There are several ingredients in most commercial brands of antiperspirant deodorant that get bad raps, but the biggest offender by far is aluminum. Several studies found that aluminum may contribute to the formation of certain types of cancers and Alzheimer’s disease.
You already know we never formulate our products with parabens, phthalates, triclosan, or any of those other nasties- so we’ve got you covered there!
Most of us started using antiperspirant deodorant as soon as we hit puberty, resulting in years of plugging up sweat follicles. As people become more aware of the importance of what they put in as well as on their body, many are making the switch from antiperspirants to aluminum-free deodorants. The body is a pretty amazing thing and your pits will go through a detox and adjustment period to regulate sweat production.
Let me warn you, you're going to sweat a lot more than usual for a little bit and you will probably smell like a middle school locker room. Your pores will unclog so they can finally start functioning they way they’re intended to. When the sweat and stink start pouring in, this is when most of us start running back to their trusty antiperspirant. Stay strong people, stay strong! This process usually lasts for 2-4 weeks but gets less and less as time goes on.
How to Survive the Antiperspirant Detox:
Exfoliate your pits - Since commercial antiperspirant deodorants leave a sticky chemical residue on the skin, start by exfoliating with Coconut Crush Scrub to buff away dead skin cells and residue.
Pit mask - Clay masks like our Coconut Detox Mask that contain bentonite or kaolin are known to be super detoxifying and can also be used in the armpit area for the same effect. Apply one or two times a week to kick start your aluminum-free deodorant detox process.
Sweat it out - Working out, steam rooms or dry saunas will really help you sweat out all those toxins and speed up the process.
Drink water - Drinking water will stimulate the lymphatic system and this will help flush your body and detox even quicker.
Wipe, then swipe - You may want to keep some baby wipes handy to freshen up those pretty little pits through the day during the detox process. Then simply re-apply Coconut Deodorant.
Although the switch from an antiperspirant to a clean deodorant may seem intimidating, we promise your bod will thank you! Think about it: you get to purge your pits of years of toxins, help get your underarms function how they should, AND smell like sweet coconut milk while you’re at it. Sounds like a win-win (& win). So now that you know, empower your pits and make the switch to an aluminum-free deodorant. Glide on and go get em, girl!