Schmidt's Rose + Vanilla Natural Deodorant Stick on grey background in front of a face mirror

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Applying deodorant is a daily, often mundane ritual ingrained in your morning routine’s muscle memory. Sometimes, the best part of going natural is learning to use your products intentionally. Applying natural deodorant isn’t just a swipe and go” activity. If you take a few moments to know how to apply, and why you’re applying that way, the little things — staining, build-up, micro-abrasions — could start to be a thing of the past, and hey, you might just fall in love with your deodorant.

1. Clean and exfoliate gently

It’s not your sweat that stinks. Body odor is a result of bacteria on your skin. Deodorant helps, but its benefits are maximized when applied to clean skin. Lather up those underarms and exfoliate gently to rid yourself of bacteria and dead skin cells to ensure your delicate skin is ready for a fresh application.

2. Dry it out

When applying post shower, make sure your skin isn’t moist. We recommend applying to dry skin versus when it’s wet so your body can absorb the formula more easily. Not to mention, if your underarms are freshly shaven, your skin isn’t ready for it anyways (see next step).

3. Breathe

If you’re shaving before putting on deodorant, treat your underarms with some respect and wait a few minutes before applying. When you shave, you’re basically creating tiny little cuts on your skin, and applying deodorant when they’re ripe and freshly hairless could cause some irritation. Use that extra time to brush your teeth. Your underarms are worth the wait, we promise.

4. Swipe right

Falling in love with your daily deodorant routine means feeling good while doing it. If you’ve noticed your skin is pulling or your stick is simply not gliding as it should, we recommend warming your stick to your skin before you apply. Our natural formulas warm on contact with body heat. So whether you’re gently pressing your deo stick to your skin first, or rubbing your jar deo between your fingers, the formula will become softer if you just wait a moment before applying.

5. Less is more

Too much product is the pits and no one likes build-up. Natural deodorant can be potent with plant- and mineral-based ingredients to help you maintain a fresh scent without build-up and stickiness. Start small with just a couple swipes each day.

6. Relax and enjoy your day

Breathe in the inspiring natural scent you just applied and start your day on a fresh note.

Articles from The Natural should not be considered medical advice. If you have any questions about your health, please consult a physician.