Why are the ingredients I have chosen so useful in natural deodorants?
Extra virgin coconut oil
it is an effective antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant, and at the same time nourishes and soothes the skin. It contains a lot of lauric acid and its derivative monolaurin. Monolaurin is also found in breast milk and protects the baby from infections. Therefore, monolaurin together with lauric acid is successful in the fight against various microorganisms (MO). Refined coconut oil contains less of these active ingredients and therefore does not effectively inhibit MO growth.
Raw shea butter
it is also one of the indispensable ingredients in natural cosmetics. It is characterized by anti-inflammatory activity, is rich in vitamins, antioxidants and polyphenols, which have an antimicrobial effect. V natural deodorant
shea butter is an important ingredient also because it does not leave a greasy feeling when applied. Shea butter is also the only fat that contains the miraculous compound allantoin. Allantoin accelerates wound healing and protects the top layer of the skin.
it is an odorless powder and perfectly binds moisture, thus preventing the growth of MO. In addition, it gives the deodorant a silky texture and reduces the oily feeling of natural butters and oils.
bicarbonate of soda
is the most common and well-known ingredient in natural deodorants. Our sweat has a slightly acidic pH, and baking soda is a weak base. In this way, it creates a slightly basic environment that is inhospitable to MO growth. In addition, baking soda reacts with the fatty acids secreted by the scent glands, and in this way, MOs do not have enough food to grow.
it consists of minerals that are strongly negatively charged, so it binds to itself poisons and particles that are positively charged. It is characteristic of bentonite that it strongly and quickly absorbs moisture, thus creating an unfavorable environment for the growth of MO, which absolutely need a moist environment for growth. The clay also gives the deodorant a silky texture and is odorless. Deodorants with bentonite are slightly gray in color.
they are also called essential oils, as they are actually the essences of plants. If we understand why plants synthesize essential oils in the first place, it becomes a little clearer why they have so many beneficial effects. Essential oils have different roles in plants: they attract pollinators, they enable a kind of communication between plants, they protect plants from microbes and parasites, ... That is why many essential oils have antimicrobial activity, which is a key feature when choosing the right essential oil for making a deodorant. In addition, essential oils give a pleasant scent to the product, which perfumes our skin in a gentle and pleasant way.
is added to deodorant because it prolongs the durability and performance of the ingredients with its antioxidant effect.