The deodorant industry boasts a wide palette of scents designed to remove and mask body odors present in the underarms. These different fragrances purport to leave wearers smelling like an Amazonian waterfall, a basket of freshly washed laundry, or a meadow of flowers covered in dew. Scent profiles promise wearers masculinity or femininity, strength or prowess, glamour or teen spirit. Deodorant shoppers can opt to smell like their favorite sports hero or wear the stalwart scent of their grandfather. The ability to transform oneself through fragrance is a stalwart mantra of the deodorant industry, however for those users who wish to smell just like themselves–only cleaner–less options exist. For these users simply going without underarm deodorant can result in embarrassing body odors and uncomfortable social interaction. However assuming another identity through scent is just as unappealing.
Benefits & Uses
Arm & Hammer Essentials Natural Deodorant is aluminum and paraben free. Instead of using these common underarm deodorant chemicals, Arm & Hammer Essentials Natural Deodorant relies instead on natural plant extracts from chamomile, coriander and geranium and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) to deodorize underarms. Arm & Hammer Essentials Natural Deodorant offers an alternative to those with sensitive underarms or concerns about the use of aluminum on the skin.
The natural plant extracts do offer a little bit of fragrance—a light pleasant orange scent that quickly disappears– but otherwise this deodorant is scent free allowing users to add fragrance with cologne, sprays, or simply go au natural.
The sodium bicarbonate naturally absorbs and filters odors from the underarm area. The baking soda works in tandem with natural plant extracts and an antibacterial agent to maintain fresh smelling underarms.
Deodorizing Strength & Speed
Arm & Hammer Essentials Natural Deodorant works best when applied to clean and dry underarms. The baking soda absorption and natural deodorizers work to keep underarms fresh throughout the day. However, as this is just a deodorant and not an antiperspirant sweat will still occur especially with heavy physical activity or exposure to heat. Sweating can create a moist environment favorable to bacteria growth which leads to unwanted underarm odors. Use of Arm & Hammer Essentials Natural Deodorant is probably best for those who do not sweat very much who are looking to maintain underarm freshness.
When encountering high sweat situations, many users find the need to reapply every few hours.
Cautions & Warnings
Do not apply to rash affected areas or areas with broken skin. If irritation occurs discontinue use. Keep out of reach of children and pets.
If concerned about sensitive underarms, spot test Arm & Hammer Essentials Natural Deodorant on a small patch of skin to determine if there is an adverse reaction. Some sensitive users experience rash or flaking skin.
Those looking for a truly all natural product might be disappointed by the use of triclosan, and anti-bacterial agent incorporated to target the bacteria that causes underarm odor. Triclosan is currently under review by the FDA for impact on hormone production as well as creating antibiotic resistant bacteria. Currently triclosan is believed to be safe for use by humans, and has even shown health benefits in other products such as toothpaste.
Common Active Ingredients
Arm & Hammer Essentials Natural Deodorant contains sodium bicarbonate as an odor absorbent as well as Chamomileemis Nobilis) Oil , Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Seed Oil , Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil , Citrus Aurantium Amara (Orange) Oil, and Allantoin (Comfrey Root) for natural deodorization
Arm & Hammer Essentials Natural Deodorant also contains Dipropylene Glycol, Water, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate, Triethyl Citrate,Triclosan, and Tetrasodium EDTA