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This is how the switch to a deodorant without aluminum works

Have you decided to try FIVE deodorant cream? We're really glad! Many users of deodorant creams are enthusiastic about how effective a natural deodorant without aluminum can be. However, switching from antiperspirant to deodorant can be a little challenging and may take a while. We can support you with our deodorant guide.

Switching deodorant without aluminum | Five Skincare

Difference between deodorant and antiperspirant

We use the term “deodorant” as a synonym for various products. However, a distinction must be made between antiperspirant and deodorant.

  • Antiperspirants suppress sweating
    An antiperspirant always works with aluminum salts, which close the pores and thus ensure dry armpits. Depending on the concentration used, sweating can be suppressed or eliminated completely. For people who perspire very heavily, these products can provide relief. Highly concentrated antiperspirants are available in pharmacies.
  • Deodorants work against the smell of sweat
    A deodorant works against odor but does not suppress sweat production. Deodorant ingredients neutralize odors that arise when sweat is broken down by bacteria. In natural formulations they usually work with baking soda, including our FIVE deodorant cream . Other popular ingredients include silver, magnesium hydroxide or zinc ricinoleate. They either shift the pH value of sweat so that odor-causing bacteria cannot multiply or they coat the bacteria so that no odor arises.

This is how you can switch from antiperspirant to deodorant

If you have previously used conventional aluminum deodorants, which are actually antiperspirants, then when you switch to a deodorant without aluminum, you may be surprised by the increased sweat production and/or smell. The body first has to get used to the fact that the natural sweating function under your arms is no longer restricted and can therefore overreact a bit at first.

In addition, antiperspirants can have an unfavorable effect on the bacterial diversity of the armpits , resulting in increased odor. 1 The residues of aluminum salts do not disappear from your skin overnight. The transition period can therefore be somewhat challenging.

Tip if you smell sweat despite showering

If you notice a smell of sweat despite washing during the adjustment phase or notice that you start to smell shortly after showering, then it is time to readjust the pH value of your armpits, because sweat only smells when it is broken down by bacteria .

By shifting the pH value of the armpits to the acidic range, we declare war on the bacteria. To do this, rub your armpits with a mixture of one part apple cider vinegar and one part water and wait about two minutes before jumping into the shower. Please never use it directly after shaving!

Remove hard deodorant stains

Products containing aluminum, when combined with sweat, can lead to hardened spots on tops that retain the smell of sweat that cannot be removed even with a 60 degree wash. And since our unscented deodorant cream doesn't mask odors, these items of clothing can become a problem.

With a simple trick you can get rid of hard deodorant stains and smell in one go. Apple cider vinegar also plays its part here: Soak the clothes in a mixture of one part apple cider vinegar and two parts water for 24 hours and then wash the clothes as normal.

Remove yellow sweat stains

If your tops also have yellow discoloration , the best way to remove these sweat stains is with baking soda , which you rub onto the clothing that you have previously soaked in vinegar water (see instructions above). Let the baking soda sit for 30 minutes before putting the clothes in the washing machine.

Please check the suitability of the material for these home remedies. For cotton or synthetic fibers, using vinegar and baking soda should not be a problem.

Conclusion: Switching to deodorant made easy

  • A deodorant is not an antiperspirant: Get used to the fact that you will sweat a little more , but your sweat will not smell thanks to the neutralizing ingredients in the deodorant.
  • Your best friends during the transition are apple cider vinegar and baking soda . Often forgotten, these home remedies work amazingly well against smelly armpits and hardened deodorant stains, which you can say goodbye to once and for all after making the switch.

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1 Chris Callewaert 1, Prawira Hutapea, Tom Van de Wiele, Nico Boon: Deodorants and antiperspirants affect the axillary bacterial community. 2014 Oct; 306(8):701-10. doi: 10.1007/s00403-014-1487-1 Epub 2014 Jul 31

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