June 19, 2014
Get simple + go pure means to get conscious of what you're exposing your body to, like your daily deodorant routine. No tip toeing around this issue, throw your commercial deodorant in the trash. A daily smear of chemicals under your arms that intentionally clog pores is a habit worth reconsidering and oh so doable with an armpit detox and a little planning! Why are commercial deodorants getting such a bum rap? According to the Breast Cancer Awareness Fund, deodorants contain these ingredients that may cause cancer:
Keep in mind there are dozens of lymph nodes close to the armpit and breasts that your chemical laden deodorant is touching every day.
According to the good doctor, Joseph Mercola: "Your body doesn’t naturally stink; the bacteria living in your body only react with what you “feed” them. The smell in your armpit won’t be offensive if it’s just perspiring excess minerals and healthy metabolic waste products; however, it will stink if your body is sweating toxic byproducts which come from eating meat and processed refined food." Let's face it, it's not convenient to forego deodorant, unpleasant things can happen like really stubborn B.O.
Although the heart is willing when you stink it's hard to push through and easy to give up. When that's the case, try the Arm Pit Detox it can help your body get back to its natural state of clean perspiration faster. Flush out the old bacteria and chemical residue and DIY deodorants will work better for you! To all of my friends who gave up on making the switch, please, please try again! Let's talk about the ingredients and why! I love anything with Rosemary and Lavender combined and they continue to be brilliant together in this context too. Both EOs are anti-microbial, great deodorizers!
Organic apple cider vinegar can help to balance the body's pH, and creates an overall detoxification of the body. It's not irritating like baking soda can be but has the same powerful detox properties and is a nice healer to dab on any rashes or bumps that may present themselves during the arm pit detox. Try to resist using your new natural deodorant for at least one week, two is better! Let the detox work it's magic, get those pores cleaned out and functioning properly and then begin your love affair with a healthy deodorant choice.
Author: Camp Wander
Just a few tips!
1. The length of this process will vary for everyone but like I said, don't give up! If you work away from home, take your detox spray with you and refresh during the day if you have to. This too shall pass, you can do it! 2. Take time for an Epsom salt or magnesium chloride detox foot bath at night, this too will speed the process of cleansing. 3. If you have any of the blend left over, use Arm Pit Detox Spray as a final rinse for your hair. Don't rinse it out, just enjoy the shine! Best of luck, you can do it!!
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January 08, 2018
I had terrible luck trying a natural deodorant years ago and gave up. Due to a recent illness I decided to try again. I started by using a bentonite clay mask on my pits every morning before showering for several weeks. In addition to the mask I tried several DIY recipes but didn’t find one I liked. I found this recipe, and although it says it’s a detox, turns out I’ve been using this as my deodorant and it is working great for me. Sometimes I apply it more than once a day, but most the time once a day works just fine. I also try to do the clay mask periodically. I never dreamed I would be able to get off the clinical strength commercial products. So happy with this simple and inexpensive alternative!
November 24, 2017
I haven’t used chemical deodorants for over 10 years now. I didn’t like how once they made me stink worse then without. Also the warning labels. I don’t shave ,afraid of razors. And I try to keep everything as clean as possible. I like the detox idea and am willing to try it. Hopefully for postive outcome.
August 28, 2017
This is perfect. I started using acv in the shower on sweaty parts. Anyway, it got me to thinking of going antiperspirant free. So i tried it. A natural deodorant worked for a few days. Then there was an event so I put on antiperspirant….and i used it for the last two days and stink worse!! So, I did some research and learned about detoxing and found this article. So, I am ditching the antiperspirant again and doing this detox. I must have been in it when I switched back to the antiperspirant…because the antiperspirant truly did not work at all. Also, one pit always smells worse than the other, anyone else get that?
I am so glad to detox. Thankyou for the information and recipe!!
June 02, 2017
I have tried natural brands of deodorant, even making my own, and nothing worked. I started using men’s deodorant over 5 years ago, maybe more, and that still didn’t leave me smelling as fresh as I would like. I did this pit detox above for 3 days and I smell AWESOME!! I have been telling everyone about it because I am so amazed at the results, and now the natural deodorants are working perfectly. Thank you for the info- life changing!
May 10, 2017
I am definitely going to try this. I am still trying to find a natural deodorant that works for me. I’ve made my own but I got a rash from the baking soda, so I’m still researching alternatives.
Love this idea. I made your home-made deodorant and it works pretty well. I had to change up the recipe and add a smidge beeswax, as the baking soda irritated my pittos. (TMI?) It makes it easy to detox since I’m home alone almost all day, because you will def. smell for a few days!
I am so glad you posted this. I quit using deodorant years ago when they felt the aluminum might be the cause of Alzheimers. Then they came out with all these new “clinical” deodorants. My daughter has used them and all of her light shirts are stained “black” around the armpit area. I recently went to Arizona and felt I would need some deodorant. One use and I also suffered the “black” staining on my bra and light clothes. I used it for just a couple of days but the staining effect took a good week to get out of my system after I stopped using the deodorant. OBVIOUSLY it was the deodorant causing some sort of nasty chemical reaction because I have not had that problem since I stopped the deodorant. I have also never found anything that takes those “black” stains out of clothing, so I really feel people should think twice about using that stuff!
Try using arrowroot powder instead of baking powder. I’ve also seen deodorant recipes around that are roll-on that don’t have baking soda—I think they’re witch hazel based.
I find baking soda irritating, too. I use nonGMO cornstarch instead (i.e. Bob’s Red Mill)
I just made some up and sprayed it on even though I have some magnesium oil stuff on from yesterday. Also should I try this spray periodically to keep bacteria down even after detox? I haven’t used anything but truly natural deodorants (tried many) for nearly a year, but they still aren’t working that great so I wonder if I should use this spray regularly, like before bed every night, even after the detox? Then apply natural deodorant in the a.m?
Did you mean to say: try to resist using your old deodorant for 1 week?
Is it okay if the witch hazel has another scent or aloe vera. I can not find one that is pure witch hazel without alcohol that doesn’t have something else in it.
Donna, you can certainly switch rosemary out for something else like lemon or melaleuca!
Just one kinda silly question. We all know the need to shave often (if you are a shaver) and my “pits” are very “bumpy”. I guess is the way to describe them. Anyway, I know that rosemary can stimulate hair growth and I was wondering if that applies to the “pits” too? I don’t need anything that causes me to need to shave more often than I do now. I REALLY hate that raw feeling right after shaving so I tend to put it off for too long as it is. (eww, I know, right!).
Ahhhhh, a friend turned me on to Camp Wander a few moths back and I have been a daily visitor ever since. One of my last jumps to attempting to live with nature has been giving up my very nonnatural deodorant. And tonight before I got into bed I was examining my pits in the mirror thinking I really need to give it another try. So I hopped into bed and jumped on to camp wander website and taaadaaaa!!! Another reason why I’m so thankful for this website. Excited to get this going.
I would like to add as a personal testimony that EO’s and the arrowroot/natural baking soda combo actually work. I live in Florida, and work in an office that is often too warm. Since my commercial deodorant was regularly failing me, I decided to give this combo a try about 3 months ago.. I haven’t been disappointed. Sure my pits feel a little slick some times, but there is no odor and no longer deodorant residue on my clothes. Thank you for your post and continuing to provide us with information that is relevant to our lives.
I just wanted to add, I have not needed any form of deodorant since, not even my homemade wonderful stuff.
Ok, so i jumped into this recipe wholeheartedly. In college i was a runner and I developed an infection in my armpit that lead to large infected cycts under my arms that needed to be taken care of by a surgeon. He told me that it happens alot because deodorant clogs up the pores and then we sweat and the waste product cant leave the body. Unfortunately his idea of not using deodorant was not heeded at the age of 20. Now 20 years later I am making the connection. I have used this mixure for the past 10 days. Day three… not so pleasant… i stunk. But after a good shower I have not had any body odor and it has been blistering hot all week. I do sweat, but it is good and clean. I have even convinced my husband to try it.
What can you use in place of filtered water?
Yep! I still use Thayers rose witch hazel on occasion – in fact I’m wearing bug spray with Rose WH right now :)
I omit the water and have been using full strength ACV with some EOs for my deodorant. I can’t believe how well it works! I’ve been using it for almost 2 months now. I don’t smell like vinegar and there is no body odor. I also use the magnesium oil (love it) for the rest of my body, but I think I will also try it as a deodorant, just to compare.
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I’m a stickler for organic, in my opinion…yes!
Does the vinegar have to be organic?
I don’t sweat a lot but when I get really hot I definitely start to get a little stinky. I feel like deodorant helps with sweat but doesn’t always help with the smell 100%. So I’ve been rubbing on a little almond oil with Lavendar E.O. and Melalueca E.O. and I have no oder. I don’t use deodorant with it, just the oil combo.
Thank you so much for the arm-pit detox! I use it every night before bed and then during the day I use an aluminum free/natural deodorant. I have no odor in my “pits”. My 9 yr old uses it too and loves it. We both started using it at the peak of summer in the Texas heat, and it worked! Do you have any ideas of natural deodorants sprays?
Thank you so much for this post!!! I’ve been wanting to transition to natural deodorants for a long time but would smell so bad I’d give up. This mist made it tolerable and now my natural deodorant lasts me all day, even in the hot Montana August heat! Again, thanks!!!!
Don’t give up yet, you’re so close!! If you have any alcohol free witch hazel or rosewater you could spritz your underarm area, keep the ACV swipes going too!
Ugh, I stink SO bad!! I’ve tried several times in the past to convert to natural deodorants and even made my own but always quit. The one that worked had baking soda which caused a painful rash. So now I’m doing this detox and I spell like onions!!! Today is day 3 and I’m SO ready to quit. Help!!! How much longer?? I don’t eat a lot of red meat and I have fruit daily. Veggies if not daily every other day.
Just found your site on Pinterest. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I’ve been using “natural deodorants” for quite some time now, but everybody tells me that they aren’t doing their job. That I still smell. Frankly, I’m just a heavy sweater (TMI), but I can’t help it. I’m definitely going to try this and see if it helps.
Do you know if this is ok to do while nursing? Thanks! :)
Going to give this a try – I’ve had issues since I was a pre-teen (now 31) with excessive sweating and once I got into my mid to late 20’s I started having issues with horrible b.o. even with prescription strength anti-perspirant/deodorant. It gets so bad that I still smell after a long, hot, shower. I won’t even get into the amount of shirts and bras that have been ruined from deodorant stains over the years (they also still smell after being washed). I just (a few days ago) switched to an all natural deodorant (cornstarch, coconut oil, tea tree oil, and lavender EO) so I’m hoping that will help.
Go without your old deodorant, throw it away! Start the detox, then add a natural deodorant after a week or two :)
Ok I’m confused, if its a detox do I have to go without using regular deodorant for a week or 2 then make this DIY spritz to use regularly?
I forgot to rate the arm-pit detox. Here goes! I LOVE it!!!!!
Barb, I would recommend you try this first instead of adding EOs to a neti pot – see if it works for you!
I feel like you are the only other person in the world that has had the exact same problem as me! I feel like I smell all the time and my shirts still smell even after I’ve washed them. Sometimes multiple times! I’m beginning to think I need to go see a doctor or something!
Another question…I like to use my Neti pot with a saline solution. Is there an essential oil that I can add to this to boost up the cleansing of sinus?
Hello! I like this recipe for deodorants for the “pits.” I have been using rubbing alcohol as my deodorant. I had read somewhere this is what people used years ago before commerical deodorants became available.
So my question is ~ Couldn’t we just use ACV or WH full strength on our “pits?”~
Love your web site, Rebecca.
In my opinion, yes!
Sorry, I can confuse…so I’ve been told! Sarah, use the spray as often you need to and stick with it if you can! It’s harder for some than others but worth it.
I’m a little confused (which is easy to do these days with mommy brain fog) with the instructions. It says apply at night get a good nights sleep, then repeat the next day. So do you just apply the detox spray at night only? Or several times throughout the day? I really want to do this as I have found lately that no matter what deodorant I use I still stink :/
Hmmm…none of those are very gentle for underarms Carolyn. Perhaps Lemon with a carrier oil like solid coconut oil.
I thought that i had purchased lavender eo but can’t find it now. What can I substitute for the lavender? Peppermint, cinnamon, lemon on hand.
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Is this recipe strictly for women, would you change any of the listed ingredients for a mans use? My husband’s pits get terribly stinky and rather quickly. Unfortunately, he is fine with using the commercial, bad for you stuff, though I wish he wouldn’t, and that doesn’t even always work or only works for a short period of time. Suggestions ? Thanks !
Perfectly safe in my opinion to use long term (feet too) – so happy for you, woo!!
I have been using this arm pit detox and havent had any arm pit odor at all.
Is it safe to use this long term as a daily deodorant ? Do you know if this would work for stinky feet, or do you have a different remedy for stinky feet?
Thyme might be a good alternative for you.
My son has epilepsy and I try not to use rosemary around him. What is a good EO to replace it in the armpit detox and other things.
Don’t give up!
I didn’t have Rosemary EO on hand so I substituted Lemongrass EO and on day 3 I still STINK! Probably not as bad as I think because my teenage daughters would let me know. Hopefully this will soon pass!
A great detox for all!
You say “The length of this process will vary for everyone but like I said, don’t give up!” How do you know when the detox is over and u are good to start using natural deodorant? I have been on it for a week and half and it hasn’t been bad at all. Only had a day or 2 where I felt even a little stinky and I just put on the essential oil roll ons to ward off the smell. My friend said she sweat out gunk and stuff but I haven’t seen anything. Should I just keep doing only the ACV and see what happens?
I actually don’t stink as much, usually only when i workout and when i sweat. I do sweat like crazy though, to the point my shirt is wet
Hi, I was wondering.. for the detox, can i just do the detox every night and then apply the natural deodorant in the morning? I currently use degree and i sweat like crazy and when i workout, it smells so i was planning on switching to the natural deodorant.
Where do I find the recipe for homemade deodorant?
I’m on day 5 of the detox but I made my spray up with grapefruit and eucalyptus oils as that’s what I had to hand that was anti bacterial, just wondered if I’m affecting my chances of it working properly? I usually sweat quite heavily and smell pretty bad without any deodorant so I have been pleasantly surprised this hasn’t been too bad! I’m so hoping it works for me as well as I has for others, really need the natural deodorant to start working better!
Alicia, I’m so sorry to hear this! I would stop using the deodorant and research the ingredients to see if there’s something in the ingredients that you may have been sensitive to in the past. Soothe with organic coconut oil or aloe vera gel, drink a good amount of water and by all means, seek medical assistance if you’re concerned about infection.
Hi, just found this article. I tried an all natural deodorant (Green Tidings) for 2 days and had a horrible rash reaction that caused me to stop. A couple days later I now have large lumps underneath both armpits causing discomfort and pain. I’m about ready to contact my doctor but I am not sure if this is normal or a sign of infection or detox. Any help appreciated!
Don’t you just love those ah ha moments? :)
Hello, I wanted to leave a comment today after doing this cleanse for the past few weeks. LOVED it!
I am a beginner/intermediate herbalist, living and loving this lifestyle for 3 years now. I love all things herbal and natural, but have always had difficulty with natural deodorants, even store-bought versions. Not even knowing how I ended up here on your site, as soon as I read this post I had a “well duh!” moment and mixed up some spray. I made certain to clean my armpits each night before bed, I figured this couldn’t hurt. I didn’t notice anything until day 8, when holy cats, my pits were stinky! It was awesome! I couldn’t believe how thrilled I was to stink, knowing my body works as it should. On day 12, the stink was gone and I am now ready to give homemade deodorants another try, but honestly, I wonder if I need them now.
Thanks for posting this, so simple and helpful. Have a lovely day!
In my opinion, not always, when you’re using a pure essential oil like Spark Naturals Melaleuca however, a carrier oil is NEVER a bad idea!
Hi, I was just wondering, doesn’t tea tree oil have to be used with a carrier oil, before applying to the skin?
Yes you can.
I never had any body odor until I switched to Tom’s last summer, and ever since I have had horrible BO under my armpits, regardless of whether I sweat a lot. I am going to give this a try. Could I substitute the oils for just tea tree oil?
HI!!!! So I am on day 5 of the armpit detox :) I know it says 5 days, but I have a ton of spray left, is there usually this much left?? I am wondering if I should do for a few more days because I haven’t noticed any decrease in smell sorry tmi! I think its actually worse. Should I do for a few more days?? THANKS!!!! :)
Hi Liv – I’m not familiar with apple vinegar vs apple cider vinegar. I know you can find great brands of ACV like Bragg on Amazon.
Hi! Can I use apple vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar? I just can’t find it where I live :(
Yes – this would be a great substitution! Be sure to do a small test area first.
I can’t use rosemary but can I substitute it with tea tree oil??
Hi Jenn – welcome to the party! You can start this protocol right away, just try to forgo your natural deodorant while you do the detox – up to 2 weeks.
Hi! I’m a little late to the party but I just found this and want to try it!
I’m a little confused…and want to make sure I do it right! You go without any deoderant at all for 1-2 weeks…..then use the detox spray? How often during the day do you use it and for how long (2 wks) then after the 4 wks start using the natural deoderant??
Yes, you could certainly try tea tree as a replacement for rosemary and lavender. Use it for 5 days and if there’s no sign of irritation extend the length of time if you like.
I meant to say tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar and water
I do not have rosemary or lavender oil but I do have tea tree oil, Is it the oils (rosemary and lavender) that do the detoxing or is it the apple cider vinegar? Can I use tea tree oil water and tea tree oil? and use it more than 5 days. I have been using over the counter deoderants and started using Toms, but still have problems with odor, I dont do much sweating unless I’ve worked out. Thank you for any information.
In my opinion – yes. There are many advantages to detoxing occasionally. So many toxins can enter our bodies from the environment around us and after a while it’s good to refresh our systems!
I have a question, I’m already using natural deodorant, and it works pretty well. But would it be a good idea to do this detox?
I wish I had this recipe 5 or so years ago. I gave up commercial deoderants about 15 yrs ago but gave in and used a really nice smelling secret for 6 months. I had a very bad build up that resulted in a further 6 months if painful detox and healing. I stopped shaving and haven’t been able to use any type of deoderant (natural or otherwise) since. Only if my kids stick thier face under my arms do I get complaints. But recently I have been battling yeast infections under my arms. I am wondering if this recipe may help rebalance the ph environment of my under arms.
This is a detox treatment for between stopping commercial deoderants and starting a natural deoderant. To which it is suggested you give all deoderants a break and use the detox to speed up the cleansing process that starts when you stop commercial deoderants.
Geranium would be lovely!
New to essential oils. Wanting to try this. My daughter is sensitive to lavender. What else could we use in place of lavender? I really enjoy your blog.
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This is a GREAT recipe!!
However, i do have to ask if this detox concoction alone is good enought to remove the toxins from the body?
I have read somewhere that i need to drink Chlorophyll together with your detox recipe for a faster detox.
I really hope you’ll reply to my concern.
Thank you so much for the recipes! You are helping a lot of people make a good change! <3
Has anyone had issues with this stinging when you apply it for about a minute? I am done with week 2 and have had very little smelly issues but it stings right after I apply, even if I didn’t shave that morning. Am I doing something wrong? I haven’t had issues with any of the ingredients on my skin before when I used them for other things.
Of course! Try adding a little Frankincense and Geranium :)
I have the large infected cysts as well. Over 10 years. And haven’t used deodorants in even longer. I’m eondering if i can use just acv and water due yo the fact im allergic to lavender and can’t stand rosemary.
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Donna, Have you ever tried waxing ? You don’t have to do it as often as shaving.
Wow, Thanks so much for this. So easy to make, smells good and works. You could actually use it for a deoderant. I use this at night and scratch mommys recipe with the diatomaceous earth (modified of course)in it during the day at work. Also if you don’t have the essential oils on hand try a lemon or lime slice. It worked all day for me; better than Secret. I think even the plain vinegar would work. I actually used Highly fermented komucha a few times. But I love this because the smell is nice!
I use Everclear grain alcohol with EO of choice. The DIY coconut oil based recipe irritated my underarms (but my husband loves it)
Charisse, thanks for you question. All I can tell you is that process alone has worked for many to clear pores under the arms from years of deodorant buildup and bacteria but of course, feel free to make additions!
Yes, you want to let your armpits clear the junk out and that skin will need to breathe to do so.
Do I only spray this at night and do nothing during the day? Wanted to begin asap!
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