Unless you’re one of the very rare sweat-free unicorns out there, you probably get especially sweaty (and maybe a little smelly) during the summer months. Same! With the right deodorant, you can alleviate body odors and freshen up a little. However, there are some tricks you can try to make your deodorant work even harder.
Ahead, eight deodorant hacks that’ll make you smell good all day long.
#1: Start in the Shower
Surprisingly, sweat isn’t what smells. It’s the bacteria that forms on your underarms that does. In other words, the best way to treat stinky pits is by combatting odor-causing bacteria. You can do this by showering with an antibacterial soap or body wash before applying deodorant. One of our favorites is Cherry Jelly Cleanser.
While you can apply deodorant anytime of day, it’s best to start with a fresh, clean canvas so the product glides on better and isn’t just masking odors. This way, you’ll be able to smell fresh for longer.
#2: Buff Away Bad Odors
Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells, impurities, and excess oils from the skin’s surface, and it’s an invaluable technique for buffing away odors. By removing the buildup, exfoliation can help you stay odor-free — for longer. Not only that, it preps skin for enhanced product absorption so that it penetrates deeper and works harder.
When all those dead cells are removed, all kinds of skincare and personal care products absorb better, maximizing their effects. While you don’t need to exfoliate daily, scrubbing your pits 1-2 times a week should prevent buildup and bad odors. We recommend our Moon Rocks Scrub for getting the job done quickly and gently.
#3: Swipe it On at Night
So you’ve been applying deodorant every day, and yet your armpits still seem to smell a little funky. You might want to consider swiping on your fave deodorant in the evening instead of just the morning.
At night, your body temperature is lower, meaning you sweat a lot less. While you sleep, your sweat glands respond better to active ingredients in deodorants and antiperspirants, enabling it to absorb better — and ultimately make it work better. It’s a win win!
Deodorants also work better on dry skin. Since you sweat less at night, your pits are less likely to become damp, making your deo work harder.
#4: Coat Your Entire Underarm
Believe it or not, there is a right way to apply deodorant. Instead of swiping it on carelessly, take a moment to apply it properly. According to the pros, the best way to apply deodorant is by giving the entire underarm area a generous coat of product. Spend an extra minute making sure you’ve covered every part so that you can stay smelling sweet and fresh for a few hours longer. Two to three swipes should normally be enough.
#5: Shave Away the Fuzz
Hair holds onto odors. So if you and your razor have been broken up for a while, that could be the reason why your deodorant isn’t working as well as it used to. Of course, body hair is a personal thing. Whether or not you decide to keep it is entirely up to you. That said, if you are looking to get rid of armpit odors, start by shaving away your pit hair before swiping on deodorant.
In addition to preventing trapped odors, starting with a smooth base allows other products like your cleansers, exfoliators, and deodorants to penetrate more effectively.
For a smooth, irritation-free shave, try our Ultimate Coco Cloud Shave Kit. It comes with a razor, shave cream, after-shave serum, moisturizer, and cosmetics bag to store everything in.
#6: Look for an Aluminum-Free Formula
Choose a nourishing natural deodorant that’s free of aluminum — a nasty ingredient commonly found in antiperspirants with links to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease (and the culprit behind those pesky yellow pit stains!).
You’ll love our NEW Unicorn Fruit Skin Brightening and Smoothing Deodorant. It’s aluminum-free, cotton candy scented, and made with the most skin-nurturing actives to freshen, brighten, and smooth your underarm skin while diminishing dark patches and discoloration.
Pair it with the polish +lotion from our UF Line for a long-lasting candy-sweet scent.
#7: Rub it Over Smelly Feet
So your pits smell okay, but your feet? Not so much. With the right formula (like the one above), you can swipe deodorant on other smelly areas of your body like your feet. It’s a quick fix for freshening up your tootsies. Keep a bottle in your bag for any last minute refreshes. And invest in a shoe spray to freshen up your shoes, which might also be responsible for causing foot odors.
#8: Spritz On a Perfume with the Same Fragrance
For a long-lasting pleasant scent, pair your deodorant with a perfume that has the same smell. They’ll both help to seal in the scent to make you smell incredible for the rest of the day.
Pair our sugary sweet scented deodorant with our Unicorn Fruit Eau De Parfum to stay smelling sweet as a candy shop for hours on end.
No deodorant on hand? You might be able to find some ingredients around the home that can stand in as a DIY deodorant. For starters, essential oils like tea tree oil and lavender make great natural deodorants. Dilute your chosen oil, soak a cotton ball in the liquid, and dab onto your underarms and pulse points.
Alternatively, mix about 1/4 tsp. baking soda with a small amount of lukewarm water until it forms a paste, apply to your pits, and rinse.
Body odor is normal. From bad breath to stinky pits, smelling is being human. That said, there are things you can do to sweat less, smell better, and make your deodorant work 10x harder. If you want to know how to smell good all day long, try the deodorant hacks above.
Visit a dermatologist if you’re experiencing excessive sweating. It may be an underlying health condition that needs to be treated.