I announced over on instagram a month ago that my friend Lisa challenged me to a Native deodorant challenge. Lisa and I are pretty competitive, so I couldn’t say no to this one. I’ve tried a handful of natural deodorants throughout the years but I’ve never stuck with one for an extended amount of time. I switched back and forth from my antiperspirant deodorant and couldn’t ever really get through the initial detox phase with a natural deodorant.
A few of you have asked me about this detox phase and the benefits of natural deodorant, so I wanted to address those questions, along with my 30 day challenge results…
WHAT IS SO IMPORTANT ABOUT SWITCHING TO A CLEAN DEODORANT?
I’ve used an antiperspirant deodorant for years, but the problem with these kinds of deodorants is that they are made with aluminum. It’s nice because it causes you to feel dry..but it does this because the aluminum acts like a plug on your body’s sweat ducts and prevents you from sweating. This isn’t great for your body and I’ve known I needed to clean up my deodorant game for a while. Native deodorant doesn’t contain aluminum or parabens. It’s made with ingredients I feel safe putting on my body, like shea butter and coconut oil.
BUT did it really work? This was my big hesitation. I wanted to stop using an antiperspirant but I did NOT want to start being smelly and stinky. I’m obsessed with perfumes and I’m constantly aware of how I smell. I never ever want to stink and that has been the main reason why I was hesitant about a natural deodorant…especially after hearing about the detox period.
TELL ME ABOUT THE DETOX PERIOD.
This period is the hardest part. But I feel like if I mentally prepare you for it, you won’t be surprised or disappointed, because you already know what to expect. Basically after using an antiperspirant for so many years, your sweat ducts under your arms are clogged. Your body needs time to get this aluminum out of your system and this can take up to two weeks.
My detox period with Native lasted for about a week and a half. I started this Native challenge while on vacation in Texas where it was really hot. Prooobably not the greatest time to make the switch but I was committed. I worked out at our hotel gym and had sweat pouring down my sides from my armpit (gross..I know). That had never happened before. After showering and getting ready, I brought my Native deodorant with me in my purse, to the pool, to dinner, etc. I reapplied it 2-3x a day that entire week.
When I got home, I had a lot of dm’s from you girls saying how you loved Native and that using a detox mask on your armpits helped you speed up the detoxing process. So I tried it! I used Aztec Secret (I mixed it with water instead of ACV – you can grab some on Amazon), left it on for about 10 minutes, then rinsed it off in the shower. I really do think that helped my detox period go faster.
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT USING NATIVE DEODORANT
I really like that Native deodorants are a solid deodorant. I’m used to using a solid deodorant and had a really hard time with other clear natural deodorants because I felt like I was putting something wet and sticky on my armpits…to keep me from being wet and sticky. I felt clean and dry right away after applying Native.
If you haven’t read some of the reviews on their website (over 9,000 5 star reviews) I recommend checking them out here. So many amazing testimonies of women who struggled to find a good natural deodorant that worked for them.
After a week and a half I started only needing to apply my Native deodorant once a day in the morning. I sweat more and didn’t smell the best during the first week, but by the end of the second week, my armpits didn’t stink! I also feel like my body naturally sweat less..which is crazy to me because I’ve always been paranoid that I sweat a lot. Which brings me to my next point….
BUT I SWEAT A LOT AND I’M SCARED TO SWITCH!
Lot’s of you girls dm’d me telling me you were worried about the switch because you sweat a lot, and I totally get it! I still think it’s worth trying out, at least for 30 days. I noticed how much it still helped with my sweat/smell and I was very self conscious of it before I made the switch.
MY FAVORITE SCENTS
In their classic set, Cucumber & Mint and Lavender & Rose scents are my favorite. They also have a rotating seasonal scent section and Linen & Cotton Flower is my FAVORITE, with the Peony & Jasmine Tea a close second. (if you grab yourself a deodorant, throw in a body wash in the Linen & Cotton Flower – the scent is amazing and it’s such a great body wash). The trick it to finding the scent you love that fits with your pH level. With lots of great scents to choose from you are bound to find your match.
TAKE THE CHALLENGE AND SAVE
I am truly glad I made the switch and pushed through that detox period. If you haven’t been convinced yet, try it for yourself and see! With my exclusive code: leanne20, you can save 20% on your online order. I suggest starting with a Classic 3 pack (or build your own!) and my code makes each deodorant only $8. They last a really long time too (longer than any other deodorant I’ve used in the past). And like I said…throw in a body wash in the Linen & Cotton Flower, you won’t be disappointed.
I’m adding onto this Native train by picking three of my friends to take the 30 day Native Deodorant challenge! I’m challenging my friends Tara and Destiny to only use Native for 30 days and share what they think!
Thank you to Native for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.