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The Difference Between Deodorant and Antiperspirants

The Difference Between Deodorant and Antiperspirants

Why choose a natural deodorant over an antiperspirant?

Most people think that antiperspirants and deodorants are the same thing, but they aren’t. Antiperspirants work by clogging, closing, or blocking the pores with powerful astringents such as aluminum salts so that they can’t release sweat. (Note that aluminum can accumulate in the brain.) Deodorants work by neutralizing the smell of the sweat and by antiseptic action against bacteria. Deodorants are preferable because they don’t interfere with sweating, a natural cooling process.

Baking soda works wonders because it neutralizes the odor of sweat. Just sprinkle a light covering of baking soda onto a damp washcloth. Pat on. Don’t rinse.

This tip—just using baking soda—has saved me on many occasion, especially when traveling.

Basic Deodorant Powder
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
A few drops essential oils such as lavender or cinnamon

Place the ingredients in a glass jar. Shake to blend. Sprinkle a light covering of the powder on a damp washcloth. Pat on. Don’t rinse.

Basic Liquid Deodorant
1/4 cup each witch hazel extract, aloe vera gel, and mineral water
1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
A few drops antibacterial essential oils such as lavender (optional)

Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake to blend.

Makes 3/4 cup

Shelf life: Indefinite.

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By Annie B. Bond

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5:41AM PST on Feb 27, 2014

Thank you.

6:37AM PST on Nov 29, 2013

Well I'm going to buy some baking soda and cornstarch! Learn every day :)

11:31AM PDT on Jul 12, 2013

no your wrong @nyasia cause anit- means not so you won.t be perspiring

5:54PM PDT on Jul 8, 2013

This is wrong!! It's the other way around. Deodorant keeps the sweat in and may lead to Breast Cancer. Antiperspirants prevents odor but lets you sweat.......this is wrong!!!!!! I have living proof.

12:38AM PDT on Jun 3, 2013

Well, based on this article, it would seem antiperspirants are the worst thing for your body, whereas deodorants work with the body...

4:38PM PDT on May 24, 2013

Thank you

5:12AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

I knew that

10:41PM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

thank you

3:32AM PST on Feb 15, 2013

thank you thats sure worth knowing !

1:26PM PST on Dec 26, 2012

Good info, thank you.

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