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I Made The Switch To Natural Deodorant And This Is What Happened

December 22, 2015 by Rachel Gulmi
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I’m not the biggest fan of deodorant. Don’t get me wrong, I wear deodorant, but I just don’t like the way it feels under my arms. I always felt like there was this gross film that would never wash off, so I decided to try out natural deodorant. The idea was floating around in my head for a while, so when I was sent samples of an extremely popular product called Primal Pit Paste, I figured this was my moment to finally try it.

First off, I was kind of taken aback by the name because it’s sort of an odd name for deodorant. Anyway, after doing some research and reading the rave reviews for this product, I ditched my conventional deodorant and gave it a whirl. I really didn’t know what to expect, especially because your body apparently has to “detox” from conventional deodorant. It is common for under arms to sweat and even smell more than usual because your body is flooding out all the toxins.

Luckily, I didn’t experience too bad of a detox. The transition was kind of effortless so I was thrilled. However, a little less than a month of using Primal Pit Paste, I started to get a reaction. My underarms because so irritated and red and I developed a small rash. It hurt and felt really uncomfortable. Since I had been using the product for a decent amount of time, I was confused as to why I would get a reaction well after my first use. Since I know nothing about natural products, I contacted my friend Ashley, who runs an eco-friendly blog called Ashley Morganic, to get her opinion.

She said I was most likely having a reaction to the baking soda found is most natural deodorants. I took her suggestion and bought Meow Meow Tweet Baking Soda Free Deodorant Cream ($16). Unfortunately, the baking soda free version only comes in one scent, which is grapefruit and I hate the smell of grapefruit. Luckily, the scent isn’t too overpowering. After switching to baking soda free deodorant, I no longer have an irritation.

My overall experience switching to natural deodorant was fine. I mean, besides the irritation nothing else major happened. Sometimes I feel like I’m not “protected” enough and think about switching back to my conventional deodorant, but I really don’t want to. The only weird thing about natural deodorant is that a majority of brands sell them in a paste form, which means you need to apply it with your fingers. This was a little awkward at first but after a few times, I was totally used to it.

I’ll most likely continue using natural deodorant going forward, but I might try a different brand until I find one that I truly love.

Do you use natural deodorant? If so, which kind?

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