How effective is a natural deodorant?
Making drastic changes to your personal hygiene routine like switching to a natural deodorant can be challenging. With so many brands out there, you do not want to end up with a product that doesnít meet your needs. Luckily, thereís plenty of resources online about this subject so you can make an informed decision when purchasing your first natural deodorant.
Natural deodorants are great alternatives to the traditional antiperspirant. While itís still up for debate whether aluminium, the main ingredient in most deodorants, can cause serious health problems or not, you may be better off with natural deodorants. Most, if not all, natural deodorants are aluminum-free. Instead, companies use arrowroot and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) as main ingredients. If you have decided to make the switch, please keep in mind that some natural deodorants may cause skin irritation to some people so be extra careful and do ample research on the productís ingredients before purchasing.
Natural Deodorant vs Antiperspirant
We think that it is necessary to know the difference between a natural deodorant and antiperspirants in terms of their effectiveness in preventing body odor and keeping you dry.
The most common ingredient found in antiperspirants is aluminum. As mentioned, thereís no available conclusive scientific evidence that establishes a link between cancer and aluminum. Basically, aluminum blocks your sweat glands to keep your armpits dry. Mixed together with other chemicals like triclosan, antiperspirants do a good job in keeping you odour-free and smelling fresh most of the time.
A natural deodorant, on the other hand, do not contain any of the aforementioned chemicals. Instead they contain natural ingredients like arrowroot, pure essential oils and botanicals. They can come in both scented and unscented variants. Rather than blocking your sweat glands like what aluminum does, these natural ingredients absorb moisture and neutralizes odor causing bacteria so you feel dry but donít smell and still sweat instead.
Effective active ingredients found in a natural deodorant
- 1. Ingredients that keep you dry. Whatís good about a natural deodorant is that they work with your body and not against it. Natural ingredients like arrowroot powder, tapioca starch, charcoal, and sodium bicarbonate do not block your sweat glands but absorb moisture instead. They also work as astringents and keep you dry.
- 2. Ingredients that are antibacterial.Contrary to popular belief, sweat along does not cause bad odour. But when bacteria begins breaking down sweat, a distinct body odour is created. Sodium bicarbonate, zinc and magnesium are known for neutralizing odours. You can find these one or all of these ingredients in some of the most popular natural deodorants. Coconut oil is also used for its natural antibacterial properties and ability to moisturise the skin.
- 3. Dazzling Natural scents. Natural deodorants come in either unscented or scented variants. Most scented variants have refreshing fragrances like citrus to keep you smelling great. Pure essential oils are used to create these amazing scents and them being natural oils, they provide other benefits too. Note that many essential oils are not advised for use during pregnancy, so be extra careful if youíre pregnant.
Some people might be sensitive and could have an allergic reaction to some ingredients like sodium bicarbonate, rashes are to be expected. If you have developed a skin rash from using natural deodorant, you can read our article about dealing with your rash.
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