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What is a natural deodorant?
Nowadays, people are increasingly opting for natural products. Natural products do not contain substances and ingredients that are harmful to you or to the environment. As the name suggests, a natural deodorant contains only natural ingredients. These substances are biodegradable and do not cause any harm to the environment.
What is a synthetic deodorant?
Many synthetic deodorants contain artificial anti-perspirants (aluminum compounds), alcohol, perfume, and parabens. These substances can irritate and dry out the skin.
What are parabens?
Parabens are added to products to keep them from spoiling for a longer period of time without changing their structure. Parabens disrupt the hormonal balance by mimicking the function of estrogens.
No alcohol and perfume
Alcohol and perfume are substances that can cause skin irritation and hypersensitivity reactions, especially on sensitive skin and after shaving.
What are the disadvantages of aluminum compounds?
Another substance commonly used in synthetic deodorants is aluminum, an artificial anti-perspirant, usually in the form of aluminum chloride, aluminum chlorohydrate, and aluminum-zirconium compounds. Aluminum is a heavy metal that blocks the sweat gland and reduces sweating. This can have unpleasant consequences, such as inflammation. It also obstructs the removal of toxins and reduces the ability to regulate body temperature.
Aluminum is regularly associated with breast cancer, although this has not been scientifically proven.
What are microplastics?
Microplastics are pieces of plastic that are smaller than 5 millimeters. Sometimes they are so small that they are not visible to the naked eye. These plastic particles are not biodegradable and cause a disruption in the ecosystem of seas and oceans. Therefore, it is preferable to choose a deodorant without microplastics.
The solution to avoiding these substances is the use of a natural deodorant. A natural deodorant is an aluminum-free deodorant. Because nobody likes a sweat odor, other substances such as sodium bicarbonate, zinc oxide, zinc ricinoleate, and coconut oil are added to natural deodorant. The deodorant from Biork consists of only one ingredient, alum.
What is Sodium Bicarbonate?
A natural deodorant can use baking soda or sodium bicarbonate. When you sweat, the pH of the skin decreases. Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate neutralizes the acids, raising the pH of the skin.
Sometimes sodium bicarbonate causes skin irritation. In that case, choose a deodorant for sensitive skin, which does not contain this substance.
What is Zinc Ricinoleate?
Zinc ricinoleate inhibits perspiration. It prevents the sweat odor from being released. Zinc ricinoleate has no influence on the skin flora.
What is Zinc Oxide?
Zinc oxide converts the acids into odorless zinc salts. Moreover, zinc oxide is antibacterial, inhibiting the growth of bacteria present on the skin that cause unwanted sweat odor.
What is Alum?
Alum is a mineral salt that prevents odor-causing bacteria from reproducing and allows the skin to breathe. Alum is bound to a molecule and is therefore too large to penetrate the skin. It stays on the skin, preventing skin irritation and not clogging pores.
What is the effect of coconut oil?
Coconut oil is a frequently used substance. It is antibacterial and has a scent-neutralizing effect.
What are essential oils?
Essential oil, also known as etheric oil, is pure oil extracted from plants. Essential oil is entirely natural and is added to deodorant for its pleasant scent.
Natural Deodorant at Oceonics
All of the deodorants we sell at Oceonics contain no harmful ingredients. You can choose from natural deodorants by Happinesz, The Lekker Company, and Ben&Anna, all available in multiple types and scents. Looking for a vegan deodorant? We have plenty of options for that too!