Your personal body odor is determined by your diet, your hormones, your genetics, your lifestyle, your mood, your wardrobe... This the reason why, what works for you in the deodorant department, may not work for another. And if you’re here… you’re looking for a natural deodorant OR you’ve found something (YAY!).
How does our cream deodorant work?
It works by creating an environment where bacteria won’t thrive, which results in a decrease in foul odor. Ingredients like baking soda make your skin too salty for the bacteria to feed on the proteins and fats delivered through your sweat, so no smell! Essential oils like grapefruit, lemon, tea tree are antibacterial and function in a similar way by creating an environment very hostile for the bacteria to thrive.
CREAM DEODORANT FAQ
WHY ISN'T MY DEODORANT WORKING? HOW CAN I MAKE IT EFFECTIVE?
Exfoliate your pits, drink a LOT of water, relax and wait for a few days. Seriously. Body chemistry can change periodically due to stress, hormones, diet and other lifestyle factors. All these impact our body odor.
HOW DO I APPLY YOUR CREAM DEODORANT?
With your fingers, haha! Scoop out a pea sized amount from the jar with clean fingers. Warm it between your fingers and gently rub the cream into your skin until you can no longer see it. Wipe the excess from your hands, you might even try to rub it behind your knees, on the bottom of your feet, etc.
WHY IS MY DEODORANT CREAM LIQUID / ROCK HARD / GRAINY?
Shea butter and coconut oil fluctuate in texture with change in temperature. 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 spoon or butter knife (making sure to reincorporate all powders into the oils) and pop it in the freezer for 10 minutes. Thereafter, store the cream deodorant in room temperature. It may take up to two 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 spatula and warm the cream by rubbing it between your fingers before applying. Grainy deodorant occurs when the shea butter liquefies and then cools too slowly. The grains are harmless and will melt upon skin contact. If you want to fix the texture, you might want to remelt it on a double boiler, mix it well with a spoon and put it in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
We understand that these 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, check out tips 2-6.
2. Use less product and make sure it’s rubbed in all the way.
3. Spray AVC - Apple Cider Vinegar 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.)
5. Gently exfoliate your pits once a week. You can use a washcloth or a gentle body scrub with oat flour (mix flour 1 to 1 with oil or water and scrub). You may also use our Rose and Oats Pack
6. If you shave your underarms, try to shave at night, moisturize, and apply the deodorant the next morning or at least a few hours later, and be sure you are using a sharp razor.
Written by Brunda Sreedhar (Co-founder, Scentora)