Switching to a natural deodorant is a process, and often takes a few weeks for your body to get acclimated. Your body will begin to detox from all of the heavy metals and chemicals that have been building up over the last however many years of using deodorants with aluminum and chemicals. There is the possibility that your arm pits turn a dark color for a few days while the metals and toxins are leaving your body.
If your arm pits start getting super red, itchy, and irritated there could be a few reasons why.
1. You could be detoxing. How long have you been using conventional deodorant? That's a lot of aluminum and other junk that is sitting right on that lymph gland by your arm pit. There is such a thing as a detox rash and it will clear up within a month. Also - it will take about 2 weeks for your body to acclimate to using natural deodorant (then you will find you actually sweat less!
2. You could be allergic to one of the products in the deodorant. If you have an unknown/known food sensitivity or allergy, this could be causing the rash. Some people have allergies to different essential oils as well - which I use to fragrance Happy Pits.
3. The baking soda. This is the culprit most of the time. It's too harsh for some people's armpits - we all have a different ph in our armpits.
If you have a rash, you can put a bit of apple cider vinegar in your hand, pat it on your armpit, and then let it air dry before you apply the deodorant. It really helps with the irritation - and discontinue use if it doesn't clear up. I do make a Happy Pits Sensitive (Low Baking Soda) as well, and a Happy Pits Super Sensitive (Now BS!) without Baking soda for those with sensitive armpits!
Also - there are a few things to know about Natural Deodorant in general:
* SInce All Ingredients are Natural and there are NO preservatives, the product has a shelf life of about 6-12 months.
* It can soften up a bit in summer or warmer conditions. To keep a firmer consistency - please store in temperatures under 72 degrees - in the summer you can even store in the fridge if you desire..
* If used in excess - the coconut oil in the deodorant can stain clothing. Apply sparingly (you will find that a little bit goes a long way, and is effective) and allow to dry /absorb in to your skin before putting on your shirt.
If you have any questions or concerns - please contact me!