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What’s the Difference Between an Antiperspirant and a Natural Deodorant?

What’s the Difference Between an Antiperspirant and a Natural Deodorant?

Chances are, you’ve heard the words “antiperspirant” and “deodorant” used interchangeable, and maybe you’ve even seen products that serve as both antiperspirants and deodorants. Even so, you probably already know that there’s a pretty big difference between them. So, what do these two terms mean? And which is the healthier choice for your family’s daily use?

Well, let’s start with the similarities: both antiperspirants and deodorants are used to combat the effects of underarm perspiration. However, while antiperspirants are made to stop wetness, deodorants are used for odor protection. Simple, right?

Not so fast. You might have heard some negative press about antiperspirants, or recommendations to avoid them altogether and opt for a natural deodorant like Kiss My Face’s Quick Dry Spray Deos in Sport or Cucumber & Green Tea. So… what exactly is the concern there, anyway?

Don’t Sweat It

Well, it’s about time you knew the facts! First things first:

  • Sweat is colorless and odorless. (Really!)
  • It’s the bacteria living on our skin that causes the stains and odor.
  • Perspiration is one of our body’s natural cooling mechanisms.

Yes, it’s true. Sweat itself isn’t the culprit to our noses (or our clothing). It’s the bacteria is comes in contact with that live on our skin that creates the embarrassing odor and underarm stains associated with sweating.

The truth is, sweat is a healthy part of our skin’s natural cooling process. Sweat limits the accumulation of salt and calcium in the kidneys and urine, which can reduce the risk of kidney stones. It may also play a role in fending off dangerous foreign substances. A study conducted at Eberhard-Karls-University at Tubingen in Germany suggested that perspiration contains a natural antibiotic known as Dermcidin, which can help kill bacteria, including E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus, on the skin’s surface.

Quick Dry Spray deodorantBottom line: it’s best to let your skin release toxins through the sweat glands, as nature designed. Antiperspirants are made to clog up your sweat glands to stop this process from happening. What’s worse, they commonly use Aluminum Chlorohydrate to accomplish this aim – learn more about this potentially hazardous chemical compound.

Why clog up your sweat glands by applying a potentially harmful ingredient to your most delicate skin? There’s a better way to stay fresh and keep your clothing free of stains! Kiss My Face’s naturally-effective Quick Spray Dry Deos are:

  • Aluminum Chlorohdrate and Paraben-Free
  • Designed to go on clear and dry in seconds
  • Free of aerosol propellants (better for the environment)
  • Powerfully strong – strong enough to provide 24-hour odor protection
  • Crammed with naturally-effective ingredients like Thyme, Green Tea & Cucumber

So, go ahead… SWEAT with confidence this autumn season!



Read more about the natural ingredients that Kiss My Face uses – and the chemical compounds we don’t use – in our FREE eBook, “Green Goddess Ingredient Guide.”