How to Switch to Natural Deodorant Without the Funk

April 4, 2021

If you ask anyone who has tried to make the switch to natural deodorant what the worst part is, they’ll more than likely say the body odor.

I’ve tried to transition to a safe option a few times in the past and could never stick with it because who wants to walk around smelling bad 24/7? I couldn’t stand it.

Did you know that you should go through a detox process before making the switch?

When you’ve been using conventional deodorants for years and try to switch to a natural formula, your body doesn’t react in the best way.

These deodorants have spent a lot of time clogging up your pores which prevents your body from naturally detoxing itself or sweating.

Yep, we’re supposed to sweat! This is how your body naturally removes toxins. Conventional deodorants change your body’s bacteria which is why a detox is needed.

I finally found a detox routine that works and it has helped me stay on track to switch to natural deodorant. It can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks for your body to naturally adjust to it. Detoxing can speed up this process!

In this post, I’m sharing an easy 4-step routine and tips you can follow to make the switch to natural deodorant easier and less funky.

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How to Switch to Natural Deodorant

Find the Perfect Deodorant

I’ve tried many natural deodorants that have irritated my armpits and I felt like I would never find the perfect one.

Thankfully, I was introduced to IPSY Refreshments’ latest launch: their Breezy Deodorant Collection. I was able to partner with them and give it a try!

Here are some features of this line:

  • Offers 24-hour odor protection
  • Aluminum and baking soda free
  • Won’t clog pores or cause irritation
  • Formulated with clean ingredients

It comes in 4 amazing scents: Unscented, Lavender, Eucalyptus, and Pacific Fizz. All of them smell great and aren’t overpowering if you’re sensitive to fragrances.

Using these in combination with my detox routine has helped me have a successful switch to natural deodorant.

My Detox Routine

Let’s get into the detox routine that I’ve been following to switch to natural deodorant! You can follow these steps as often as needed.

If you want to see a tutorial featuring these steps, then check out this reel!


Although I exfoliate regularly, I never thought about doing it for my armpits. Our armpits deserve the same amount of love and TLC that we provide for the rest of our skin.

Exfoliating your armpits helps to remove dead skin cells and residue from your deodorant. It can also get rid of hyperpigmentation and provide an even skin tone.

Choosing a gentle exfoliant that isn’t abrasive is important for this step.

Related Post: The Best 5 Exfoliants for Sensitive Skin

Detox Mask

After you exfoliate, you want to apply a clay detox mask. This will help remove toxins/chemicals and the build-up of antiperspirants from your armpits.

You can use a charcoal mask for this step, however, I went with a staple I’ve been using in my beauty routine for years which is the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. I mixed it with Apple Cider Vinegar which can help with body odor.

Apply it to your armpits and wait 15-20 minutes for it to harden before rinsing the clay off.

If you want to make it even more relaxing, you can add any leftover clay to your face so you can have the perfect self-care routine!

Use a Natural Toner

Adding a toner to your armpit detox routine offers a variety of benefits during the transition to natural deodorant.

A toner can neutralize odor by killing the bacteria and controlling excess sweating. It also does a great job of maintaining the pH balance of your armpits.

Some products that you can use as toner are Apple Cider Vinegar and Witch Hazel.

You can also use toners with exfoliating acids such as Glycolic and Salicylic which will remove dead skin cells, provide smoother and brighter pits, and keep you smelling fresh.

Apply Your Deodorant

After you finish applying your toner, follow up with your natural deodorant and then you’re good to go!

The IPSY Refreshments deodorant has continued to keep me smelling fresh throughout the day and I highly recommend it for anyone with sensitive skin.

A few other things you can do to make the transition process less of a hassle are wearing comfortable clothes and drinking plenty of water!

Making the switch to safer beauty products has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. I’m glad that I finally found a deodorant that I can use with confidence and that will keep me fresh!

Before you make the switch to natural deodorant, give this armpit detox routine a try and I promise you’ll notice a difference.

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  • Reply Setitra April 5, 2021 at 5:13 pm

    I love this helpful blog! I am still working on getting my husband to make the switch to natural but I love using natural deodorant. I should share this with him so he can make the switch too!

    Thank you!

    • Reply Madisen April 7, 2021 at 11:05 pm

      Thank you so much for reading and I’m glad it’s helpful! Yes, share this with him so he can join the team 🥰

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