my experience using a natural deodorant

Free and Fresh natural deodorant clear skies

One thing I have been trying to consciously do in my life is switch to a more natural and green life. It has been a struggle on the most part, I have succeeded in other parts.  This past December, I made the plunge and started using a natural deodorant. I consulted with blogger friend Dineo from SheerDee and she gave me a few tips on how to transition to using natural deodorant; she has been doing this for the past 6 years!

December in Durban might not be the best time to switch up deodorants because of the heat and humidity; you don’t want to be that person walking around with smelly under arms. I actually thought of it the other way – if this natural deodorant could work in December, surely it would’ve passed the test.

I started off my transition to natural deodorant by first doing an armpit detox over a weekend. This consisted of not wearing any deodorant for the whole weekend *eek* in between doing the detox. During the weekend detox, my under arms started smelling funky only on Sunday afternoon – it wasn’t too offensive of a smell though *i think*.

Free and Fresh natural deodorant
After completing the detox, I started using the Free and Fresh natural deodorant in the variant Clear Skies. This deodorant has the following ingredients: Aqua (Purified water), Sodium Bicarbonate, Aloe Vera, Rosewood, Xanthan Gum, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool. I like that the ingredient list is not as long as my legs and  most of the items on it are familiar to me.

The deodorant doesn’t have a strong smell to it at all, I have noticed that the smell has changed in the last few weeks. I am not sure if this is legit or the fact that my hormones are going haywire and I am currently very sensetive to smells. The new smell is a bit stronger, but still not offensive.

My experience
I had the smoothest transition ever!! I have not felt a single bit unfresh since starting using this deodorant, my underarms have not been sweaty or itchy. I was very surprised about how smooth my transition was, because I had read other people’s testimonials about making the switch and a lot of people have struggled to the point that they eventually return to using the normal deodorant.

I have been using the natural deodorant exclusively for 7 weeks now and I can safely say that I don’t see myself going back to using the other stuff. Some of the pros that I have experienced since switching over is that my skin feels moisturised, which is so weird because moisturised under arms is not something I thrived for but I am definitely liking, the amount of ingrown hairs that I get has also drastically reduced! One of the pros that I am waiting for is the lightening of my underarms; I know though that this is going to take a bit more time and I need to be patient.

I am very happy about this outcome and having made at least one successful change towards a much greener lifestyle.

Have you tried using natural deodorant before?

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  • Reply Nosie

    I’m interested on switchin to a natural deodrant.Where did u buy yours and how much is it.

    January 25, 2017 at 12:29
    • Reply Lungi

      I bought it at a spa for R70. You can check out health shops in your area, most of them stock natural deodorants.

      January 25, 2017 at 15:51
  • Reply Vuyelwa

    This sounds very interesting Lungi! I also have dark underarms so I’m keen to see what the results are for you. Please keep us updated.

    Also, why do you need to wait (detox) before using the natural deo?

    January 25, 2017 at 12:53
    • Reply Lungi

      I will keep you updated – I am hoping for positive results. From what I know, the detox is done to remove the chemicals from your system from using the normal deodorant

      January 25, 2017 at 16:02
  • Reply Tharreshnee

    This sounds really interesting. I’m definitely going to give it a try

    January 26, 2017 at 10:07
    • Reply Lungi

      You should! Let me know how it goes.

      January 30, 2017 at 15:10

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