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Antiperspirant or Natural Deodorant?

Does the thought of parting with your 48 hour protection, invisible dry, anti-white marks, clinically proven, trusty underarm roll on or spray antiperspirant sound too scary for words?!    

Antiperspirants and deodorants have been on our shelves for over 50 years so you, like most of the population have been using that sweet smelling, double strength antiperspirant for years and your armpits haven’t been sweating for well, years as well. Hmmm, your armpits not sweating.  Perhaps that isn’t such a natural thing to continue to do. Lets face it, the underarm glands are there for a very good reason. They are intended to naturally eliminate waste and toxins from your body through these glands. Clogging, blocking the pores in your underarms so they don’t function as nature intended, it really isn’t ideal is it?..

What’s so wrong with using anti-perspirant?

As mentioned above anti-perspirants have been formulated in such a way that they actually clog or shrink the pores in your underarms. This action keeps sweat glands from doing their job of regulating temperature, releasing sweat and ridding the body of by-products of metabolism.

Aluminum-based compounds are used as the active ingredient in antiperspirants. These compounds form a temporary plug within the sweat duct that stops the flow of sweat to the skin’s surface. Some research suggests that aluminum-based compounds, which are applied frequently and left on the skin near the breast, may be absorbed by the skin and cause estrogen like (hormonal) effects. Because estrogen has the ability to promote the growth of breast cancer cells, some scientists have suggested that the aluminum-based compounds in antiperspirants may contribute to the development of breast cancer.

Some research has focused on parabens, which are preservatives used in some deodorants and antiperspirants that have been shown to mimic the activity of estrogen in the body’s cells.  It’s a wise move to become consumer savvy with regard to commonly found cosmetic chemical ingredients.  Parabens are usually easy to identify by names, such as methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, or benzylparaben.


Making The Switch to natural deodorant…

When you switch from an anti-perspirant to a natural deodorant, your glands and pores will start to unclog, open up, and function as they should. In this “transition period”, toxins and other fluid buildup are being released and you may notice your body odour to increase. Not knowing the changes that are occurring in the body, this increased odour may send you sprinting right back to your trusty anti-perspirant.  Just remember, you are supposed to sweat, it’s a perfectly normal bodily function.

Good news is, you can control odour and combat the wetness ~ naturally! Hooray!

Your armpits may need time to adjust to using natural deodorant, some people adjust immediately, others it takes a few days or a bit longer. It is well worth the transition to replacing your current chemical laden antiperspirant to a natural alternative.

You’ll feel so much better and smell great too once you’ve adjusted to using natural deodorant.

Make the transition. You’ll be so glad you did. Whether the claims about antiperspirants being linked to serious health conditions are true or not….one thing I do know is that I’d rather put natural ingredients into and onto my body….I will never return back to the chemical laden, toxic stuff EVER!


Ready to switch? Here’s your next steps…

bush-lemon-paste-deodorant1. Give natural deodorant a chance.
Try a natural deodorant product for at least a week or 2. Don’t call it quits before you have even begun. Remember, changing old habits is hard and converting over to natural skincare and body products may take some adjustment for some people. Application of natural deodorant is different to that of an antiperspirant and this may take some getting used to at the beginning.

When you switch over to using natural products it’s a good move, it means you care about yourself and the environment and that’s a GOOD healthy thing 🙂


2. “Detox” your pits!
If you’ve been using a super strength anti-perspirant, there’s more that likely to be a bunch of “gunk” in the underarms ~ ewwww  I know ~ consisting of dead skin cell build up and chemical residue. Before your shower, you could try dry-brushing your underarm skin to loosen this buildup and to gently increase circulation. In the shower, lightly rub a loofah or exfoliating bath mitt on your underarms. Stay away from anti-bacterial detergents for cleaning, only using true natural soaps for cleaning your skin. We obviously recommend our soap range for you and your families bathing need.

Giving the armpits a detox mask is known to be helpful when transitioning to using a natural deodorant. I would recommend using our Wash Blue Clay Mask Powder in this instance as it is ideal for clearing oily skin.

3. Sweat it out.
Exercise. Use a sauna. Take hot showers and baths. These things will make you perspire and get your sweat glands functioning properly again. You may notice your underarm sweat being a little thick. This is because the sweat glands in your armpits are different from others on your body. Instead of just water and salt, these glands excrete amino acids. Your glands haven’t been able to excrete these amino acids for a while, so there may be a build-up being released.

4. Stay hydrated.
With all this sweating you need to replace your fluids! Also, the more hydrated you are, the less dense your sweat can be. The less amino and fatty acids in the sweat, the less bacteria will have to feed on. Drink plenty of water.

5. Clothing choice matters.
Natural fibres like cotton, bamboo and hemp will help wick perspiration away from your body. Synthetic fibers like acetate and polyester trap sweat in, giving bacteria a warm, damp place to live. Synthetic fibers also hold sweat in the fabric, so bacteria actually starts growing on your shirt itself.  I am sure we have all come across that one stinky t-shirt that never seemed to smell fresh no matter what!

6. Bath thoroughly.

Of course you bath thoroughly I hear you telling me through the screen.  Reason I mention this is because you may feel you need to clean your underarms more than you used to. Why is this? Well, it’s because you are actually sweating again so thoroughly washing your armpits with hot water and good quality soap is as important now as it ever was. Always make sure that your odours have been completely washed away before you get out of the shower. Leaving soap on your skin for 30 seconds can help draw out those odours and remove bacteria.

7. Drink tea in place of coffee or alternate the two beverages. 

Drinking simple chilled tea in Summer will help to naturally cool your body from the inside, helping you to sweat less, naturally. In the cooler months, warm herbal teas can help calm and keep you hydrated.

9. Be committed.

Making this switch may take some adjustment, keep your goals in mind. Why are you taking these steps to clean your body and changes to the way you live? For your health & well-being? For you and your family? For the Environment?


So there you have it. Who would have though using Natural Deodorant would be such a process, lol!

Like I mentioned, making the Switch to Ditch the chemical laden products over to a natural product can be a adjustment. There may be a “detox” period when starting to use a natural product or maybe some trial and error until you find the right natural product for you.

I think back to when I switched my facial cleansing regime to the Oil Cleaning Method and the change in the cleansing process but now I love it!  I find it so simple, so effective, also mediative and rejuvenating and I honestly look forward to cleansing my face now because I love the purity of the nourishing oils, the therapeutic values the essential oils give my skin.  I have been using my natural soap for years now, I ditched the shower gel long ago. I love natural soap for so many reasons, firstly how it makes my skin feel cleansed and moisturised, the zero waste of the product, the zero packaging of the product, it’s safe for my family and our waterways, it doesn’t leave typical soap scum in our shower….the list goes on and on! 🙂

Reasons why I have chosen the Ingredients I have in our handmade Natural Deodorants

Coconut Oil: antibacterial and antifungal.

Arrowroot Powder: absorbs moisture, softens the skin.

Shea Butter softens the skin.
Clay - WASHED BLUE (Australian Clay) for Oily skin.
Kaolin Clay & Washed Blue Clay are added to remove toxins and cleanse the skin.









Vegetable Glycerine: skin conditioning, absorbs and retains moisturise to the skin.

Magnesium Water: rich in minerals, blocks body odours.

Pure essential oils: chosen for their individual properties be it, anti-fungal, anti-septic, anti-viral, purifying, cleansing, soothing or anti-inflammatory qualities.



If you are making the Switch to Ditch the chemical ingredients, a word of advice.  Even the “natural” products you find out there will sometimes have questionable chemicals. So once again, I reiterate how you, the valued customer needs to become an ingredient savvy consumer!

the chemical mazeI love this reference book, The Chemical Maze, it’s a great pocket book to have on hand when you are questioning ingredients in food and skincare products.








I hope this post has been helpful and makes you look twice into the ingredients that are in the products in your home and ultimately on your skin everyday and night.

Feel free to discuss or contribute to this post if you have any questions about your experience with or thoughts about switching to natural deodorant.

Michelle SEED 2012
Thanks for reading. Bye for now, Michelle x