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Natural Deodorants Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What's natural deodorant?

Natural deodorants use antibacterial essential oils and natural waxes to combat and mask body odour, they do not plug your sweat glands. In contrast, traditional deodorants contain active ingredients such as aluminium, which plugs your sweat ducts and stops sweat. 

Is natural deodorant safe?

The short answer is yes natural deodorant is safe to use, but some deodorants contain ingredients that you might be sensitive to e.g. baking soda. You should, therefore, check the ingredients making sure they are compatible with your body. It is also recommended to patch test new deodorants just to be on the safe side. 

Do I really need to use a natural deodorant?

Deodorant is applied daily on a sensitive area of your body. Make sure you understand what’s in your deodorant. Most traditional deodorants contain chemicals and additives that interfere with the natural perspirations of your body by plugging your sweat glands instead of eliminating bacteria which are the real culprits causing body odour.

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Why use a natural deodorant?

Natural deodorants are good for your armpits and overall health. Good natural deodorants can provide long-lasting daily odour defence to help keep you feeling dry, smelling good and comfortable all day without using aluminium to block your sweat glands. 

Why buy natural deodorant?

Because natural deodorants are a healthy alternative to traditional deodorants which normally contain aluminium, parabens or sulphates. Natural deodorants don't block your pores and they are very effective in fighting bacteria that cause body odour.

Why should you switch to natural deodorant?

Switching to a natural deodorant will benefit you and your health a great deal. Not only do the natural ingredients keep you sweat-free without blocking the sweat glands causing toxins to stay trapped in the body, but they also help improve the appearance of your underarm skin.

What is the best natural deodorant for sensitive skin?

Natural deodorants are great for sensitive skin, to ensure you don’t have any adverse reactions, you should choose a natural deodorant that includes a little to no bicarbonate of soda as it can cause itching or redness in some instances.

Which natural deodorant is the best?

No two natural deodorants are the same just like no two human bodies are the same. The best natural deodorant is the one that is suitable and compatible with your body. You should, therefore, test a few natural deodorants to find the one that works best for your body. 

Why natural deodorant is better?

People are switching to natural deodorants they're looking to avoid aluminium, irritants or allergens that might be harmful to their skin or overall health. Natural deodorants contain anti-bacterial essential oils that inhibit the bacteria that feed on sweat. 

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How to use a natural deodorant?

Natural deodorants can be found in a couple of different forms, you can get them as deodorant sticks or deodorant balms. Natural deodorant sticks maybe easier to use as they come in traditional sticks whilst deodorant balms usually are applied using fingers which need getting used to. The main benefit of using a deodorant balm is that they can come in plastic-free packaging. 

What is the most effective natural deodorant?

The most effective natural deodorant contains a combination of deodorising natural waxes and anti-bacterial essential oils that target bacteria and the proteins and lipids that cause body odour. The most effective essential oils in natural deodorants are tea tree oil for its anti-bacterial properties and lavender oil for its delicate fragrance.

Are natural deodorants better?

Natural deodorants are better because they don’t block your pores and don’t interfere with your body’s natural functions i.e. sweating. Instead, natural deodorants eliminate bacteria living in your armpits that use the sweat gland secretions as food, breaking down them as molecules and causing body odour.

Is natural deodorant worth it?

They are definitely worth it if you want to avoid aluminium, irritants or allergens that may be harmful to their skin or overall health. Natural deodorants may also be a good value for money given they last longer than the traditional deodorants. 

Is it better to use a natural deodorant?

If you find your underarms often have shaving rash or perhaps look unappealing, using a natural deodorant will help restore your skin and keep you 100% protected from sweat and body odour without using aluminium, irritants or allergens that may be harmful to your skin or overall health.

What natural deodorant is the best?

No two natural deodorants are the same just like no two human bodies are the same. The best natural deodorant is the one that is suitable and compatible with your body. You should, therefore, test a few natural deodorants to find the one that works best for your body.   

Can't find a natural deodorant that works?

Finding a natural deodorant that works for you sometimes means you have to try a couple of different types to find the one that suits you and your body. You may also need to perform a week-long detox before you start your natural deodorant journey.

What natural deodorant actually works?

All forms of natural deodorant work, unlike conventional deodorants, however, due to the natural ingredients you have to find the one that suits your body best, not forgetting to have a week detox before starting to use a natural deodorant.

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Why natural deodorant doesn't work?

If your natural deodorant isn’t working as well as you expected, it may be due to the amount you are applying, on average, a pea-sized amount is the best for desired protection. The other reason could also mean that you need to perform an armpit detox before using the natural deodorant. 

How does natural deodorant work?

Natural deodorants work by eradicating odour causing bacteria that live on the skin and feed on sweat. By killing the bacteria, your sweat has nothing to interact with and no odour is produced. Natural deodorants do not block pores to inhibit perspiration.

How to make natural deodorant work?

If you are new to natural deodorants then don’t be surprised if a natural deodorant doesn’t work for you from the get-go. Be prepared to have a few “stinky” days when you switch to natural deodorants as it usually takes 3-7 days for your body to unblock your pores and adjust to natural ingredients.

How long for a natural deodorant to work?

Natural deodorant can provide you with all-day protection from body odour. If you find yourself hitting the gym or exercising you can reapply to ensure you have the right amount on for it to perform it’s best.

How long until natural deodorant works?

Don’t be surprised if a natural deodorant doesn’t work for you immediately. Your body will need anywhere between 3 to 7 days to adjust. This period is usually called an “armpit detox” because your body will start to unclog your pores so more “stuff” will come out and once all your pores are unclogged the natural deodorant will start working. 

What natural deodorant actually works?

Due to natural deodorants not containing chemicals, aluminium or other nasty additives, you may find that you need to try a couple of different formulas before you find the one that works for you and your body. If you don’t have a week-long detox before using a natural deodorant you may also find that the transition to natural deodorant is a slow one.

Does natural deodorant really work?

To ensure your natural deodorant works for you it’s best to try a few deodorants to see which one your body works well with. Most natural deodorants won’t work immediately as your body needs at least 3-7 days to adjust. 

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Why does natural deodorant make me smell?

Natural deodorant if used correctly does not make you smell. To ensure your natural deodorant performs it’s best, taking some time before using the deodorant to give your underarms a bit of armpit detox will allow any toxins to escape the body before you begin using a natural deodorant. You may smell a little during the detox, but it’s for the best to allow your natural deodorant the chance to work properly. 

How long does it take for your body to get used to natural deodorant?

If you have taken the right preparations before using a natural deodorant, by this I mean having an “armpit detox” and not using anything on your underarms, your body usually takes about 3-7 days to climatize itself to using a natural deodorant.

Do you sweat with natural deodorant?

Unlike antiperspirants which clog the sweat glands, natural deodorants work best by allowing your skin to breath which leads to you having the peace of mind your body is protected but can also function how it needs to, to stay healthy. 

How do you stop natural deodorant from sweating?

Natural deodorant allows your body to function as it’s meant to, and so you may feel as though you are “sweating” more than using your previous antiperspirant. What you will find however is that because your underarms have had a chance to have a detox your body odour will change and become less conscious of any unwanted sweating or body odour.

What happens to your body when you stop using deodorant?

When you first stop using a conventional deodorant you will find your body finally has a chance to get rid of the toxins and nasty stuff it hasn’t been able to shift. It isn’t a pretty sight and you will smell a little. This should last about a week and then your natural odour will change and become a lot less noticeable.

Why do my armpits smell after I put deodorant on?

Maintaining a good basic hygiene routine will help stop this from happening, washing daily will result in your armpits being clean and so your deodorant will have the opportunity to work properly. 

What happens when you detox your armpits?

Detoxing your armpits will result in all the toxins, chemicals and other general nasty ‘stuff’ escape from previously clogged pores and sweat glands. You will feel conscious and you will smell, but if you stick to it you will really notice a real difference and your body will be a lot healthier.

WHERE TO BUY NATURAL DEODORANTS

Where to buy natural deodorant?

You can find natural deodorants in many high street shops, department stores and online natural beauty brands also offer natural deodorants.

Where can I buy natural deodorant?

Many brands produce a natural deodorant which can be found in many stores on the high street and online. 

Can I buy native deodorant in stores?

Yes, you will find some brands stocked in high stores, it’s best to visit larger stores as they would have a better selection for you to choose from.

INGREDIENTS THAT MAY CAUSE IRRITATION/RASH

Why does natural deodorant make my armpits red?

The reason your armpits are red from using a natural deodorant could be the result of an allergic reaction to some ingredients, such as the bicarbonate of soda as it can cause slight irritation to very sensitive skin types.

Why natural deodorant causes rash?

You will find that you could have a slight allergy to bicarbonate of soda, which is a lot of natural deodorant formulas and can cause a slight rash to sensitive skin types. 

What ingredient in natural deodorant causes irritation?

There could be a couple of ingredients that cause irritation for sensitive skin types, the first being bicarbonate of soda, which is a lot of formulas and the other could be the essential oil used to help scent the deodorant. 

Can natural deodorant cause a rash?

If you have very sensitive skin natural deodorant can cause a rash and irritation due to the ingredients, such as bicarbonate of soda and essential oils.

Can natural deodorant cause irritation?

Yes, much like all body care products, you could find you have an irritation if you are allergic to the ingredients found in the formula, such as bicarbonate of soda.

Why does natural deodorant cause a rash?

This could be the result of an allergic reaction from using the natural deodorant, if you have extremely sensitive skin you may find some formulas have a higher amount of bicarbonate of soda in it and so can cause a rash. 

Why does natural deodorant irritate my skin?

If you find your skin is very sensitive, natural deodorant can irritate the skin on your underarms. It’s best to try a number of natural deodorants until you find the best one for you and won’t cause any irritation. 

Can natural deodorant darken underarms?

If you find your underarms are starting to look darker, it may be a result of an allergic reaction, causing redness, rashes and the skin to become darker. If you find your natural deodorant is causing this, then it’s best to change to another one.

Why do my armpits itch after putting on deodorant?

If you find your armpits itch after applying your deodorant it could be the result of a slight allergic reaction to the formula. If your skin is particularly sensitive you may find the amount of bicarbonate of soda in the deodorant can alter how effective it works. Try swapping for an alternative that doesn’t contain as much, or none at all.

THE TRUTH ABOUT ALUMINIUM & DEODORANTS 

Is Aluminium in deodorant harmful?

Deodorants that contain aluminium are known to clog the pores and lymph nodes in your armpits and around the breasts. Trapping toxins can cause a lot of health problems and can be very harmful.

Can aluminium in deodorant cause cancer?

Some have linked a lot of breast cancer cases to the fact some deodorants contain aluminium, which clog your pores and lymph nodes with toxins that need to escape the body to remain healthy. However, there has been no proven evidence for these claims.

Is aluminium zirconium in deodorant safe?

Large amounts of aluminium zirconium in deodorants is unsafe and many believe to be a cause of cancer, however, this has not been proven completely. For peace of mind, it is best to switch to a natural deodorant which will allow your skin to breath and won’t clog your lymph nodes with toxins and aluminium.

Can Aluminium be absorbed through the skin?

If you have used a deodorant that contains aluminium, you will find that it will make its way into your skin and clog your lymph nodes which in turn will block toxins from escaping your body.

Is aluminium bad for you in deodorant?

Many people use deodorants that contain aluminium, this is added to stop any sweating and odour which can result in clogging your pores. Although it is doing its job well, it’s best to have your underarms to be able to breathe and not have the toxins and chemicals trapped.

Is aluminium in deodorant cancer causing?

This has split opinion, some say they do believe that aluminium is a contributing factor to some cancer cases, however, there has been no proven fact to this information. If you are concerned about your deodorant having aluminium in it’s best to make the switch to a natural deodorant.

Is aluminium in deodorant linked to cancer?

Although nothing has been proven, some do believe that the use of aluminium in deodorants are linked to some breast cancer cases.

Why you should not use deodorant with aluminium?

Aluminium in deodorant may stop the worry of body odour and sweating, but it does this by clogging the pores and lymph nodes in the armpits. This means your body can’t release any harmful toxins or chemicals naturally. It is best to choose a product that is aluminium free and allows your skin to function as it should. 

Is aluminium free deodorant better?

Aluminium free deodorants provide great protection from perspiration without blocking your pores which can result in a number of other health concerns.

Is Aluminium in deodorant harmful?

In a way, aluminium in deodorant is harmful as there have been some cases of breast cancer linked to aluminium clogging the lymph nodes in your underarms. 

Is aluminium in antiperspirant harmful?

Antiperspirants that contain aluminium can be harmful as they prevent toxins from escaping the body which will, in turn, clog your lymph nodes in your underarm and breast area. This has been linked to some cases of breast cancer, yet have not been 100% proven yet. 

Is aluminium in antiperspirant dangerous?

Aluminium in antiperspirant can be dangerous as they can become absorbed into the skin and clogs the lymph nodes and pores found in your armpits and breasts.

THE LINK BETWEEN DEODORANTS & CANCER 

Can you get cancer from deodorant?

Some consider that due to deodorants containing aluminium that clog sweat glands to stop the sweat and toxins exiting the body, instead the amount of estrogen type hormones remain in the body which is known to encourage the growth of cancerous cells. Studies as recent as 2014 have yet to show any link to cancer itself, yet it is still something to keep in mind if you are conscious of using anything that can be potentially harmful.

What ingredient in deodorant causes cancer?

A study by Dr Ann Robinson has found that deodorants containing aluminium have no evidence that there is a link to cancer. Although the aluminium can disrupt the natural bacteria on your body called microbiota and blocked sweat glands trapping in toxins.

Does deodorant cause breast cancer?

There are countless studies dating back to 2006 that have looked into the possible links to deodorants causing breast cancer, to this day there has not been any evidence found that this is the case. Yet some believe it is best to use natural deodorants without any of the chemicals and ingredients that can cause hormonal imbalance.

Can natural deodorant cause cancer

Due to the ingredients of natural deodorant being, as the name suggests, natural, there is no link to the use of the product to cases of cancer. 

Can natural deodorants cause breast cancer

Natural deodorant does not contain aluminium that many believe block the sweat glands and increases the development of estrogen type hormone which can develop the number of cancerous cells to increase more over time. 

Can deodorant cause breast cancer?

There are some cases of breast cancer that some believe there is a link to the use of deodorant, with the lymph nodes becoming blocked in aluminium and other ingredients that absorb into the skin trapping toxins in the body.

Does antiperspirant cause breast cancer?

Studies made in 2016 have not shown any evidence and connection to breast cancer with the use of antiperspirants. However, many believe that due to the use of ingredients that absorb into the skin and increases the number of estrogen hormones may cause the development of cancerous cells to increase over time. 

TIPS ON GETTING RID OF DEODORANT STAINS

How to get natural deodorant out of clothes?

You can remove natural deodorant stains by turning your clothing inside out so the stain is visible, next sprinkle a decent amount of bicarbonate of soda onto the stain and rub it in slightly. Then used some white wine vinegar to dissolve away the stains, then simply wash like normal.

How to remove natural deodorant stains?

You can remove natural deodorant stains by;

  • Turning your clothing inside out, making the stain visible
  • Apply a decent amount of bicarbonate of soda on the stains
  • Rub the bicarbonate of soda in a little
  • Add white vinegar to the soda and rub gently until the stain is dissolved
  • Then wash clothing as usual

Why does natural deodorant stain clothes?

Stains are a result of the types of ingredients found in natural deodorant. On darker clothing, you will find your natural deodorant can stain them with white stains. This is a result of the use of bicarbonate of soda to help absorb any sweating. For lighter clothes you may find your stains are more yellow, this is a result of the bacteria found in your armpits mixing with the environment and air.

How do you get deodorant build up out of bras?

Mix 1 part bicarbonate of soda with 3 parts of water and put your bras in the mixture, rubbing the areas you want to remove the build-up gently before putting the bras into a regular wash. Depending on how bad the build-up is, you may need to leave the bras to soak over-night in the bicarbonate solution.

How do you get armpit stains out of bras?

Make a paste using bicarbonate of soda and water and apply it directly onto the stain, gently rubbing it to help the paste dissolve the stain before you put the bra into a regular wash.

How does vinegar remove deodorant stains from clothes?

Vinegar helps to remove the deodorant stains from clothes due to it dissolving the build-up of the ingredients that cause stain on clothes. Leaving the clothing to soak in vinegar for an hour will allow it to remove the stain ready for it to be washed.

How do you get rid of underarm deodorant stains?

You can use white vinegar, salt, lemon juice and bicarbonate of soda to remove underarm deodorant stains. Each of these ingredients mixed with the same part of water will allow you to soak the stain. Leave it for an hour and you will find the stain has been dissolved. 

How do you remove antiperspirant stains from clothes?

White vinegar poured neat onto the stain and gently brushed with an old toothbrush will rid you of any antiperspirant stains. Remember to wash the clothing as normal after the stain has dissolved.

How do you remove roll-on deodorant stains from clothes?

The quickest and easiest way to get rid of roll-on deodorant stains on clothing is to use a tumble dryer sheet, simply rub the sheet on the stain until it disappears. The fibres and detergent on the sheet will breakdown the stain without damaging the fabric of the clothing.

How do you get sweat and deodorant stains out of clothes?

For stubborn sweat stains, you can use neat white vinegar to help dissolve the stain before putting the clothes of a regular wash. Washing your clothes regularly will ensure sweat and deodorant stains won’t stay forever.

How do you get natural deodorant stains out of clothes?

To remove natural deodorant stains from white and coloured clothes you need to soak them in white vinegar for about an hour and use an old, clean toothbrush to help dislodge the stain ready for it to be completely removed once washed.

How do I get the deodorant residue off my armpits?

Washing daily would help with keeping the residue down, if it is persistent, make a thick paste using bicarbonate of soda and water and apply it onto your armpits. Using a soft, washcloth that has been soak in warm water to remove the paste and any deodorant residue. 

How do you stop deodorant build up on clothes?

Here are a couple of steps to prevent the build-up of deodorant on clothes;

  • Shower daily to clean your underarms of any residue
  • Allow your deodorant to dry thoroughly before putting on your clothes
  • Use a regular bar of soap and old clean toothbrush to remove any deodorant build up
  • Wash your clothes to stop any deodorant build-up that can make staining worse 

A LITTLE ABOUT ANTIPERSPIRANTS

Do antiperspirants clog pores?

Unlike deodorants, which fragrance the underarms, antiperspirants temporarily clog the pores to prevent you from sweating. 

Are antiperspirants healthy?

There is no evidence to prove any health issues can be linked directly to using antiperspirants. Some are not keen on the pores being clogged temporarily from using antiperspirants trapping toxins into the body. It is all to do with personal preference.

Is deodorant safer than antiperspirant?

Both are safe to use, however, if you have concerns about your sweat glands becoming blocked with aluminium or other ingredients found in antiperspirant to prevent you from sweating than deodorant will be the right choice for you with its ability to fragrance your underarms.

Why do antiperspirants not work for me?

If you don’t give your antiperspirant time to dry and basically, block your pores you will find once you begin to sweat your antiperspirant won’t work for you.

Are antiperspirants harmful?

In a word, no, though some do not like the fact that antiperspirants work by clogging the pores to prevent you from sweating. This means your body will have toxins unable to escape. This isn’t harmful, but quite undesirable for many. 

Is it healthy to use antiperspirant?

There are healthier alternatives available due to the fact a lot of people feel the fact antiperspirants clog the pores stopping toxins from exiting the skin is not ideal if you feel the same opt for another product.

Which is healthier deodorant or antiperspirant?

Deodorant fragrance the underarms, whilst antiperspirants temporarily block the pores to stop any sweating. Both aren’t harmful but many believe that deodorant or natural deodorant is the healthier option.

Is it better to use deodorant or antiperspirant?

If you want to prevent yourself from sweating you can use an antiperspirant which clogs the pores stopping from any sweat from exiting the body. Deodorant fragrance the underarms and still allows the skin to breathe. Using a natural deodorant is the best alternative for complete peace of mind when it comes to sweating and body odour.

Should I use antiperspirant at night?

At night you need to allow your body to breath without being clogged by any ingredients found in antiperspirant, save using it throughout the day instead.

Do antiperspirants clog pores?

The way antiperspirants perform their job is to clog the pores and sweat glands to prevent any sweating or moisture from exiting the body.

Why is my antiperspirant not working?

Your antiperspirant may not be working due to it not having enough time to dry in the mornings before you get dressed properly. Wearing loose clothing will allow the antiperspirant to work well with enough space to try and work best.

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