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How to Switch From Antiperspirant to Natural Deodorant

The Natural No Antiperspirant Update: Pit-y Party

Hi! It's been a few weeks since I last talked to you, and though I've been testing out tons of beauty products and working on Fashion Week, you'll be happy to hear that I've pretty much stuck with my natural hair and skin regimens. Shortly before The Natural ended, though, I dropped antiperspirant in favor of natural deodorant, and changing over has been an experience. Now that I'm a couple months in, I've got some tips and a couple funny stories to share. So just keep reading!

When I first switched over, I was using baking soda, but it was gritty. So I started investigating alternatives, which led me to Lush. I like the brand's Aromaco Bar ($7 for about two months worth) because it doesn't smell like much and goes on smoothly. It's good for daily use, and it lasts until you wash it off.

One of my major issues with dropping antiperspirant, though, was that I was terrified of having public B.O., particularly at my gym. Unfortunately, this nightmare became a reality. The one day I tried to work out with just Aromaco under my arms, I was that girl getting the stank eye from bodybuilders — and you know it's bad when those guys can smell you over themselves.


To fix my gym problem, I decided to double up. So I headed back to Lush and bought the Coconut Deodorant Powder ($7.65), which smells soft and not like fake cheapy coconut. Before I hit the gym, I reapplied the Aromaco, then dusted the deodorant powder over it. The powder stuck to the Aromaco well, and my pits have remained sweetly scented ever since. A guy who looks like Penn Badgley even smiled at me last week.

A couple caveats: It might not smell, but I'm still sweating. However, my t-shirts don't have any pit stains or residual odor, so I'm looking and smelling quite fresh. Also, if I get sloppy with the powder puff and apply too much, I get powder all on my shirt and yoga pants that looks like dandruff. So don't get too enthusiastic with the powdering; while it's easy to clean off, the whole endeavor is messy. That's all for now, but if you have any questions, just let me know in the comments and I'll answer!

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Cara123 Cara123 4 years
If you use Lavilin, you'll never have this problem. Just apply it to your armpits once a week and you're fresh as a daisy. Lasts up to 7 days!
anessavay anessavay 6 years
I've found that most Lush products contain lavender in one form or another. I am severely allergic to lavender and can't walk into a Lush store without my eyes watering and sneezing up a storm. Does their deodorant contain lavender?
lovelipgloss lovelipgloss 7 years
Bad news, the Toms of Maine deodorant I was using is now giving me a rash. The search continues.... I think I'll try the salt rock next.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
I'm a huge fan of deodorant crystals, too.
ahles ahles 7 years
The rock crystal deodorant is the ONLY natural deodorant that has ever even thought about working for me, and it doesn't stain my white shirts. Husband has gotten by with Toms, but he ran out, tried the rock, and now swears by it. It has also been teenage boy approved. Even better, it's ~$6 and lasts a year. Stick that you wet kind, not the liquid.
cordata cordata 7 years
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cordata cordata 7 years
Hey Bella, you inspired me to go natural too! After reading your posts, I came across this site: The concept is kind of amazing - wash your face with water. Twice a day. That's it. I also read that Olive oil makes a good makeup remover and moisturizer, so that's all my skin maintenance routine has consisted of for the past 2 weeks: Morning: wash face with water Evening: Remove makeup with Olive oil. Wash face with water. Add more Olive oil as moisturizer. I also use coconut oil as body moisturizer. So far, my skin's been fine :) I have good skin to begin with and I live in a humid climate, so I'm sure that helps, but you should totally try the routine if you can. As for deodorant, I've kind of contemplated buying vegan deodorant sticks on etsy but I mainly use deodorant to avoid sweat stains as opposed to smell issues. Dunno if there's any natural product that works like a regular antiperspirant roll on? Oh, and could you please give us your natural hair treatment "recipes"? :)
EricaJane EricaJane 7 years
i'm also curious about natural sunscreens..
richkidblues richkidblues 7 years
I have been using the salt deodorant for a few months now and love it. It doesn't have a smell so what I've done is mixed about 20 drops of my favorite essential oil in a spray bottle with water and used that instead of using just water to wet the salt. I don't sweat alot so using deodorant vs antiperspirant works best for me. I recommend everyone try the salt deodorant!
Beauty Beauty 7 years
I've seen that rock crystal deo around; I might have to check it out! Anonymous, Aromaco doesn't smell super patchouli-ish, and it's pretty soft, but it does smell a little woodsy, so if your hub hates that whole genre of scents, you might want to skip it. Aromarant is really tea tree-scented, and when I asked the Lush sales rep, she said it was a bit stronger and more astringent, so I went with the gentler bar.
ultrrra ultrrra 7 years
I was talking about all these natural methods with a woman I work with and she was telling me that for years she's been using salt for deodorant. She says that its sold at the drug store and lasts a really long time. It's basically a huge chuck of salt and you wet it before applying. She says it works for her, but its definitely just a deodorant, not an antiperspirant. I might look into it, but I definitely sweat.
Sublime-Queen Sublime-Queen 7 years
Yay again for more peoples switching from antiperspirants. @ FlamesofJune, I use the Tom of Maine's currently (apricot scent as well). I find it's good for day to day wear now, but it definitely doesn't cut it when I work out (I don't mind sweating, but smelling like a rank onion is not cool), so that is probably a good indicator that it's going to fall short come the hot months ahead. I'm going to try the Lavanilla or the PitPutty that another Bella reviewer posted on.
Beauty Beauty 7 years
FlamesofJune, I haven't tried the deos at Origins—they look good from the online descriptions, but I was just trying to keep things cheap :) Jblovesjb, I'm not hating on regular deodorant, although people do take issue with some ingredients that are regularly used in them. The purpose of my entire endeavor was to try and go natural, so that's what I'm doing as well as I can!
jblovesjb jblovesjb 7 years
what is so wrong with some regular deoderant?
Advah Advah 7 years
Thanks for the info, Bella and FlamesofJune! I'm heading to the US for a couple of weeks pretty soon and already started my list of all the things like that you can't get in Europe and I want to bring back!
lovelipgloss lovelipgloss 7 years
I love these posts! I recently got serious (again) about using more natural products. This time instead of trying to clean house and go all out, I picked some key products to replace first so that I didn't get overwhelmed. My first goals have been natural deodorant, toothpaste, lip products, and body lotion. Deodorant has been the most difficult, I'm trying Tom's of Maine Apricot which has been pretty good so far but I won't know for sure until the summer comes! Have you tried the deodorants that Origins carries?
Beauty Beauty 7 years
I've also heard good things about a deo called 'Pit Putty—it's got arrowroot, which is antimicrobial, so it kills B.O. bacteria instead of just drying you out a little or covering the scent up. Another member of Team Bella swears by it.
Advah Advah 7 years
Loving this thread! I'm obsessed with finding a natural deodorant that won't stop working after a few weeks (at the moment I alternate between Weleda and Neil's Yard's spray deos but if I get sweaty I have to reapply throughout the day). I used aromaco for a while but it wasn't enough on really hot days (and again, started smelling funny after a while) - might give this combination a try!
TammyO TammyO 7 years
I would love to try the Lush deodorant, but I'm SO dang sweaty in the summer...I sweat even with using antiperspirant. I wonder what kind of deluge would come from my pits if I quit using it.
Beauty Beauty 7 years
Congratulations on going natural! The baking soda rinse definitely does just feel like water—I think if you started to be able to feel the particles, you'd be using a way strong solution. As far as washing frequency, I was using the rinse three times a week at the beginning, but I think you should use it whenever your scalp feels really oily, and if you're not sure, use an extremely dilute rinse so that your scalp doesn't get dry. It really comes down to the individual, though, and it gets easier, I promise. If you run into more trouble, message me and I'll try to help! :)
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