3 Tips for Transitioning to a Natural Deodorant

Curious about making the switch to a natural deodorant? We're here to help.

Conventional antiperspirants often contain aluminum compounds that have been linked to various health concerns, including breast cancer and Alzheimer's disease. On the other hand, natural deodorants typically use ingredients derived from nature, such as baking soda, arrowroot powder, and essential oils, to neutralize odor and absorb sweat. These ingredients are generally considered safe and have not been linked to any serious health problems.

In addition, natural deodorants often avoid the use of harmful chemicals, such as parabens, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances, which are commonly found in conventional antiperspirants. These chemicals can be absorbed through the skin and have been linked to a variety of health issues, including hormone disruption and skin irritation.

Overall, using a natural deodorant is a safer choice for those who want to reduce their exposure to harmful chemicals and maintain good health.

Transitioning to natural deodorant can be a great step towards a healthier lifestyle. However, the change can be difficult as your body may need time to adjust to the new product. Here are three tips to help make the transition smoother.

  1. Gradually phase out your old deodorant. If you have been using conventional deodorant for a long time, your body has become accustomed to the antiperspirant and its aluminum compounds. To prevent discomfort during the transition, start by alternating between your old deodorant and natural deodorant (I'd recommend the Extra-Strength formula from Salt & Stone as a great place to start). Over time, use natural deodorant more frequently until you are solely using it.

  2. Be patient. The transition period can be uncomfortable, and you may experience a period of increased sweating and odor. This is normal and should subside as your body adjusts to the new product. It can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks for your body to fully adjust to natural deodorant. So, be patient and stick with it! If you'd like to gently speed up this transition process, try using a clay-based facial mask (such as our Superfood Purifying Clay Mask on your underarms 1-2x weekly, to help extract scent-causing impurities from your underarms. 

  3. Experiment with different formulas and scents. Not all natural deodorants are created equal, so it's important to find the right product for you. Experiment with different formulas and scents to find what works best for you. A common ingredient in natural deodorants is baking soda, but some may find that too irritating for their sensitive underarm skin. If you find that you're developing irritation, check the label of your chosen product to see if it contains baking soda. If so, consider switching to a sensitive skin formula, that contains an alternative to baking soda such as diatomaceous earth. I love the sensitive skin formula from Salt & Stone as a more gentle option (the Bergamot & Eucalyptus is my favorite scent!)

In conclusion, transitioning to natural deodorant is a great step towards a healthier lifestyle. By gradually phasing out your old deodorant, being patient, and experimenting with different formulas and scents, you can make the transition as smooth as possible. Give natural deodorant a try, and you might be surprised at how well it works for you.

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with gratitude, Emma

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