PIT TIPS: Making the transition to Natural Deodorant

Let’s get right down to it. It’s time to break up with your deodorant/ antiperspirant! I’m here to walk you through how to make the switch.

Whatever touches our skin enters our bloodstream–our skin is our largest organ after all. Have you ever gotten sick and noticed a lump on your armpit? That’s because there are lymph nodes there, and yet people slather chemicals directly on top of them day after day when applying deodorant.

What’s in your store-bought deodorant?

•Aluminum (linked to cancer)
•Phthalates (endocrine disrupters)
•Propylene Glycol (antifreeze)
•Formaldehyde (a known carcinogen)
•Parabens (hormone disrupter linked to cancer)
•Fragrance (synthetic fragrances are toxic)

So now that you’ve decided to take the plunge, and you have bought my Stank Stick, what next? Here’s what to expect during what is known the “transitionary stage”.

Sweat

Sweat is good. It means you are healthy and that your body is working the way it should. Sweating is the body’s primary way to detox. When you use an antiperspirant, aluminum and other harmful chemicals plug your glands to prevent you from sweating. Not only do these chemicals enter your bloodstream after applying an antiperspirant, but your body is no longer able to remove toxins by sweating.

Many people notice when they first make the switch that they are extra sweaty. This is a good sign that your body is beginning to shed all of those chemicals from the nasty, chemical filled deodorant you were using previously. Give your body time to adjust–this won’t last forever. And once your body does, you will notice you sweat LESS than you did with your traditional antiperspirant.

I know I sweat barely any compared to how heavy of an armpit-sweater I was when using clinical strength deodorants and antiperspirants! I used to wear blazers every day, and within an hour of being at work my clothing would be damp. Because these were items I couldn’t wash after ever wear, I would hang them back up in the closet. I felt like my entire closet smelled like powdery-masked BO! It’s amazing now to not have sweaty armpits, and even when I work out and do sweat a lot, there’s no odor! My Stank Stick has organic arrowroot powder, volcanic ash, and powder made from phytoplankton, to help keep you mostly dry while still allowing your body to sweat.

TIP: Drink lots of water each day. This will help move everything out. You can also do some dry brushing. (Read about that here.)

Odor

Traditional deodorants are the worst when it comes to being filled with toxic synthetic fragrances meant to mask body odor. Similarly to what I said above about temporarily sweating more when making the switch, you may also experience some odor. The duration of the detox phase is different for everyone as it depends on the chemical buildup of each person.

Studies show that traditional deodorants and antiperspirants actually change the bacterial microbiome in your armpits.  This means that they actually cause an overproduction of bad bacteria, and this is why when you stop using them you will often notice a worse odor. The good news is you can get the bacteria back in balance by doing an armpit detox, which I also offer with my Stank Stick. My natural deodorant also contains natural odor fighting ingredients like, organic coconut oil, baking soda, and non-gmo essential oils.

TIP for sweat and odor: My armpit detox clay utilizes volcanic ash, phytoplankton, tea tree oil, and apple cider vinegar to help pull toxins out and balance the bacteria and pH.

TIP: Watch your intake of meat, spicy foods, garlic, onion, caffeine, alcohol, fatty, and sugary foods. These can contribute to body odor.

Sensitive Skin

A lot of the times when people have irritation after switching to a natural deodorant, it is just due to the natural detoxing that your body undergoes. The bacteria and pH of your armpits are unbalanced, you’re sweating out chemicals, you’re probably sweating more–all of this can cause irritation. The important thing to remember is to not over apply your deodorant, agressively apply it, or to over wash or scrub your underarms during this time.

My Stank Stick is formulated with a very low amount of baking soda, which means the vast majority of people, even those with sensitive skin, will tolerate the formulation without a problem. If for some reason you suspect, that you can not tolerate any amount of baking soda due to sensitivity, then ask about my Stank Stick for extra sensitive skin. It is a sister formulation to the original, without baking soda or essential oils.

TIP: With my Stank Stick, a little goes a long way. You may find that you don’t need to swipe multiple times like you are probably used to doing with your old deodorant. I actually prefer to “dab” it on in multiple, small dabs. I also think using this type of motion is better than a swiping motion if you are experiencing any irritation.

TIP: Wash (never scrub) with a mild, natural soap. Pat your underarms dry. Try to wear loose clothing to decrease friction in the underarm area. And don’t apply after shaving, wait several hours, if you are experiencing irritation.

TIP: Use a cotton ball to apply apple cider vinegar to your underarms. This helps with bacteria, but also helps to balance your pH, and counteract the alkalinizing effects of the baking soda, which will help with any irritation. Applying coconut oil afterwards will help soothe your underarms and also help fight bacteria and odor.

Patience

TIP: Just give your body time, that is mostly what it will take. The adjustment process might only take 2 weeks for some, but could last 4 weeks for others depending on how much detoxing they need to purge everything out. And then some individuals won’t notice any adjustment period. Whatever the case, doing an armpit detox will help speed the process along and make the side effects more pleasant.

Failed Before?

Have you tried to make the switch to a natural deodorant before and failed? Let’s talk about what makes my Stank Stick special, and about armpit detoxing, which is an important step of the process.

What will you find in my Stank Stick natural deodorant? Organic and food grade ingredients. What makes my Stank Stick different from other deodorants? My natural deodorant is special because it contains volcanic ash and phytoplankton. These two ingredients are key in detoxifying the body and absorbing impurities. When you use this deodorant, not only are you NOT swiping chemicals on, you are helping REMOVE them from your body each day that you apply it.

Armpit Detox

If you’ve tried using a natural deodorant before and didn’t stick with it, chances are you need a little extra help with detoxing your armpits. That’s why I offer an armpit detox product that you can choose to accommodate your Stank Stick. This helps expedite the initial natural deodorant adjustment period. Armpit detoxes are important. Besides the fact that it helps speed up the natural deodorant adjustment period, armpit detoxing helps to pull out the chemicals from the skin and tissue of the armpits—which is super important after years of conventional deodorant use. After you get through the initial adjustment period, then you can rely on the milder detoxifying actions of the deodorant itself to keep you in good shape, using the armpit detox only for maintenance.

It may sound a little silly, but armpits are a great area to detox because of the pores, glands, and lymph nodes located there. What’s great is that the detoxing clay is good for much more than armpit detoxing. It will never go to waste because it can also be used for a facial mask, making a detox bath or detox foot soak. It works wonders by pulling toxins out wherever you apply it. (I apply it to Sawyer’s feet and vaccine site after he gets his shots.)

 

The detox is a blend of volcanic ash, phytoplankton, and essential oils to which you add liquid to after purchasing to make it a clay paste. The reason I don’t add the liquid is so that you only have to use what you need as you need it and this also ensures it is the absolute freshest! My armpit detox product contains 3 servings, but if you are only applying it to your armpits, it will last about 6 applications.

You need to detox your armpits if:

  • You are trying to switch to a natural deodorant and are struggling with SWEAT or ODOR.
  • You notice a sticky or filmy buildup on your armpits. (This is due to your body shedding residue from the “sweat blocking” ingredients in your old deodorant.)
  • You get swollen lymph nodes on your neck or armpits. (This is a sign that your lymphatic system is having a hard time pushing chemicals and toxins out, which affects your immune system.)

Benefits of an armpit detox:

  • Less sweat
  • Less odor
  • Balanced pH/ less irritation
  • Healthier lymphatic system

You can check out my Stank Stick, armpit detox, and other products for sale here: Products For Sale. I hope these tips help many of you make the transition to a natural deodorant. And if you have any tips that you have discovered along the way, please offer them up!!!

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