By blocking the sweat ducts, antiperspirants create conditions in which bacteria cannot grow and multiply.
The modern formulation of the antiperspirant was patented by Jules Montenier in 1941, and in the 1960s the first aerosol antiperspirant came onto the market with immediate commercial success.
The main ingredient of antiperspirants are aluminium chloride compounds, such as aluminium zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly. When they mix with sweat they turn into a solid gel that plugs the sweat gland tubule. Over time, as the skin renews itself, the plug loosens and comes off. Even deodorants and antiperspirants that market themselves as natural can in fact contain aluminium compounds in order to boost the effectiveness of the natural ingredients.
The use of aluminium compounds in deodorants is a somewhat controversial topic, and, because it is a relatively new invention, it has a shorter history of safe use for compared to natural deodorisers. In addition, many people are allergic or irritated by the presence of aluminium in their cosmetic products. If you want to avoid antiperspirants and aluminium products there are plenty of natural alternatives to try - including the entire Lush deodorant range. Whether it’s a powder or a solid you won’t find aluminium in any of them.
Body sprays are usually alcohol based. And, because alcohol is also a common ingredient in deodorants, some body sprays are marketed as ‘deodorant body sprays’.
And, while the alcohol in these sprays will have a deodorising effect on your skin, their primary function is to perfume - and the alcohol helps it do this by delivering that perfume onto the skin before it evaporates leaving the fragrance behind.
Most liquid perfumes are alcohol-based, and body sprays are generally the lightest in perfume strength.
Body sprays do not deal with sweat or bacteria, and only function to make your skin smell different - think of them as a finishing touch rather than a deodoriser.
Natural powders offer a gentle but effective alternative to preserved, aluminium based deodorants and antiperspirants.
Because of their high absorbency rate, they allow your body to sweat while limiting bacteria and keeping you clean and comfortable.
Antimicrobial Ingredients, such as powdered tea tree and sage, pair up with super absorbent sodium bicarbonate or lycopodium powders to control sweat and leave your feeling delightfully dry.
A dusting powder will leave your skin feeling silky soft when full-on deodorant action isn’t required. You can use a dusting powder like you would a perfume or body spray: for a gentle but long-lasting scent. These powders can also be dusted over freshly moisturized or massaged skin for a matte finish, or sprinkled over the body to make slipping into your clothes a little easier. They are also excellent for areas of the body that rub together, as they lower friction and reduce chafing or redness.
Just like the powder and solid deodorants, dusting powders are self-preserving.
So, there’s a multitude of ways to keep you smelling not only fresh but fantastic. Just remember, everybody is unique - what works for one person may not be another’s bag. It is all about experimenting to find what works for you.