Having smelly armpits is SO embarrassing…and gross, frustrating, humiliating…all wrapped up into one icky feeling. Ugh. I remember this so vividly, begging my husband to forgive me for stinking as I scurried off to the bathroom to attempt to wash my armpits—again, for about the dozenth time that day so far.
I’d keep a pack of cleansing face wipes with me at all times—and they weren’t for my face! They were for my armpits. Throughout the day I’d be scrubbing my pits and reapplying deodorant, only for them to start smelling horribly again.
If you’ve struggled with body odor and stinky armpits, then you know the struggle is real. And you’ve probably tried just about every single deodorant out there and none of them work.
Not like their slogans promise. That’s for sure.
So after years and years of my own personal struggle with this, I decided with all my heart that I would stop at nothing until I found the cure to my smelly pits once and for all.
As I write this up, I can’t help but get emotional. Because it is possible to never again smell like yucky body odor and have happy, fresh armpits. You may have to do a little experimenting (like I did) to find the best regimen for your body…since you and I aren’t exactly the same. But it’s my hope and passion that by sharing my journey and what has worked for me, that it can lessen the struggle for you even faster.
Your Diet IS Important, But Your Smelly Pits Aren’t Just About Your Diet.
No matter what your issues are, whether it’s stinky pits, IBS, brain fog, etc. a good diet full of whole, real, fresh food is vital. I’m not going to dig into this too deep, but you can check out this post I shared about 3 universal rules that every successful healthy “diet” should follow.
A quick extra tidbit of knowledge is to think about what you’re eating. Is it in a package? What are the ingredients? Are there chemicals, preservatives, unnatural fillers of any kind? Well, those things can be very toxic to your body and sweating is one of the ways your body purges those toxins. And oftentimes those “bad” toxins coming out stink. The same goes for stinky poo and urine (2 other ways your body gets that nastiness out).
But okay, okay, I get it. I promise I do. A “perfect” diet is very hard to stick to 100% of the time. That’s one of many reasons I wholeheartedly believe in taking dietary supplements. I’ll get back to that later though, because what I want to dig into next is deodorant.
Most Over-The-Counter Deodorants Are TOXIC!!
When you think about getting healthy, usually your diet is the main focus. But what about cosmetics, toothpaste, cleaning supplies…Deodorant??
Have you ever explored the ingredients in those things? Well, it’s freaking alarming once you do. Most OTC deodorants have crazy toxins, aluminum, and other harmful chemicals that clog your pores (which prevents your body from releasing toxins properly) and that causes your body odor to stink even worse.
That’s why so many of those OTC deodorants just DO NOT work. Not to mention the dangers these chemicals have on your lymph nodes, cells, skin, etc. Even worse, the ones that claim to be natural or that had natural ingredients didn’t work either. And their list of ingredients weren’t that much better than the non-natural ones.
Why can’t these companies tell us the truth on their labels? Why claim to be natural if only one or two ingredients are and the rest are a chemical crap-storm?
It’s mentally exhausting, really. And though I could go on and on about this, I’m not going to. But you can easily Google about it and see for yourself. Trust me, it was and incredibly eye-opening and terrifying part of my Armpit Curing journey.
I didn’t give up because I’d promised myself I’d find a way to never have smelly pits again. And well, the embarrassment of going places and having others smell me was killing me.
So I pushed on…researching, experimenting, learning…until one glorious day came and I’d conquered my smelly pits once and for all!
*Please be mindful I’m simply sharing my personal experience along with some of the information I found helpful or insightful, so you can continue to do your own research alongside your health care practitioner. I don’t ever advocate relying on someone’s blog to make major medical decisions.*
Here Are My Top 3 Natural Deodorant Recommendations
Words cannot even begin to express how thankful I am to have stumbled onto Moody Sisters. Their handmade deodorants were the game-changer for me.
They have two products—a cream and a powder. And since I qualified as needing the duel protection (because I stank so freaking bad) I got both.
After cleaning my pits really good, I first applied the cream. Gave it a couple minutes and then puffed on a little of the powder.
The first few days I still had some odor, but nowhere near as bad. Much of my research had prepared me for the few days transitional period as my body adjusted to the new natural products (hello, my armpits were finally breathing again!).
Once I got through those first few days, my stinky armpits smelled SO much better. Or should I say didn’t smell nearly as bad!? 🙂 Yay! I then got into a routine where the only time I needed to apply a touch up (which I just used their powder for) was if I did a pool/beach day or worked out super hard and couldn’t get a shower right after.
Now, as much as I love their powder, it’s not something I enjoy using when I’m wearing black tanks or little black dresses. The powder can be messy.
I tried wearing just the Moody Sisters cream solo, and on some days it was enough…but on my extra sweaty days it wasn’t. I needed the powder with it. However, the cream was never enough for my husband—and he was not a fan of using the powder at all.
And since he was roped into this holistic, no more stinky pits journey along with me, he started doing some of his own experimenting…and found this magnesium deodorant.
This works so good for him and he doesn’t need to use anything else with it. Total score for him. But for me, this magnesium deodorant just wasn’t enough on its own. So I paired it up with my Moody Sisters cream and…voila! It worked!
So, what works best for me is one of two combos (yes, I not only found one system that worked—I found TWO!)
The second option is perfect for when I wear black, which is a lot. But I still always have the powder too. It’s my fave way to do touch ups on my pool and beach days PLUS I use it as a dry shampoo to freshen up my hair.
I’m hopeful that just one product will be enough for you, like the magnesium deodorant is for my hubby. But if it’s not, that’s totally ok because you and I will have that in common.:) Perhaps adding in the liquid chlorophyll (I’ll talk more about that in a second) will make it possible for me to only need one deodorant. But even if it does, it’d still be a dual system I guess.
The cream, powder, and magnesium deodorants may be a little pricey compared to a lot of those OTC ones, but not only are their benefits worth every penny, they also last a lot longer for me too. That makes them more cost-effective in my opinion.
Supplements To Help With Body Odor
Well, if you follow my blog then you knew this was coming. LOL I strongly believe in good quality supplements. And the ones I’ve been able to link to improving stinky armpits are: probiotics, chlorophyll, and multivitamins &/or greens powder.
Over at LiveStrong, they share, “When the flora in your intestinal tract is out of balance, this can lead to body odor. Probiotics are a good solution because they crowd out bad bacteria and restore balance. Probiotics can help you combat bad breath as well. There are two main types of probiotics; lactobacilli and bifidobacteria. You can also take prebiotics to enhance the effects of the probiotics. Always consult a doctor before adding a new supplement to your regimen.”
I’m super picky when it comes to my supplements. Afterall, quality is key and you oftentimes get what you pay for. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t cost-effective probiotics out there. In addition to consuming cultured foods and beverages daily, I also take 2 probiotic supplements ever day too.
The Ones I Love are noted here.
Chlorophyll is my newest experiment! A friend I met through nutrition school swears by taking chlorophyll. She doesn’t use deodorant at all. Maybe one day that’ll be me (and you) too!
You can get chlorophyll from eating a diet rich in raw veggies like arugula, spinach, and parsley. Be sure to eat these raw as the chlorophyll content decreases when these veggies are cooked. Juicing these raw veggies is another way to pack in that chlorophyll (amongst lots of other vital nutrients).
Yet diet alone may not be enough for many of us—from poor quality soil to unfavorable environmental conditions (just to name a couple reasons). That’s where supplementing chlorophyll—and some other key supplements—can come in handy.
From my own personal research, I prefer liquid chlorophyll over the tablets/capsules. You can find numerous brands that now offer liquid chlorophyll supplements, but make sure to always do your research before you purchase a supplement. The one I’ve been using is NOW liquid Chlorophyll.
Vibrant green veggies are packed with all kinds of beneficial vitamins and nutrients (including chlorophyll!), and should be a staple in your daily diet. Yet based on many things like I mentioned above, even eating loads of produce still may not be enough of the essential things your body needs. Plus I personally feel and look better when taking my supplements alongside my fruits and veggies every day.
Getting lots of good quality vitamins and minerals helps your body naturally detoxify all the toxins and chemicals it absorbs, thus helping with body odor overtime.
Here are the Multivitamins I Love are noted here.
I hope this post helps you out if you struggle with stinky armpits. And if you have any tips or info that I haven’t shared here that’s worked for you, I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
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