My Journey with Natural Deodorant

Where I can I have been trying to switch my beauty products to more natural ones. I have started with a few of my skincare items and I've definitely found some hits and misses. The hard part about a lot of  natural products is that they can be more expensive. Natural products also don't mean that they won't cause irritations or issues, especially if the product uses essential oils. For example, I have had an irritation to one natural product but have a friend that had no issues with it. It's best to do a spot test on a small section of skin when you first get a product.

One of the places I really wanted to find a natural alternative was my deodorant/antiperspirant. What I've learned in my research is that what causes odor is bacteria, not actually sweat. So most natural deodorants work by killing the bacteria and thus the smell.  A common ingredient in antiperspirant is aluminum. This is what will clog your pores up so you won't sweat. Many of the crazy stories of aluminum linked to cancer don't have any back up but it still isn't an ingredient that is good for your body. 

The struggle with natural deodorants is that many don't work and that is a scary risk. 

In my research I learned when switching to a natural deodorant there is usually a bit of a transition period.

Transition to Natural Deodorant:
Stage 1: You may be a little sweaty and smelly. Your pores are detoxing and are plugged.

Stage 2: You are in full detox and unplugging mode. This will be your sweatiest stage! I helped by exfoliating my pits and if it was bad I would swipe my arm pits with a wipe and then reapply deodorant. I've also head taking a hot detox bath can help you thru this stage quicker.

Stage 3: You are smelling a lot better

Stage 4: Deodorant is working and you are back to smelling like flowers and sweating less.

It is important to note that everyone differs in how long they are in each stage!

My Experience
After a lot of research I decided to try Kopari's Coconut Deodorant. I like that it goes on clear and doesn't have any baking soda. Baking soda isn't bad for you, it just can irritate your skin. Next I loved the subtle coconut scent and how coconut oil is moisturizing. 

The first few days I used Kopari's Coconut Deodorant I noticed I was a little more sweaty. A couple days in I had one or two days where I had moments I felt like I didn't smell great, but not horrible. I wiped down with a baby wipe and then reapplied and was good to go. After about 10 days I was completely past any issues! I was sweating less and could go a full 24 hours without smelling. 

I've now been using Kopari's Coconut Deodorant for  months and I absolutely love it! I don't have any issues with odor and love the coconut smell of the deodorant. I'm so glad I've switched to a natural deodorant.

Have you switched to any natural beauty products? 
Kara Krittenbrink

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