Anybody else remember busting out some dance moves to C+C Music Factory? “Come on let's sweat (sweat sweat) baby…. Everybody Dance Now!”
They had right idea. Getting your “sweat on” has its benefits, and it isn’t something we should be stopping with aluminium filled antiperspirants.
Fun Sweaty Fact #1 – Your sweat doesn’t actually smell. What causes BO (body odour) is the bacteria that start munching on proteins in the sweat. They break down the proteins into acids and that’s what smells.
Why we should we sweat with pride
Sweating is normal and healthy. These are just some of the good things that sweating does for your body:
- Cooling you down and preventing overheating
- May help to expel toxins such as BPA, phthalates and heavy metals
- Kills bacteria and viruses than can’t live in temperatures above 37C
- Keeps pores clear
- Reduces your chance of kidney stones
- May help to fight skin infections
So it is pretty cool stuff, and it makes you think “why you would want to stop it?” Especially if you could sweat without the fear of stinky-ness.
Fun Sweaty Fact #2 – Women have more sweat glands than men. But the men’s are more active and that is why they sweat more.
Deodorants vs Antiperspirants
Deodorants and Antiperspirants are not the same thing.
Antiperspirants use aluminium salts to either block, close or clog your pores to prevent you from sweating. In Australia they are classed and regulated as therapeutic goods because they alter your body’s normal function.
Deodorants don’t interfere with you pores or glands. They still let you sweat. Deodorants work by creating an environment on your skin that prevents bacteria from having a wild party stinking up the joint.
Fun Sweaty Fact #3 – Stress sweat smells worse than exercise sweat. This is because it comes from different glands where the sweat has a higher percentage of proteins and fats compared to exercise sweat. The bacteria go nuts for the extra protein and fats and gorge on it like its Christmas dinner.
The problem with aluminium salts
Aluminium chloride, aluminium zirconium, aluminium chlorohydrate and aluminium hydroxybromide are all commonly used in antiperspirants. Aluminium is not normally found in the body so a big red flag is raised when researchers find it in our tissue. It shows that our body absorbs aluminium.
Aluminium is a neurotoxin and it has links to increasing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. It has also been found to disrupt your endocrine system by mimicking the hormone estrogen. Anything that can do this is a massive red flag in the breast cancer world.
It’s also the culprit for staining your clothes yellow!
So as you can see, it’s important to embrace the sweat and ditch antiperspirants.
But we understand that no one wants to go around smelling like you have been camping for a week without showers. That is why we have been working on a 100% natural deodorant that's aluminium free.
Here's your chance to try our new natural deodorant
Waaaaaay back in January 2015 we asked for some willing human hamsters (product testers) to trial a natural deodorant for us. It took us a while to get the formula ready, but we got there :)
The human hamsters did a fabulous job and sweated a whole lot to put the deodorant through its paces. Their feedback overwhelmingly positive (hooray!). The biggest complaint was that the jar had finished!
It took us about 9 months, but we have totally nailed the formula.
We’re always nervous that new products aren’t going work as well as we planned. We shouldn’t have worried as the natural deodorant worked for all bar 1 of the hamsters and no one reported any skin irritations. Wowsers.
Irritated skin was our biggest concern because bicarb soda can really be uncomfortable for some. Bicarb is amazing at stopping B.O. (the dreaded body odour) but too much leaves you with red, itchy armpits. We don’t wish that on anyone.
Lucky we're incredibly clever and have worked out a way to use bicarb soda without causing irritation, even for sensitive souls. Woohoo!
These samples are 10 grams, enough for a couple of weeks so you can really give the deodorant a good workout.
Fun Sweaty Fact #4 – Anthropologist Louis Leakey suspects that our body odour comes from our ancient defence system to stop animals from eating us.
Here's what our hamsters have had to say...