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.
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?
Update – 01 December 2017: I have been using natural deodorant for nearly a year now and I’m still going strong. I did a review after 8 months of use and you can watch that below.