Man in Yellow holding Schmidt's Water + Wood Deodorant Stick and Smelling the Natural Fragrance

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When it comes to knowing what to expect when transitioning to a natural deodorant, we have to keep in mind that our bodies are all very different. What holds true for one person may not hold true for another. Likewise, we may find that those with similar habits or biologies share some of the same experiences. And without any scientifically-validated studies on the subject just yet, we rely on shared stories and first-hand accounts of the experience.

The short of it is, many people report no difference at all when switching to a natural deodorant, as the natural formula may work equally well for them. Most are happy to make the change, feeling confident and assured that they’re using plant-based ingredients.

Others report a transition period that may last for a couple days, or a few weeks — ultimately, it depends on your unique body chemistry. 

During the transition period, you may notice a temporary increase in the following: 

  • Sweat: The theory goes that once your sweat glands are freed of aluminum, they may release fluids previously blocked by antiperspirants, causing an increase in moisture.
  • Odor: The idea here is that the flushing of the system and increased apocrine sweat gland activity results in increased moisture and sweat which undesirably interacts with odor-causing bacteria.
  • Sensitivity: With a hypothetical increase in bacteria and backup being released via the lymphatic system, it may be that some individuals experience increased sensitivity or tenderness as the body filters out undesired materials.

If you do experience an adjustment period, remember that this is a positive experience for your body. Many report that after years of unsuccessfully tackling their body odor issues, they no longer experience B.O. after switching to natural products. And when first switching to a natural deodorant, it’s important to keep in mind that application is key. For instance, Schmidt’s deodorants should be warmed with body heat before use by pressing the product against the skin to help soften the oils, which helps for a smooth application.

Switching to a natural deodorant can sometimes feel like a process, but the end result — once your body has made it through the transition — will be worth it.


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