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The Stinky Armpit Situation

When it comes to natural deodorant, I think this was by far the stinkiest and hardest transition we have made in our adventure to use more natural products in our life. As I write this post we are still working through an ideal solution for our needs.

I was always a Dove or Secret brand loyalist when it came to my deodorant. My purchase decisions were based on cost, what was on sale, what I had a coupon for and what would work to keep me from sweating through all my tops. Most commonly I would purchase the clinical strength versions to increase the dryness effect. I mean seriously who wants to have sweat marks on your shirts while at work, on a date or like anywhere outside of a workout?

As we started transitioning our home to natural solutions, we eventually opted to try natural deodorant. I figured it would be an easy thing to change over because well it’s deodorant so how different could it be from the regular stuff?

Unfortunately, this has turned into months of trying different brands, types and aromas. Through our trial and error attempts to find a natural deodorant we liked and that worked it really has became quite comical around our house.


Well, comical and stinky

The majority of natural deodorants we tried left us without much in the way of protection against wetness, which living in a humid and hot area of the United States really wasn’t pleasant and fun. Who wants to sweat through pretty tops and have stains that don’t wash out from sweat? Just gross!

We also discovered that most natural deodorants didn’t work to protect against stink.  When applied after a shower some would work at first to cover any smell but most petered out by mid-morning leaving us smelly and gross. It was really unpleasant.

Then the real fun part of it all were the numerous rashes we got from some and we’d have to stop using anything until they healed. Our armpits were raw and just as it healed up and we’d resume using a natural deodorant it would be no time at all before they broke out again.

My husband said some were hard to apply through his hair leaving clumps. I developed dark spots under my arms that wouldn’t wash off and further irritated my skin in that area.

So here we were with sweaty wet, stinky with broken out arm pits

With growing frustration I started searching on what we could possibly be doing wrong or should be trying to get a natural deodorant that worked.

I learned it can help to “detox” your underarms before you start us