The difference is in the name and the way it works, Antiperspirant is what it says, it stops perspiration. Deodorant or Anti-odorant is also as it says, de odour meaning removing odour.
Antiperspirant and Deodorant work to stop odour very differently. Antiperspirant uses Aluminium salts to block our sweat ducts, therefore stopping us from sweating, if we don't sweat, the bacteria that lives on our skin that produce the unpleasant stench we call body odour, have nothing to feed on and therefore can't survive. But it is a natural process to sweat, this is how our body regulates our temperature and also removes toxins from our bodies, constant use of antiperspirant has been widely publicised as being linked to degenerative diseases and breast cancer however the research or science is inconclusive. Even so, consumers are shying away from antiperspirants just to err on the side caution.
As for Deodorant, it prevents, neutralises or can mask body odour depending on the formulation used. Deodorant is a healthier option as it allows your body to carry out the normal function of sweating while keeping you Odour free.
The Majority of Natural Deodorants that we have studied that are on the market use Baking Soda and/or Magnesium Hydroxide to absorb odour, these can be irritating to the skin and can cause a red angry rash as they are on the Alkaline side of the pH scale and our skin is typically acid, therefore disrupting the delicate balance of enzymes, healthy bacterial flora, and the integrity of the skins ‘acid mantle’ or protective barrier. Baking Soda has also been suspected of causing hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) in some people and is not recommended by Dermatologists.
At Frank + Bare, we studied the skins pH and wanted to offer a Natural Deodorant that works with the skin. All the natural deodorants we tested had an Alkaline/basic pH around 7 or 8, so we did the opposite & formulated our Deo to be slightly Acidic at a pH of between 3.8 - 4, this pH works with the skins flora, increasing the skins hydration, and creating an environment where the sweat munching bacteria cannot survive or thrive. We have been able to create this gentle acid formula using AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) from natural ingredients, such as Orange, Lemon, Bilberry, Sugar Cane & Sugar Maple Extracts. The AHA extracts are also a skincare performance product, this means they gently exfoliate the skin, removing the build up of dead skins cells, which can lead to ingrown hairs and hyperpigmentation. Our Deo not only gives you confidence that you will smell great, but it will leave your skin smoother, softer and brighter. This is a new modern approach to Natural Deodorant, one that keeps you odour free + smelling great, while working to improve the skin's feel and appearance. Shop Now