Why Isn’t Natural Deodorant Working For You?

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Have you tried a natural deodorant only to decide that they just don’t work for you? Chances are you didn’t give them enough of a chance. There are a few things that you need to know when making the switch. 

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First, let’s discuss why it’s so crucial to switch from conventional to natural deodorant.

Conventional deodorant contains several controversial ingredients that have been linked to illnesses and health issues. The most common toxic ingredients include parabens, aluminum, phthalates, and triclosan.

You may remember when the FDA banned triclosan from being used in hand soaps. They failed, however, to ban its use from other products like deodorant!

In studies, these ingredients have possibly been linked to a mix of health problems including breast cancer and Alzheimer’s. Although there are not enough studies to confirm the links, the uncertainty can be intimidating.

This is why it’s so important to give natural deodorant another chance, even if you tried it before without results. See below for the most common reasons people give up on natural deodorant and remedies for each!


You may have heard this before and it’s true. Traditional deodorants contain antiperspirants that stop you from sweating. You’ve most likely been using them since you were a pre-teen and your body gets a little confused when you first make the switch. In fact, you might notice that you are excessively sweaty and smelly when you first change over and this is when most people decide that natural doesn’t work for them.

In reality, you need to give your body at least a couple weeks, sometimes even up to a month to adjust. In the beginning, you may find yourself applying them several times per day and this is normal. 


With traditional antiperspirants one or two quick swipes are usually enough to keep you fresh all day. That’s not the case with natural deodorants. While your body soaks up the aluminum from your traditional deodorant and blocks off sweat glands, natural deodorants don’t contain this ingredient.

That’s why instead of a quick swipe, you need to apply it over the entire area.


Natural deodorants don’t all contain the same ingredients. Two of the biggest ingredients that work to prevent sweating are magnesium and baking soda. However, one may work better for you than the other.

For me personally, deodorants that contain only baking soda don’t work well for me, but ones with magnesium (like my personal favorites Schmidt’s Charcoal + Magnesium or Schmidt’s Jasmine Tea Sensitive) work just as well for me as traditional deodorants!

Some people are also sensitive to deodorants with baking soda and that’s something to keep in mind as well if you are experiencing a lot of irritation.


Coconut oil (view my recommendation here) can help you transition to natural deodorant in a couple of different ways. For some people, natural deodorant can be a bit irritating, and I’m one of them. But by applying coconut oil under your arms every couple days (I find it’s easiest to use overnight!) it can help to heal any irritation before it begins. Coconut oil is also great when you first make the switch because it helps kill bacteria and can help to eliminate any smells while your body adjusts.

Magnesium is another natural option for breakthrough sweating and odor! Magnesium can help alleviate excess sweating especially in the beginning while your body detoxes from your traditional deodorant. You can even just use Milk of Magnesia! (yup, the laxative!)

If you’re having a lot of issues with odor and irritation while making the switch, I’d recommend applying coconut oil and Milk of Magnesia under your arms at bedtime, then using your natural deodorant in the morning!

If you previously tried to switch over and gave up, thinking that it just wasn’t for you, I encourage you to use the suggestions above to give it another try. Wait at least a month and if one doesn’t work for you that doesn’t mean none of them will.

Natural deodorant is not one size fits all!

Other highly rated natural deodorant recommendations:
Primal Pit Paste
Lume Deodorant

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