Personal Care

Deodorants

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Readily available on the market as sprays, sticks, creams or roll-ons, deodorants are products applied to the underarms to reduce the body odor caused by the bacterial breakdown of perspiration. It differs from antiperspirants as they only contain antimicrobial agents and will not control the flow of sweat.

1- Some Current Main Components Used:

  • Glycerin:  Also known as glycerol, glycerin is a sugar alcohol that can be easily obtained from natural sources. It plays the role of a humectant: meaning it retains moisture in the upper layer of the skin and prevents premature moist from cosmetics. Glycerin has great moisturizing properties as well as it contains cleansing agents. It can be found in personal care products such as soaps, toothpastes, and hair conditioners.
  • Fragrance: Fragrance ingredients in cosmetics must meet the same requirements for safety as other cosmetic ingredients: they must be safe for consumers when they are used according to labeled directions. Some components of fragrance formulas may have a potential to cause allergic skin reactions or sensitivities for some people. 
  • Cyclomethicone: Used as a substitute for alcohol, it helps to not create the stinging sensation on freshly shaven areas. After two studies conducted, this ingredient is considered to be neither irritating nor sensitizing so it is safe to be used. It is extracted from silicon and oxygen and is used in many cosmetic products.
  • pH-Balanced: The pH measures the acidity and alkalinity.  A pH-balanced product helps guard against irritation, making the deodorant more easily tolerated. Deodorants labeled as pH-balanced are usually close to the natural pH of the skin, which is slightly acidic at 5.5.

2- Some Current  Hazardous Components to Avoid:

  • Fragrance: Fragrance ingredients in cosmetics must meet the same requirements for safety as other cosmetic ingredients: they must be safe for consumers when they are used according to labeled directions. Some components of fragrance formulas may have a potential to cause allergic skin reactions or sensitivities for some people. 
  • Triclosan: It is an aromatic ether that has antibacterial and antifungal agents that will prevent the growth of the bacteria responsible for body odor. This chemical is lipophilic, which means that it has the ability to accumulate in fatty acids. It was proven that triclosan can disrupt endocrine as well as affect the function of thyroid. This ingredient is restricted in cosmetics in many countries already such as Canada and Japan.

3- Natural Alternatives:

  • Witch hazel: Witch hazel is a natural astringent and anti-inflammatory agent. The solution kills bacteria and removes excess moisture from the skin, making it an ideal deodorant substitute. It is a popular deodorant alternative because it doesn’t leave residue on the skin and remove odor quickly. Because it wears off quickly, you’ll need to reapply it throughout the day.
  • Lemon juice: The simple way to stay smelling fresh is to apply lemon juice to your underarms. Packed with citric acid, it will kill bacteria that cause odor. But remember that lemons are highly acidic, so be careful when applying lemon juice to your armpits like for example, after shaving.
  • Essential oils: Certain essential oils like lemongrass, lavender, thyme and rosemary have antibacterial properties. You can mix a few of your favorite oils together to create your perfect scent and apply to your underpits.
  • High proof liquor: We have for you a really easy and sustainable way to make a homemade deodorant spray that will not cost you a lot. All you will need is only to purchase a refillable spray bottle where you will pour high proof liquor inside (for instance: vodka, gin) added to a few essential oil’s drop chosen for the scent. The alcohol will neutralise odors by killing the bacteria in the area you will spray the product.

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