When we think of natural deodorants, the first thing that probably comes to mind would be that tin of alum powder or strange cloudy crystal our mother or grandmother recommended in our awkward teenage years when we started noticing a bit of odour developing in our armpits. Thankfully, we’ve come a long way since the dark days of rubbing potentially irritating crystal powder on our underarms. The present-day shift towards natural beauty and skincare has given us some great alternatives when it comes to caring for our bodies. One of these would be natural deodorants. Here, we breakdown this buzzy grooming trend for those of you considering living au naturel.
What’s the difference between deodorant and antiperspirant?
First things first, labels do matter. Deodorants work by killing odour-causing bacteria on skin but don’t do much for over-production of sweat. Antiperspirants, on the other hand, control sweat but don’t control odour. Typically, the best way to address smelly, sweaty armpits would be to find a product that features both deodorant AND antiperspirant qualities.