Anybody else remember busting out some dance moves to C+C Music Factory?
“Come on let’s sweat (sweat sweat) baby…. Everybody Dance Now!”
They had right idea. Getting your “sweat on” has its benefits, and it isn’t something we should be stopping with aluminium filled antiperspirants.
Fun Sweaty Fact #1 – Your sweat doesn’t actually smell. What causes BO (body odour) is the bacteria that start munching on proteins in the sweat. They break down the proteins into acids and that’s what smells.
Why we should we sweat with pride
Sweating is a normal and healthy. These are just some of the good things that sweating does for your body:
- Cooling you down and preventing overheating
- May help to expel toxins such as BPA, phthalates and heavy metals
- Kills bacteria and viruses than can’t live in temperatures above 37C
- Keeps pores clear
- Reduces your chance of kidney stones
- May help to fight skin infections
So it is pretty cool stuff, and it makes you think “why you would want to stop it?” Especially if you could sweat without the fear of stinky-ness.
Fun Sweaty Fact #2 – Women have more sweat glands than men. But the men’s are more active and that is why they sweat more.
Deodorants vs Antiperspirants
Deodorants and Antiperspirants are not the same thing.
Antiperspirants use aluminium salts to either block, close or clog your pores to prevent you from sweating. In Australia they are classed and regulated as therapeutic goods because they alter your body’s normal function.
Deodorants don’t interfere with you pores or glands. They still let you sweat. Deodorants work by creating an environment on your skin that prevents bacteria from having a wild party stinking up the joint.
Fun Sweaty Fact #3 – Stress sweat smells worse than exercise sweat. This is because it comes from different glands where the sweat has a higher percentage of proteins and fats compared to exercise sweat. The bacteria go nuts for the extra protein and fats and gorge on it like its Christmas dinner.
The problem with aluminium salts
Aluminium chloride, aluminium zirconium, aluminium chlorohydrate and aluminium hydroxybromide are all commonly used in antiperspirants. Aluminium is not normally found in the body so a big red flag is raised when researchers find it in our tissue. It shows that our body absorbs aluminium.
Aluminium is a neurotoxin and it has links to increasing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. It has also been found to disrupt your endocrine system by mimicking the hormone estrogen. Anything that can do this is a massive red flag in the breast cancer world.
It’s also the culprit for staining your clothes yellow!
Would you like to be a human hamster for our 100% natural deodorant?
So as you can see, it’s important to embrace the sweat and ditch antiperspirants.
But we understand that no one wants to go around smelling like you have been camping for a week without showers. That is why we have been secretly working on a 100% natural deodorant.
The first version is nearly ready for you to test it out for us (we think it’ll take a few versions to get it perfect).
As you know, we don’t test anything on 4 legged animals. Just happy and willing 2-legged human hamsters. So your job as a tester is incredibly important!
Our natural deodorant formula uses bicarb soda to help get rid of odour, and in any other product this can be an issue for sensitive skin (Aaron’s in this boat since bicarb soda really irritates him).
BUT to combat this sensitivity we have added some very special ingredients and so far Aaron hasn’t had any sign of irritation (yahoo!) … but we need more people to try it out.
If you want to join us and become a part of the human hamster team click here to let us know.
Please keep in mind we can’t send a sample to everyone who signs up, and we’ll choose testers at random. We will have a couple of rounds of testing as we knuckle down the formula, so there are plenty of chances