Podcast 57: Do Natural Deodorants Work?

Do natural deodorants work? Green Beauty Conversations podcast

Do natural deodorants work? If you have tried natural deodorants and been disappointed by their performance in combating sweat and body odor, then this episode of Green Beauty Conversations will be a real learning curve and eye opener for you.

What we discovered from our guest in this fascinating podcast interview is that the first question to ask is what is sweat? Body sweat has a primordial purpose even if today’s taboos and societal conditioning have put paid to us broaching the subject of sweat in a reasoned way. Sweating has a core function in cooling our bodies when we’re hot or under stress. Its other role of signaling ‘fight or flight’ hints at how homo sapiens functioned millennia ago.

Once we understand the role of sweat, we can choose the right natural deodorants to work in tune with our own particular needs. If you buy regular, mainstream antiperspirants or deodorants, you probably choose them for their scent and strength. Yet, there are far more factors at play in deciding which product will suit us. Using the same one-size-fits-all, drug store deodorant or antiperspirant year in year out is not necessarily the best nor healthiest approach to masking body odor nor to our overall well-being.

To unpack today’s rigid discourse on sweat, shame and body image, we speak in this episode to Ada Juristovski, Co-founder and CMO of Nala Care, a natural, personalised deodorant brand based in Vancouver, Canada.

Ada gives us an in-depth, enlightening insight into physiological and psychological aspects of sweat and, in the process, helps us understand sweat better so we can choose healthier, personalised options for our daily personal care routines.

Research has shown that we each have differing armpit microbiomes, which is an aspect of our skin that Nala takes into account in formulating its natural, personalised deodorants.

Listen in as Formula Botanica CEO and podcast host Lorraine Dallmeier digs the dirt on the types of sweat, how we deal with body image and underarm cleanliness, and the pros and cons of natural deodorants, including their reliance on baking soda and activated charcoal. We think you’ll come away realising it pays to understand more about sweat, and to get hot under the collar about ideal body images.

Meet our Podcast Guest

Ada Juristovski, CMO & Co-founder, Nala

Ada Juristovski, co-founder Nala CareAda is the co-founder and CMO of Nala, a natural skincare beauty line. Prior to Nala, having worked with a wide range of start-ups from grassroots and hypergrowth to successful exit strategies, and most recently for a multinational, Ada is applying her experience in tech to building Nala as a true customer-first experience. She has 10+ years in communications and an international public speaker and debate champion, and is also a yoga instructor.

Do Natural Deodorants work

Do natural deodorants work? Find out in the @FormulaBotanica podcast hosted by @herbBlurb talking about body image, shame, sweat and baking soda with #AdaJuristovski co-founder of @nalacare. #naturaldeodorants #GreenBeauty #bodyimage Click To Tweet

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In this episode on sweat and natural deodorants, you will:

  • Learn about the different types of sweat and its function in keeping our bodies in a state of healthy equilibrium.
  • Hear about how societal conditioning has influenced notions of the female body image and fostered the pursuit of beauty over health and well being – and even led to underarm botox injections to stop sweat.
  • Discover that sweat is though being talked about more positively as it is becoming associated with exercise, sex, empowerment and strength.
  • Find out about how natural deodorants work in tune with our bodies by letting us sweat again rather than by clogging sweat glands.

Key take-aways include:

  • We all sweat to different extents and in different situations, so we should think of mixing up our deodorant product choices to suit varying needs. Our lifestyles, our water consumption, whether we are on medication and so on can affect our levels of sweat and on a daily basis.
  • Natural deodorant formulas usually include and rely on the odor-neutralising ingredient baking soda which is highly alkaline and therefore not in line with the skin’s pH. However, look out for brands like Nala which offer different formulation strengths, including a baking soda-free option.
  • Other ingredients play a huge role in natural deodorants’ efficacy too. Copaiba oil, for example, has stress-reducing properties so by inference has the potential also to reduce occasions when we might sweat.
  • Be more mindful of what causes you to sweat; and be mindful too of the products you use to mask body odour. Using a deodorant isn’t just a routine, two-second affair after all!

More on our guest

Find out more about Ada Juristovski and Nala’s natural deodorants at:

Instagram: @nalacare
Facebook: @Nalacare
Linkedin: Nala-care

Thank you for joining us for this episode of the Formula Botanica: Green Beauty Conversations podcast. If you enjoyed this episode, please share, subscribe and review on iTunes, Spotify or Stitcher so that more people can enjoy the show. Don’t forget to follow and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Podcast 57: Do Natural Deodorants Work?

Podcast 57: Do Natural Deodorants Work?

Lorraine Dallmeier is a Biologist, Chartered Environmentalist and the CEO of Formula Botanica, the award-winning online organic cosmetic science school. Read more about Lorraine and the Formula Botanica Team.


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