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Antiperspirant vs Deodorant: What You Need to Know

Lately, there’s been a lot of debate in the deodorant world (well, really in the world in general, but let’s not go there). People wonder if they should go natural or traditional, antiperspirant or deodorant, scented or fragrance-free.

In short, they want to know what’s really the best product. Luckily, we know a little something about this topic.

Let’s take it from the top.

Antiperspirant: The Basics 

First thing’s first: what’s the difference between antiperspirant and deodorant? And which one should you use?

Well, as the name implies, antiperspirants help you stop (anti) sweating (perspire). That’s it. How, exactly? Usually through aluminum salts. They work to block sweat glands, thereby keeping you dry and odor-free.

Now, I know what you’re probably thinking: aluminum on my body? That doesn’t sound like the healthiest idea. And we agree.

Plus, what about the smell? If it just blocks the glands, will it really do anything about the stench? Not necessarily. Odor never comes from the sweat that we produce. It comes from the bacteria that breaks down the sweat on your skin. And antiperspirants don’t address this part – so you can still be mostly dry and stinky.

The Deodorant Difference

Deodorants work specifically to de-odorize the body rather than focusing on the moisture. This is done using fragrances that mask the odor, along with ingredients that reduce odor-causing bacteria (we like to focus on the latter).

This won’t block any glands in your body, but it will help your body stay fresh and relatively odor-free as it detoxifies through sweat.

How to Find A clean Deodorant 

That said, all of this works best if your deodorant is made with safe, natural, and non-toxic ingredients. That’s difficult to find since many  products out there are made with toxins or skin-irritating ingredients such including:

  • Aluminum
  • Parabens
  • Synthetic fragrance

These work against your body. They can disrupt your natural pH, clog pores and ultimately cause more problems than they solve.

That’s why you want to look for a product, like our new Spray Deodorants that skip the toxic ingredients. Instead, we opt for certified organic Witch Hazel to cool and refresh, certified organic Aloe Vera to calm delicate underarm skin, and a blend of antibacterial essential oils, which  neutralize odor on the spot.

Our Spray Deodorants keep you feeling fresh so you can live your best, most active life.

 

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