Everything You Need to Know About Natural Deodorant: Part 2
This two-part series was adapted from a video by our aesthetician, Melissa Menard, that was shared in the ShopEco Insiders Facebook group. For more excellent Insider information and a chance to win a $25 gift card each week, join over 900 Insiders in the group now.
Last week, you learned everything you needed to know about choosing a natural deodorant. So now you’ve found the perfect selection and brought it home - what next?
Natural deodorant works differently from conventional antiperspirant, so it requires a somewhat different approach.
This week, I’m giving you 6 steps to finding success with your natural deodorant.
1. Apply to dry skin
Moisture can prevent your deodorant from absorbing well into the skin. Make sure your entire underarm area is clean and dry before applying.
2. Expand your notion of “underarm”
Conventional deodorant works mainly by blocking or reducing sweat, and so only needs to be applied in the area where your sweat glands are most active, which is the area we typically think of as the “underarm.”
Because natural deodorant is mostly designed to stop odour and not sweat (though certain ingredients such as magnesium and clay can help reduce wetness), and sweat can spread, you want to think of your underarm as the entire area that gets wet when you sweat. I recommend applying about an inch above and below where you would normally place a conventional deodorant.
3. Rub it in
Absent from natural deodorants are many of the synthetic ingredients that help to give it more of a “slip” and a dry feel. If you’re applying your natural deodorant just like you would a conventional one, you might find that it leaves an oily residue on your skin that can feel uncomfortable and stain clothes.
The solution is simple - whether it’s in stick, spray, or cream form, think of your deodorant as a lotion and rub it in. Massaging it into the skin with your fingertips will eliminate the residue and save your shirts.
If you’re still feeling oily, you’re likely overapplying. Try using less or applying the same amount to a larger area. And if you need to undo the damage to your shirt while you’re getting the hang of it, Faerhaven’s Laundry Stain Stick works like a charm.
4. Give it a boost
The Underarm Bar from Kaia Naturals was specifically designed to boost the effectiveness of your natural deodorant. It contains apple cider vinegar and charcoal that help to remove the residue left by the butters and oils found in your natural deodorant and other body products.
We hear often from customers who found success with a specific natural deodorant, only to have it suddenly stop working for them weeks or months later.
You can prevent this from happening by rotating two or three different deodorants on a weekly basis. For best results, choose deodorants that have different active ingredients - for example, a magnesium deodorant and a silver deodorant.
As I mentioned in #4, the butters and oils found in many natural deodorants and lotions can leave a residue that may affect the performance of your deodorant over time. If you notice your deodorant isn’t working quite the way it used to, try treating your underarms to a weekly exfoliation treatment.
Rather than buy a special product for this purpose, we suggest just using whatever face or body exfoliating product you happen to have on hand. Some of our favourites are the Amal Exfoliating Glove, Schaf Skincare’s Facial Scrub, Consonant Skincare’s DHE Mask, or Fitglow Beauty’s Peony Exfoliating Cleansing Creme.
So there you have it! You now know everything you need to know about natural deodorant and are fully equipped to take the plunge.
As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you’re still unsure, or if you have questions. We’ve all tried a wide range of natural deodorants and are here to help.
Take care of yourself,
Debra Purdy is the owner of ShopEco, a beauty and self care boutique located in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Her mission is to help you thrive through self care you can feel good about. For more self care tips delivered to your inbox and a special birthday treat, click here to subscribe.