Handmade natural deodorant with beeswax and organic oils designed to soothe and nourish the skin and cover odour.
Completely cruelty-free, waste-free, plastic-free.
Presented in a biodegradable cardboard tube which will compost when you are finished with it.
Available in 50ml, 70ml or 30ml travel-size/ tester stick (because natural deodorants don't suit everyone).
NO sodium bicarbonate which can cause rashes.
Natural deodorants are not the same as anti-perspirants, so you will still sweat. Read below for more information for first time users of natural deodorant:
Most commercial deodorants have strong, unnatural ingredients in them including synthetic dyes, parabens, alcohols and aluminium. Aluminium is used in antiperspirants as it actually interrupts the body’s natural process of sweating. Antiperspirants work by clogging or closing pores to keep you from perspiring. They enter your body through the sweat pores and form a temporary plug that prevents the release of sweat. Without any sweat, natural bacteria on the surface of the skin have nothing to break down, so there is no smell.
However, using these products every day, year after year can create a build-up of toxins under the arm and cause your sweat glands to adapt and so you may notice an increase in the amount of sweat for up to three weeks (or more for some people) whilst your body adjusts to a natural deodorant. It’s a bit like changing to a shampoo bar (if you have tried that) after using commercial shampoo for years. Commercial shampoo strips all the natural oils from your hair so the oil glands in your scalp begin to overproduce oil for a while until they adjust back to a more natural process.
What is the difference between an antiperspirant and a deodorant?
A deodorant reduces the smell whereas an antiperspirants stops the natural process of sweating. Natural deodorants contain ingredients which absorb moisture and bacteria and cover any odour. When changing from an antiperspirant, expect to notice some changes for the first three weeks or so. Your sweat glands will have been working overtime to produce sweat and fight against the antiperspirant chemicals. This will balance out eventually but there are a few things you can do in the meantime.
What will happen to your pits without antiperspirant:
1. Your sweat glands will open up and begin releasing toxins (this is their natural function).
2. Your body pH will need to adjust to the sweat.
3. You might develop an itch or rash from all the changes.
What you should do:
Wash regularly: When you first start using the deodorant, be extra diligent about hygiene by washing each day, particularly at the end of each day to remove sweat and bacteria.
Dry off and wait: Avoid applying right after showering and shaving. Instead, give your skin the chance to close its pores and adjust to room temperature. Then apply.
Detox your pits: you can try to speed up the natural detox process by using a homemade clay mask to draw out the build-up of toxins from antiperspirant use. This one is from https://wellnessmama.com/25432/detox-your-armpits/
• 1 tablespoon bentonite clay
• 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
• 1-2 teaspoons of water (to get right consistency)
1. Mix all of the ingredients in a glass bowl (do not use metal!) with a wooden or non-metal spoon until about the consistency of sour cream.
2. Spread in an even layer over the armpits and allow to sit for 5-20 minutes. I suggest starting slowly and working up to a longer period of time once you see how your body adjust. If it hurts at all, remove immediately.
3. This may cause some redness as it will increase blood-flow to the area, but it will go away quickly.
4. Wash off in the shower or with a warm, wet washcloth.
5. Repeat daily or as needed until under-arm odour goes away and natural deodorant is non-irritating.
Will a natural deodorant stain my clothing?
As this is an oil-based product, residue on clothing can happen. Here are a few cleaning tips for your pits:
• Certain Fabrics Are Worse than Others: Not all clothing materials are affected by the ingredients in natural deodorant. For example, rayon and polyester tend to hold oil onto clothing more than other fabrics. Cotton seemed to come clean by itself and not hold the oils in.
• Try Not to Over Apply Your Natural Deodorant: Residue varies with the amount of sweat, temperature, and amount of product used. I recommend applying only a small amount of natural deodorant to your underarms to prevent and avoid excess oils saturating the underarm area of your shirts.
• Most Spots Come Out in the Wash on Their Own: Most detergents will remove oils during the wash without any problem. Spraying the armpit area of the shirt or blouse before washing works great with a spot cleaner.
Don’t give up!
It’s not like changing to a different moisturiser; your pits have adapted to the chemicals that have been slathered on them and need time to revert back to a more natural state.
What is in my natural deodorant?
This is a natural gentle exfoliator. Kaolin gently withdraws the impurities and dirt from the skin without drying it or causing any redness or irritation. It is commonly used in facemasks and is excellent for sensitive or acne-prone skin.
A natural healer for small irritations, it assists with the drying out of wounds, rashes or blemishes. Arrowroot is a very fine powder which is used in deodorants due to its absorbent properties and its natural ability to soothe irritation. Some natural deodorants contain baking soda instead which can cause some underarm irritation and rashes.
Organic Shea Butter
Shea butter is the perfect consistency for deodorant as it is quite solid at room temperature, but melts easily on the skin. It has natural anti-inflammatory properties and has also shown to aid natural collagen productions and so can have anti-aging effects upon the skin. It is a natural moisturiser which is rich in vitamins A, E and F (great for the skin).
Organic Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has a much lower melting point, making it a good addition to get the consistency just right for an underarm deodorant stick. It has moisturising, anti-inflammatory as well as anti-bacterial properties, so it just had to go in to this recipe.
Beeswax (of course!)
My favourite ingredient; I could literally talk about the healing properties and benefits of beeswax all day long. It is naturally moisturising and very gentle on the skin, but also with a much higher melting point it helps to keep the deodorant stick solid and prevent it from melting.
Lavender Essential Oil
Aside from the delicious and soothing aroma, Lavender oil not only moisturises skin, but is also antibacterial and can kill bacteria that penetrate your pores. ... Lavender oil isn't just soothing for your mind, it offers the same benefits for your skin. Lavender oil can be used for skin to help reduce redness, blotchy patches, and acne scarring.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
A perfect partner for Lavender is Tea Tree oil which also has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It's thought to calm redness, swelling, and inflammation. It may even help to prevent and reduce acne scars, leaving you with smooth, clear skin and has a clean, fresh, slightly antiseptic fragrance.