Making the switch to a natural deodorant from conventional antiperspirants is a step toward a more mindful and health-conscious lifestyle. However, it's essential to understand that this change may come with a transition period.
The transition period refers to the time it takes your body to adapt to the absence of aluminum compounds, or other synthetic odor-masking ingredients, found in antiperspirants and adjust to the natural ingredients in natural deodorant.
Why does the adjustment period happen? Antiperspirants work by blocking sweat ducts, reducing sweat production. When you switch to a natural deodorant, your body's sweat ducts are no longer being actively blocked, leading to an initial increase in sweating as your body regulates its natural sweating process. Additionally, natural deodorants focus on neutralizing odor with ingredients like baking soda, magnesium, zinc, silver, and essential oils, which your body may need time to adjust to.
Sweating is an essential function of the human body and is just as important as other waste eliminating functions our bodies have. It is how our body regulates temperature and eliminates toxins. When we use products like antiperspirants to stop this natural function, toxins can build up in our body, which can cause intense odor when you stop using them. Many people believe this to be a detoxifying process, where your body releases toxin build up.
How long does the transition period last? It can vary from person to person and sometimes depends on lifestyle factors like diet, exercise, stress, etc., but typically lasts from a few days to a few weeks.
To alleviate discomfort during this period, there are a few things you can do.
Firstly, consider doing an armpit detox mask to help your body eliminate any buildup of aluminum and other chemicals from antiperspirants. You can purchase one on our site or make one at home with equal parts bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar.
Additionally, opt for natural deodorant formulated with gentle ingredients that suit your skin type to minimize irritation. We recommend avoiding baking soda and any "natural" deodorant that contains synthetic fragrances. Unfortunately, the word 'natural' is not a regulated term and many products containing an array of synthetic chemicals will slap this word on the label anyway. Both baking soda and synthetic fragrances can cause irritation, so make sure you are familiar with all ingredients on the label.
Our deodorant was formulated specifically for sensitive skin, as we (the owners) personally suffered from irritation from natural deodorant for years before formulating our own. We are also confident in the strength of our formula and most of our customers report it being effective right away, and not experiencing a transition period at all! If you are nervous about the probability, try our deodorant & detox bundle!
In conclusion, be patient and allow your body time to adjust to your new deodorant routine. Remember that if you do experience a transition period, it's temporary, and with time your body will adapt! Good things usually take time, so embrace nature and you will be left feeling fresh and confident in your choice for a healthier lifestyle.