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Naturally Friendly vs. Traditional Deodorant?
by connie gregson, friendly head of r+d at hello products Published: November 23, 2020
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Connie is our Director of R+D, which not only means she created the formulations for our products, but that she has more degrees than a thermometer. One of her degrees is an MS in food biochemistry, and she was a research scientist in Pepsi’s Product Innovation Group before deciding to focus cavity prevention and optimized oral health. When she’s not climbing, hiking, ultra-marathoning, playing guitar or making awesome brownies with chickpea flour, she’s whipping up the most naturally friendly oral care products around. If you let us know you’re coming for a visit, Connie might be able to craft a custom paste for you….or maybe just rock some of her awesome brownies for you.
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There tends to be a decent amount of confusion around natural deodorant: how it works, how it differs from traditional, and whether it’s a good fit for your personal sitch. If you’re trying to figure out which type to swipe, don’t sweat it – we’re here to give you the rundown on how it compares to more traditional offerings.
What’s the Difference Between Natural and Conventional Deodorants?
When people talk natural deo, one of the primary “differences” that often gets mentioned is that natural options don’t contain aluminum – and while this is generally true, the same can actually be said about traditional deodorants. You see, aluminum is a sweat-blocking agent used in traditional antiperspirant, but not traditional deodorant. So while aluminum is an ingredient some folks like to steer clear of, it’s not really a differentiator when it comes to natural vs. traditional. If you wanna learn more about the overall differences between deodorant and antiperspirant, we got the article for you.
Aluminum aside, the distinctions between natural and traditional mostly come down to the ingredients that are used to provide fragrance and neutralize odor. For instance: while traditional deodorants use synthetic, artificial fragrances, hello’s deos opt for, well, natural fragrances. Similarly, natural deodorants tend to employ more friendly and approachable ingredients when tackling odor, doing away with stuff like “methodioxyzylometaglitterythingy #48”… Ok fine, we made that one up, but if you’ve ever looked at a traditional deodorant label, you get the point. Here are some of the star ingredients you can expect to find in hello naturally friendly deos.
Naturally-Friendly Deodorant Ingredients That Work
At hello, we’re big on keeping you and your pits happy. Think of us as your naturally friendly deodorant Pit Crew, working tirelessly to ensure your underarms are tuned to perfection – in the most efficient, friendliest way possible. That all starts with fighting odor – so let’s talk odor.
Deodorant Ingredients for Odor Control:
- Arrowroot: One of the top odor fighters in our quiver. Arrowroot is a type of starch that helps to absorb moisture. While it doesn’t make you sweat less, it can help manage moisture production. And less moisture = less odor.
- Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil helps fight the stink and keep your pits friendly.
While it might seem counter-intuitive to associate moisturization with deodorant, it’s actually an important part of keeping your pits happy. We want to regulate moisture but not leave your skin dried out, as this can lead to discomfort and irritation. That’s why we include…
Moisturizing Deo Ingredients:
- Coconut Oil: We add coconut oil to our deodorants (and toothpastes!) because of its natural moisturizing might.
- Shea Butter: Shea butter? More like “yay” butter, are we right? Much like coconut oil, shea butter is a naturally friendly moisturizer that’s as gentle as it is effective.
Switching to Naturally Friendly Deodorant
Thinking about going the naturally friendly deo route? Congrats! Welcome! We really think you’ll like it here. While many people are super happy with their neo-deo, (srsly, check out the fawning reviews), there are a couple things to keep in mind when switching to a naturally friendly deodorant.
The first is that most folks go through an adjustment or “detox” period when they go natural. For instance, you may feel like you’re experiencing more perspiration than usual. But fear not, this is totes normal. Some people may also experience skin irritation – often due to a sensitivity to baking soda. While baking soda is a common natural deodorant ingredient, it’s one that we’ve decided to leave out of hello deos. In fact, we’ve done irritancy testing on our deodorants (aka they’re dermatologist tested!), so allll good there.
When it comes to naturally friendly™ deo ingredients, the hello deodorant team sweats the small stuff so that you don’t have to. Give us a swipe!