Want to make the switch to natural deodorant? It's a personal choice whether to wear deodorant or not, but those who do so usually wear it for similar reasons: to reduce odour and moisture, and to feel more comfortable and confident in social situations. But not all deodorants are created equal! In this blog post, we delve into the world of natural deodorant balms and unveil the myriad benefits they bring, not just for your underarms but for the planet as well. Let's dive in!
NATURAL -vs- CONVENTIONAL DEODORANT
The primary difference lies in the ingredients. Natural deodorants use plant-based and naturally-derived ingredients, such as coconut oil, arrowroot powder and essential oils to combat odour and absorb moisture. Conventional deodorants, on the other hand, often contain aluminium compounds to block sweat glands (often responsible for white marks on clothes), synthetic fragrances, and chemicals like parabens, which can pose serious health risks and irritate skin.
Natural deodorants work with your body's natural processes. Unlike conventional deodorants containing aluminium, they allow your body to sweat, which is essential for regulating temperature and eliminating toxins. By avoiding synthetic ingredients, you reduce the risk of skin irritation and the potential long-term health issues associated with certain synthetic ingredients. Battle Green natural deodorants are scented with essential oils (aromatherapy on-the-go, the scent becomes stronger as your body warms up) and contain organic shea butter and coconut oil - beautifully softening and soothing for your underarms.
MAKING THE SWITCH
Most people switch to a natural deodorant without any issues, but some may experience a short transition period with increased odour or moisture as their body adjusts and pores unblock. This “detox” phase can last up to a week. To help things along, you can go deodorant free for a day to kick start the process. During this time, maintain good underarm hygiene by washing with mild soap and water. Exfoliating occasionally can help remove dead skin cells, allowing the natural deodorant to work more effectively. Drinking plenty of water can help regulate body temperature and reduce the intensity of body odour.
Before applying a new natural deodorant, perform a patch test to ensure you don't have any allergies or sensitivities to the ingredients. Apply a small amount to your inner arm and wait 24 hours to check for any adverse reactions. You may want to choose a natural deodorant that is free from bicarbonate of soda, if you experience a reaction.
PACKAGING AND DISPOSAL
Another issue with conventional deodorants is that they often come packaged in single-use plastic or mixed materials (metal and plastic) that are hard to recycle. Battle Green deodorants are simply packed in plastic free cardboard tubes, or compostable paper wrap that will biodegrade naturally.
Top tip! If you accidentally push your paper tube up too far, simply tap the base of the tube down firmly on a hard surface and the balm will drop back down.
Natural deodorant balms offer a refreshing twist on daily self-care, allowing you to embrace effective odour control while nurturing your skin and the environment. From their skin-friendly formulas to eco-conscious packaging and captivating scents, these balms provide a holistic approach to underarm care. So, if you're ready to make the switch to a cleaner, greener deodorant experience, your underarms – and the planet – will thank you for it.