Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Deodorant vs. Antiperspirant
The words “deodorant” and “antiperspirant” are often used interchangeably; however, there is a difference.
- Antiperspirants work to reduce both sweat and odor from your underarms. By slowing down the flow of sweat to the surface of the skin, they help control wetness, and in turn, odor.
- Deodorants help to fight odor by reducing odor-causing bacteria. It is actually the bacteria, not the wetness from sweat, that causes you to smell.
Is it normal to sweat?
Sweating is a completely natural process and carries out an important bodily function, helping to cool you down and regulate your body temperature.
Are antiperspirants dangerous or unsafe?
Over the last several years, many people have become concerned about aluminum being used in antiperspirants, particularly in regard to breast cancer. While there are no conclusive scientific studies showing a direct causal relationship between aluminum in antiperspirants and breast cancer, many people across the world have started using natural deodorants in lieu of traditional deodorants that contain more chemicals, such as aluminum, parabens, triclosan and phthalates.
Does an aluminum-free antiperspirant exist?
The short answer is no. Antiperspirants are regulated by the FDA as a drug because they change the body's natural sweating process. The FDA only allows aluminum to be used as the active ingredient to prevent sweating in antiperspirants, thus aluminum-free products are only deodorants and not antiperspirants.
How do natural deodorants control sweating?
Despite the benefits, many people don’t love the feeling of wetness that accompanies sweat, which is why many natural deodorants include ingredients that help absorb wetness on the skin to give you a drier feel.
Each & Every uses tapioca starch in our formula, which we love because it helps absorb wetness on skin, is gluten-free and is non-irritating for those with sensitive skin.
What can I expect when switching from an antiperspirant to a natural deodorant?
It may take some time for your body to adjust when you switch from an antiperspirant to a deodorant as your body washes out of the temporary plugs caused by aluminum and adjusts to new ingredients. Many people report a 1-2 week adjustment period.
If you’re using an antiperspirant now, you might be surprised by how effective a natural deodorant can be. Try Each & Every risk-free with our money-back guarantee.