A Little Bit About Your Deodorant...
WHAT YOU WILL FIND…
BEESWAX: helps to thicken the deodorant so it is in a stick form, rather than scoopable.
AVOCADO BUTTER: included to make your deodorant creamy & smooth, this ingredient is simply hydrogenated avocado oil.
COCONUT OIL: helps to soothe, soften, & nourish the skin.
FRACTIONATED COCONUT OIL: used often in spas, fractionated coconut oil helps provide a nourishing, healthy base through a greaseless oil that will not stain your clothes.
ARROWROOT POWDER: draws out bacteria and assists in absorbing sweat.
BAKING SODA: the main ingredient that assists in fighting odor, baking soda helps fight against odor-causing bacteria.
VITAMIN E: also known as tocopherol. It helps extend the shelf life of the product.
PROBIOTICS: Just like probiotics are good for gut health, they're great for skin health! "Good" bacteria on the skin helps for optimum odor control.
ESSENTIAL OILS: plant-based natural oil that has the characteristics of the plant from which it was extracted.
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FRAGRANCE: all of the synthetic fragrances we use are phthalate-free,, paraben-free, petroleum-free, GMO-free, and soy-free.
WHAT YOU WON’T FIND…
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT SWEAT...
Our probiotic deodorant does not contain aluminum or any other type of sweat-blocking agents. Unlike commercial antiperspirants, it's not designed to counter what your body naturally does (sweat)...it's designed to work against the thing that isn't supposed to be there: bacteria.
Interestingly enough, sweat does not actually have a smell--it's comprised mostly of water and salt. However, when certain bacteria on the skin break down the sweat secretions, it causes the familiar smell of body odor.
The more the sweat stays in contact with the bacteria, the more likely you are to stink--which is why certain clothing (such as polyester, which traps the sweat and bacteria close together) can make body odor even worse.
WHY OUR DEODORANT WORKS...
Two very important reasons: baking soda and probiotics.
Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, lands on the basic side of the pH scale. In natural deodorant, the pH creates an environment where the bacteria is less likely to thrive.*
Just as "bad" bacteria can cause all sorts of havoc in the gut, so it also does on the skin--particularly under the arms! Similar to their role in the gut, "good" bacteria on the skin helps create a healthy environment that assists in optimum odor control.
*If you're sensitive to the pH of the baking soda--and some people are!--consider our baking soda free deodorant or sensitive skin formula (coming soon).
IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST TIME USING A NATURAL DEODORANT...
...it's possible that your body might take a few days to adjust. This doesn't happen with everyone, but some customers do report a bit of an adjustment period! As discussed above, commercial antiperspirant works by having the aluminum literally block your body from sweating. Your body is used to trying harder to get the sweat out, so it might take a few days for it to realize it doesn’t have to work so hard!
With our deodorant, you shouldn't have any odor from day one. But if your concern is excessive sweating when you first start using it, give your deodorant at least a week before you decide whether or not it's working for you. Your body might need to realize that it doesn't need to sweat as much!
Our deodorant does include arrowroot powder, with is a plant-based powder that helps to absorb moisture. Once your body begins to sweat at a normal pace, you'll likely notice that the arrowroot powder is more effective at absorbing wetness.
One other thing to note: you might notice that the deodorant goes on more like a solid lotion than the glide of commercial antiperspirant. One of the reasons for that? We don't use propylene glycol in our products, which is typically what commercial antiperspirants use to create a "glide" in their products. We're committed to keeping propylene glycol out, and we know that a slightly different texture to our natural deodorant is worth it!
A FEW TIPS FOR SUCCESS...
Give ample time for the deodorant to absorb. For best results (and to avoid getting it on your clothing), make sure your deodorant is fully absorbed into your skin before putting on your clothes.
Some people have sensitivity after shaving. Test your deodorant on a small area of your skin after shaving to see if you are someone who has this sensitivity. If you do, wait 20-30 minutes after shaving until applying your deodorant.
If you notice you have any sort of baking soda sensitivity--a rash, itchiness, redness, or a "leathery" texture on your skin--let us know immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can replace your stick with a baking soda free version or sensitive skin version, free of charge.
If you already know that you have a sensitivity to baking soda, make sure you check out our baking soda free option for people who have baking soda sensitivity!
If you had no trouble wearing it initially, but then got a rash after a long time using it after some time, this could be because the underarm skin has lost some of its natural acidity due to the alkaline nature of the baking soda in the deodorant.
One method some customers have found success with is to help bring renew the skin's acidity is with 1:4 ratio mix of apple cider vinegar to water. Apply to the underarms each morning before applying a baking soda free deodorant (let dry completely before applying deodorant). Try this for 1-2 weeks and see if you notice a difference!
All that being said, if for any reason your deodorant isn’t working like you want it to, please reach out! We’ll figure out a solution that works for you.