If you've just started using a natural deodorant, congratulations! You're on the right track. You were designed to sweat. Sweating regulates your body temperature and removes toxins from your bloodstream. Aluminum compounds in antiperspirants either plug or drastically shrink your pores to prevent you from sweating, thereby keeping you "dry". This is not good for your body. Even worse, aluminum build-up in your body has been linked to Alzheimer's disease and in some studies has raised the concern over its potential contribution to breast cancer. Given the proximity of your underarms to your breast tissue, its not such a big stretch of the imagination to consider this prospect.
If you are just transitioning from an antiperspirant, or even a chemical-laden "natural" deodorant, your underarms will likely go through what is best described as a detox period. This is fairly common. Aluminum compounds plug your pores and sweat glands, so there's going to be some build-up there that your body needs to shed. You may notice you sweat more the first few days, and/or that your sweat is thicker or somewhat stickier than you remember. Your body is opening and unclogging the pores plugged or shrunken by your old antiperspirant. You are also releasing built-up toxins from your underarm area. Be patient. This "clean-out" phase is temporary and when its over, your sweat will be lighter and cleaner feeling. You should give your new natural deodorant 7-10 days before you decide whether or not it is for you. This gives your body time to do some major spring cleaning and adjust to the new body care routine. Many people say that the longer they use their natural deodorant, the better they like it. Just give your body and your deodorant time to do their respective jobs!
Our natural deodorants are easy to apply. Always start with clean, freshly washed underarms. For Stick Deodorants, Only turn the dial up 1/8th inch. Lightly stroke onto your underarms and gently rub the deodorant into your underarms with your fingers. There’s no need to twist it back down each time. You can apply as much or as little as you wish. It may take a few days of experimenting to find the right amount to use for you. Everyone is different and everyone uses different amounts.!
For Cream Deodorants, Scoop a dime-sized amount from jar with clean fingers. Rub onto underarms until deodorant is absorbed. (Some oil separation may occur in very hot weather. Should this happen, place jar in refrigerator for 15-30 minutes to re-solidify.)
First, you need to know there are different types of glands on the skin under your arms than there is on, say, the top of your forearm. Both have sweat glands, but different kinds. Here's why: It starts in the sweat glands, which are coiled tubes unique to mammals (like you) that release fluids from the blood supply of the dermis layer of the skin. There are two different kinds of sweat glands: the Eccrine and the Apocrine glands. Eccrine glands are much more common, they are responsible for producing actual water-based sweat. Apocrine sweat glands are found only in select locations such as the scalp, armpits, and the genital areas. Apocrine glands produce a thicker, slightly yellowish, sweat. Sweat produced by Apocrine glands contains both fatty acids and proteins. (Antiperspirants react with these fatty acids and proteins from the apocrine glands to produce the classic yellow underarm stains on clothing.) Sweat itself is actually odorless. No matter how obsessively hygienic you may be, you still have invisible bacteria that live on your skin. These bacteria break down the sweat and waste material contained in your sweat. It is the decomposition of your sweat products by these bacteria that make you smell.
Other lifestyle factors can contribute to either making your sweat sweeter or smellier. Exercise! Not only is it good for you heart, it's good for your body odor too. Sweating more pushes out bacteria and toxic build-up faster, thereby "cleaning out" your underarms. Using a sauna or taking hot showers can also help open up your sweat glands too.
Go green! Green leafy vegetables that is. The higher your intake of animal proteins, such as beef, milk and dairy products, the more stink-producing proteins and fatty acids that your apocrine glands have to push out. Vegetarians produce less of this in their apocrine glands that their meat-eating counterparts. Red meats tend to be especially stinky when broken down by those ever- present bacteria. Green leafy veggies, on the other
hand, make your body secretions very alkaline, effectively starving the bacteria. If you don't like eating your veggies, try incorporating a couple of sweet-tasting green smoothies into your daily diet.!
Above all, enjoy your natural deodorant made with organic, edible ingredients that’s made just for you! :)