New to natural deodorant?
Here's what you need to know.
#1 Deodorant is not antiperspirant.
When your underarm sweat hits your underarm bacteria, you get underarm stink. (That’s the technical term: underarm stink.) So you can fight the stink in one of two ways: 1, Stop the sweat; 2, Stop the bacteria.
Antiperspirant, true to its name, stops the sweat. It does this by blocking your pores with aluminum. If that sounds unnatural and unhealthy, that’s because it is. You’re supposed to sweat, just like you’re supposed to do all the other things you do to rid your body of waste. And let’s just say you wouldn’t shove balls of aluminum anywhere else on your body, so why would you do that with your pits?
#2 Deodorant is deodorant.
What we mean by that is deodorant fights odor by attacking bacteria. Now, you can do that in a number of ways, but we do it with a natural ingredient called arrowroot powder*, which we think is both the safest and most effective way of achieving the desired goal. (Which, again, is stopping underarm stink.)
This won’t stop you from sweating, by the way. And that’s a good thing! But it will stop that sweat from stinking up the place, which is all you can really ask for, isn’t it?
#3 There will be an adjustment period.
If you’ve been using antiperspirant, it will take some time for your body to clear out all that pore-clogging aluminum. How long? It depends, but it might be days or even weeks. It’s, well, the pits—but it’s part of the process of going clean.
Two ways to speed the process up: 1, Exercising, or otherwise encouraging your body to sweat a little bit more; 2, Skipping deodorant altogether for a few days so your pits can air out.
Rest assured, the adjustment period will end, and it will end beautifully for everyone involved.
#4 You’re gonna smell so amazing.
And you’ll do it without the bad stuff in so many deodorants and antiperspirants. Bad stuff like:
- Aluminum. Possible links to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s.
- Parabens. A chemical linked to hormone disruption, which in turn is linked to an increased possibility of breast cancer or reproductive toxicity.
- Phthalates. A common beauty product that has since been banned in products for kids due to its links to more diseases than we can include here.
- Sulfates. A skin irritant. There are also concerns that some sulfates are contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which has been known to be carcinogenic.
In case it’s not clear: All of that stuff… stinks.
Think you’re ready to go natural? Let’s get after it then. Your body will thank you later.
*Some of our deodorants also use baking soda, which is also safe and effective. If you are sensitive to it, though, our Non-scents unscented deodorant doesn’t have any.