Odds are you've heard some buzz around natural deodorants. With growing research showing that switching to a natural deodorant can benefit your health, we decided to take a deep dive into how they work and why they're better for you than conventional deodorants or antiperspirants. Let's dive into why you should switch to a natural deodorant.
Conventional Deodorants vs. Antiperspirants
Did you know that conventional deodorants and antiperspirants work in different ways to reduce body odor? According to Healthline, a conventional deodorant works by increasing the skin's acidity while antiperspirants minimize sweat. But, despite their mainstream popularity, traditional deodorant and antiperspirant contain ingredients that may cause more harm than good.
Conventional deodorants are formulated to eliminate odor from your underarms but not perspiration. Typically alcohol-based, when applied, conventional deodorants turn your skin acidic, making it less attractive to bacteria. Conventional deodorants also commonly contain perfume to mask the odor, which irritates sensitive underarm skin.
Antiperspirant works by temporarily blocking your sweat ducts. Typically formulated with aluminum chloride and other aluminum compounds, antiperspirant stops your body from being able to rid itself of impurities and can contain ingredients that may be harmful to your health. Some even theorize that antiperspirants may increase the risk of diseases like breast cancer.
"Breast cancer incidence tends to align with the use of products that contain the metal. Especially if you shave under your arms, applying a product containing aluminum to that broken skin could be bad news," says Philippa Darbre, an oncologist at the University of Reading in the U.K.
Most antiperspirants have aluminum as their active ingredient. However, this ingredient creates a barrier in the pores that stop sweat from ever reaching the surface. This essentially disrupts our body's natural sweating mechanism.
What Is Natural Deodorant?
So, what exactly makes a deodorant natural? Besides avoiding synthetic ingredients, these deodorants commonly have three components, according to Healthline.
First, they usually contain ingredients with disinfectant or antibacterial properties, like coconut oil and tea tree oil. Second, essential oils such as lemongrass, lavender, green tea, sandalwood, or bergamot provide a pleasant scent. And third, they have naturally absorbent ingredients like baking soda, arrowroot, tapioca starch, or cornstarch to absorb moisture.
The idea is to absorb moisture before it even gets in contact with the odor-causing bacteria. Natural deodorants also won't plug sweat glands like aluminum-based antiperspirants.
Why Switch To A Natural Deodorant
Now that we've gone over the differences between antiperspirants, conventional deodorants, and natural deodorants, here are some benefits of switching to a natural deodorant:
1. Allows You To Sweat
Rather than blocking your sweat ducts like antiperspirant, natural deodorants are healthier for you and allow your body to carry out its natural cooling process in addition to neutralizing odor.
2. Simpler, Safer Ingredients
Instead of using unsafe ingredients like aluminum chloralhydrate and aluminum zirconium to block your pores, natural deodorants typically contain recognizable ingredients like arrowroot powder to combat body odor.
3. Saves Your Clothes
Contrary to popular belief, sweat isn't behind those embarrassing yellow armpit stains. The real culprit? Aluminum. When proteins in your sweat react with the aluminum compounds in your antiperspirant, yellow stains occur.
4. Better For The Environment
Triclosan, a chemical that is sometimes used in conventional deodorant for its antibacterial properties, has been proven harmful to the environment. Not only has it been shown to be toxic to aquatic organisms, but the "use and disposal of products containing triclosan result in significant discharges of this toxic chemical into wastewater treatment plants and the environment," according to the Environmental Working Group.
5. Safer For Sensitive Skin
Conventional deodorant and antiperspirant often contain components like aluminum and synthetic fragrance, irritating sensitive or allergy-prone skin. On the contrary, natural deodorants typically use skin-friendly ingredients like coconut oil and jojoba to soothe, nourish and moisturize sensitive underarm skin.
Mother Dirt's Postbiotic Deodorant
Mother Dirt's Postbiotic Deodorant with lemongrass is a natural, aluminum-free deodorant that effectively fights and neutralizes body odor. It contains natural starches to absorb sweat and moisture, while sunflower and coconut oils give a smooth glide to nourish the skin. Plus, it helps preserve a healthy microbiome.
Benefits of our postbiotic deodorant:
- Acts as a primer for our patented AO+ Restorative Mist
- Effectively fights and neutralizes body odor
- It helps preserve a healthy microbiome
- Formulated without synthetic fragrance, phthalates, alcohol, and aluminum
- Natural essential oils keep you smelling fresh all day long
- Baking soda free
- Designed for all skin types
- 30-day money-back guarantee
- Vegan and cruelty-free
Ingredients in our Postbiotic Deodorant
We believe in full transparency, so if you are interested in learning more about the ingredients that we use in our products, don't forget to check out our ingredients glossary.
Made with all-natural ingredients, our postbiotic deodorant contains:
- Postbiotics - help preserve a healthy microbiome
- Lemongrass oil - neutralizes odor
- Natural starches - absorb sweat and moisture
- Sunflower/coconut oils - give a smooth glide and nourish the skin
- Oat kernel oil - helps soothe and moisturize sensitive skin
- Yeast extract - acts as food for good bacteria
The Power Couple
Known as the power couple, our Postbiotic Deodorant and patented AO+ Restorative Mist work better together.
Our Postbiotic Deodorant balances your microbiome for safe, effective odor control - but when you follow it with a spray of our AO+ Restorative Mist, it takes it to the next level. Our Postbiotic Deodorant is exactly what the live AOB needs to thrive. A symbiotic relationship at its most beautiful.
Ready to try our natural deodorant and patented probiotic mist? Purchase our Postbiotic Deodorant and AO+ Restorative Mist today.