Deodorant vs antiperspirant, are they really that different? If you grew up purchasing your underarm products from the drugstore, you probably haven’t given it much thought. When we give them a closer look, they are actually two very different products. So why would you choose a deodorant over an antiperspirant, and a natural one at that?
HOW ANTIPERSPIRANTS WORK
Antiperspirants reduce body odour by preventing you from sweating. They utilize aluminum compounds that react with electrolytes in the sweat to form a gel. This gel plugs the sweat glands and keeps you from sweating. Without a sweaty environment, odour causing bacteria can’t thrive and create foul underarm odours. Antiperspirants often have a strong scent added to them to mask any odour that does come though.
THE CASE AGAINST ANTIPERSPIRANTS
If you do a quick search for aluminum in antiperspirant, you will find many articles linking aluminum to breast cancer or Alzheimer’s disease as well as many that dispute the claim. You can do your own research to decide whether it’s something that is a concern for you. Antiperspirants often contain other chemical ingredients that come with their own risks – parabens, artificial fragrances, triclosan and phthalates. Our opinion is that if there is a possible risk to using something, we can find a safer alternative.
HOW DEODORANTS WORK
Deodorants prevent odours, either through fending off odour-causing bacteria or masking odours with a scent. They don’t prevent you from sweating like antiperspirants do. Natural deodorants usually use ingredients to create a more alkaline environment that bacteria won’t thrive in. Without the bacteria to feed off of sweat, little or no underarm odour is produced.
DEODORANT VS ANTIPERSPIRANT, WHICH IS BETTER?
Natural deodorants allow you to sweat, a natural body function. They are also free from harsh chemicals and controversial ingredients like aluminum. They work, and they smell pretty great too. For that reason, we created deodorants that everyone can feel comfortable using.