That moment when you smell something awful and you realize your natural deodorant stopped working …
It happens. If your natural deodorant stopped working, understand this is normal. Don’t blame the deodorant though. It’s a deeper issue.
The process switching from antiperspirant to natural deodorant can be frustrating, especially when you come up against situations like this. Rest assured, the natural deodorant didn’t just “stop working”. Something in your body changed. Don’t abandon your natural deodorant just yet and go running back to your antiperspirant before trying these simple changes.
Common reasons your natural deodorant stopped working:
- Hormonal fluctuations – Stress, pregnancy, breastfeeding, menstrual cycle, and menopause can all have an affect on the amount you sweat, and how much it smells. Stress is well known to induce a smellier sweat than exercise sweat (which is mostly water). Sweat produced as a result of stress and hormonal changes is excreted by the apocrine glands (largely located in areas with hair like the armpits and groin).
- Medication – If you’ve recently started taking antibiotics, or use allergy medications and Tylenol, it could be the medication affecting the amount you sweat, making it seem as if your deodorant “stopped working” all of a sudden.
- Change in diet – Red meat in particular can change the smell of sweat, as well as highly processed foods, excess sugars and fats. Apocrine glands secrete proteins and fat with the sweat they produce. Bacteria that naturally lives on the skin loves feasting on the fat and proteins, leaving a stinky by-product behind (aka B.O.).
What to do if your natural deodorant stopped working:
- Adjust your diet. Try eating an alkaline diet and reduce the amount of processed foods, refined sugars, and animal products. Try eating more leafy greens, fruits and vegetables, supplementing with probiotics and perhaps even take an alkalinizing supplement like chlorella.
- Switch up the brand of deodorant. Formulas work differently for each person, so test products that contain different essential oil blends and anti-bacterial ingredients than you regular deodorant. Read: What’s the Best Kind of Natural Deodorant?
- Adjust the pH of your pits. Try wiping your armpits daily with a diluted solution of apple cider vinegar (1 part water, 1 part vinegar). Bacteria cannot thrive in an acidic environment.
- Do a detox. Temporarily reintroduce the steps outlined in the Clean Beauty School Antiperspirant Detox Guide to get your B.O back to a happy and healthy equilibrium.
And as I always say . . . don’t sweat it! 🙂