It’s Time For An Armpit Detox. Here’s Why.

It’s Time For An Armpit Detox. Here’s Why.

Everyone has experienced underarm odor at some point in their lives. This occurs when your armpit gets warm and moist, which make them ideal hosts for bacteria. Odor-causing bacteria thrive in moisture, and is worsened by being trapped in hair and unbreathable clothing fibers. 

There are millions of sweat glands throughout your body, which are either the eccrine or apocrine glands. The culprit for body odor are often your apocrine glands, which are found in your armpits and groin. When sweat is emitted from the apocrine glands and come into contact with the bacteria on your skin, you will experience unpleasant smells.


Is My Deodorant The Problem?

You may notice that you are suddenly experiencing odor breakthrough despite using a deodorant or underarm product you have always relied on. Regardless of the product, this could be a sign that there is simply product buildup in your armpits.

For those who have recently switched to natural deodorant and find that they smell, they think to stop using their deodorant after a couple of days because they don’t think it’s working. But that isn’t necessarily true – This may just be your body going through the purging phase where your body is adjusting to a new product and is pulling impurities that may have been trapped. Regardless of your situation, a 30 day armpit detox is the key to tackling the base of your body odor.

Doing an armpit detox simply reduces the capacity of sweat glands and eliminates odor-causing bacteria. It also helps the body get rid of toxins that have built up on the surface of the skin.


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How To Make An Armpit Detox Paste

Follow this armpit detoxing routine for 10 days in the shower and you will see your odor problems subside and your body will adjust to natural deodorant successfully.

  1. Make a paste with apple cider vinegar, sodium chloride (sea salt), and charcoal.
  2. Apply this paste to your armpits in the shower.
  3. Massage this paste into each of your armpits for 30 seconds before rinsing.
  4. Pat your armpits dry. Apply deodorant once your armpits have been fully dry.

If you prefer a ready-to-use format, kaia naturals® has developed a bar that combines all those ingredients for an easy one-step process. Simply lather the underarm bar and scrub for 30 seconds under each armpit to address the bacteria and remove any deodorant buildup.

TIP: The underarm bar is ideal to use to prepare your body for an aluminum detox if you want to transition from antiperspirant to a natural deodorant.


Other Tips and Tricks to Help with Armpit Odor

  • Dry-brush the underarm area once per day in circular strokes to increase circulation, and massage the lymph nodes.

  • Avoid eating processed foods as your diet can have a substantial impact on your purging phase.

  • Don’t be afraid to sweat. It’s healthy. Getting your sweat glands to open up and start sweating increases circulation throughout the skin and blood flow.
  • Drink plenty of water to ensure you are fully hydrated.
  • Re-apply deodorant throughout the day whenever needed.


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Should You Wear Deodorant to Bed?

Should You Wear Deodorant to Bed?

You may have even been told that wearing deodorant or antiperspirant at night will give you longer odor protection. The logic behind this is simple. Your product is given time to absorb into your skin overnight, before you get your sweat on the next day.


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 bar with 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!


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This Is Why Gym Clothes Smell SO Bad — Even After You Wash Them

This Is Why Gym Clothes Smell SO Bad — Even After You Wash Them

This week, Mary decodes: Workout fabric.

Are you extra smelly after a workout? It might not actually be you. Your GYM CLOTHES could be the culprit.  

Over the past year, I’ve been trying to maintain a weekly intense workout session and hot yoga class and that’s when I started to notice that my clothes would reek ALL THE TIME! I’m not sure how many times I’ve had to rewash my leggings and t-shirts. They seem to smell like ammonia no matter how many times they go through the wash. After some research and investigation, I know why:



In a research study conducted at Ghent University, the overall odor of different clothing from a focus group was compared after an intense one-hour spinning class. They wore t-shirts made of either cotton, polyester, or a cotton-synthetic blend. The T-shirts were collected, sealed in plastic bags, and stored at room temperature in the dark, so bacterial growth occurred.

Results from an odor panel determined that the polyester clothing smelled SIGNIFICANTLY LESS PLEASANT. It was described as more intense, musty, strong and sour.  I can’t even imagine having to be on that odor panel smelling these sweaty, musty clothes!

So the study then analysed the bacterial composition of each fabric and what they discovered was the following.

All of the shirts grew several types of bacteria, but it was found that Micrococcus (a type of odor-causing bacteria) grew on:

  • 100% of the synthetic t-shirts worn in the study
  • 82% of the cotton-synthetic blend t-shirts worn in the study
  • 0% on the cotton t-shirts worn in the study.

It was even found that that stinky Micrococci bacteria grows better on synthetic fabrics than on your underarms! This explains why gym clothes seem to smell even worse than when our bodies sweat.


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“Moisture-wicking” or “Sweat Technology” often comes to mind when we think of workout clothes. I know I definitely look for that, because who wants to feel like a sweaty mess when working out. It’s hard enough to get yourself to the gym!

However, what you may not know is “moisture-wicking” basically means the clothing is made out of synthetic fabric like polyester, designed to keep you dry while you workout.

Polyester is a petroleum-based synthetic fiber and doesn’t have any natural properties which means it has very poor ADSORBING capacity. While your sweating, the moisture would evaporate THROUGH the fibres of your clothing instead of adsorbing INTO the fibres.


Adsorbing vs Absorbing

Adsorption = the process in which liquids from a substance adhere to a surface of the adsorbent.

Absorption = the process in which a fluid is dissolved by a liquid or a solid.


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Even though “moisture-wicking” means that fitness clothes will dry faster, the problem is bacteria from your sweat gets trapped IN BETWEEN the fibres as it passes through the garment.  

The bacteria that becomes trapped in between the fibres will create a pungent odor, we often smell in our gym bags and clothes. I think I just lost my appetite thinking about it!


Bacteria + Sweat = Odor


The more you wear the garment and sweat in it, the more bacteria and odor that will become trapped, making it even more difficult to wash out.


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Cotton is a natural fiber (originating from the Gossypium cotton plant) almost entirely made up of cellulose, which gives it the ability to adsorb sweat and odor RIGHT INTO the fibres. This avoids bacteria becoming trapped in between the fibres and allows for better removal from the fibres when washed.

The weird part is, depending on whether you wear synthetic fabric or cotton, your workout clothes will end up smelling differently by the time they make it to the laundry hamper.



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If stinky gym clothes are making your whole closet smell, don’t leave them sitting for a week before they make it into the wash. Bacteria LOVES a dark, cozy place like a gym bag or laundry hamper to grow even more bacteria.


  • Try hanging your clothes up to dry instead of throwing them damp directly in the hamper.
  • Wash your clothes immediately after you workout if you can.
  • Swap out your synthetic garments for cotton alternatives.
  • Use a sport laundry detergent designed for this type of bacteria.

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