Southern Mom Loves: What to Expect When Switching to a Natural Deodorant {with Tom's of Maine}

What to Expect When Switching to a Natural Deodorant {with Tom's of Maine}

Monday, December 11, 2017

Thank you Tom’s of Maine for sponsoring this post.



I have long wanted to switch to a natural deodorant, but from what I've read, it takes some preparation and an acclimation period. I'm finally ready to make the switch and I'm doing it with the best: Tom's of Maine, the #1 natural deodorant brand, who has a number of award-winning products in its deodorant portfolio. The weather is cooling, so it's the perfect time to do this and I'll tell you what to expect and how you can make the switch for yourself.

I'm becoming much more conscious of what goes into my body and on my skin, and because of my family history, there are certain ingredients I want to avoid.

There's a reason I chose to switch to Tom’s of Maine. Their Long Lasting, odor-fighting deodorants feature hops and natural fragrances, along with a blend of vegetable oils, organic aloe leaf juice, and other plant-based ingredients. The result is 24-hour odor protection you can trust. 


Tom's of Maine was so awesome in sending me a large selection of their long-lasting natural deodorants to try. There are a lot of scents to choose from, so whether you like fruity, floral, or green scents, you're sure to find one that will be your fave.


They all provide odor control in an aluminum-free formula and they have more than 15 deodorants to choose from that are also free from petrochemicals, artificial fragrances, and preservatives. They were all lovely, but I completely adore the Wild Lavender scent.


What to Expect When Making the Switch

Keep in mind…. deodorants are not antiperspirants and don’t provide the same wetness protection as antiperspirants. Antiperspirants reduce perspiration and per FDA guidelines, must include a form of aluminum as an active ingredient that works by clogging the pores to keep you from sweating. No, thanks. 

It takes some time for your body chemistry to adjust if you are switching from a conventional antiperspirant and the acclimation period can last for up to a few weeks for some people. Trying the deodorant for at least 7 days, including testing out different scents (or unscented), can help determine the best fit for your body’s unique chemistry.


Exfoliate

Chances are you’ve noticed that antiperspirants can leave a film that is hard to remove. The aluminum clogs your pores to prevent sweating, so you want to make sure to exfoliate your armpits to remove it. You can exfoliate in the shower with a bath pouf or an exfoliating sponge. Be careful not to over-exfoliate your skin or you could cause irritation, so you should lightly exfoliate daily over the course of the first week. While it’s a good idea to continue an exfoliating routine to remove dry skin, you won’t have to worry about natural deodorant clogging your pores.


Detox

Something else you may want to do is detox your armpits to help speed up the natural deodorant acclimation process. First, make sure to drink plenty of water and eat a healthy diet. :) If you're noticing any bad smells or excessive sweating, you can use lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, or witch hazel on a cotton ball to help draw out the leftover chemicals from your antiperspirant and kill the bacteria that cause odor. Make sure that you dry your armpits completely after a shower to take away the warm, wet environment that bacteria likes to grow in.


You can't get better natural products than the ones from Tom's of Maine. They also make high-quality natural toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, deodorant, bar soap, body wash, and baby care products. Its team consists of distinguished dentists, scientists and herbal experts that are leaders in their fields, so you know the products are not only natural, they work. Find out more about their products here, then make the switch with me!


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Have you considered switching to a natural deodorant? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments!


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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