Now’s the perfect time to finally make the switch

Swapping over from antiperspirants to natural deodorisers means there’s going to be a detox period. Luckily you’re at home, so can sweat and smell yourself silly.

Since the coronavirus pandemic hit we’ve been trying to look on the bright side of isolation, whether it be by turning your usual commute time into a full-blown wellness routine, travelling the world from the comfort of your couch, or booking in a virtual consultation with one of Australia’s most in-demand skin experts, without the waitlist.

Another way to look at having to live in lockdown is by trying all of the awkward or tricky beauty things you wish you had more time (or energy) to do in real life. One of those things is making the switch to natural deodorant. It’s 2020 so by now you’ve probably already thought about making the transition, but haven’t had the chance to action it.

This is also a great place for me to tell you that if you haven’t read my personal experience with jumping on the bandwagon over a year ago, you should.

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The detox period

Natural deodorants are just that, deodorisers. Which means, unlike your current antiperspirant (which plug your sweat glands to stop your body from sweating) these work to mask the smell of body odour and soak up any sweat using natural ingredients such as bicarb soda, cornstarch and arrowroot. That’s why a potential ‘side effect’ is BO that you may not be used to, paired with more sweat than usual. Otherwise known as the ‘detox period’.

This is because a) natural deodorants don’t work as hard as their chemical counterparts in this department (aluminium is commonly used to control and limit sweat) and b) your body takes a while to get used to making the switch, where it’s likely to ‘purge’ the nasties it may have been suffocating from. For me, the detox period was about five weeks. I had to constantly reapply, and switch back to my normal deodorant for hot days or events. It wasn’t until the two month mark that I was confident enough to wear it to an outdoor summer lunch.

But now that we’re all at home, things have changed. Not only will you be sweating less – you’re inside likely at the computer all day, it’s getting colder and you’re seeing less people. So, those awkward encounters of smelling funky, weird sweat patches and reapplying are pretty much a non-issue. There’s literally never been a better time to make the jump to the clean armpit bandwagon.

Pick for your pits

Personally, I have a rotating pile of different brands and formulas to suit my schedule – some for working out and just going to work and some for big events and days at the beach. Here’s a roundup of my favourite, tried and tested.

Kopari Coconut Oil Deodorant ($24, at Sephora)

Made from coconut oil, water and sage this balm glides on clear and moisturisers skin as it deodorisers. Great for every day.

Corpus Naturals Natural Deodorant in No. Green ($35, at Mecca)

This roll-on is water-based so swipes on in a cinch. Naturally derived enzymes and plant extracts like tapioca starch work to control sweat. A good pick for those who like fragranced product.

Drunk Elephant Sweet Pitti Deodorant Cream ($26, at Mecca)

Ideal for those with sensitive skin or shaving rash, this luxe cream has a pH balancing formula to soothe skin while keeping it fresh.

Weleda Pomegranate 24h Roll-On Deodorant ($16.95, at Adore Beauty or Nourished Life)

My go-to for all occasions. This guy smells good and works well. But, a note to remember with all natural deodorants is that they can melt and group around your armpits and back when you’re exercising – especially running.

A’kin Geranium & Cedarwood Natural Roll-On Deodorant ($10.95, at A’kin)

Provides 24-hour clinical protection that I can attest to. I personally used this at a health and wellness retreat in Thailand and can say it definitely did the trick!

Myaura Organics Deodorant in Bergamot Lime & Coconut ($7, at Woolworths)

If you don’t want to spend big this is an easy product to start with. Pick it up during your next grocery run.