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Will my armpits need to detox when I switch to a natural deodorant?

In short, probably yes.  Here is a brief rundown of what to expect if you have just given up your commercial antiperspirant.

Using a natural deodorant can take up to 4 weeks to be effective, especially if you have been using a commercial antiperspirant. This is how the transition phase usually works:

Week 1 - At first all goes well.

Week 2 - Armpit bacteria begins to change, you may notice armpit odour. Most people give up at this stage thinking it isn't working.  But be patient.

Week 3 - Armpit bacteria begins to re-balance.

Week 4 - You should be fully adjusted now.

Each stage of the detox may vary depending on your body's chemistry and the different stages you are going through in your life.  ie: adolescence, pregnancy, diet etc. 

My product has a hole or crack in it, why?

Its physics, baby! Our products are hot poured and when they start to cool the mixture pushes itself to the outside of the tube making a hole in the middle. But don't worry we weigh every product to make sure you have the right amount in it.  These don't affect the efficiency of the product, it just makes it perfectly imperfect!

My deodorant has white speckles on the top - has it gone off?

No not at all - its just the magnesium powder coming to the surface.  It will still be super effective.

How hard do I need to push to get the stick to work?

Rolling your tube on a hard surface first will soften the product inside and make it much easier to do the first push up. 

How much should I apply?

Only a little product is needed for it to work effectively. Plus as a bonus you'll use less and won't be tempted to apply it too heavily.

I've pushed my product too far out - help!

Simply tap the bottom of the tube on a hard surface and the product will drop back down.

My stick is lose in the tube and keeps falling down!

Cardboard paper tubes expand and contract in different weather situations so sometimes it might be annoying that your lip balm/lotion keeps falling back into the tube but just use your finger inside the tube to hold it in place.  Its not a big deal especially knowing less plastic is going to landfill - yippee!

How long will the stick last on my skin?

They should last all day (about 12 hours) but everyone's body chemistry is different so these times could differ from person to person.  Don't feel bad about needing to re-apply if you need to. At least you know you are not putting toxic chemicals onto your skin.  

Can I put the deodorant in other sweaty places?

Yes, it can be used under the breasts just the same way as under the armpits.  It can be used on feet but we have a better solution for this and that's the foot stick as it's much drier texture and it won't cause your feet to slip and slide as much.

Why has my So Vanilla Deodorant turned a purple/brownish colour?

Sometimes discolouration can happen with the use of vanilla in natural products. If the product is heated up it can oxidise which makes the product change colour.  There is nothing wrong with the deodorant it's just not what we are used to seeing when we think of a vanilla product.  But Vanilla itself is brown so it makes sense that the product would turn purple to brown when it oxidises.

Do we test on animals?

No we don't, just willing humans. We are certified cruelty-free.

Is your packaging compostable?

Our packaging is biodegradable. To be truely compostable the tube needs to give back nutrients to the earth and even though our packaging is really awesome its not that awesome :)

Where are the products manufactured?

All Raw Nature/Raw Luxe products are manufactured in Auckland, New Zealand.

Do you have a bicarb-soda free deodorant?

Yes, we do!  Check out So Vanilla deodorant.

Oh-no - I have a stain on my shirt from the deodorant!

This can sometimes happen if application is too heavy and/or the product hasn't melted into the skin before getting dressed.  It happens with most commercial antiperspirant and it happens with natural deodorants.  Here's how we deal with stains at Raw Nature HQ. 

1. Spray the armpits (or any stain for that matter) with white vinegar - give it a little scrub with an old toothbrush/nail brush and leave it for up to 4 hours depending on the stain, then wash as normal with washing powder, or

2. Spray strain with white vinegar as above , then add bicarb soda and  massage it into the stain.  Leave for a couple of hours and launder as normal.

3. Dissolve 6 aspirins in a bucket of hot water. Add the clothes to the bucket and leave for up to 6 hours. Massage  washing powder/detergent into the stain and wash as normal.

I've been using natural deodorant for a while and I don't smell as great as I did when I first started using it?

Sounds like you need to give your armpits a detox. Use a face mask in your armpits - we recommend a charcoal one as it draws any toxins/bacteria away from the skin. Use twice a week if really bad, otherwise once a month as maintenance should keep you smelling amazing!

Where can I buy your products from? I want to smell them in person.

Check out our list of stockists.  If you need a stockist in your area and there isn't one listed, either reach out to your local shop to contact us or let us know at and we'll hopefully see you in your area :)

Why use New Zealand lavender?

New Zealand lavender is produced from “True Lavender” - Lavandula angustifolia, the most popular and safest of the lavenders. The lavender is grown, the flowers harvested & distilled and the lavender oil bottled & packaged in New Zealand.