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Why We Have Different Deodorant Formulations
No two people are alike as far as their body chemistry goes. Gender, age, race, hormone fluctuations, diet, health, and even medications can affect body chemistry. Body chemistry comes into play with deodorant more than any other hygiene product. For example:
- A deodorant that works well for one person may not work for another.
- A deodorant that works well in the beginning, may become less effective after time passes and your body adapts.
- A deodorant that does not work at first, might work great after a little bit of time.
We Have Three Different Natural Deodorant Formulations
Our Coconut Cream and Coconut Stick deodorants combat odor using naturally antibacterial coconut oil, baking soda which raises the pH making the underarm less friendly to odor-causing bacteria, and essential oils (except the natural scent) to help combat odor. Organic cornstarch or arrowroot powder helps absorb perspiration.
While ingredients in these two natural deodorant formulas are similar, the ratios are very different.
Our Clay Silk deodorants contain no baking soda and rely on virgin coconut oil and essential oils to combat odor. Bentonite clay and organic arrowroot powder help absorb perspiration.
Extra Strength Cream Deodorant
This natural creamy deodorant formula features a few simple ingredients.
- Arrowroot powder and tapioca flour soothe delicate skin and absorb perspiration
- Beeswax is moisturizing and adds a smooth texture to the deodorant
- Virgin Coconut Oil, Virgin Shea Butter, and Golden Jojoba Oil hydrate protect and soothe skin
- Baking soda for odor control
- Essential oils (except "Simply Natural") add a lovely scent plus properties that help elimnate odor.
Our organic cream deodorant is made with soothing and moisturizing organic ingredients that absorb quickly, leave no greasy residue and help you stay fresh naturally.
We call these Cream Deodorants our Extra Strength Deodorants because they contain more baking soda than our stick deodorants.
Baking Soda is effective at absorbing all types of moisture, including sweat, which makes it useful for keeping underarms dry.
It also effectively kills odor causing bacteria. By neutralizing the acid in sweat, the underarm environment becomes less friendly to odor-causing bacteria thus preventing body odor from forming.
While some people choose to stay away from baking soda, others actually prefer it because it is the only thing that actually works for them!
We make five Extra Strength deodorants, four essential oil scent blends and one unscented. This product is not an antiperspirant and the natural ingredients will not clog pores.
If you would like an applicator for our natural cream deodorant, try the backside of our oval bamboo spatula!
Coconut Stick Deodorant
A safe, effective organic deodorant in a "stick" form. The soothing and moisturizing organic ingredients glide on easily, absorb quickly, leave no greasy residue, and help you stay fresh naturally
We call this our regular strength deodorant. The Stick Deodorants have all of the properties of our coconut cream deodorant, with a bit more beeswax, less baking soda, non-GMO cornstarch, and even more moisturizing shea butter.
Available in four essential oil scent blends and one unscented. This product is not an antiperspirant and the natural ingredients will not clog pores.
Committed to our "plastic-free" packaging, our deodorant is packaged in a 100% recyclable paperboard push-up tube
Clay Silk Deodorants
Our Clay Silk Deodorants, for sensitive skin, contain no baking soda.
These organic mineral cream deodorants combine the natural antibacterial properties of virgin coconut oil and essential oils to minimize and neutralize odors naturally.
Nutrient-rich bentonite clay is well known for its absorbent properties, and arrowroot powder helps absorb sweat naturally. This deodorant is not an antiperspirant and the natural ingredients will not clog pores.
A great alternative for those who are seeking a natural deodorant without baking soda.
If you would like an applicator for our natural clay cream deodorant, try the backside of our oval bamboo spatula!
The Science of Sweat: How Natural Deodorants Work
Sweating and body odor come from secretions of two types sweat glands, eccrine glands, and apocrine glands.
The majority of sweat glands, eccrine glands, are found over most of the body and open directly onto the surface of the skin. The “sweat” from these glands is composed mainly of water, salt, and trace amounts of other electrolytes that help regulate the balance of fluids in your body. The sweat produced by these glands does not contribute to body odor. Read More about the science of sweat and deodorant
Underarm Skin Is Very Sensitive
Did you ever notice that so many people are ticklish under their arms? Your underarms are one of the most sensitive parts of your body.
Why Are Underarms More Sensitive?
- Underarm skin is thinner than the skin on other parts of your body
- This thin, delicate skin, prone to allergic reactions, fosters irritation
- Underarm skin is not exposed to outside elements which often makes skin "tougher"
- Underarms usually get very little sunlight
- The warm, moist environment is a breeding ground for bacteria
- The friction that occurs when underarms rub against skin or clothing can cause skin irritation
- Underarms are home to lots of nerves and lymph nodes
You may notice that you can feel a simple touch more than you can on other areas of the body. When you add up all of these factors you can see why underarm skin is not only more sensitive, but also more prone to irritation.
- Keep underarms clean
- Shaving can really irritate skin
- Be sure to moisturize after shaving
- Shave at night before bedtime to allow the skin heal a bit overnight
- Certain ingredients in commercial deodorants and antiperspirants can cause underarm pores to become clogged. You can gently exfoliate the area using the gentler products made to exfoliate your face rather than your body
- Do not use super scratchy accessories, like loofahs, when washing which may irritate
- Use a moisturizing deodorant made with simple natural and organic ingredients
Natural Deodorant Adjustment Period
If you have just switched from a chemical-based deodorant or antiperspirant to a natural, organic deodorant, your body chemistry may need a week or two to adjust to the change. You may experience some initial irritation as your body adjusts.
This is NOT a "detox" period. You do NOT need to buy armpit "detox" kits.
Our bodies are quite resistant to change. Our bodies enjoy the status quo. They see change as a disruption and often resist it even if it is a positive one.
When we change anything, especially something we have been doing for a long time whether it be diet, exercise, skin care, shampoo, or deodorant, our body simply needs time to adjust and accept the change.
As you switch to a natural deodorant, the microbiome in your armpit will change. Since this natural change is affected by the type of products used over the years as well as your own unique body chemistry, the timeline varies from person to person.
No two people are alike as far as their body chemistry goes. Gender, age, race, hormone fluctuations, diet, health and even medications can affect body chemistry.
Help With Irritation
Redness, irritation or a rash indicates that your underarms are bothered by something. With natural deodorants, the application process is often the culprit. Are you applying too much deodorant? Are you allowing the deodorant to warm a bit on your skin before spreading? Dragging a deodorant across delicate underarm skin can cause irritation.
You may be experiencing a reaction to one the the ingredients. Or your armpits may simply be annoyed that you are making a change.
No two people are alike as far as their body chemistry goes. Gender, age, race, hormone fluctuations, diet, health and even medications can affect body chemistry. Body chemistry comes into play with deodorant more than any other hygiene product.
Review Tips for Using a Natural Deodorant
Keep Underarms Clean
Lather up those armpits really well to remove bacteria, sweat, oils and old deodorant before you apply a natural deodorant. If you are concerned about sensitivities, be sure to also wash before going to bed.
A Little Goes a Long Way
Our natural deodorant formulas are designed to allow the natural warmth of your body to soften the deodorant for better absorption and a smoother, more even application. Follow the directions on the products pages. Apply a little bit and allow the deodorant to soften--it just takes a few seconds. You may be tempted to over-apply, but more is not better, a little goes a long way.
Razors cause microscopic tears, actual little open wounds, in the skin. We suggest shaving at night to allow your underarms to rest before applying deodorant. Be sure to use a clean razor and change blades often for a less irritating shave.
If you have just switched from a chemical-based deodorant or antiperspirant to a natural, organic deodorant, your body chemistry may need a week or two to adjust to the change. You may experience some initial irritation as your body adjusts. Remember This is NOT a "detox" period.
Word of Caution About "Fragrance"
Fragrances in deodorant help mask body odor and deliver a feeling of freshness. However, synthetic fragrances can really irritate delicate armpit skin and are often a leading cause of skin sensitivities and rashes.
Even some "natural" deodorant brands include artificial fragrances. It is always important to read the ingredients! Check the deodorant ingredient list for the words fragrance, perfume, or parfum.
People with severe allergies—please note: If you have severe anaphylactic-type reactions to ANY of the ingredients in ANY of our products, please do not buy our products. We have dedicated soap rooms and product rooms that are kept meticulously clean, but we cannot guarantee against possible cross-contamination of individual ingredients.
Chagrin Valley Soap & Craft is not responsible for any individual reaction to any particular ingredient. Each product description on our website includes a complete list of ingredients. People with sensitivities to any listed ingredient should not use the product. In case you are in doubt always try an allergy patch test and if at any time irritation occurs, discontinue use of the product.
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