The chances are, in the past we’ve all stood in the supermarket, staring at the vast array of aerosols and roll on’s, not really thinking about what the difference between antiperspirant and deodorant is. But seen as you’re here, perhaps you are asking yourself that exact question, and are ready to test the waters with natural deodorants.
So let’s take a deep dive on antiperspirants vs deodorants, and the reasons why you should make the switch to our natural deodorant!
What’s the difference between antiperspirant and deodorant?
The main purpose of antiperspirant is to stop you from sweating, whereas a deodorant lets you sweat naturally, yet keeps you smelling fresh.
A key ingredient in antiperspirants is Aluminium Salts, which is used to block your sweat glands, preventing them from producing sweat. Now we don’t know about you, but we’ve never known blocked pores to be a good thing?
Remember, sweating is a completely natural function that our body needs to do in order to keep us cool, and it isn’t actually the sweat that smells. Living on your underarms are lots of tiny bacteria that actually feast upon your sweat, creating an acidic by-product; this is your body odour! Our natural deodorant works by neutralising this by product, stopping your BO in its tracks.
Why should I avoid antiperspirants?
Supermarket antiperspirants use aluminium ingredients as they’re a cheap and effective way to change your body's natural perspiration process, but peer reviewed publications have suggested that long term exposure to this chemical could have potentially harmful health effects, including an increased risk of breast cancer. (ref)
Because deodorant isn’t designed to stop you sweating, it won’t contain this harmful chemical, and Pit Putty deodorant is a 100% natural, aluminium free deodorant, meaning it’s completely chemical free, whilst still remaining super effective at keeping your feeling fresh all day.
What happens when you switch from antiperspirant to deodorant?
If you're transitioning from an antiperspirant to an aluminium free deodorant, you may find that you sweat a bit with light exercise, but remember, sweat is good and will be odourless. Rest assured, this will normalise quite quickly!
If you're worried about damp patches on your underarms, one of Pit Putty's main super ingredients is Arrowroot powder - a natural talc, with moisture absorbing qualities, so many people will actually remain dry all day.
We’ve written a whole blog about how to switch to natural deodorants, and you can take a look here!
Why should I try natural deodorant?
When it comes to antiperspirant vs deodorant, to us, it was a no brainer to make the switch. After a friend of ours was diagnosed with a skin melanoma, and her doctor suggested for her to avoid products that contain SLS, our natural curiosity led us to investigate all these strange ingredients found in our beauty products, and specifically our deodorants.
We decided that we no longer wanted to let these chemicals into our bodies, or even into the environment, when you shower off the products or use aerosol sprays.
Pit Putty is a super effective natural deodorant that is aluminium free, SLS free, basically any sort of nasty free product that you and your family can use with confidence, knowing you’ll be fresh all day whilst letting your body do it’s natural thing!
Pick up a sample to test drive our natural deodorant before making the big switch. We have mini tins and sticks available here, in a selection of fabulously fresh scents!