How to do an armpit detox to eliminate toxins responsible for body odor.
In this post you’ll learn how to cleanse your armpits of toxins that have built up and can be what is causing excessive body odor. Using an armpit detox cleansing mask can help eliminate bad body odor and restore your body’s natural bacterial microbiome. Keep reading to learn how to do a complete armpit detox!
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Is Deodorant Really Bad For You?
There has been a lot of speculation about using these type of deodorants being one of the reasons we’re seeing so many cases of breast cancer. I personally, don’t take my chances and will never use an antiperspirant again. But just take a look at some of these ingredients in conventional deodorants:
- Aluminum: Aluminum is that ingredient that blocks our body’s natural ability to sweat. It has also been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and osteoporosis.
- Parabens: An endocrine disruptor that interferes with our hormone production.
- Phthalates: Another endocrine disruptor that can wreak havoc in your body.
- Propylene Glycol: A neurotoxin linked to kidney and liver damage.
- Artificial Fragrances These generally contain hormone-disrupting phthalates, which you won’t see listed on the label. (Always opt for unscented products or those made with only 100% natural fragrances)
So, you’re basically putting a concoction of toxic chemicals in your armpit. These products are also made to block our body’s natural ability to sweat, we’ll get more into that in a bit.
Why Do An Armpit Detox?
I’ve used conventional store bought deodorants for most of my life and never thought twice about it.
I would just buy whatever was cheapest, sometimes just picking some up at the local dollar store. It wasn’t until I started researching harmful ingredients in most personal care products that I learned some pretty important things.
Antiperspirants are made to reduce the production of sweat. Their active ingredient is aluminum salts, which dissolve into your skin’s surface creating a barrier.
It basically blocks your sweat glands temporarily and reduces the amount of sweat released.
Your body needs to sweat to eliminate toxins so when this function is blocked, those toxins have nowhere to go. This leads to a buildup in these toxins and bacteria and end up causing excessive body odor.
See the vicious cycle that forms?
We put on an antiperspirant and deodorant that covers body odor temporarily and blocks our ability to sweat, thus building up toxins and by the time a new day starts we have bad body odor again and need to reapply our deodorant and antiperspirant. So essentially, you stop using it, you stink more.
Now when I first heard this, I threw my deodorant away and bought an aluminum free natural deodorant that smelled lovely and I started using it right away.
At first it worked fine, but then I noticed that I needed to reapply it several times a day otherwise I would start to smell like I hadn’t showered in days.
I couldn’t figure it out at first, I thought maybe the deodorant I switched to just wasn’t great so I tried a different natural brand.
I finally realized, after several days of research, that just because I stopped applying those ingredients to my body, doesn’t mean those built up toxins will just magically disappear. Sweating naturally helps to eliminate daily toxins but after years and years of build up, our body needs extra help to get back to normal and pull all those toxins out.
Does Armpit Detoxing Really Work?
I personally have had great success with detoxing and after only doing it a couple of times, I can now go a full day, sometimes two before I feel the need to reapply my deodorant.
Your natural body odor shouldn’t actually smell bad in any way, it’s just with the added bacteria that it can become unpleasant. Sometimes one detox isn’t enough, especially if you’ve been using conventional deodorant for years.
It generally takes a few times to be 100% effective but everybody is different.
Ironically, after detoxing I also noticed less sweating! I’m not naturally a heavy sweater but I noticed that during a hot day or if I was more active, I didn’t really get sweaty at all.
I personally chalk this up to no longer inhibiting my body’s natural sweating process so my brain doesn’t send signals to my body to produce extra sweat. That’s just my personal theory though 😉
Do You Get A Rash From Natural Deodorant?
A lot of people switch to a natural deodorant and end up with a bad rash, thinking they are allergic to the ingredients or something is wrong with the actual deodorant.
This is usually a reaction to the baking soda found in many natural deodorants and is because of the build up of toxins in your armpit.
After doing a detox, you should most likely be able to use deodorants with baking soda without getting a rash.
How To Do An Armpit Detox To Get Rid Of Body Odor
Let’s get into the actual “How To” part of detoxing!
The two ingredients used to detox your armpits are:
Bentonite clay consists of aged volcanic ash and is odorless. Bentonite has a high concentration of minerals and has the unique ability to produce an “electrical charge” when hydrated. When mixed with fluid it creates a strong negative charge which bonds to the positive charge in many toxins. This makes it excellent to use in many beauty products and is essential in this detoxing mask because it literally pulls out the toxins.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a powerful ingredient that can alkalize the body and neutralize bad bacteria like those in your armpits which can lead to a foul body odor.
How To Make An Armpit Detox Mask With Bentonite Clay
1 Tbsp. Bentonite Clay
2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
Non-Metal Bowl (very important! If you use metal, the bentonite clay can leech the metals and be pulled into the clay and you don’t want to put that on your skin!)
Non Metal Spoon
Mix the clay and apple cider vinegar together then slowly add small amounts of water until you get a smooth, spreadable consistency. Similar to the consistency of yogurt. Apply the mask to your armpits and allow to sit for 10-20 minutes. I recommend doing it in a bathtub so you can relax and don’t have to worry about getting it on anything else.
So Now What?
After doing an armpit detox, you may be able to start using a natural deodorant no problem and have no issues, but if not you may need to do it again in a couple days and repeat until you no longer have body odor issues. I highly recommend doing it at least twice no matter what just to be on the safe side because it certainly can’t hurt, the worst that can happen is you stink less.
What Deodorant Is Safe?
The Natural Deodorant that I first started using and loved was Bali Secrets Natural Deodorant in Natural Rose. I’m a sucker for rose scented products (I use rosewater as a body spray because I love it so much!) so I fell in love with the scent of this deodorant and it’s got great ingredients. I used this deodorant up until I decided to switch to my current product which I’ll get into (see below).
Other great natural deodorants that are safe and have great reviews:
What Deodorant Do I Use Now?
After using the Bali Secrets Deodorant for quite awhile, I was getting ready to order more when I heard something from a friend about a new deodorant made by Young Living. I decided to try their Valor deodorant and now I love it! I highly recommend it if you are looking for a new natural deodorant.
If you want to try Young Living’s deodorant (or any of their products) you can check out this post here on how to create a retail or wholesale account on their website.