What if we told you there was a part of your daily morning routine that was
1. Clogging Your Pores
2. Worsening Your Body Odor
3. Putting Toxins In Your Body
4. Could Possibly Make You Sick
You would probably want to stop using it right away, right? What if we told you that thing was your antiperspirant. Bet you didn’t see that coming. Neither did we, until we spoke with Mary Futher, the CEO of Kaia Naturals, who exposed all the dirty secrets about the one part of our routine we probably never even think about. What she told us was shocking.
It turns out that the reason that antiperspirants work so well is because “they use aluminum to clog your pores so that no sweat can come out”. First of all, no one wants clogged pores. On your face, in your underarms, or anywhere else for that matter. Second, when sweat isn’t allowed to leave your body, it means you can’t get rid of any of the gross toxins and other stuff that builds up in your body. Instead, it all just stays inside, swimming around. Gross. Finally, if nothing can come out, nothing can go in either. Which means that “all that moisture that accumulates under your arms just sits there, growing bacteria and enhancing your body odor”, Mary informed us. No thank you.
Also, did we mention aluminum is potentially harmful for you? It’s been linked to diseases like breast cancer, which we definitely hadn’t thought about before.
We’re not trying to scare you. Our mission here at Zenzy is always to give you all the facts so that you can be informed and make the decisions that are best for you. Mary Futher gave us the facts. Then, she gave us the solution.
Good news: You don’t have to throw out your antiperspirant and just sweat and smell for the rest of your life. You just have to switch to a natural deodorant!
Natural deodorants don’t contain aluminum, so they don’t clog your pores. Instead, “they have probiotics that are designed to kill the odor that sits on your skin”. You can sweat, but you don’t have to smell- it’s a win, win. Plus, Kaia Natural’s Takesumi Detox Deodorant contains charcoal, which pulls the toxins from your body, just like how you might use a charcoal face mask to de-clog the pores on your face.
You apply it just like you would a normal antiperspirant, but without any of the potentially harmful ingredients!
Trying to switch to a natural deodorant without knowing what you’re in for is a little like if you tried to take a driving test without ever having practiced first. You would probably fail. You might also crash. I definitely crashed the deodorant car.
I first discovered the Takesumi Detox Deodorant at Free People, after searching for a natural deodorant that didn’t contain baking soda. A lot of bars have this, so be aware- they can cause irritation and rashes for some people. This was my journey:
I began using my new natural deodorant, and all was well and good. I didn’t notice any difference! I applied it every morning with no problems, didn’t notice any body odor, and wasn’t smelling any worse than usual.
OMG. I SMELL SO BAD. I couldn’t understand what was happening. All of a sudden, it seemed like I was sweating more than normal, and like my body odor smelled worse than it ever had before. I was so self-conscious. I didn’t want to be around my friends or boyfriend because I was convinced they would be able to smell me. I didn’t know what to do, so I did the obvious- I googled it.
Turns out, this is a very natural process. In hindsight, Mary Futher explained to me that your body is basically adjusting, letting out all of the gross toxins and bacteria that have been building up in your body (and underarms) for so long while using antiperspirant. It’s like a major detox. She also told me that it’s not necessary to go through that week of torture— all you need is Kaia Natural’s Underarm Bar.
The Underarm Bar is made with salt, apple cider vinegar and charcoal, and you use it to wash your underarms in the shower to kill all of the bacteria in there that causes body odor. The secret trick? “You have to wash under each arm for 20 seconds, otherwise you’re not getting rid of the bacteria. That’s the only way to get rid of that odor”, according to Mary. I typically wash under my arms for about 4 seconds, so that was a big surprise.
Once you’ve washed thoroughly, rinse your body and apply your detox deodorant and you absolutely will not smell for the rest of the day. Problem solved— I definitely wish I’d known about the booster bar when I made the transition.
Things are back to normal. My body odor is under control and I’m back to smelling like my perfume. Thank goodness. From here on out, it’s just like using my old antiperspirant. No underarm bar necessary!
For those who experiencing intense sweating, especially in the summer months, there’s a trick for you too! “Sometimes in the summer months, I put a tiny bit of baby powder overtop my deodorant and it will absorb any extra sweat you might be experiencing”, Mary tells us.
No sweat, no smell, no problem. No aluminum either— sign me up. If you have questions about natural deodorant or how to make the switch, DM us!
Featured Photo: Man Repeller