Natural Deodorant Explained

Here is body odor explained, short and sweet without getting too nerdy: when you sweat, the bacteria under your arms eat said sweat, and then fart. Their farts stink, and is why your coworker is avoiding you.

So, personal care companies have a couple options to tackle body odor.

Because underarm bacteria is part of our bodies natural ecosystem, many companies don't actually deodorize the pits. They end up just masking them, covering them up with a strong scent and calling it a day. This way you still sweat, your bacteria still farts, and you usually still stink a little.

Option two is called antiperspirants. The logic here is simple: the amino acids in sweat is what the bacteria needs to eat and multiply. No sweat, means no food, means no farts, means no stink. This is accomplished by aluminum salts which prevent your glands from making sweat. There is some debate about these salts contributing to cancer and Alzheimer's, which is why small companies like us and others typically avoid these salts just to be safe. 

Option three is to deodorize the pits by raising the pH level of our underarms. The idea here is to create an environment where bacteria can't thrive, also known as the "scorched Earth" method. Baking Soda has a relatively high pH of 9, which is why it is so effective as a deodorizer. The downside is the higher the pH, the higher chances skin irritation occurs. We would rather have stinky pits than painful pits, so we opt out of Baking Soda. Instead we use Magnesium Hydroxide, another natural compound but with a pH of around 7, far closer to our bodies 5-6 pH range. The result is a much gentler and still effective deodorant.

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