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Why Would You Use Probiotics in Deodorant?

Answers to all of your SmartyPits™ questions

Robert and I have been selling at craft shows & markets for years now. And wherever we go, people want to ask us about our probiotic deodorant:

Does it work?

Is it an antiperspirant?

Why do you use probiotics?

You can't really blame people for having questions. They're worried about all the junk that's in commercial brands and dissatisfied with the natural alternatives they've tried.

I actually love hearing those questions from potential customers. I love knowing that people are taking an active interest in their skin care and their health. And I love the thought that they'll be teaching someone else with the knowledge they gain at our booth.

SmartyPits™ probiotic deodorant is getting a new look on April 18th, so I figured the newsletter was a good place to answer those same questions for you too. Here are some of the most common questions we hear at shows:

10 Questions & Answers About SmartyPits™

  1. Does it work?
    This is the question that's most frequently asked whenever we sell in person. And I get it. There are a lot of deodorants out there that simply don't live up to their hype. But our probiotic deodorant has been put to the test by thousands of satisfied customers.

    By studying the biological causes of body odor, we've developed a formulation that attacks the root cause on three levels:
    • A blend of vegetable based powders and oils help to absorb & wick away wetness, separating it from your skin with a moisturizing barrier
    • Mineral ingredients like magnesium and baking soda neutralize the environment where the odor-causing bacteria thrives
    • Probiotic infused ingredients contribute to the biodiversity & strength of your skin microbiome
    The result is all-day odor control with just one application.
  2. What do the probiotics do?
    Sweat is naturally odorless. But odor causing bacteria living on your skin thrives on that sweat, leading to smelly underarms.

    What's the answer to the problem caused by bad bacteria? Good bacteria! We infuse our deodorant with a shelf-stable acidophilus probiotic—the same kind that you might take for digestive health. Think of it as a power boost for an already powerful natural deodorant.
  3. Why do you offer different options?
    Skin care isn't one-size-fits-all. Each of our bodies is the product of subtle differences in our genetic makeup, environment, diet, state of health, level of activity, and stage of life.

    For some people, baking soda is the perfect option for controlling odor. For others with baking soda sensitivities, our magnesium deodorant is just as effective but gentler on the skin. And for people who prefer a super smooth feel, we have a seasonal deodorant cream, available in the cooler months.
  4. Which option works best?
    All of our formulations provide effective odor control all day long. It really comes down to personal preference.

    The baking soda option is our original formulation. It's tried-and-true with over 16,000 sticks sold all over the U.S. Themagnesium option is perfectly suited for people with skin sensitivities and people who are new to using natural deodorant. It also has a slightly smoother feel. 
  5. How long does it last?
    Because it uses natural butters, oils, and beeswax, SmartyPits™ has a solid consistency that lasts longer than most commercial options.

    But how long it lasts for you depends on how much and how often you apply. For the average customer, we've found thatone stick lasts between 6-8 weeks if you use it every morning. With less frequent use, it can last even longer.
  6. Will this stop me from sweating?
    When people ask this, they're usually asking: "Does this work like an antiperspirant?" In order to stop you from sweating, commercial antiperspirants use aluminum compounds to clog and swell up in your pores. So I'm very happy to say that our probiotic deodorant definitely does not work like an antiperspirant!

    Instead, we use arrowroot powder to absorb and wick wetness away from your skin. This allows your body to sweat naturally without making you feel sweaty.

    You may even find that you actually sweat less when you switch from a commercial antiperspirant to SmartyPits™ deodorant, once your body adjusts to not having your sweat pores clogged up!
  7. Will it stain my shirts & tops?
    There are a couple of reasons you may have experienced discoloration or staining in the past. Since SmartyPits™ does not contain any aluminum, you never have to worry about the kind of yellow discolorations that occur when the urea in sweat combines with aluminum salts.

    Also, we use the same kind of fractionated coconut oil employed by massage therapists, so it's designed to absorb into your skin quickly with no oily residue.

    There are some simple steps you can take to completely avoid any issues with residue. Make sure that your armpits are completely dry before applying. Apply your deodorant before putting on your top. And avoid over-applying so that there's no excess deodorant left unabsorbed when you're ready to get dressed.

    If you're in the process of switching over from commercial antiperspirant, you're likely still flushing aluminum salts from your skin. To avoid discoloration during this transition period, wear loose, breathable tops for a few weeks.
  8. What do you use to scent your deodorants?
    We source from a handful of carefully vetted suppliers to create a variety of proprietary blends. If you're looking for something closer to what you're used to in commercial deodorants, we have three options that use phthalate-free fragrance oils. We also have two essential oil based scents. And if you want to go completely fragrance free, we offer an unscented stick.

    No matter which scent you choose, you can be confident thatour scents are free of endocrine disrupting phthalates, as well as estrogen mimicking parabens & soy derivatives.They're also gmo-free & cruelty-free.
  9. How does it feel when I apply it?
    SmartyPits™ deodorant stick is a solid bar. The presence of moisturizing butters and oils give our deodorant a smooth, creamy feel. Our deodorant doesn't leave any white, chalky residue and doesn't feel slick or greasy.

    Because we never use synthetic additives like propylene glycol, our deodorant may not have as much glide as some of those less natural brands. That's a small price to pay for peace of mind, wouldn't you agree?
  10. But seriously…does it work??
    It works. All. Day. Long. Whether you're looking to ditch your commercial antiperspirant or you're dissatisfied with your current natural brand, I know that SmartyPits™ is right for you.

    That's why we offer a Happiness Guarantee. If for any reason you're not completely happy within 60 days of receiving our deodorant, contact us. We'll work with you towards a solution that will leave you happy or we'll refund the cost of your purchase.

Whether you are a long-time customer or you're new to the natural deodorant scene, I hope that these answers have given you a greater understanding of everything that goes into our deodorant. It's another reason why SmartyPits™ is the smart choice for a healthy body and brain.

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