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To deodorize or not to deodorize ... You be the judge.

Chances are you may not have given much thought to what you’re swiping on those pits. There are probably a million labels and ingredients on the shelves these days, and it's nearly impossible to figure out what's what. Isn't deodorant and antiperspirant pretty much the same thing? This isn't true, in fact. They definitely matter. There are some significant differences. Let's decode this, shall we?

Antiperspirant and deodorant are two different types of products. Perspiration is a natural process that occurs when the body heats up, and antiperspirants work to keep you from sweating. It is important to note that deodorants prevent or cover up your odor. It's similar to the bourbon vs whiskey debate. While all whiskey is whiskey, not all antiperspirants are antiperspirants (since they block sweat and deodorize), but some antiperspirants are deodorants (since they just neutralize odors and block sweat). Are you following me?

Moreover, an antiperspirant differs from one another primarily by one specific ingredient, aluminum. This product is an antiperspirant if it contains aluminum. Among antiperspirant products, aluminum blocks sweat, which aims to completely stop sweating. The active ingredients of antiperspirants are metal salts and aluminum chloride. As you begin to sweat, your antiperspirant's aluminum is activated. Your sweat glands are then filled with this substance, causing a plug to form. As a result, sweat is unable to reach the skin's surface, even though it is made by your body.

If using harsh chemicals and aluminum to stop a natural (and healthy) bodily function sounds kinda rough, you’re right, it is. Is also brutal on your skin. Since your sweat glands are actually being plugged to stop both sweat and unwanted chemicals and toxins from escaping through your pores, they’re trapped inside your body. When combined with the harshness of the aluminium and chemicals, these factors can lead to irritation. Additionally, since these are products that are applied to your skin every day and left on for nearly 24 hours, the risk of irritation may be even greater than with wash-off products. Lastly, you've got the annoying, yellow armpit stains.

Switching to a natural deodorant is going to prevent potential skin irritation, save your precious shirts from the highlighter treatment, and it’s going to keep you fresh and have you smelling better, all without harsh chemicals and aluminum. Natural deodorants fight odor by using charcoal, arrowroot, and probiotics, without relying on harsh or irritating ingredients to do their work for them. The naturally-derived fragrances are also much gentler on skin and won’t exacerbate potential irritation like generic fragrances can. Plus, they smell like a man should.

Now that you know the difference between antiperspirant and deodorant, the next time you consider what to put on those pits, you'll be prepared. Not to mention why the best move is to swipe right on an effective, natural deodorant, not an aluminum packed antiperspirant.

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