Today, we’re going to explore the many options you have with natural deodorant. Whether you want to make your own or buy pre-made natural deodorant, you’re in for a treat.
How Does Deodorant Work?
Would you be surprised to learn that it isn’t actually your sweat that causes the scent in your underarms?
The smell we associate with sweating is brought about because your perspiration mixes with the natural skin bacteria in your underarms, which results in a strong and sometimes unpleasant aroma.
When you use deodorant, it often has scents in it that can cover up the smell of sweat. But there’s more happening here than you might think.
Deodorants have ingredients in them that work to kill the odour-causing bacteria on your armpit skin. When you rub the deodorant under your arms, these ingredients get to work, ensuring you won’t be walking around offending everyone with your scent.
The difference between deodorants and antiperspirants is that antiperspirants stop us from sweating. Antiperspirants contain ingredients that form a gel when they encounter electrolytes in your sweat. This gel forms a barrier in your armpit that blocks your sweat glands, preventing you from perspiring.
Unfortunately, many of the ingredients in traditional deodorants and antiperspirants are synthetic and have been shown to have negative effects on our health. Sweating is the bodies natural function and there to help remove toxins from it’s system. So no need to mess with a healthy body system.
Don’t sweat it, though, because there are great natural alternatives!
What Is In Natural Deodorant, and What Makes It Effective?
Natural deodorant is a great option when you have skin issues or if you want to avoid antiperspirants and ingredients known to be harmful or even toxic.
Natural deodorants work in much the same way as traditional deodorant options. They contain ingredients that neutralize the odour-causing bacteria in your underarms to prevent the smell from occurring.
There are common ingredients in natural deodorants, and they all serve a purpose. These elements include:
- Oils: Usually coconut oil, which is naturally antibacterial; used to create the base of the deodorant.
- Starch:: Used to absorb moisture as well as neutralize bacteria; usually arrowroot or baking soda.
- Wax: Helps to solidify and give required texture; usually beeswax or plant based wax.
- Essential oils: Used for bacteria-killing properties as well as the scent; lemongrass and tea tree are favourites.
- Occasionally Zinc Oxide:
You should look for brands that use sustainably-sourced ingredients. Be sure they are cruelty-free and a bonus is eco-friendly packaging such as glass or cardboard. Check out Nezza Naturals deodorants.
Tips for Application
When switching from regular deodorant to natural deodorant, you should expect a phase where you might notice you are emitting a stronger odour than normal. This doesn’t happen for everyone but can last a couple weeks to a month, everyone is different.. But trust the process and give it a couple weeks to discover the full benefits.
To help with the application, many people like to store their natural deodorant in the fridge. This keeps the oils solidified, and it helps the deodorant go on more smoothly. If you find you are still sweating excessively, try applying some starch powder like arrowroot after your natural deodorant. This extra bit can help soak up excess wetness during detox time or on extra-hot days.
Once you get through this period, you’ll never look back.
Make Natural Deodorant At Home
Many people find that homemade natural deodorants work just as well as store-bought alternatives. If you prefer more control over ingredients and ratios, give this a try!
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons shea butter
- 4 tablespoons arrowroot powder
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- Lavender and tea tree essential oils
- Gently melt the coconut oil and shea butter. Once melted, add the arrowroot and baking soda. Drop in 4-6 drops of each essential oil and mix well.
- Place in a glass jar and let the deodorant cool. Keep this mixture refrigerated.
- When required, scoop out a small ball (the size of a pea) and apply it to your underarms, rubbing it in thoroughly.
- Reapply as needed throughout the day.
Nezza Naturals Products
Instead of making your own natural deodorant or spending days scouring the internet for options, consider Nezza Naturals as your go-to source for organic, sustainably sourced, and natural deodorants.
From creams to sticks, choose from a variety of scents, including:
- Lemongrass and tea tree
- Amber resin
All these choices are free from all questionable ingredients, such as aluminum, synthetic fragrances, and parabens, keeping your underarms healthy and natural.
Check out our site for more inspiration!