If you’ve recently ditched your traditional antiperspirant deodorant and switched to natural deodorant, here are 5 tips for loving your trusty natural deodorant paste.
This is a guest post by Phoebe from Happy Skin Care and Woohoo Body.
1. Prime Your Pits
Don’t neglect your poor pits when you’re showering or bathing. Odour-causing bacteria can attach to the hairs, which is so-not-helpful when you want that fresh armpit feeling.
Giving your pits a thorough clean (and mild exfoliant) will get rid of pore-clogging oils and sweat, help keep bacteria at bay and prep for your natural deodorant paste application.
2. Less is More
Planning on doing a power training session? Juggling housework, pets and kids? Got a hectic day at work? Don’t fall into the trap of slathering your pits in the good stuff. Believe us, a pea-sized amount is all you need to keep the BO at bay! Overdoing it may counteract all of the stink-busting benefits.
You only need to push up our Woohoo Deodorant Sticks 1 to 2 millimetres to avoid wastage. If you’ve pushed your stick up too far, as tempting as it is, don’t push it back down with the lid as this can shave off and smush some of the formula which can be wasteful. All you need to do is leave the cap off and send it back down by tapping it firmly on a solid surface. It’s so simple you won’t even work up a sweat!
If you’re using our natural deodorant paste, try scooping a tiny amount with our handy bamboo sticks. This will ensure you get just the right quantity (a pea-sized amount for each armpit) ready for application.
3. Apply like a Moisturiser
There’s a right and a wrong way to use natural deodorant. You can’t just slap it on and expect it to work wonders! To get the most from your deodorant, make sure you know how to apply natural deodorant the right way.
If you’re using our natural deodorant paste, this means using your fingertips to rub it into the skin. Think moisturiser for your armpits! Make sure you apply to the entire armpit area and give it a nice, even coat.
If you’re using a stick, a couple of small swipes should coat the pits nicely. Remember: less is more.
4. Keep Cool
No, not you—your deodorant! Ideally, you should keep your deodorant under 30 degrees, so it doesn’t melt. So on those super-duper hot days, pop it in the fridge.
5. Stick with it
If you’re new to natural deodorants (good on you for making the switch), it may seem like your new deodorant is not doing the trick. This is because it can sometimes take a little time for your pores to unblock and any build-up of toxins to detox.
During this stage, it may seem like you’re sweating more than normal, and you stink more than ever. Stick with it for a few weeks. Trust us! Dry, BO-free pits are waiting in the wings!
Not all Deodorants are the Same
Of course, not all deodorants are the same. First things first, you need to choose the right deodorant.
We all know that sweat happens, but that doesn’t mean it has to be stinky. Mind blown?
Let us explain. Traditional deodorants and antiperspirants use ethanol and aluminium salts to block sweat glands and prevent sweating. This might sound like the bomb diggity, but contrary to popular belief, sweating is actually good for us.
…sweating is actually good for us
Sweating cools the body, keeps the pores clear and may help rid the body of toxins. What’s more, slathering your pits with harsh ingredients can disrupt the pH of the skin. This can turn your pits into a sweaty paradise for pesky bacteria which then creates that funky smell we all know and loathe.
To make the very most of your deodorant, you’re best to go all-natural! Natural ingredients can gently neutralise the odour in sweat while also absorbing moisture. Hello, dry-whiff-free-clean-as-a-whistle-armpits. Keep in mind these 5 tips for loving your trusty natural deodorant paste when making the switch.
Life has its ups and downs. But thankfully, there’s no need to sweat the small stuff when you have a trusty deodorant by your side. Plus, when you do feel weighed-down, your dutiful deodorant will keep you feeling fresh – and not smelly!