Armpit detox. Is that like some sort of holding cell for misbehaving armpits that got too rowdy during their night on the town?
That’s an interesting thought that first crossed my mind. But an “armpit detox” is actually a wellness trend centered around removing a buildup of toxins– namely, aluminum– left by traditional antiperspirants in underarm sweat glands.
Most often, people try pit detoxing when making the switch to natural deodorants. Before many natural deodorants begin to work, which can take up to a few weeks, it’s become popular to repetitively apply homemade deodorant pastes during that time that fend off top-of-the-charts odor while they sweat out toxins.
Pit detoxes are believed to be necessary for keeping you healthy and increasing the delayed odor-controlling ability of natural deodorants.
But are we really getting the full story? We’re going to bust yet another myth for you now, folks, so no need to get that homemade underarm paste ready just yet...
If you’re looking to minimize potential negative effects, just switching to a natural deodorant without any concerning chemicals is a great start. Giving your body a break from constant exposure to heavy metal is detoxing right there.
On the other hand, switching to a natural deodorant containing irritants like baking soda requires an inconvenient adjustment period all on its own.
While many natural deodorants with baking soda are perceived as more harmful than the traditional ones with aluminum, your body needs time to adjust to the high pH (AKA alkalinity) in baking soda. It may still never get used to it. So instead of advocating for a detox period from traditional antiperspirants, they may as well call it a period of time needed for your pits to adapt to the caustic pH of baking soda.
The normal pH, or “acid mantle,” of your skin is between 4.5-6.5. When baking soda, with a pH of 9, is put on skin, this acid mantle gets thrown off balance and sets off a flurry of changes in bacterial flora and enzyme activity near your skin’s surface. Just one application of something alkaline like baking soda on your skin can dry it out and damage the protective barrier.
This scientific data also backs up common complaints of many customers experiencing underarm irritation with products containing baking soda. Find out more about why baking soda is considered the #1 irritant in natural deodorant today.
To sum it up, baking soda is the main culprit for the flaming red rash most people experience when transitioning to an aluminum-free deodorant.
Save the baking soda for your kitty litter box or your refrigerator and leave long-lasting odor control to something that protects the pH balance of your skin, like Lume Deodorant for Underarms & Private Parts!
The transition period with Lume Deodorant looks far different.
As soon as Lume touches your skin, it blocks odor before it even has the chance to begin. As you use it, you will see that it’s efficacy increases as you get close to the two week mark. Once you’ve used it for about two weeks, you’ll begin to notice you need less, less often. So, no need to slather yourself in volcanic apple paste or walk around with pits that stink as much as they hurt.
With Lume, no pit detox of any sort is required.
Lume is a natural, skin-safe deodorant that does not contain baking soda, so your skin will have nothing unhealthy or damaging to “get used to.”
In fact, Lume is acidic and maintains the acid mantle, as well as your skin’s protective bacterial flora.
What a relief it is to know there’s finally a product out there that protects you from skin damage over time as well as offensive body odor.
Before using Lume Deodorant, you do want to get rid of waxes, oils, and the aluminum plugs from past deodorants so it can have direct contact with your skin. That said, all you need before applying it the first time is a quick shower with water and a high quality, natural soap leaves your skin feeling moisturized and gently cleansed. Then, once you’ve dried off, you are ready to use Lume to ward off body odor for up to 72 hours!
There have been numerous times in my life when I tried switching from clinical strength deodorant with aluminum to others, looking for more natural, but– most importantly– effective odor control. Let me tell you, as someone with pits that “reek to high heavens” (a description bestowed to me by my own loving mother), I know the struggle.
I kept the growing club of disappointing deodorants and antiperspirants stored under my bed to justify money gone to waste, or maybe hoping that my body would change and they’d work for me another day.
I really think the only thing that needs changing is the way deodorant is approached. With Lume Deodorant, you don’t have to be concerned that it’s any less powerful than the antiperspirant you switched from, or that it will still cause you issues. You may find, like me, that it addresses odor unlike any other product you’ve tried before with no catch.
Lume approaches body odor differently. With a unique, patented formula that simultaneously works safely with your body’s pH and prevents odor-causing bacteria from bringing the funk, there is no detox or waiting period necessary.
You can use Lume Deodorant Wipes for added odor protection on-the-go. Our wipes are also free of baking soda, aluminum, and parabens, and take care of odor anywhere you have it but wish you didn't with just a few quick waves of your hand.
Just try Lume and soon, you’ll be flaunting those pits with pride in no time.