Anyone who’s ever tried switching to natural deo knows it can turn into a funky situation. We’ve heard more horror stories than successful ones, but there’s one reason it might not have worked: you didn’t detox your underarms first!


Commercial deodorants contain chemicals (aluminum, in particular) that build up on our skin over time. Our bodies eventually become dependent on them because they block the skin’s natural processes. That’s why it’s so crucial to give your pits time to reset! Natural deos do not work overnight—but by detoxifying your pits first, you eliminate chemical build-up from your old deo, remove bad bacteria, and ultimately allow for a smoother transition.

It will take a few weeks to fully take effect, but that’s how long it takes for your underarms take to get used to properly functioning without the chemicals.

See exactly how to do it in our step-by-step routine, below!

THE DETOX: REPEAT TWICE A WEEK


STEP 1: REMOVE BUILD-UP WITH A CLAY MASK
WHAT WE USED: Shinetree Washoff Pore Tightening Mud Mask, P129

HOW TO DO IT: Dispense the mud mask onto hands and apply a coat onto clean underarms. Allow the mask to fully dry, then rinse off with water.

WHY IT’S IMPORTANT: Clay masks detoxify your pits the same way they unclog your pores. It removes deodorant build-up, banishes odor-causing bacteria, and even polishes bumps and wrinkles. This particular formula contains bentonite clay for thorough purification.

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STEP 2: EXFOLIATE THE SURFACE WITH A SCRUB
WHAT WE USED: Skin Genie Pit Perfect Whitening Scrub, now on sale at P150 (limited time only)

HOW TO DO IT: Take a dollop of product and massage it onto your underarms in gently circular motions. Then, rinse with water.

WHY IT’S IMPORTANT: While a clay mask will help remove the deep-seated stuff, a physical scrub will also help rid of any buildup on the surface of your skin. It buffs away dead skin cells that may be clogging your hair follicles. With regular use, it also smoothens any uneven texture and evens your skin tone if you’re using a whitening formula, just like this one.

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FOR MAINTENANCE: REPEAT EVERY EVENING AFTER YOU SHOWER


STEP 3: BALANCE OUT PH LEVELS WITH A TONER
WHAT WE USED: Mamonde Rose Water Toner, P850

HOW TO DO IT: Soak a cotton pad with toner and sweep it over your underarms. Allow your skin to dry before moving onto the next step.

WHY IT’S IMPORTANT: Cleansing your underarms is exactly the same as cleansing your face, and toner is an essential part of that. It’ll sweep away any remaining residue that may have been left behind, balance your skin’s pH levels, soothe irritation, and provide light hydration.

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STEP 4: MOISTURIZE WITH A LIGHT GEL
WHAT WE USED: Baroness Snail Soothing Gel, P199

HOW TO DO IT: Take a small coin-sized scoop of product and apply it on your underarms. Let the product fully absorb until dry.

WHY IT’S IMPORTANT: Just like the skin on your face, your pits need moisture too! A gel like this works best because it absorbs quickly. It’ll help keep the skin smooth and soft, relieve chafing, and prevent excess dryness from the detox.

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THE SWITCH: USE A NATURAL DEO EVERY MORNING


STEP 5: APPLY YOUR NATURAL DEODORANT
WHAT WE USED: Skin Genie Pit Perfect Whitening Deodorant Spray, now on sale at P188 (limited time only)

HOW TO DO IT: Hold the bottle about 4-5 inches away and pray the product directly onto your underarms. You can pat in any excess residue using your palms or allow the product to air-dry. Apply this after every shower, if you plan on heading out.

WHY IT’S IMPORTANT: Natural deodorants don’t contain any of pore-clogging chemicals found in most commercial formulas. They’ll keep your skin healthier and clearer, allow your sweat glands to function normally, and won’t darken the skin since they’re free from aluminum.

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Maintain this routine and you can say goodbye to aluminum-packed deos forever!

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