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Have you tried natural deodorants and found the results to be somewhat underwhelming? So you want to be chemical free but you also don’t want to have B.O. Let’s face it, nobody wants to smell like the great unwashed, it’s antisocial.

Here’s some good news – it might not be the products, it might be you! Let me explain. You have probably spent a good few years plastering your arm pits with all sorts of commercial products, from anti-perspirant sprays to roll-ons, not to mention the antibacterial soaps and all the lotions, shower gels and perfumes.

These things all contain chemicals – chemicals like pore-clogging aluminium, parabens, petrochemicals and propylene glycol that build up in the skin and alter its natural ecology, destroying the protective lipid layer. So to clear out all the toxins and restore your armpit skin’s health, you need to do an armpit cleanse before you can expect natural products to work.

Start by turfing out all your chemically laden deodorants and anti-perspirants. NOW.

Do an arm pit mask (like a face mask) every day for a week or more to pull those nasty chemical out of your pores.


  • Mix about 2 teaspoons of bentonite clay with ½ teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
  • Add a little water until you get a smooth creamy paste
  • Spread on arm pits and leave for 5 – 10 minutes
  • Wash off in the bath

Use an interim purifying spray until your arm pits adjust:

  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 drops Rosemary essential oil
  • 3 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops Tea-tree Oil

Put ingredients in a small spray bottle and top up with a bit of filtered water. You may need to apply this several times a day. After 1-3 weeks, you should be able to go natural with ease.