Natural vs. Antiperspirant: Why Make the Switch?

There are some big differences between a product labeled “deodorant” and one that’s labeled “antiperspirant.” In fact, many people think deodorants and antiperspirants are interchangeable. They’re located in the same aisle, so shouldn’t they work the same? The truth is, they both work but in separate ways.

Our goal as a natural deodorant company is to inform people about our product and philosophy as much as possible. Part of that is educating people that deodorants and antiperspirants are completely different things.

Antiperspirants rely on chemicals to work

The active ingredient in antiperspirants is aluminum, which plugs pores shut to stop sweat. While there are reports out there that claim aluminum is a factor in breast cancer, studies have not found a direct link. Whispers about aluminum, however, have gotten people to think deeper about what they are putting into their bodies, and aluminum is still a chemical that mimics estrogen in the body. Popular antiperspirants also contain parabens, another chemical oftentimes found in beauty products. Used as preservatives, parabens also mimic estrogen and can disrupt the body’s natural balance.

Unlike antiperspirants, natural deodorants do not contain any chemically made ingredients. This is a big plus for people who are mindful of what they are putting into their bodies. There is no worry about any synthetic, unhealthy ingredients going into the skin, which helps put people at ease.

Deodorant controls odor, not sweat

Our underarms have a ton of sweat glands, so it’s OK to experience a little wetness when wearing natural deodorant. Remember, sweat doesn’t always equate to stink. It’s actually the bacteria in your pits that makes you stinky, not the sweat itself. Stress sweat contains fatty acids and proteins that interact with bacteria on the skin to cause odor. Antiperspirants get their name because they completely stop perspiration by clogging pores. Deodorants keep pores open and fresh, which is much healthier for the pits. Both control odor, but in a different way.

So, what category does PiperWai fall into?

PiperWai is absolutely a natural deodorant. What makes us different from all other natural deodorants, however, is that we use activated charcoal to help absorb moisture. While some of our customers experience a little unscented natural wetness when they use PiperWai, the activated charcoal works well enough to absorb 1,000 times its own weight. Because of this special ingredient, most customers do not experience any wetness at all. Like your typical deodorants, PiperWai does not rely on aluminum to stop sweat and odor. Instead, odor is neutralized, sweat is absorbed and you are left smelling fresh and confident knowing that only natural ingredients are going into your body.

Now we leave you with the big question: which one will you choose?



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