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mary, founder of kaia naturals

By kaia naturals

The first thing I often hear from consumers is that, “Natural deodorants DON’T work!” I am going to admit that I had tried for years to use natural deodorant without success, until I figured out why…

 

THE METHOD

The truth is, we have probably thrown out a lot of deodorants that actually DO work. First, I will state that not all deodorants are created equally, so keep this in mind as human microbiome in the underarm area is very complicated. Therefore, finding success with natural deodorants just requires some knowledge.

 

PHOTO BY JAELYNN CASTILLO.

 

Here are 4 key tips to keep in mind when helping you choose a natural deodorant that will work best for you:

 

1. ALLOW THE CORRECT AMOUNT OF TIME

If you are going to be making the change from antiperspirant to natural deodorant or just changing brands, BE PATIENT.

 

Your underarm microbiomes are about to go on a wild ride as studies show that the bacteria in your underarm will change when you stop using antiperspirant or deodorant (even using different brands of deodorant will recolonize the armpits with new bacteria). U.S. medical journals show that similar to the gut or the mouth, the biology of armpit bacteria is just as complicated. This is why you need to allow at least 2 to 4 weeks to adjust to natural deodorant. If you find that you may be struggling with the transition to natural deodorant, the underarm bar can be the perfect solution to eliminate odor-causing bacteria on your skin before applying natural deodorant.

 

PHOTO BY ALYSSA STROHMANN.

 

2. WEAR THE RIGHT CLOTHES WHEN TESTING

Antiperspirants block your sweat glands and prevent you from sweating, so when you stop using them, your body also needs to adjust to the feeling of moisture. Arrowroot and cornstarch, typically found in natural deodorants help with this.

 

However, if you sweat a great deal DO NOT WEAR TIGHT FITTING SYNTHETIC GARMENTS, you will feel like a wet mess for sure! Wear loose fitting sleeves made of natural fibres like cotton, bamboo or linen so your underarms can breathe during the transition.

 

Think of it this way, when you change your skin care regime, you often will be told by an aesthetician that your skin may break out. Changing products under your arms will also cause some chaos. So preparing for this will definitely change the experience and possibly the outcome of your new product.

 

PHOTO BY CHRISTIN HUME.

 

3. WATCH FOR INGREDIENTS THAT ARE TROUBLE-MAKERS

Unless you already know if you have an underarm sensitivity to an ingredient, the only way you will know is to use the product. Patch testing a deodorant on your hand or arm will not work as the skin under your arm is a different country. It is a damp and dark country and ingredients in a damp enclosed areas will respond differently than on surface skin.

 

If you know that your skin is highly sensitive watch out for these ingredients at high levels:

 

Baking soda

If it is in the first or second line of ingredients, you could have a problem as approximately 20% of consumers do. Baking soda has a very alkaline (or basic) pH of 9. As soon as your skin’s pH goes over 6.5, your acid mantle is thrown off. Each point increase in the pH scale makes a huge difference. In fact, an increase of just one point means it’s a pH that’s ten times more alkaline than the point before it. This often results in skin irritations due to the increased alkaline level particularly in the sensitive skin area.

 

High levels of essential oils

Be cautious if fragrance is in the first or second line of the ingredient list. Some companies use essential oils to deal with odor instead of proper active ingredients intended to combat odor.

 

4. BE PATIENT AND EVALUATE AFTER 30 DAYS

At kaia naturals, we take pride in being transparent with our consumers. We want to ensure that you are aware there may be a 2 to 4 week transition period when switching from antiperspirant to natural deodorant. We’ve called that the Stages of Detox. 

 

Click here to read more on the Stages of Detox.

Mary, founder of kaia naturals

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