You’ve probably heard the phrase “detox your pits” in overdrive lately, encouraging you to go deodorant free and rid yourself of aluminium and other nasties. But did you know, it’s actually antiperspirant that you should think about ditching, and you can do so without having to worry about a life of body odour. What if you could keep using deodorant and get the benefits of going natural? Seems like isolation is the perfect time to give it a go, right?
DON’T DITCH YOUR DEODORANT, BUT DO GO NATURAL
Deodorant is doubly important. First, it neutralises your body’s own signature scent (perhaps musky top notes, with lingering base notes of beer and cheese – we don’t judge). In turn, deodorant assures that your BO isn’t interfering with your expensive cologne. Isn’t it interesting that so many of us spend so much time finding a fragrance to cover odours, yet so little effort on picking a product that actually eliminates negative, opposing smells?
But not all deodorants are created equal. Some embrace aluminium and promise a two-day-long zero-sweat streak. Others are all-natural and offer more of a… ‘complement’ to your natural aroma rather than a solution to stinkiness. And that’s precisely why you should research your products before you buy them.
HOW IS PIT STOP DIFFERENT?
Pit Stop adjusts the pH level of the skin’s surface, making it unsuitable for bacteria to multiply. Bacteria that break down sweat is what causes odour, not sweat itself. Pit Stop is not an anti-perspirant (which prevents sweating), meaning you can still sweat BUT smell good naturally and stay that way all day, without aluminium or nasty ingredients.
In addition, the blend of essential oils (Frankincense, Cedarwood, Lime and Patchouli) is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, further preventing the survival of bad odour producing bacteria and giving a subtle scent (although we do have an unscented version available too for those who prefer).
The base oils of organic shea butter and coconut oil add moisturising qualities for your under-arms and Calendula extract is known for its gentle skin-soothing properties. Our oil-to-powderformula assists in absorbing perspiration to help you feel more comfortable.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN SWITCHING TO NATURAL DEODORANT
What a lot of people don’t realise is that your body goes through a detox phase when you swap out aluminium-laden anti-perspirant for a natural deodorant. Daily anti-perspirant use can change the bacterial microbiome in your armpits. Which can cause overproduction of bad bacteria and make you smellier when you first discontinue.
A 2 to 4 week transition period can be expected when switching from anti-perspirant to natural deodorant. For some people, this may seem too scary to embark on, but it is so worth it when you realise that then for the rest of your life, you will have the security of knowing you are making a healthier life choice every single day. Thankfully, there are also a few things you can do to help you get through the detox.
TIPS TO HELP YOU GET THROUGH THE DETOX
- Eliminate odour-causing bacteria and build-up of toxins in the shower by using a gentle soap.
- Take hot baths/showers or exercise to help open your pores and encourage sweating to help to flush out toxins.
- Wear loose-fitting clothing made of natural fibres like cotton, bamboo or linen so your underarms can breathe during the transition
- Be patient and use your natural deodorant daily.
*Unless you already know if you have an underarm sensitivity to an ingredient, the only way you will know is to use the product. Patch testing a deodorant on your hand or arm will not work as the skin under your arm is a different country. It is a damp and dark country and ingredients in a damp enclosed area will respond differently than on surface skin.