What really happens if you stop using deodorant? Here’s how to do it, and natural deodorant recommendations for when you just can’t.
The Internet is always abuzz with unusual topics, and celebrity hygiene habits are no exception. From Ashton and Mila raising eyebrows about the frequency of their kids’ baths to Matthew McConaughey admitting he hasn’t used deodorant in over 35 years. In response to this head-turning news, Lizzo came clean to her followers last year that she too stopped using deodorant, stating on Instagram “Ok… I’m w him on this one, I stopped using deodorant and I smell BETTER.” We just have to say, Lizzo, Matthew, we have some questions.
The one thing neither of the stars spoke to exactly is just how they transitioned away from this daily staple. Did they just toss it out the window (into the recycling bin, of course!). Are they stepping up the hygiene to prevent the stink? While we cannot confirm how Lizzo ditched the stuff, here’s how you too can detox your pits and move on.
How to ditch deodorant
First things first, armpit detox. Just as you probably cringed a bit when reading that—armpit detox? That sounds smelly. However, it isn’t as bad as it might seem. Your armpits and even sweat don’t naturally stink. The smell is actually coming from the bacteria that grows on sweat. When you first stop using traditional deodorants, especially those made with aluminum, that release will cause a little bit of B.O. as your body goes to release the waste and sweat the metal aluminum.
Not a scientific number here, but for most people, this detox lasts around two weeks and there are a few things you can do to make it more odor-free. Clay masks can help remove the buildup of antiperspirant or deodorant from years of use, therefore speeding up the detox process.
We love this Aztec Healing Clay mask to help the detox. You’ll have to hold your arms above your head while it dries, but it should help you achieve a few stink-free days. Additionally, you can pick up this Happy Pits Underarm Mask from Megababe. The combination of charcoal, clay and exfoliating acids helps to keep away the funk.
It is important to note, you will still sweat! And if you had previously been using an aluminum deodorant you’ll sweat slightly more now that you ditched it. Aluminum is the only thing that helps to stop the actual sweat. However, if you detox your pits and keep your pits clean post-sweat-sesh you should do fine.
A few other things that can help long-term are using a special underarm bar soap like this one from Kaia Naturals. You can also use a probiotic spray to add a daily dose of good bacteria to your underarms to combat any bad bacteria that try to show up. This AO + Restorative Mist from Mother Dirt uses live AOB that interacts with elements naturally found on your skin and in sweat to help balance the skin microbiome.
If you’ve done all you can do or simply just feel better with a little layer of protection and fragrance, opt for a natural deodorant to replace your traditional aluminum-laden products.
The 11 best natural deodorants
Natural deodorants got a bad rap years ago and they probably deserved it then. However, natural deodorant sure has come a long way—thanks, science! Those hippie-dippie, non-effective options of decades past are gone and in their place is a new era of clean, fresh deodorants that work like a charm. So, if you’ve effectively detoxed and are wanting a healthy replacement, these are the best on the market.
1. Native Deodorant
Some natural deodorants contain ingredients like baking soda, which is fine for normal skin, but it can be a bit hard for those with sensitive skin. This choice from Native Deodorant is baking soda-free. Instead, it uses a mixture of coconut oil, which is a natural antioxidant, and tapioca starch, which helps keep your underarms dry all day long.
2. Megababe Rosypits Daily Deodorant
Crafted with ingredients such as sage, green tea, and cornstarch, the rose-scented deodorant works Megababe is a beloved natural deodorant for its effectiveness and adorable packaging. Crafted with ingredients such as sage, green tea, and cornstarch, the rose-scented deodorant works by preventing odor-inducing bacteria from forming on the skin. It is also crafted without the use of aluminum and alcohol, so it is safe for all skin types.
3. Nécessaire The Deodorant
This natural deodorant features a unique blend of mandelic and lactic acids that help to neutralize body odor. The combination of silica, zinc, and Kaolin clay keep the underarms feeling fresh and dry.
4. Nubian Heritage African Black Soap 24-Hour Deodorant
For those with darker skin tones, it has always been a challenge to find a deodorant that doesn’t leave those awful white streaks. Nubian Heritage’s African Black Soap is the answer as it leaves no marks or residue after applying. It works immediately and requires few touch-ups throughout the day.
5. Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant
This natural deodorant has been a favorite for years and even won the coveted Allure Best of Beauty award back in 2013. It prevents and protects against odor while also soothing underarm skin. It comes in a handful of dreamy scents such as grapefruit, lavender, coconut, and pure vanilla.
6. Kinko Microbiomix Balancing Deodorant
This healthy option features natural ingredients like soothing rice bran extract and lactic acid for gentle exfoliation. It is also free of aluminum and preservatives, which makes it an excellent option for those with sensitive skin. It is also oil-free, which means it will never get on your clothes.
7. Farmacy Freshen Up All-Natural Deodorant
Made with skin-purifying moringa, brightening papaya, and kaolin clay, Farmacy’s all-natural deodorant means business. It keeps your skin fresh and clean all day and it also works to fade underarm discoloration over time while keeping you smelling good.
8. Kopari Coconut Deodorant
With a hard-to-get five-star rating from Sephora, this coconut deodorant from Kopari uses a unique blend of coconut water, coconut oil, and sage oil to soothe underarms. It is made without the use of aluminum, baking soda, parabens, phthalates, or silicone. It is also non-allergenic and dermatologist-tested.
9. Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant
Schmidt’s deodorants fight odor with plant-based ingredients including shea butter, magnesium, and essential oils that are formulated to be gentle on your skin. Just 1-2 swipes are all your need for daily protection. With 20,000 5-star reviews on the brand’s website, a wide range of scents, and a special formulation for sensitive skin Schmidt’s is a reliable option.
10. Corpus Third Rose Deodorant
With its sleek, sustainable packaging, you might not notice at first that this is even deodorant. Crafted with rose, Italian mandarin, violet, and cedar root this natural deodorant will keep you smelling like a field of flowers all day. With organic ingredients without the use of parabens, talc, or synthetic ingredients it is safe for all skin types.
11. Taos AER Next-Level Clean Deodorant
Created for those with an active lifestyle, this clean deodorant uses a blend of plant active and mineral powder in the formula to create long-lasting, heat-released essential oils that work in harmony with protection against odor-causing bacteria. Uniquely designed without the use of water, this silky gel glides on smoothly and dries immediately.