ARMPIT DETOX: how to combat odor naturally

Want to hear something kinda crazy? I haven’t worn deodorant in well over a year! I have tested a few types of non toxic brands, but I mostly just wear… nothing. I know many of you are interested in switching to a non-toxic deodorant brand- but you feel intimated. So I want to help make that process a little easier by sharing some ways to show your pit some love that will help them stay healthy and detox to get all the odor GONE. Because guess what? your armpits don’t just smell bad naturally! 

ways to detox your pits

  1. one of my favorite things lately is DRY BRUSHING! And I never miss out on dry brushing my pits. This is a great way to gently exfoliate.
  2. use a toner! I use a homemade blend of acv, filtered water, and essential oils. I also love using cocokind rosewater because it is super gentle!
  3. do an armpit mask! I try to do this weekly, or bi-weekly. I use this clay mask and purchase from amazon- it is amazing for so many uses, cheap, and lasts forever!
  4. try the takesumi detox kit! Even though I haven’t used deodorant in awhile, I still tried this out and I loved it. More about it below!

 

about the takesumi detox kit

I have been using this kit for a few weeks- and I love it! It comes with a charcoal detox deodorant, deodorant booster bar, charcoal detox bath, and a detox guide book that walks you through the steps of armpit detox and what to expect. I noticed a few things in using this product, the biggest being that I actually was able to sweat a little bit. I have struggled with an inability to sweat normally all my life. But in using this, I actually sweat a few times, which was GOOD. Not something this product is made for, but I found that interesting that it helped detox my armpits enough to help that happen… pretty amazing.  And no odor, at all, ever.

My husband is currently testing this and is detoxing from his conventional deodorant. He has tried natural brands several times and always go back to his conventional brands… ugh. But this is helping him detox properly and he is so excited about the process. He is almost done with the detox phase, and then can be wearing natural stuff from here on out! So we both are loving this kit!

 

 

It’s funny how most of us NEVER consider taking care of our armpits. It just never crosses our minds. But once you start to take care of this part of your body, you won’t be able to stop! Have you tried any of these?

What is dry brushing? How and why you should be doing it!

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know how much I am loving dry brushing! I have been dry brushing every single day for a month and a half, and I am completely obsessed with it now. There are so many benefits, many of which I notice every single day. Plus, I love the ritual. It’s a self-care method that I cannot go without!

But what is dry brushing?

Using a natural bristle “dry brush” like the one I use (which I absolutely love, by the way!) all you do is brush your skin while it’s dry (I like to do it before a shower) toward your heart.

Benefits of dry brushing

  • great method of exfoliation
  • increases circulation
  • boosts energy
  • stimulates lymphatic system
  • unclogs pores
  • can help improve digestion
  • can reduce the appearance of pores and cellulite
  • improves skin texture
  • helps to ease stress and tension

I have seen great improvement to my skins texture and the appearance of pores with facial dry brushing. I love how energized and overall GOOD I feel after dry brushing. It’s a feeling I have come to crave. Typically, I have poor circulation and my hands an feet are always freezing. I have noticed that since dry brushing, my circulation has improved DRASTICALLY. It’s been amazing!

How to dry brush

For my body, I use the large body brush (with or without the handle) and move in big strokes toward my heart. I do this before or shower, or early on in the morning. After dry brushing/showering I use organic coconut oil or Cocokind Skincare oils to moisturize.

For my face, I use the smaller facial dry brush. I wash my face, then gently dry brush using the same method I do when jade rolling. Then I use toner and moisturizer.

I always follow up dry brushing with drinking a huge glass of water.

What dry brush am I using?

I bought the Belula dry brushes on Amazon after a friend recommended that brand. It’s a great price and comes with the body brush, facial brush, a removable handle for the body brush (great for hard to reach places on your back!), a travel bag for your brushes, and shower gloves. It’s only $19.95 which I felt was an incredible price!

Dry brushing is a pretty small task for the benefits it brings. It’s something that is a daily act of self care that I always feel I can “make time for.” I feel so amazing after dry brushing and it really only takes a few minutes. I mentioned that I dry brush before a shower, but I know many people who prefer to dry brush after, and that works too! I even dry brush on the days I don’t shower, because #hippielife and I don’t shower every day. 🤷🏼‍♀️

DIY SHAMPOO FOR HAIR GROWTH

These days I often find myself considering cutting my lengthy hair. It’s grown so much over the past year, and I can contribute that to three things 1- oil training to the point of only washing my hair every 7-10 days. 2- coconut oil and aloe vera hair mask before each wash 3- using my homemade shampoo for hair growth.

That being said, I want to share my recipe with you! It is super-simple, only a few ingredients, and works WELL. It is a money-saver, too which certainly never hurts! I think that you are all going to love this recipe, and hope that it makes your hair long and healthy!

DIY shampoo for healthy hair & hair growth

1/4 c Dr. Bronner castile soap 

1/2 c water

2 t castor, avocado, or coconut oil 

15 drops of any combination of the following essential oils: peppermint, lavender, sage, frankincense, tea tree, cedarwood, rosemary, thyme. My favorites are peppermint and lavender. Frankincense, cedarwood and sage. Tea tree, cedarwood and frankincense. Lavender, sage, and rosemary.

I add all ingredients to my blender, and blend for about 30 seconds. Pour into a bottle (of any kind, you can even reuse an empty shampoo bottle!). I recommend doing a hair mask prior to washing, which also helps for hair growth by using coconut oil and aloe vera  from roots to ends. Leave it in for as long as you can (you can do coconut oil for a full day before washing).

what kind of castile soap?

I love using castile soap! There are so many great uses, and it makes a great shampoo! My personal favorites for shampoo are tea treeunscented, lavender, and peppermint. I do not add extra of the essential oil when using a scented soap (if I use the tea tree, I don’t add more of that oil into my shampoo.)

I also love that this soap is organic, non-gmo project verified, fair trade (coconut oil, palm kernel oil, and olive oil are all fair trade), vegan, and cruelty-free! You couldn’t ask for a better product, in my opinion.

does is work?

I contribute a lot of my hair growth to using this shampoo as well as to oil training. My hair is so healthy! But I know that many people will read this recipe and wonder if it will really clean their hair. The answer is YES. This is what I use almost every time I shower and my hair gets really clean, and stays really clean looking for about 1 week (sometimes a bit longer). I have noticed that when I use other products, they don’t clean my hair as well as this stuff, so I usually stick with my homemade version!

I also want to share with you that my hair has definitely not always been like that. I used to have really oily roots and an irritated scalp. This was back when I was a teenager, using toxic hair products and washing my hair every single day.

Because my hair is really long, I often shampoo with this stuff twice. There is so much hair I am working with so a double shampoo is usually necessary.

I would love to hear from those of you who try this recipe, and I hope you love it as much as I do! Tag me in your social media posts and be sure to use my hashtag #naturallychels

*This post was sponsored by Dr. Bronner’s