To get to where we are today, Raw Nature deodorants have undergone testing for nearly two years to perfect the right formulation.
Our goal was a product that prevented body odour, killed bacteria and made our customers feel confident that they could go all day without smelling ‘bad’ or being feeling embarrassed about BO.
The product also had to have natural ingredients, no aluminium, no sulfates, no phthalates, no parabens, no need to touch the product with your fingers to apply, be light and easy to transport, and plastic free.
A tall order you may ask! But we have gone and done it.
We made a slight change to the deodorant ingredient list and we now include a small amount of baking soda in our deodorants as we found it absorbs moisture from the skin and keeps it dry. It prevents body odour by killing bacteria and changes the pH level in the underarm by counteracting the acids in sweat.
Our deodorants are not antiperspirants, they won’t clog your pores in your armpits.
Wait, what? How can I keep my armpits dry then? And why should I care?
Well, our bodies are made to sweat so they can cool down or excrete toxins. Think of sweating as a body detoxification. If you have used a commercial antiperspirant for some time these clogged pores will need to unclog. It may take a while for your body to adjust to a natural deodorant and your body’s chemistry could change, you may even experience higher sweating or body odour. This is a sign your body is detoxifying itself.
Think of all the products we put on our faces to unclog the pores but we never think to do that to our underarms. Commercial antiperspirants infiltrate the underarm skin and get stuck within the body, an area that is very close to the lymph node and breast area. This is thought to be particularly worrisome for breastfeeding mums, young girls, menopausal woman and in fact anyone in between!
Our well crafted deodorant formula contains a small concentration of baking soda. We found that when a large quantity of baking soda is used in a deodorant it can often cause friction which can lead to an irritation giving you red and sore armpits.
We have also made a sensitive skin option called So Vanilla; it contains vanilla and manuka essential oils as they are known for their soothing and calming skin properties and the tiniest amount of baking soda. The reason for putting the smallest amount of baking soda in our sensitive deodorant is because sweat is mildly acidic and it neutralises the alkalinity of the baking soda and dissolves it. This is helpful when combating sweat even on sensitive skins.
There will still be a small amount of people that can’t tolerate baking soda at all and if that’s you, please contact us and we will custom make you a baking soda-free deodorant.