Not to mention, this is the least painful way to transition to a from a traditional antiperspirant.

By: Dani

The natural deodorant conundrum: it gives me a rash under my arms, I hate having to reapply it during the day, I need something stronger when I workout, that ‘wet’ feeling grosses me out, it’s way more expensive than regular deodorant, I don’t want to smell like lavender and patchouli, I’m just way to smelly/sweaty for natural deodorant.

Trust us, we get it.

There are a lot of things that we’ve done in the past year to take our health game up to the next level, and switching over to a natural deodorant is at the top of that list. Don’t mean to scare the shit out of you, but the aluminum that you’ve been clogging up your pores with for – what? – at least ten years has been linked to Alzheimer’s Disease in numerous studies. Yup, the one product you thought was fairly harmless and rely on to keep your BO under control is actually full of synthetics and neurotoxins that don’t do your body any good.

Or maybe the not-so-great news about aluminum isn’t news to you at all. Maybe you’ve played around with the idea of switching over to an au natural deodorant, but somewhere between searching on Google and possibly trying a few three-ingredient deodorants that either didn’t keep you from well, stinking, or broke your pits out in a crazy rash, you ended up getting scared AF. Needless to say, you’re back at square one, a part of you still wishing you could just bite the bullet already.

First off, don’t worry; you are not alone. When we first learned about the aluminum thing, we did some research, and after reading so many disappointing reviews online immediately started having second thoughts about this whole all-natural-everything movement going on in our heads.

Second, it’s important to remember that your body is a system. It has evolved to work a certain way, and when you do things to, in any way, disrupt its natural inclination on a constant basis (like clogging your pores with aluminum to prevent sweating), it has to rework itself and figure out how to deal. So, no surprise that when you suddenly switch things up by using a natural deodorant it goes into a state of confusion for a moment.

Prepare to transition

Once you make the decision to get rid of your antiperspirant for good, here’s what you’ve got to remember: you have been rubbing toxins directly over your lymph nodes for years. You’ve gotta give your body some time to 1.) realize what’s happening, 2.) adjust to the natural ingredients you’re applying, and 3.) get rid of all the excess buildup that’s been collecting due to the very nature of what antiperspirants are designed to do – keep you from sweating out the toxins. Two to three weeks is a good estimate.

And yes, you will probably be extra sweaty and constantly smelling like you’ve just done an intensive HIIT/cardio sesh. But it’s, okay. It will pass. Unless of course, you’re one of those lucky women (like our mother) who just doesn’t sweat, ever, in which case, we hate you.

Juuuuust kidding.

For the rest of us who aren’t so lucky, yes, it may feel like you’re wearing “nothing” at first, and when it’s hot, you’re going to sweat. But remember: the goal of a deodorant is not to keep you feeling “dry.” It’s only mission is to keep the odor at bay when you do sweat. And it will so don’t freak out. And here’s some extra good news for you. There’s this really dope brand, Kaia Naturals, and they have a range of toxin-free deodorants (no aluminum salts included!) that make switching over from a typical antiperspirant almost completely painless. For one, they are designed to actually detox your pits which makes the transition period faster. Genius. We love the rose scented one. It’s a subtle fragrance that effortlessly blends with your body’s own scent. Nothing too obnoxious. It’s made of essential oils and all natural ingredients to neutralize odor-causing bacteria, which is exactly what you want.

It’s totally odor-proof

No exaggeration, we apply this deodorant in the morning and rarely ever need to touch up throughout the day. The key ingredient – Ta-keh-su-mee, AKA bamboo charcoal – really does a great job of blocking any odor while at the same time drawing out bacteria and toxins. We’re honestly so impressed. Definitely going to need a replacement as soon as we run out because we can’t live without this deodorant. It’s just one of those things: didn’t know what you were missing until you tried it.

Here’s how it works: During the first week, you will probably not notice much difference odor-wise. Come week two, expect a little odor breakthrough and week three you might sweat more than usual, which is totally normal since your body is detoxifying itself. And then by week four, your body is back to normal. No more excess sweating. We can totally attest to this. We’ve been using Kaia’s deodorant for over three months (and on that note, we should mention that this deodorant lasts a long time; we’re still going strong, so your $21 goes a long way) and now it’s like our bodies have completely calmed down because it was trying to sweat out all the bad stuff we were putting on our skin. See, it doesn’t sound so bad, does it?

So do yourself a favor: rather than putting your pits through an endless regimen of chemical-heavy antiperspirants, just try this deodorant. Seriously. Click here and buy it right now. You will not regret it.


Plant-based | 99% natural, non-toxic, paraben-free, aluminum-free, baking soda-free, propylene-glycol free
Eco-friendly | No environmentally harmful synthetics
Ethical | Cruelty-free, vegan, designed and manufactured in Wales
Our top picks | The Takesumi Detox | Cold-Pressed Rose
Price range | $10 – $21

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**FTC: No monetary compensation was received for this post, however products were sent to us. Opinions are 100% our own, of course.**

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