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Hey! My name is Judith Sweeney. I am the Co-Founder and Formulator at Bubbles & Balms. I'm a lover of nature & natural skincare. I've been formulating since 2014, and my goal is to make the best smelling and most effective skin care for people with dry & sensitive skin.
"Natural deodorants don't work for me."
This is something we hear a lot by potential Bubblers, curious about our product, but hesitant on the purchase. Most of the time, we're able to convince them to give ours a go, and most of the time (about 87%), they are so glad they did! But if you find yourself still cringing when you reach for something, here's some tricks I've found that have helped me drastically. After all, everyone sniffs the cofounder of a bath & body company. It's my business to smell amazing.
1.THE DEODORANT: The biggest advice I can give you when looking for a natural deodorant, even if it's not ours, is to look for one made with Zinc-Oxide (an in-organic, natural material, often found in natural diaper creams), and LIMITED or ZERO baking soda.
Zinc-Oxide helps to keep moisture away from your skin, allowing you to sweat without the overgrowth of bacteria which is the main source of body odour. It's the main active ingredient in Bubbles & Balms deodorants, and since changing the formulation in 2015, we haven't looked back.
All too often hobbyists will find a recipe online and just go with it. No testing, no trial period- just make it and sell it. Baking soda is often featured in these products and, although beneficial in the right quantity, can be extremely harmful in large dosages. Our skin's Ph level is around 5.5. The Ph of baking soda? 9. Using a baking soda-prominent deodorant, will leave you with a very unpleasant chemical burn and a highly unsatisfied purchase.
2. LOOSEN UP YOUR CLOTHING: Our styles can change many times over the course of our lives but one thing I've learned; the tighter the clothing, the higher the BO. Wearing clothes that are looser in the armpit area helps to discourage extra sweat from kicking around which leads to extra breakdown in bacteria.. which causes, you guessed it, BO! On days were I'm talking in front of a crowd or meeting with an important client I make sure to wear looser clothing to discourage stress sweat so I can feel comfortable & confident to focus on the task at hand.
3. DRINK MORE WATER: I feel like any blog about anything always says "Drink More Water", and I'm sorry, but here it is again! Flushing out toxins helps decrease your BO drastically. TMI but think about your trips to the bathroom. It's a lot clearer and less odorous when you've drank enough fluids, right? So why would your sweat be any different. By drinking enough water, not only will you smell better, but you'll be more energised, have a better complexion, and enjoy soooooooooooooooo many other benefits. There's a quote that motivates me to grab a full cup; "Make sure you get enough sunlight and plenty of water. You're basically a house plant with more complicated emotions."
So there you have it. What to look for in a natural deodorant & how to naturally reduce your body odour.
It's been 7 years of using Bubbles & Balms deodorant; I find I naturally sweat less, I can go days without actually needing to use any, and over all, I feel more confident about my personal aroma. Seriously. It's one of, if not the best, natural deodorants out there.
Want to give Bubbles & Balms deodorant a try? Visit a retailer near you, or shop online at https://www.bubblesandbalms.ca/collections/deodorant
Ps. Yes, it works for men! Justin uses B&B deodorant and he smells amazing at the end of every day.. unless he's done yard work. Then he needs a shower & soap.
Thanks for reading, Bubblers! Please reach out without hesitation with any comments, questions or other tips on how to naturally reduce your BO. Until next time, stay bubbly.
Updated August 2022