If you have been reading here for a while, you know that I will only use natural deodorant (specifically: aluminum free) and am basically on a constant hunt for the perfect one. This is currently my favorite, but I have had a lot of annoying issues since making the switch a few years back. Natural deodorants that don’t work… or I’ll find one I really love and then it will stop working. It all depends on your body chemistry (which can change), so it isn’t easy! I have switched things up so many times which I don’t mind (I think it’s fun to try new products) but it can also be a pain.
One thing I have found really helpful is to do an armpit detox mask from time to time. In the past I would use my Origins charcoal mask, and that worked really well! But when I heard about Megababe Happy Pits I was excited to try it. I think I actually ordered it the exact day it came out. A mask made just for my underarms… sign me UP!
Megababe Happy Pits Review
I loved this mask. It’s great, and I find that when I use it once a week my natural deodorant works even better than usual. No B.O. whatsoever. And I LOVE the applicator (photo below). You just squeeze it out and roll it on… NO MESS, which is just genius!
Why you should try an armpit detox!
I think the biggest two reasons to try an armpit detox are that a) you are finding that your favorite natural deodorant isn’t working any more or b) you are switching up your routine from an aluminum based deodorant to something natural or aluminum-free. When you switch to a natural deodorant there’s a standard detox period where (sorry, just being honest) you stink. It sucks. I have found that making sure to exfoliate my underarms in the shower, + also swiping my pits with an alcohol wipe or lemon helped, but it’s unavoidable. This helps you to skip that.
Why it works!
This mask contains a mix of purifying ingredients (charcoal + kaolin clay) to draw out impurities, exfoliating/clarifying ingredients to deeply cleanse (glycolic acid which is an AHA, Willow Bark Extract, a natural BHA, and Vitamin C), and soothing ingredients to calm inflammation (tea tree oil!) It’s the perfect trifecta! Charcoal is a power ingredient (which is why I love charcoal deodorants!). It’s porous and acts like a magnet to attract and draw out impurities.
How to do it!
Usually what I do is sit in the tub and apply it and just let it sit on my armpits for 10 minutes or so. You don’t have to keep your arms up or anything, just be sure not to get them wet. I typically just sit up in the tub a bit straighter than normal (my tub isn’t very big!) and then I just hang out and read for 10-15 minutes before rinsing it off.
Photography by Carter Fish.