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Why has My Natural Deodorant Stopped Working?

It’s a common misconception many people have about natural deodorants. And we understand why. You’ve found a natural deodorant proven to work, you’ve used it for a long time and then one day you get a whiff of your BO. It’s back with a vengeance so it’s easy to assume your body has become resistant or immune to your natural deodorant. 

But the truth is your deodorant hasn’t stopped working because you’re resistant or immune. No, it’s your skin’s physiology that has changed, impacting how your body reacts to the deodorant. Because just like the weather, the condition of our armpits goes through changes for several reasons. So stick with your Natural Deodorant because it can and will continue to work for you.

Here are a few potential causes for the reappearance of your BO:

Residual Bacteria

There’s a good chance if you're smelling your armpits again, it’s due to residual bacteria. The daily build-up of your leftover deodorant and sweat culminating with your dark, warm and moist underarms is the perfect breeding ground for bacterial growth and the creation of stinky pits. This is why exfoliating and toning your armpits a few times a week is just as important as the kind of deodorant you use. Stinky bacteria aren’t like your favourite dessert where you want to save some for later. No, you want to minimize residual bacteria by applying anti-microbial exfoliants, such as apple cider vinegar or witch hazel.

Stress Sweat

Now let’s be real, stress sweat is 10 times worse than regular sweat. Not only do you sweat more when under stress, your sweat is more pungent because stress is a fight-or-flight response your body naturally activates as a survival mechanism. So the very smell that once kept us alive by warding off predators has evolved with the modern stressors we experience in our daily lives and can unfortunately ward off friends. Although we wish we could completely eliminate our stressors, it’s impossible. But we can take actions to limit stress sweating. Some of the best ways to combat this is by wearing breathable fabrics and practicing relaxation techniques to help control the way you, and inherently your body, react in high-pressure situations.


We know how deadly meat sweats can be, especially after overindulging at a summer BBQ feast. We know because we’ve been there… probably more than we’d like to admit. But it can be hard to resist a juicy steak just taken off the grill, a hot spicy bowl of noodles or a fresh steaming cup of coffee. Despite how delicious and beneficial these foods are, they can make us sweat when we eat them. It’s because our nervous system thinks we’re physically hot and signals our brain to activate the sweat glands to cool our body down. Although we don’t want to say it, the only way to prevent these sweats from coming on is to limit these triggering sulfurous foods from our diet. Or occasionally indulging in these delicious foods when you’re ready to take on the sweats. 


We all know the struggle to prevent our hands from becoming like sandpaper during dry winters or our arms from getting a farmers tan during the hot summer months. And with these struggles, we often forget our armpits also experience changes due to the passing seasons. It’s normal for us to perspire less during the cold winter months and then for our bodies to take a complete 180 as sweat levels increase under the summer heat.

Generally, when we sweat, we combat it by drinking a refreshing glass of water to rehydrate our body but it can also help reduce our sweat levels. Pro tip - if you shave your armpits, use a hydrating cream or gel before, during or post-shave to help your skin retain its moisture and prevent irritated skin. And if you don’t shave, that's cool too but remember to trim your armpits to enable your sweat to evaporate quicker, reduce your stink and let your skin breathe. 

So if you're smelling your body odour again, the culprit is most likely changes to your environment or body. Don’t give up on your deo because it will work for you.

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