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The Science Behind Antiperspirants

We’re back! Yesterdays ‘Six Quick Underarm Facts’ went down well so we’re here with the second instalment.

We’re not here to bash antiperspirants. We know that changing to natural deodorant can feel like a big leap. If you’ve tried to switch from your usual antiperspirant to a natural deodorant and found yourself disheartened, don’t worry! It can take time for the body to adjust.

If you have queries about the best natural deodorant for you, send an email to hello@naturaldeoco.com and we will help you find your perfect match!

So, what is antiperspirant and how is it different from deodorant?

  • Traditional antiperspirants work by blocking sweat. They do this by entering through the pores and swelling up in the gland to form a barrier. If the sweat can’t escape, the bacteria can’t get to it.
  • In order to create this pore blocking effect antiperspirants use aluminium compounds such as aluminium chloride, aluminium chlorohydrate and aluminium zirconium chlorohydrate complexes.
  • They may be listed in ingredients as “natural mineral salts”, “natural rock salts”, or “potassium alum” (potassium aluminium sulphate).
  • Deodorants work by killing bacteria living on the skin. They allow you to perspire naturally, but killing the bacteria means the sweat has nothing to interact with.
  • Most deodorants use alcohol to kill bacteria (ours doesn’t), but this process eradicates the good bacteria along with the bad and can lead to imbalances in skin pH. Alcohol can also cause irritation to delicate underarm skin post shave.
  • You cannot wash antiperspirant off. It takes time (sometimes up to two weeks) for the antiperspirant gel that has formed over the sweat glands to be expelled.

When we launched The Natural Deodorant Co. in 2015 we were tired of regular antiperspirant and deodorant. I didn’t like what was in them, and they didn’t even seem to be very effective. This could be because the human body often becomes immune to antiperspirants over time.
Along with the alcohol and aluminium, most antiperspirants and deodorants contained parabens, phthalates, artificial fragrance and propylene glycol and I didn’t want to apply those ingredients to my skin.

With this knowledge we knew that we wanted to create a natural deodorant that allowed good bacteria to remain intact whilst eradicating the bad bacteria and absorb wetness without using pore blocking ingredients.

Tomorrow I will be posting an ingredient glossary so that you can see exactly how we created our amazing deodorants by switching the ingredients found in traditional deodorants for 100% natural, safe alternatives. We will then make the ingredient glossary a permanent feature of the site, so that you can easily refer to it.

You can sample sizes of all of our deodorants in the drop down menu on each product page.

Order here.

Laurie xx

Six Quick Underarm Facts from The Natural Deodorant Co. Experts

Happy Monday!

I hope you’re enjoying a wonderful start to your week.

We receive questions every day about underarm skin, cream deodorants & conventional antiperspirants.

We decided it was high time that we got this information down on ‘virtual’ paper to help you guys make informed decisions.

Keep your eyes peeled over the next three days as we continue our series of quick-read topics and discover the #naturaldeoco difference.

Sweating is an essential bodily function- even though most people are very keen to avoid talking about it. It allows us to cool down when we’re hot, and some scientists believe it was one of the ways in which we attracted a mate (before Tinder).

But wanting a fresh smelling bod is not a new thing. The ancient Egyptians invented the art of scented bathing and also used to spray themselves with perfume so it’s safe to say beautifully fresh underarms are a pretty universal human need!

In the small hollow of your armpit, amazing things are happening.

  • This warm little nook is home to a large number of lymph nodes and sweat glands.
  • Your underarm (axillary) lymph nodes are separated into two clusters. They are an important part of your body’s immune system because they produce a variety of immune cells called lymphocytes that fight infection.
  • The armpit is also home to the highest density of sweat glands – around 500,000!
  • These sweat glands are primarily designed to keep you cool. The idea that we sweat to expel toxins from the body is slightly misguided. A tiny amount of toxins may leave the body via sweat- but detoxifying is the job of the liver and kidneys. So you can’t really ‘sweat out’ last nights bottle of Rioja.
  • Millions of bacteria live on the skin under our arms (the scientific term for this is a ‘microbiome’). In fact, there are approximately 1 million bacteria per square inch of underarm skin. It must be like the Central line on a Friday evening.
  • Sweat in itself is odourless (who knew?!) but when bacteria interacts with sweat, it causes body odour.
  • As you may have noticed we love underarms and we want them to be HAPPY. That’s why we developed our range of skin-loving deodorants. Find them here.

Remember to check out tomorrow’s post with the science behind antiperspirants.

Stay fresh out there!

Laurie xx

If it matters to your wellbeing, it’s in Lifebox

We are incredibly happy to announce we have been chosen to appear in the amazing Marie Claire made by Lifebox collaboration this month!

We are super excited, as you can imagine, and are very much looking forward to seeing your reaction to this lovely little box, which is available right now until stocks last here!

If you haven’t heard of Lifebox, where have you been?! Now is the time to get onboard with this amazing health and wellness subscription service, who we will be working with over the coming weeks!

We are proud to have been handpicked by the Lifebox crew, who work only with brands and producers who share their ethos, and produce the highest quality products, the most nourishing and true health foods out there.

The Lifebox rules are simple enough;




Basically, If it matters to your wellbeing, it’s in Lifebox.

So who is Lifebox for? Literally everyone! Lifebox aims to take everyone, from the health conscious to the beginner, on a journey of discovery, providing boxes of healthy snacks, drinks, ingredients, recipes, and inspiration delivered directly to your home or office desk every month! Perfect!

The Marie Claire made by Lifebox will contain the same Lifebox core values, only slightly enhanced, with each edition having a dedicated theme, with this month being Winter Skin.

The Marie Claire made by Lifebox is just £36 (£80rrp) and features all sorts of lovely goodies to inspire women all over the UK to kick start or enhance a healthier lifestyle.

We will be working with Lifebox in this months Marie Claire range to help champion the fact that healthy food doesn’t have to be bland…it can be ridiculously tasty and ultimately enjoyable!

With Christmas creeping up on us all the Marie Claire made by Lifebox is also a perfect gift idea, Marie Claire made by Lifebox is available to order here with limited stock available be sure to snap yours up now to avoid disappointment!


Website: http://lifeboxfood.com/

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Laurie Loves: Silky Hair

I’ve been meaning to write down my essential products for ages. I personally LOVE reading product reviews (hello 3am beauty blog scrolling) and it gives me a chance to shine a light on brands who are doing great things in the beauty world.

I’m kicking off with one of my longest standing staples: the John Masters Lavender & Avocado Intensive Conditioner. This product has been a total game changer and leaves my hair magically smooth and soft after using. It has a light scent and has a thick gel cream texture. I tend to use this once a week after shampooing, and leave it in for a few minutes before rinsing. I like to ensure every strand is conditioned with this using a fine tooth comb. I have been using this product for around 2 years now and I don’t think I will ever stop because the difference in my hair is so noticeable with this product.

For extra silky-softness I highly recommend using an oil treatment overnight the night before you wash your hair. My favourites are the Tabitha James Kraan Scented Organic Hair Oil and Lani Tropical Hair Treatment. I apply the hair oil from roots to tips as my hair tends towards dryness and tie it in a plait before double cleansing my hair (that’s two shampoos) in the morning and slathering on the highly addictive John Masters Intensive Conditioner.

You can find the John Masters Lavender & Avocado Conditioner here & here.


Laurie Loves: Isla Apothecary

A while ago I met the very lovely Kate, owner of Isla Apothecary. My stand was next to hers at Clean Cult back in July and I instantly fell in love with her beautiful copper packaging!

Fast forward a few months, and I received a package in the post containing both the Isla Apothecary Blood Orange & Vanilla Moisturising Sugar Scrub, and the Beautifying Face Mask. As soon as I used the sugar scrub I knew I had to tell everyone about it.

I have never smelled a scrub like this one before. It is heavenly. Sweet and fruity and actually almost addictive, but not sickly sweet at all. I scoop a handful out of the tub and scrub in slow circular movements before rinsing away and it leaves my skin silky soft. I love using it before I shave my legs too because it seems to be preventing ingrown hairs and allowing for a closer shave.

Another way I have been using this scrub (and I’m not 100% sure if this is suggested, but it is amazing all the same!) is on my lips before I apply my make-up. Oh my. I take a tiny pea-sized amount and very gently buff the lips before wiping away with a soft muslin cloth or a damp cotton pad. Once the scrub is wiped away I slather on some of my favourite lip balm (currently coveting the Skin & Tonic one) and this just creates the perfect base for lipstick. Like…one of those super flawless instagram pouts!

So, suffice to say I have a new beauty essential.

While I was falling in love with her product line, I decided to ask her a few questions to find out more about the brains (and beauty) behind the brand…

So, how did Isla Apothecary begin?

It began in part out of frustration with some of my sensitivities, which led me to experiment with raw, natural ingredients, and partly down to my love of aromatherapy. My curiosity for alternative wellness and healing started me off on the road to DIY-ing with pure and simple ingredients, and therapies, which I found I responded really well to. When I started to give samples out, there was a really positive response, and that came at a time when I was ready to slowly but surely turn it all in to a different being.

Do you have a favourite product in the range?

I definitely have a soft spot for the Coffee + Cinnamon Body Polish, though I have just finalised a new product that I am really so excited about, and I would say is my new favourite. I starting working on it around two years ago and completed it only recently. Inspired by my Greek roots, and nostalgia for summer nights in Greece and Cyprus, I love using it and can’t wait to share it in the coming months.

What does an average day look like for the owner of a growing green beauty business?

No two days are the same, fortunately! It’s a mixed bag everyday and ranges from managing production and inventory, labeling jars, new product development, social media planning, emails, PR, and booking couriers! Rarely do I stick to one task all day long but I love the variety of it; it keeps me on my toes.

Ok, now for some fun ones.

Where’s the last place you went on holiday?

I did an ambitious road trip around Lake Como, Lake Lugano and Lake Bled in the summer and it was beautiful- I saw a totally different part of Europe that I would love to explore more of!

What’s your all time favourite movie?

Anything with Richard Gere! It’s a choice between Primal Fear and An Officer and A Gentleman.

What’s for dinner tonight?

If I can help it, it’s most likely to be a paneer-based dish!

Thank you Kate, it was lovely to get a little peek into the ‘behind the scenes’ at Isla Apothecary.

You can find the whole line at www.islaapothecary.com


Why You Should Switch To Natural Deodorant

You probably already guessed that we believe in the importance of natural deodorant, but why should you make the switch?

  1. The ingredients in ‘regular’ deodorant stay in your pores for longer than you realise. Even after you shower, the aluminium salts can continue to block the ducts for up to 24 hours.
  2. You need to sweat. Sweat is your body’s way of releasing toxins. Our formulations enable your body to do what it needs to do (no pore-blocking ingredients), whilst keeping you totally fresh at the same time. Win/win!
  3. You’ll be more popular. Well, obviously, if you smell gorgeous all the time, people are going to be falling over themselves to hang out with you. Definitely.
  4. Pesky Hormone Disruptors. Mainstream antiperspirants and deodorants tend to contain chemicals that can lead to hormone disruption. These include: triclosan, parabens, propylene glycol and formaldehyde. Let’s be real, hormones can be a nuisance at the best of times, without your deodorant making things more complicated.
  5. Beautiful under arms. Our deodorants will not only keep you as fresh-as-a-daisy all day, but the nourishing ingredients are great for your skin. So, if the mood takes you, you really can ‘throw your hands in the air’. *Disclaimer: Please exercise caution when ‘throwing hands in the air’ to avoid injury to others.
  6. It’s SO easy. No more carrying around your old semi-effective deodorant and secretly reapplying in the work toilets! It’s all-natural, chock-full of skin loving ingredients and it works. All day. It’s really a no-brainer.
  7. Buying from The Natural Deodorant Co. is like a big high-five for the environment. We use organic coconut oil & olive oil & fairly traded shea butter. Also, our pots are glass (recyclable, obvs) and our packing peanuts are made from non-GMO corn and are biodegradable.

We know what you’re thinking…

“Hey, have I seen you somewhere before?”

… Well, actually yes you probably have *sly smile*.

You may have seen us recently in YOU magazine, British Vogue, Veggie Magazine, iNews (The Independent), Hello Magazine on-line, Women’s Fitness, or in wellness guru Calgary Avansino’s Newsletter. Not that we want to toot our own horn…

Check out our ‘Press’ page to see who’s talking about us.