Posted by Statia on Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I have switched to natural deodorant recently, with no real trouble. However, I have yet to find anything that cuts the mustard for my manly husband, especially in the Texas summer! Not to mention most of the alternatives I have found smell rather girly. Any suggestions? Do your husbands use natural deodorants, and have they found one they can count on?
We are shamed to say it, but our husbands are pretty stubborn when it comes to switching their products over to natural products. My husband was pretty annoyed when I tried to switch his toothpaste over and now secretly looks forward to business trips because I know he keeps a secret stash of Colgate in his toiletries bag. So he still uses his trusty old Axe. You can lead a horse to water and all of that (although, I did get him to switch his chemically enhanced shampoo to Dr. Bronner’s. Baby steps).
However, we do tell people that it definitely takes time to switch over to have it work properly, and men are no exception. We did post some tips on switching over, you no doubt have read (and I’ve also tried to drill into my husband’s head as well), but they bear reposting:
Be patient. You’ll need at least 2 weeks to adjust (and sometimes longer), so if you go a couple days on a new deodorant and you smell this could mean your body is still ridding itself of toxins. You might have to try a brand or two to find the right one for your body chemistry too, so give it some time.
Exfoliate. Its a good idea to GENTLY exfoliate your armpits once in a while to remove any dead skin blocking your sweat glands and pores. Use a really soft washcloth and gently massage the area. Don’t use scrubs or salts as this might damage the delicate skin of your armpits.
Sweat! The reason deodorant makers put Aluminum in their product is to prevent you from sweating. There is a major problem with this in that you are supposed to sweat, sweating is your body’s way of ridding itself from toxins and impurities. Once your body is used to not having antiperspirant it can actually regulate your sweating. Since switching to Weleda I have not noticed being “wet” unless I am huffing and puffing on the treadmill, in which case who cares. What matters is I don’t SMELL like sweat.
And of course, to add another:
Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate: The more water you consume, the less likely you are to smell as water flushes toxins out of your system.
And of course, diet also has a play. If you’re going to eat stinky foods, they have to come out somehow, and going to the bathroom isn’t the only way your body excretes waste. Which is why you tend to smell like an 18 year old brewery after a night of drinking heavily. Garlic, onions, red meat. It’ll also come out in your pores as well. Which makes me wonder if I’d smell like vanilla cupcakes if I lived on a diet of them…. hmmm food for thought…
As for brands, we personally like both Bubble and Bee’s Pit Putty (they have other varieties as well) and Weleda. Weleda’s deodorant is more of an alcohol base which might help curb odors for your husband, better than Bubble and Bee, and I know my husband has said that the original Bubble and Bee is a little bit too feminine smelling for him. Weleda makes a Sage variety that isn’t girly smelling. I’ve used both Bubble and Bee and Weleda doing yard work in the hot summer sun and while, yes, I did sweat, I didn’t smell at all. I would say to buy a couple of varieties, find what works and then rotate based on your needs. Guys tend to be simpler with their body care needs, but sometimes, they need to go the extra mile to find a product that works for them too.
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