Why Clean Deo
Antiperspirants Vs. Deodorant
Antiperspirants and deodorants work in different ways. There is a difference between an antiperspirant and a deodorant. To put it simply, antiperspirants fight both sweat and odor, while deodorants only fight odor. Both contain ingredients that interfere with the body's natural endocrine system.
What to Expect
Switching to a clean deodorant is a journey. Expect at least a four-week transition period. At first, there won't be a difference, but after a couple of days, body-odor and sweating will be more noticeable. When continuing to detox, there will be more body-odor and more sweating. It's important to be patient and not get discouraged. Thankfully, there are ways to help with the transition. In the end, you'll find that you will sweat, but you won't stink, and you'll ultimately apply less product.
How to Speed up the Detox
Brands I've Tried
Below is a personal review of the brands I have tried and in the order that I tried them over the last three years.
Schmidt's : 1/10
This was the first formula I ever tried. It would wipe right off and stain my clothes. The scent was practically nonexistent on my pits.
Native : 6/10
I loved this formula at first and the scent was great and it didn't stain my clothes that much. The formula was not long-lasting. I had to stop using this brand because they started to use undisclosed fragrance and their formulas were inconsistent.
Tom's of Maine : 6/10
I used to use this brand off-and-on regularly. I liked that the scent was subtle but still there, and the formula wasn't too wet. Some of their formulas irritated my pits. It lasted all day long, but it left major stains on my clothes that were hard to wash out.
Type A : 7.5/10
I liked this brand. The scent was both strong and pleasant. I liked that it didn't stain my clothes. Ultimately, I couldn't get past the wet formula and it didn't last all day.
Beautycounter : 10/10
I was impressed with Beautycounter's Clean Deo. The formula wasn't too dry or too wet. The scent was strong and lasted all day. I haven't had any irritation nor major staining on my clothes. I already trust this brand with their formulations, performance, and transparency.
Things to Consider
Think about how your skin may react to baking soda and essential oils. Try shaving at night and applying deodorant in the morning to avoid irritation. Not all formulas are created equal-- so do your own research, and find a brand that you trust.
Ingredients to avoid:
- undisclosed fragrances/parfum
- propylene glycol
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My Hair journey
I have naturally curly hair that needs moisture and loves conditioner. Occasionally, my mom would perm my hair as a child, but in middle school, I did the "big chop". After cutting off most of my hair, it took "forever" to grow. When I finally had some length, I regularly straightened my hair with a flat iron. My hair became damaged and dry, and my curls were barely there.
Just before my clean beauty journey in 2017, I started to become a little more conscious of what I was using on my hair. With lots of trial and error, I have found the products and routine that work for me. I don't follow a trendy or popular method for my hair. I don't let anyone else touch or do my hair. I listen to my hair and give it what it needs when it needs it. I even trim my own hair if I see fit. After just over 4 years of consciously caring for my hair, it is now the longest it has ever been, it's healthy, and my curls are thriving.
My Favorite Hair Products
My Hair Routine