Antiperspirants vs Deodorant- What are the differences?

Do you ever forget to put on deodorant in the morning? The horror of going to work or school while constantly sniffing yourself to make sure you don’t smell. Or finding anything you can that may help block the odor? Maybe you are desperate enough to go to the drug store on your lunch break and stumble upon the isle of deodorants and antiperspirants. Have you ever wondered what the difference between deodorants and antiperspirants or did you assume they were all the same? We broke down the differences so you don’t have to. 

There is some misunderstanding when it comes to knowing the difference. According to Healthline, “Antiperspirants and deodorants work in different ways to reduce body odor, Antiperspirants work by reducing sweat while deodorants work by increasing the acidity of the skin.”

What is Deodorant?

Ever since puberty we have heard of deodorant and that it is a daily necessity. Deodorants are formulated to eliminate body odor but does not stop your body from naturally producing sweat. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers deodorants a ‘cosmetic: a product intended to cleanse or beautify.’ Cosmetic products are not subject to FDA premarket approval. 


Deodorants change the body's PH levels and prevents odor-causing bacteria to grow. 


What is Antiperspirant?

Antiperspirants use aluminum-based compounds that block sweat pores to help reduce sweating. The FDA considers Antiperspirants a drug or product intended to treat or prevent disease. 

Is Aluminum Deodorant Safe?

Breast Cancer

In recent years studies have been done to see if there is a connection between aluminum deodorant and breast cancer. According to Penn Medicine, “American Cancer Society found claims linking breast cancer and deodorants do not have a solid scientific grounding.” However there still needs to be more research done before it is completely ruled out. 


Also according to Penn Medicine, “Recent research published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information suggests that frequent use of antiperspirants can cause aluminum to accumulate in breast tissue, but this doesn’t prove that aluminum salts can cause breast cancer.”

Kidney Disease

Kidney disease has also been brought up in recent years. The Kidney Foundation cautions those with extremely weak kidney function from using antiperspirant deodorants and other products that contain aluminum. 

“Aluminum might be of greater concern if you have kidney problems, especially if your kidney function is about 30 percent or less.”

-Benjamin Chan, DO, a physician at Penn Family Medicine Phoenixville

When the kidneys aren’t functioning properly, their bodies cannot remove aluminum fast enough, and it can accumulate. Those with high levels of aluminum are more likely to develop dementia. Aluminum buildup in the body and blood also produced a type of bone disease known as adynamic bone disease. 


Since antiperspirants are FDA regulated they have a warning to ask a doctor before use if you have kidney disease. 

Benefits of Aluminum Free Deodorant

Allow Sweat

Sweat is your body's natural cooling mechanism. Natural deodorants allow your body to sweat hence allowing your body to cool itself. By blocking sweat your body will not be able to function properly. 


Avoid Chemicals

Even though there has not been scientific evidence of chemicals in deodorant linking to breast cancer some prefer to eliminate all risks. 


Avoid Skin Irritants & Skin Reactions

Chemicals in deodorants and antiperspirants often contain a lot of chemicals. Even if there is no connection (yet) to cancer or other illnesses. Those with sensitive skin can react to the chemicals in deodorant and cause their skin to break out. 


Try the Difference

Brothers Artisan Oil is committed to providing products that will not hurt you, your family or binome. We formulate natural deodorant without aluminum and baking soda (baking soda has been known to cause dryness, itching, redness, and irritation). Our stick deodorant relies on magnesium to control odor, organic arrowroot powder to absorb wetness, and kaolin clay to continually purify your pits.


We have 5 varieties of natural aluminum-free deodorant for your perfect scent.

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