Picking out the best deodorant available can be confusing, but it shouldn’t be. The number one question I get from customers, is “But does it actually work?” Which is totally a loaded question. As far as deodorizing, yes, most certainly it works. If used correctly – AND the clothing and skin is clean from the start.
But, everybody’s body chemistry varies, even from day to day. Indeed, the type of sweat you produce for different activities may call for a different approach. AND, a lot of folks have gotten accustomed to the “antiperspirant” qualities in many commercial deodorant brands which classify the product as a drug. Antiperspirants claim to changes the body’s natural systems – and I don’t want to do that nor make such claims. Further, some antiperspirants create more problems than they solve, and I seek to create something that is safe for the environment and people. If you’re running a marathon and sweating profusely, chances are high that the sweat mostly consists of water, situated for cooling and is classified as an eccrine type of sweat. If you’re speaking in front of a large audience, asking for a raise or just stressed out about something at the moment, it is likely that your body is producing a different chemical caused by an oily substance containing a greater amount of apocrine sweat. Because of these differences in secretions, and how oil repels water, I have come up with essential oil blends that can withstand the demands of either type of sweat, or a little of both. If a blend is matched with the correct type of sweat, it achieves the deodorizing effect sought. The longer lasting formulas are marked with an asterisk*, below:
Black Diamond/Advanced Care – Righteous Rebel is formulated for the funky, stressed out and oily apocrine sweat.
These also provide some benefit of adding absorption along with the deodorizing properties. After extensive testing, I have come up with a formula based on the success of my original formula and essential oil blends for varying types of sweat, but adds the longer-lasting deodorizing control of non-nano particle zinc. What is that nano business, you ask? It simply means that the particles in the powder are not so small that they clog your pores to prevent you from sweating or building up bacteria right next to your lymph nodes. Without making any drug claims, I’ll let you search the world wide web to determine why those lymph nodes need to be clear of toxins and blockage. It can also be determined that zinc operates similarly to silver in deodorizing and sun protection products, so one could feasibly use their deodorant for some sun protection thereby reducing the number of products to carry when traveling or venturing into the backcountry.
As with many of my products, I offer at least 3 aroma blends to suit the type of activity/sweat.
Still not sure what is causing your super funk? Take off that shirt and compare the smell of it to your armpits directly. There’s a good chance that some of your clothes may have already built up a level of bacteria in them. Hello, bike jerseys, gym bags and yellow armpit stains! Addressing this issue first and foremost will increase your odds at establishing a bacteria balance. To that end, I have created an unscented Stain Stick that optimizes the lifting power of coconut oil and combines it with super lathery soap nut extract and extra deodorizing baking soda to give you a fresh start with your favorite athletic gear, undershirts and general stains. There is also a lavender, lemon and sandalwood essential oil scented Stain Stick which I find particularly nice for bike gloves, socks, undershirts and clothes from trail days. All you have to do is dampen the section of affected fabric, rub the stick on it until it lathers and let it sit for at least 10 minutes before washing with your regular laundry. You can also safely add this to an overnight soak with hydrogen peroxide for an oxygen “bleach”, for restoring bright white sheets and towels. Because it is so effective at lifting, the Stain Sticks are not recommended to use on silk or wool products. Lastly, since they are mostly comprised of coconut oil, they would pull too much oil from your skin – use only on clothing!