If you're making the switch from an antiperspirant to a deodorant, know that your underarms may be a little more wet than usual. While the transition period looks different for everyone, know that your body is realizing that it is able to sweat for the first time in a while, and it will kick it into overdrive a bit.
Once the transition period is over, your body does get used to it and you will not sweat as much. Natural deodorants are not antiperspirants, so they aren’t actively stopping your body from sweating. The ingredients used in natural deodorants have come a long way over the years, and there are many natural powders and waxes that help with moisture control. Sweating is your body’s way of regulating temperature, it’s a natural process, so we don’t want to stop that from happening, just help control the moisture once it’s there.
Let’s look at the differences between antiperspirants and deodorants:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.