When you stop using antiperspirant, the first two to four weeks are known as a “transitional” or “detox” period for your underarms. During that time, all the aluminum that’s built up is released. For most people, this time brings some unpleasant changes like excessive sweating and a different or stronger odor. This is something that everyone goes through after stopping antiperspirant, whether you immediately switch to natural deodorant or decide to go au naturale for a while.
As companies have innovated and created every type of natural deodorant imaginable, they have also considered the detox period their customers experience. There are now exfoliating acids, underarm masks, and scrubs that make for an easier transition to natural deodorant. These work by either diminishing bacteria or drawing out the aluminum and other impurities more quickly than they would be released naturally.
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The product I chose to help me through the detox period was Pacifica Coconut & Charcoal Underarm Detox Scrub. I know I discuss a lot of Pacifica products here and I apologize if you’re tired of seeing so much Pacifica, but it is a brand that I genuinely trust and enjoy!
Honestly, I don’t remember my detox phase very well at this point. I have always struggled with finding deodorants that work well for me and none of them I’ve ever tried have consistently helped with controlling my odor. For that reason, I didn’t notice much of a difference between my detox period and the time after. You might be wondering why I would review a product like this since I didn’t have a noteworthy detox period. I want to discuss it because even though I haven’t used this product exactly the way it is intended, it’s still useful to me and I see its merits for anyone transitioning from antiperspirant to no deodorant or natural deodorant.
Product claims directly from PacificaBeauty.com
It can be hard to transition to natural deodorant. We get it. This scrub makes it easier by helping to remove pore clogging products so your pits can get back to their natural state.
Other product details
- Price: $15.00
- Net weight: 7 oz.
- Made in the USA
- Shelf life: 12 months
- Formulated without parabens, sulfates, aluminum, phthalates, or mineral oil
- Container is made from post consumer recycled plastic
- Where to buy: PacificaBeauty.com and Amazon.com
- Ships to USA and Canada only
- Overall rating: 9.4/10
- Ease of application: 8/10
- Exfoliation: 10/10
- Odor elimination: 10/10
- Ingredients: 9/10
- Price: 10/10
Ease of application
Like a lot of scrubs, this one is packaged in a jar. A squeeze tube would be easier to use, but the product is quite thick so that is probably why Pacifica chose to use a jar. I understand that, and it’s a very pretty jar! I do, however, wish they’d put ridges on the lid to make it a little easier to grip. Most people will be using this product in the shower with wet hands, so I think easily “grippable” packaging is important. I never screw the lid back on too tightly to make this easier and it works well enough so this is only a minor complaint.
The scrub itself is very easy to use! I scoop out less than a dime-sized amount and scrub gently in circular motions. Once finished, the scrub rinses off easily without leaving any residue behind.
This underarm scrub does an amazing job of exfoliating! When I was between natural deodorants and had gone back to antiperspirant for a while, I used this scrub to remove my antiperspirant when soap wasn’t getting the job done. This was common on days that I didn’t sweat as much as usual–that stuff did not want to let go, until I remembered I have this scrub specially formulated for the underarm area! It always got my armpits squeaky clean.
That exfoliation comes in handy now with natural deodorant as well. I often reapply deodorant in the afternoon and sometimes it’s still hanging on when I shower. This scrub gets it off easy-peasy. 🙂
I only use this scrub for exfoliating my underarms since I have a separate body scrub that I enjoy, but this underarm detox scrub would be effective at all-over body exfoliation as well. It’s a very gentle scrub that won’t harm the skin, but will exfoliate away dead skin or product residue (like deodorant or even sunscreen).
The most common reason I use this scrub recently has been for odor elimination. Sorry for the TMI, but I can get pretty stinky some days. On those days, I know that soap alone won’t be enough to eliminate that odor. It’s really frustrating to get out of the shower after scrubbing with soap and find that my armpits still stink! My solution is to use both soap and this scrub. It is the most effective product I’ve found for getting rid of stubborn B.O.
This underarm detox scrub is a beautiful product, both to look at and in use. But what makes it work? There are some really interesting ingredients in this product that make it so effective.
aqua, cetyl alcohol, prunus armeniaca (apricot) seed powder, glycerin, glyceryl stearate citrate, charcoal powder, maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) powder, coco-caprylate, hydrolyzed verbascum thapsus flower, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract, decyl glucoside, potassium cetyl phosphate, xanthan gum, diheptyl succinate, capryloyl glycerin/sebacic acid copolymer, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, parfum (natural)
I’ll first go over the two most important ingredients that make this scrub so effective for use during the “detox” or “transitional” period after stopping antiperspirant:
- Apricot seed powder
- Scrubbing agent
- Charcoal powder
- Traps and draws impurities out of the skin
- Eliminates odor
This photo isn’t the best, but you can actually see the apricot seed powder interspersed, and the charcoal powder gives it the gray color. I like it when I can see a product’s active ingredients!
“But wait, there’s more!” There are other beneficial ingredients in this scrub to consider:
- Natural moisturizer
- Arrowroot powder
- Softens skin
- Hydrolyzed verbascum thapsus flower
- Coconut oil
- Moisturizes and seals in moisture
- Green tea leaf extract
The majority of the other ingredients are there to support the formula. They are thickeners, emulsifiers, emollients, and preservatives. The one bad ingredient is “parfum.” Even though it’s stated that it is natural, there is no way of knowing what makes up this fragrance. I always mention this, but in this product’s case it is a pretty minor offense since this is the last ingredient on the list and therefore a very low concentration.
I have not seen any other products quite like this one and as a result, it is difficult to compare the price to similar products. If this was any old body scrub, I might think it’s a bit overpriced. It isn’t body scrub though; this scrub is designed to be used specifically on the underarm area which means you don’t need to use very much. This product has lasted me a very long time and I’ve barely put a dent in it. I’ve had it much longer than the suggested shelf life of 12 months and it’s still going strong! To me, that means this product is a great value.
I want to mention one other Pacifica product that can assist with the transition to natural deodorant, and even during continued use. After a workout or anything else that might make you sweatier than usual, you might want to reapply your deodorant. That likely won’t feel very nice though, if you haven’t first wiped off the excess sweat.
That’s where Pacifica’s deodorant wipes come in handy. You can use them to wipe away excess sweat and then reapply deodorant. Your armpits will feel fresh and clean again! This product comes in three fragrances: coconut & gardenia, rose, and coconut milk. My favorite of the three are the Coconut Milk & Essential Oils Underarm Deodorant Wipes.
Pacifica Coconut & Charcoal Underarm Detox Scrub is a unique product. I think Pacifica really nailed it! If you’re reading about this detox scrub out of curiosity but haven’t yet chosen a natural deodorant, you may also want to read my review about Pacifica Coconut Cream Clean Deodorant. Pacifica makes some really great body care products!
I would recommend this underarm detox scrub to just about anyone. I think it’s such a good product, whether you’re transitioning from antiperspirant to natural deodorant, or if you’re like me and enjoy using it for the exfoliation and odor elimination. It’s a great multi-purpose product.
If you’ve made the switch to natural deodorant from antiperspirant, did you use any type of product to make that transition easier? Please comment below with your experience!