I remember the first day I stopped using antiperspirants almost six years ago like it was yesterday. A very smelly yesterday. It was a really hot day in beautiful Phoenix, Arizona —by the way, did you know that Arizona has 5 seasons? Spring, Summer, Hell, Fall, and Winter. That day I kept thinking “Is that smell coming from me?!” repeatedly almost in shock. “How can it be me?” I wondered in panic. After all, I had —full of hope— used that morning a brand new natural deodorant that promised my body would smell like walking through a lavender field. Well, some promises are nothing but lies waiting to happen. I finished the day refusing to lift my arms up and feeling very self-conscious. That’s how my antiperspirant-free journey began.
Not stinking at not using antiperspirant is hard. Man, it’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. That’s why I’m writing this post. I stopped using antiperspirants because I’m convinced it’s healthier for me, but I’m not here to convince you why you should or should not stop using antiperspirants. That’s up to you. But if you decided to stop, I’m here to help.
Why? You ask. Well, because when I started this journey nothing seemed to work. I tried several brands, different kinds of products, and even combinations of them but nothing really seemed good enough to keep me dry and smelling great. I stank. Badly. I think this is something very common —and funny sometimes— to happen. I want to save you some hard times. That’s why.
You just need these two steps to kiss your stinky being good-bye.
But First, A Warning
You need to understand and accept a fact: girl, it’s likely you’re going to smell at the beginning of this journey. Your body is used to produce a lot of sweat right now. See, antiperspirants block your sweating glands but your body still needs to cool down, so what ends up happening is that your body compensates the antiperspirant action and produces a lot more sweat.
Ever wondered why there’s always a new stronger version of all the antiperspirants out there? It’s because eventually, your body outdoes them and you begin sweating and stinking. So in reality, when you stop using antiperspirant there’s no easy or fast way to let your body know that it needs to stop sweating so much. Only time will help your body get balanced again. Your body will become great at not sweating much and the smell will go away. I promise. So be patient. Hang in there. Don’t give up. You can do this.
Step 1. Killing Bacteria.
You also need to know that sweat is not stinky. Sweat-eating bacteria in your armpits, in the other hand, means trouble. When bacteria feed on sweat, just like any other living thing, poop makes an appearance. Bacteria poop is what stinks. So you need to keep bacteria under control. What works for me is first applying a couple of pumps of Burt’s Bees Deodorant with oil sage right after I get out of the shower every day. It allows your body to perspire and its essential oil blend of sage, lemon and lavender minimizes and neutralizes bacteria. Once it dries, it leaves my skin clean and prepped for the next very important step: keeping you dry.
Important Fact: The Good Guide gives Burt’s Bees Deodorant with oil sage a perfect score because it contains no ingredients that raise a health concern.
Step 2. Keeping It Dry.
Now that your skin is prepped you are ready to apply the most delicious and soft deodorant I’ve ever used. Soapwalla’s Deodorant Cream is the creation of Brooklyn-based Rachel Winard. She created this deodorant when she was diagnosed with Lupus as she began looking for healthier and more natural options for beauty products. When she couldn’t find any deodorants that worked for her, she decided to create one herself. In her own words:
"Soapwalla’s Deodorant Cream is all natural and uniquely powerful, utilizing superfine vegetable powders and clays, as well as lavender, peppermint and tea tree essential oils to absorb moisture, inhibit bacteria, and ensure a long-lasting and highly effective experience. The frosting-like consistency allows for easy manual application and rapid absorption, and is ideal for all skin types."
This deodorant keeps me dry and fresh all day no matter what. I can go to the gym and it works. It can be the hottest summer ever and it still works. This is such a fantastic deodorant that it has been reviewed and recommended in multiple magazines worldwide.
You order it online and it takes a bit for it to get to you, so have that in mind when ordering.
Important Fact: Think Dirty app gives Soapwalla’s Deodorant Cream a perfect score because it contains no ingredients that raise a health concern.
So this is it. I need BOTH steps to be sure I can go on with my day without a problem. It’s easy to do and I’m sure your body will appreciate it without you suffering the smelly consequences.