Are you just starting out on your natural body care journey? Have you tried making a switch but don’t know exactly what’s best for you?
One of the first products we recommend starting with is making a switch from conventional antiperspirants to natural deodorants, because of the product daily use and proximity to sweat glands and breast tissue.
We aren’t going to go too in-depth about conventional antiperspirants (you can read more about the difference between the two, in our Antiperspirants vs Deodorants article), but in short, deodorants work on skin’s surface by fighting odor-causing bacteria, where antiperspirants work by plugging sweat ducts and contain an array of controversial ingredients like aluminum, parabens, mineral oil and petrolatum, that we believe don’t belong anywhere near your precious pits.
Maybe you’ve tried natural deodorants in the past without much success but are determined to make the switch for good. Well, in this article we’re going to explore two natural deodorant options available; baking soda and magnesium.
Before we dive right in, let’s get few facts out of the way first…
Why do we use deodorants in the first place?
Our acid mantle is a protective coating on our skin that helps to shield the skin from environmental elements and make it tougher for bacteria to grow. However, when we sweat, the bacteria, which feeds on the carbohydrate waste material, proteins, and lipids contained in the sweat, upon decomposition, leads to bad body odor.
Everyone’s acid mantle is slightly acidic, with the pH falling anywhere between 4 to 5.5.
The goal of deodorants is to make this acid environment more alkaline, and this is why you’ll often see that many natural deodorants contain sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda, which has a pH of about 8 to 8.5 (alkaline).
Why is baking soda a popular toxin-free alternative to aluminum deodorants?
Baking Soda has potent antibacterial properties that help control bacteria that causes odor when it breaks down and sweating occurs.
When alkaline baking soda is applied to our acidic underarms, a chemical reaction takes place. This may sound alarming, but it’s a normal reaction and is highly effective at controlling odor and bacteria in a natural way.
The issue comes in when a product formulated with too much baking is used or when you try a concentrated DIY recipe that may be too harsh for your underarm skin.
Our Baking Soda Deodorants have been professionally formulated with a healthy skin pH in mind and we don’t rely on baking soda alone to get the job done, however there are a number of people who cannot tolerate even small amount of it, because their sweat is more acidic.
This is where magnesium comes in...
What if you need a gentler alternative to baking soda for sensitive skin?
Topical magnesium is best for absorption and has a whole heap of wonderful body benefits, while activated charcoal can adsorb 100 times its own weight in water soluble toxins.
Together, these two powerful ingredients work to effectively, yet gently, neutralize body odor.
Magnesium based deodorants are also a bit gentler to apply, especially in cooler climates and are better for people with more acidic sweat. It all comes down to finding what works with your body.
Ready to make the switch?
Even though many encounter no issues, for those affected, the process called detox can bring temporary effects of increased sweating and stronger body odor. During this period, your body begins to purge itself of dead skin cells and other particles that have built up over the years. This can last as little as one week and generally not more than few months.If you’ve noticed an excessive sweat and stronger body odor we’ve put together a few simple detox tips to help make the transition easier for you. You can find them here.
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