Deodorant vs Antiperspirant. What are the differences?

by American Provenance

Is your deodorant an antiperspirant?

This is a question we get asked a couple of times a week, and while it may seem obvious, we think it’s worth discussing the differences between deodorants and antiperspirants. Due to the nature of our business, our discussion on deodorant will be based off of the natural deodorant that we make.

What is an antiperspirant?

An antiperspirant is a personal care product that you apply to your underarms to actively prevent you from sweating. The word itself when broken up means ‘against sweat.’ Aluminum based ingredients such as aluminium-zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly and aluminium chlorohydrate are the active ingredients in antiperspirants and are what prevents your body from releasing sweat.

What is a deodorant?

A deodorant is similar to an antiperspirant in that it is also a personal care product that is applied to your underarms. However, deodorants differ because they aren’t actively trying to prevent your body from sweating, they are used to prevent body odor. The word itself when broken up means ‘remove odor.’ Our Natural Deodorant uses baking soda as the deodorizer in the formula.

What if I sweat a lot, can I use deodorant?

Our natural deodorant is formulated ingredients such as arrowroot powder and beeswax to help control moisture, but not to prevent you from sweating. Sweating is the way your body regulates temperature, and we don’t want to mess with its natural function. You should find a deodorant that has ingredients used specifically for moisture control.

Do natural deodorants actually work?

There has been a lot of innovation in the natural deodorant industry over the last several years. While we are all familiar with the stinky stereotypes of previous natural deodorants, smelling bad while using them is a thing of the past. Our formula uses baking soda as the deodorizing agent in our formula. Just like you put a box of baking soda in the refrigerator to help with odor control, we use it for the same reason in our deodorant. You can actually learn more about how natural deodorants work in this Martha Stewart article that recently featured commentary from our founder, Kyle LaFond.

As more and more people make the switch from antiperspirant to deodorant it is common to have a lot of these questions. If there is a question you have that we haven’t answered, feel free to shoot us a message at

Feel free to check out our deodorant as well as our other natural products!