Social distancing may be the perfect time to switch to natural deodorant

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Social distancing, while undoubtedly necessary in the era of COVID-19, can be lonely and isolating — especially after an entire year. But this strange time has undoubtedly created the opportunity to do things you’ve long put off. Whether it’s honing in on a creative project or renovating your space, being stuck inside comes with possibilities. It can also be a time to take a beauty plunge you’ve long been putting off — like finally switching to natural deodorant.

Many people want to make the switch to natural deodorant, but put it off because of the dreaded detoxifying phase. During this phase of the swap, which can last up to a month, your armpits can sweat and smell more than usual.

“The function of aluminum in conventional deodorant-antiperspirant formulas is to essentially plug your sweat glands, which in turn keeps you dry,” Nadia Musavvir, N.D., a naturopathic doctor who specializes in skin health, told Glamour. “When you remove the ‘plug’ of aluminum, you begin releasing what you had been blocking off, which contributes to that brief B.O.”

But after this phase, many people say they sweat less with natural deodorant than with aluminum-based deodorant — and smell less. So it may all be worth it in the end. And if you can make the swap while hanging out at home, why not go for it?

If you want to make the switch to natural deodorant, now may be the time. Try these top brands to start your natural deodorant journey.

1. Meow Meow Tweet Baking Soda Free Deodorant Cream, $16

Meow Meow Tweet is one of the big players in the natural deodorant game. Don't let the cutesy name fool you: This baking soda-free deodorant cream packs some serious power. Even In The Know editors swear by it.

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2. Megababe Rosy Pits Daily Deodorant, $14

Smell like roses with Megababe's Rosy Pits deodorant. The stick deodorant features a blend of natural ingredients, including sage and green tea, to help "prevent odor-causing bacteria from forming on the skin," according to the brand.

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3. Athena Club All Day Deo, $11

Athena Club's natural deodorant is free of any "sketchy" ingredients — and comes in two fresh scents including one in bergamot, succulent peach and warm vanilla. Hence the name, the plant-based, cruelty-free formula promises to last all day.

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4. Native Sensitive Deodorant, $11.97

Native deodorant looks like the stick deodorant you are use to using, but comes formulated without all that pore-clogging aluminum. The sticks comes in ton of scents, including cucumber mint and lavender rose.

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5. Kopari Coconut Deodorant, $14

Kopari's coconut oil-based deodorant is formulated with activated charcoal to "soothe underarms and aid in odor reduction," according to the product description. What you won't find? Silicone, aluminum, baking soda or any animal-derived ingredients.

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