Conventional deodorant - The problems
Most of us at some point would have worn an antiperspirant. The majority of antiperspirants are aluminium based chemical agents which work by actually stopping you from sweating. By literally blocking your sweat glands with metallic salts aluminium chloride and aluminium chlorohydrate, this product prevents sweat from reaching the skin surface.
Studies have suggested that exposure to aluminium could have potential negative health consequences and we simply didn’t want to take that risk.
Deodorants are different from antiperspirants and most deodorants on the market work by simply masking body odour. The vast majority use water as an ingredient and so need to use a chemical preservative to ensure a good shelf life.
And then you have Pit Putty!
Pit Putty is a deodorant with a difference in that it doesn’t just mask smells, but actually prevents them. The way Pit Putty has been designed, it still allows your body to sweat just like it should do, but the sweat will actually be odourless!
Ready for the science behind it? Here we go!
There are a certain type of sweat gland which live in the underarms, these are called apocrine sweat glands. When you’re hot or exercise the apocrine sweat gland release odourless sweat to cool you down. However, also living on your underarms are bacteria which actually eat the sweat and create an acid byproduct; body odour!
Pit Putty is a mild alkaline and actually reacts with the acidic byproduct from the bacteria and neutralises it, preventing any odour from occurring.
Many people notice that they don’t seem to sweat using Pit Putty and this is because of a natural plant root powder used to absorb mild sweating. Also being water-free means that Pit Putty doesn’t require any preservatives to maintain a long shelf life and can remain harsh-chemical free!
We hope you enjoyed this brief science lesson and learning a bit about your natural deodorant and how it’s looking after you.