vinegar with the underarm bar. Formulated with activated charcoal and apple cider vinegar, this 100% natural bar soap works to transform any natural deodorant into extra-strength protection by eliminating odor-causing bacteria.
You’ve heard about priming your face for foundation. It makes sense and totally works, your primer helps prep your skin to be ready for foundation and even helps your foundation to perform better. However, priming your underarms is a REAL thing. My team kept using this term over and over again, and now I understand why!
SO, WHAT IS UNDERARM PRIMING?
When consumers ask me why they get odor breakthrough, I suggest that they try priming their underarms first. Note: Severe odor break-though often occurs when you first stop using antiperspirant and switch to natural deodorant. Read more about how that actually works here.
PHOTO BY GEORGES ANTONI.
Underarm priming is the process of removing odor-causing bacteria under your arms BEFORE applying deodorant.
This is a CRITICAL step in making sure that your natural deodorant can do the heavy lifting of managing the bacteria all day long without having to worry about breakthrough odor. So let’s say that the underarm priming helps transform your deodorant into EXTRA-STRENGTH protection!
YOUR SWEAT IS ODORLESS, SO WHY DO YOU SMELL?
It is a common misconception that sweat has a very pungent smell, but in reality it is the combination of sweat and bacteria under the arms that creates odor issues. The bacteria that lives on armpits breaks down the lipids and amino acids found in sweat, resulting in a very distinctive body odor smell, which we refer to as B.O.
The next time you smell B.O, in a crowded subway or at a sweaty concert, you should think, “Oops! Someone has bacteria on their skin!”
PHOTO FROM VIXXPAULAHERMANNYCOM.
HERE’S WHY YOU NEED TO PRIME YOUR UNDERARMS
Our armpits naturally house a lot of bacteria. In fact, it is one of the most heavily populated areas of bacteria on our body.
There are two main types of bacteria in your armpits:
Corynebacteria – The type that makes you smell
Staphlococcaceae – The least smelly bacteria
If you are just making the switch to natural deodorant, underarm priming is crucial for a smooth transition. A study conducted at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences’ Genomics & Microbiology Lab determined that long term use of antiperspirant actually results in more growth of Cornyebacteria under the arms when you stop using it.
YOUR NATURAL DEODORANT IS NOT TO BLAME
Many people experience odor breakthrough during the second week of switching to natural deodorant – because there is more odor-causing bacteria present, NOT because your natural deodorant FAILED. It’s the bacteria that IS TO BLAME, so you have to get rid of it!
The good news is as your body detoxes from aluminum in antiperspirant, the growth of Cornyebacteria will begin to decline. However, to ensure you do not get odor breakthrough during this detox stage, it’s important to underarm prime.
PHOTO FROM READER’S DIGEST.
HOW TO PRIME YOUR UNDERARMS
I can’t even begin to stress HOW EASY underarm priming actually is. It also doesn’t require an extra step, because who has time for that… I certainly don’t!
Prime the underarms in the shower by cleansing your armpits with a natural, antibacterial soap. Look for ingredients like apple cider vinegar and sodium like the kaia naturals‘ the underarm barwhich creates an inhospitable environment for odor-causing bacteria to grow.Let it sit while you do the other steps of your shower routine, and rinse it off.
Other tips to stay fresh during the day include trimming or removing underarm hair, which promotes the growth of bacteria on the underarms.
If you have any questions, ask us in the comments section below!
shop the blog
USE CODE: TAKESUMIfor 15% OFF.
(Limit one per customer. Can’t be combined with other offers.)