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Why Does Natural Deodorant Make Me Itch? (& How to Fix It)

Here at Smug, we sell a range of beautiful natural deodorants.

They smell much better than the ones you buy in the supermarket. And they look nicer too.

But from time to time, natural deodorants can irritate the skin. This article will explain why, and how you can stop it happening.

Why Does Natural Deodorant Burn?

Natural deodorant burns because of the baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) in the formula. Not all natural deodorant brands contain baking soda, but if you’re experiencing redness, burning, or itching, it’s possible that this is the reason why.

Baking soda is effective in keeping you fresh. But it can also be a little harsh on the delicate skin in your underarm area.

Some people can use baking soda deodorant without any issues, but others will find that their skin becomes a little itchy towards the end of the day. Some people never feel irritation, but notice small red marks.

And since the ingredients in natural deodorant are very different to the ingredients in supermarket-bought deodorant, this reaction often takes people by surprise.

How Can I Stop the Itch From Natural Deodorant?

You can stop the itching sensation from some natural deodorants by gently rinsing the product away at the end of the day. You can use ordinary soap and warm water to do this.

If you shower every day, make sure you actually wash the areas where you apply deodorant rather than just letting water rinse over them.

Why does this work? If you apply natural deodorant with baking soda for two consecutive days without washing, you will start to get a build-up, and that’s usually when the burning or itching kicks in. It’s not harmful, but it’s a sign that you’ve got too much product building up.

There are a couple of other things you can do too.

Stay away from ‘strong’ natural deodorants as these tend to have more bicarbonate of soda in them.

Use a little for the first few days and gauge your reaction (you may need to use less than you think).

If none of this works, switch to a brand without baking soda. Check the ingredients carefully. For example, The Natural Deodorant Co. is one company that doesn’t use baking soda in its formula.

Need More Help?

Natural deodorant is a great product that is more eco friendly than supermarket brands. Although some of the products cost more, they tend to last longer, and many brands are vegan, cruelty free, and plastic free too.

If you need more help before choosing your next natural or plastic free deodorant, drop us a line via the contact page and we’ll do our best to advise.