extra strength deodorant ◠
◠ ingredients: dipropylene glycol - moisturizer that helps with slip and glide - rated 1 (green) on ewg, considered safe and non-toxic even as a food additive. tapioca starch (modified) polymethylsilsesquioxane - a light version of tapioca starch modified with silica microspheres (from non-toxic inert substance that makes up plants, animals and the sand on the beach) to absorb wetness - ideal for heavy perspiration. aloe vera juice (organic) hydrated (with water) from inner fillet - softens and protects skin while helping with glide. sodium stearate - thickener from plants, also a common ingredient in cleansers and soaps for texture. natural enzymes - fermented enzymes from natural yeast to help zap odor-causing bacteria. cyclopentasiloxane - a lightweight silicone for glide that doesn't cause build up on skin like dimethicone - washes out clean with soap or body wash - based on silica, a naturally occurring mineral. golden jojoba wax - a desert native plant wax that mimics the skin's natural barrier - helps with soothing and skin protection. allantoin - a skin protectant found in many plants and animals, ours is derived from the comfrey plant. bamboo extract powder - a silica (mineral) rich powder used to absorb wetness and help with smooth application. phenoxyethanol* (and) caprylyl glycol (and) sorbic acid - preservative to keep your stick fresh in the medicine cabinet - paraben-free *used at less than 1%. fragrance - scented with a proprietary blend of pure essential oils and phthalate-free premium aroma isolates. we use the term fragrance to refer to these essential oils and aroma isolates.
how it works: we use enzymes to help zap the odor-causing bacteria, and tapioca starch to help absorb excess wetness. each puck or cube will glide on lightly and smoothly.
transition period from aluminum deodorant: aluminum based antiperspirants include big brand products, as well as alternative products like crystal sticks, alum sticks and mineral salt sticks. when switching away from these, you might experience a detox effect for a few days to a couple weeks.
what we mean by detoxing is: you may be more stinky and sweaty at first while your body is ridding itself of the buildup that has accumulated with antiperspirant use. antiperspirants block the pores so sweat can’t get out. your body needs to sweat to remove waste.
re-apply as needed: you may want to reapply during the first few weeks until the detoxing is finished. to reapply, first wipe the area dry, then just use one light swipe to refresh your protection. after the detox period, the deodorant should last 8 hours without need to reapply.
if you shave, wax or epilate, or for sensitive skin: as with any deodorant, we do not recommend applying directly after shaving or hair removal, and we recommend using an extra layer of cream or moisturizer (a small bit of shea butter works great) first if the skin is particularly sensitive and prone to irritation. apply the moisturizer or oil or butter first then apply the deodorant.
what to do if it dries out: it may evaporate over time and the stick will become drier, and glide less. this doesn't mean it's no longer working - it still will work and be effective. you can re-hydrate it by spritzing with water or using a wet finger to get the “slippery” feeling again.
store in airtight container: for the unpackaged deodorants, keep it in an airtight container to prevent it from getting dry. this is especially a factor in dry climates.
high heat: keep your deodorant out of direct heat or sun (for example your car in the summer) because your deodorant could melt at very high temperatures.