Guide to Natural Deodorant
The big question around natural deodorant that I hear all the time is, “Does it actually work?” The answer is, “Yes! Yes it does!”
Aside from the fact that our deodorants are sustainably packaged, there are a couple differences between your conventional deodorant and natural deodorant. I’m sure you will love our deodorant just as much, or even more than your average plastic-packaged deodorant -- just give it a chance!
What’s the difference between conventional and natural deodorant?
The main difference that you will notice is the presence or absence of antiperspirants. Antiperspirants are aluminum-based ingredients that temporarily block your pores from releasing sweat. While most store-bought deodorants contain antiperspirants, natural deodorants do not.
In addition to the antiperspirants, conventional deodorants contain alcohol-based ingredients to prevent odor-inducing bacteria from growing on your skin (the actual deodorant part). Many deodorants then also contain preservatives, synthesized fragrances, and other chemicals that make the deodorant stick to your skin. Although none of these ingredients are proven to be damaging to your health, for those with sensitive skin, it can cause irritation and rashes.
The better alternative to those with sensitive skin or those who prefer all natural ingredients is natural deodorant. Natural deodorants often contain baking soda or magnesium hydroxide to prevent odor, as a substitute for alcohol-based ingredients. The Natural Deodorant and Deodorant Cream we carry use magnesium hydroxide because it is gentle on skin (and is better for sensitive skin types). In addition to the odor-preventing base, natural deodorants usually contain arrowroot to absorb moisture, coconut oil, shea butter, and essential oils for scent.
Ultimately, natural deodorants will make your skin happier by not blocking any pores or inducing any irritation, but the choice is up to you! To ensure that your natural deodorant works, we suggest detoxing your underarms with the assistance of our Underarm Detox Bar.
The best way to switch to natural deodorant is by using our Underarm Detox Bar.
The detox bar will exfoliate your underarm pores and help your skin release any aluminum or toxins left over from your previous deodorant. The ingredients in the bar will also leave your skin soft and soothed.
To use the detox bar, wet the bar, lather it in your underarms, wait about a minute, and then rinse it out thoroughly. If you are looking to use our Natural Deodorant, make sure your underarms are dry before applying. But, if you are more interested in the deodorant creams, leave your underarms slightly damp and then apply.
Deodorant stick or cream?
This choice is all up to your preference when it comes to application, scent, and feel. Within FD Market, both products come in recyclable packaging and both contain natural ingredients that are gentle on skin.
Between the sticks and creams, we have an array of pleasant, natural scents, all credited to essential oils or organic extracts. To smell them yourself, stop by the store to take a whiff of our testers. For the sticks, we have: Lavender & Peppermint, Lemon & Bergamot, Eucalyptus & Rosemary, and Cedarwood & Sweet Orange. For the creams, we have: Activated Charcoal, Coconut, and Jasmine Green Tea.
The feel is something you should try for yourself! Try out our deodorant sticks and cream and see which one suits you. From there, keep visiting us in-store, online, or at the van to repurchase when you run out.
I hope this was helpful for you and your self-care journey!
If you are still thinking about whether or not you should make the switch, just try it out! If you are someone who loves our natural deodorant, feel free to let us know in-person or on social media, so we can continue to reassure our customers of how amazing it is!
Thank you for taking steps towards a greener future!
“Should You Switch to Natural Deodorant?” Houston Methodist On Health, www.houstonmethodist.org/blog/articles/2020/jul/should-you-switch-to-natural-deodorant/.