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Here are some common questions we receive about our deodorant:
HOW DO I APPLY YOUR CREAM DEODORANT?
With your fingers, silly! Scoop a pea sized amount out of the jar with clean fingers. Warm the putty between your fingers and split the pea between both hands. Gently (like you’re a baby) rub the cream into your skin until you can no longer see it. Wipe the excess from your hands, you might try to rub it behind your knees, on the bottom of your feet, on your scalp, on your décolletage, etc. The product needs a couple minutes to fully soak in, so brush your teeth and pinch your cheeks before putting your shirt on.
WHY IS IT A CREAM ?
We don’t like plastic tubes , jars , etc and we think you get better application (and a free massage) if you use your finger. You use less product and you apply it properly!
WHY IS MY DEODORANT CREAM LIQUID / ROCK HARD / GRAINY?
Shea butter and coconut oil are like little thermometers in your deodorant jar. They both fluctuate in texture with temperature shifts. We use unrefined oils and butters in all of our products, which means that they can also be somewhat stubborn to solidify again when they're exposed to extreme heat. There's an easy fix! Simply mix the deodorant thoroughly with a chopstick or butter knife (making sure to reincorporate all powders into the oils) and pop it in the freezer for 20 minutes. Thereafter, store the cream below 70 degrees F. It may take up to three days for the deodorant to solidify back to it's preferred state.
In the winter, the deodorant cream might be very hard. To apply, scrape the necessary amount out of the jar with the back of your fingernail or a cosmetic spatula and warm the cream by rubbing it between your fingers before applying. Grainy deodorant occurs when the shea butter liquifies and then cools too slowly. The grains are harmless and will melt upon skin contact. If you want to fix the texture, check out this blog post. We understand that these textural shifts might be confusing, but we think it's worth it for nutrient-packed, skin-nourishing, unrefined plant oils and butters.
I'M EXPERIENCING DRYNESS, IRRITATION, REDNESS AFTER USING THE DEODORANT, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
1. Stop using it and heal. If you choose to try it again, follow 2 - 6.
2. Use less product and make sure it’s rubbed in all the way.
3. Spray face toner or AVC solution (1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to 1 cup water) under your arms at night.
4. Moisturize your armpits every single day with unscented oil (coconut, olive, etc.) or the Underarm Primer before applying the deodorant.
5. Gently exfoliate your pits once a week. You can use a washcloth or a gentle body scrub with almonds, lavender and oats. You may also use our face exfoliant!
6. If you shave your underarms, try to shave at night, moisturize, and apply the deo the next morning or at least a few hours later, and be sure you are using a sharp razor.
WHY AM I EXPERIENCING IRRITATION?
There are a few reasons this could occur.
You’re using too much deodorant and you’re not rubbing it in all the way (see #2 above). The baking soda or magnesium is throwing the pH of your skin out of whack (see #3 above). You’re allergic to one of the ingredients.
Your skin is dry or congested. (see #4 above) All of the leftover toxins from when you were using conventional deodorant are making their way out of your now unblocked pores. Commonly known as “the armpit detox”, and the jury is still out on whether this occurs or not.
HOW DO I DETOX MY UNDERARMS AND/OR REDUCE MY BODY ODOR WITHOUT DEODORANT?
Start with your diet. Attend to your gut and overall microbiome health by consuming probiotics and mostly green, leafy vegetables which contain chlorophyll and have a deodorizing effect in the body. Drink plenty of water. Apply apple cider vinegar to your underarms (see #3 above). Apply a bentonite clay mask to your underarms. Gentle exfoliate your underarms once per week (see #5 above).
IS YOUR BAKING SODA ALUMINUM FREE?
Trick question! Baking soda NEVER contains aluminum. We use one which is mined naturally - however that aluminum free claim on their packaging is a little misleading. In short, it’s baking POWDER that you’re thinking of… We think Crunchy Betty explains it best here.
WHY DO I SMELL LIKE ONIONS AND GARLIC?
Those foods contain sulfuric compounds that travel through your bloodstream and come out of your pores and can contribute to bad smells. However, those sulfuric compounds are wonderful for your immune system, so you may want to think twice before cutting them out altogether!
WHICH IS STRONGER, YOUR BAKING SODA VERSION OR BAKING SODA FREE VERSION?
This has to do with your body chemistry. There’s no definitive answer. You’re gonna have to try them all. Lucky for you, we sell mini sizes! Check the drop-down on the individual product pages.
PS, We didn’t talk about why you might be making the switch to natural deodorant. There are already plenty of compelling arguments on the web, so we didn’t think it necessary to delve into that. If you’re wondering, you can start here and here and here!