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Rethink Your Stink: Go With A Natural Deo

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     Aloha! It's Dana Murray again. For those of you who haven't read my previous skincare blog post on The Salty, I am Dana, a licensed esthetician and Kopari's Product Innovation Manager.

     We want to bring awareness to aluminum found in deodorants and the potential negative side effects it can have on your body. There are cleaner, better options available, like our award-winning Kopari Coconut Deodorant, that actually work. We strongly believe what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body — So here's why you should rethink your stink and go with a clean deo.

Why We Sweat & Why Do We Smell?
    Our bodies have two types of sweat glands - eccrine and apocrine. Eccrine glands are all over our bodies and regulate our body temperature; This is the salty type of sweat that contains water and sodium. Apocrine, on the other hand, is mainly found in the underarm region and is triggered by stress, anxiety and fluctuating hormones; This type of sweat produces bacteria, helps our bodies get rid of toxins, and is the reason why we smell. It’s also why we only use deodorant in just our underarms and not our entire bodies.

The Difference: Deodorant vs. Antiperspirant
    Deodorant works by helping to fight bacteria in the underarm and scent the area. While antiperspirants actually clog or shrink sweat glands with ingredients such as aluminum. This is basically stopping the body from performing its natural body functions like regulating body temperature, releasing toxins and sweat. Super gross, right?

Say NO to Toxins

There are several ingredients in most commercial brands of antiperspirant deodorant that get bad raps, but the biggest offender by far is aluminum. Several studies found that aluminum may contribute to the formation of certain types of cancers and Alzheimer’s disease.  

    You already know we never formulate our products with parabens, phthalates, triclosan, or any of those other nasties- so we’ve got you covered there!

Make the Safe Switch!

Most of us started using antiperspirant deodorant as soon as we hit puberty, resulting in years of plugging up sweat follicles. As people become more aware of the importance of what they put in as well as on their body, many are making the switch from antiperspirants to aluminum-free deodorants. The body is a pretty amazing thing and your pits will go through a detox and adjustment period to regulate sweat production.

    Let me warn you, you're going to sweat a lot more than usual for a little bit and you will probably smell like a middle school locker room. Your pores will unclog so they can finally start functioning they way they’re intended to. When the sweat and stink start pouring in, this is when most of us start running back to their trusty antiperspirant. Stay strong people, stay strong! This process usually lasts for 2-4 weeks but gets less and less as time goes on.

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How to Survive the Antiperspirant Detox:

 Exfoliate your pits - Since commercial antiperspirant deodorants leave a sticky chemical residue on the skin, start by exfoliating with Coconut Crush Scrub to buff away dead skin cells and residue.

Pit mask - Clay masks like our Coconut Detox Mask that contain bentonite or kaolin are known to be super detoxifying and can also be used in the armpit area for the same effect. Apply one or two times a week to kick start your aluminum-free deodorant detox process.

Sweat it out -  Working out, steam rooms or dry saunas will really help you sweat out all those toxins and speed up the process.

Drink water - Drinking water will stimulate the lymphatic system and this will help flush your body and detox even quicker.

Wipe, then swipe - You may want to keep some baby wipes handy to freshen up those pretty little pits through the day during the detox process. Then simply re-apply Coconut Deodorant.

    Although the switch from an antiperspirant to a clean deodorant may seem intimidating, we promise your bod will thank you! Think about it: you get to purge your pits of years of toxins, help get your underarms function how they should, AND smell like sweet coconut milk while you’re at it. Sounds like a win-win (& win). So now that you know, empower your pits and make the switch to an aluminum-free deodorant. Glide on and go get em, girl!


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