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FAQs

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I have just started using natural deodorant and still notice a bit of odour, why?

Some people experience a 'transitioning period' when making the switch to natural deodorant. This has also been called the 'detox process'.

It's a short 2-4 week period where your body gets rid of the toxins it once held. Especially if you were using products such as antiperspirants which are designed to block your sweat glands. When you stop using them, you may sweat more and notice more body odour than usual. 

However, as everyone's body chemistry is so different, you may or may not even notice body odour. If you do, here's a few tips to help speed up your body’s natural detoxification process:

  • Take your natural deodorant with you and reapply if needed.
  • Use a loofah or body brush in the shower and gently exfoliate your armpits.
  • Avoid wearing synthetic clothing as studies suggest it breeds odour causing bacteria!
  • Apply a natural clay mask to your armpits at least once per week for a couple of weeks. We LOVE the Raw Bentonite Clay Mask from The Bentonite Co, which is 100% Australian Bentonite Clay sourced from a deposit near Lake Mungo, NSW. And, if you have any left over you can use it as a face-mask!

I have sensitive skin, which deodorant should I use?

Some people may find bicarbonate soda (baking soda, bicarb) a little irritating. While we have added soothing ingredients such as shea butter and beeswax, sometimes it can still be the pits. As a result, we have introduced a 'Sensitive Body' range which is fantastic for very sensitive skin and still works a treat! The bicarb has been replaced with magnesium hydroxide which is a wonderful, gentle, naturally derived deodoriser.

On the other hand, some people prefer to avoid essential oils for various reasons. We have an Unscented option available which includes bicarb soda.

If you're concerned, it's a great idea to do a small patch test prior to use. As with any skin care products, if you do experience any irritation, please discontinue use.

Do you test on animals?

Our products never have and never will be tested on furry animals....just smelly humans!

I have hairy armpits can I use it?

Yes of course! It rubs on clear and easily into hairy armpits.

Will it leave yellow stains on my clothes?

We haven't had any issues with it leaving yellow stains on clothes. However, as it is an oil based product, if you apply too much the excess may transfer onto your clothes and leave a darker patch which will generally wash off in hot water.

Therefore LESS IS BEST when applying Natural Approach deodorant. You only need to massage a tiny pea size amount into each armpit. Make sure it absorbs into the skin before popping your clothes on.

​Um, there's lumps in my deodorant, is this normal?

Yes, completely normal!

Shea butter contains high amounts of fatty acids each with its own melting point. When these fatty acids cool they also solidify at different rates. If the deodorant is cooled slowly (i.e. room temperature), the fatty acids can stay separate causing a lumpy texture also referred to as crystallisation.

To avoid crystallisation when making the deodorant, we quickly cool it to maintain the ‘marriage’ between solid and liquid components.  However, if down the track the deodorant reaches temperatures over 30 degrees Celsius, it can soften and cool slowly causing crystallisation (lumps). These lumps will not affect the effectiveness of your product as they will easily melt in your fingertips ready for application!

​Can I use the deodorant as a general moisturiser?

Yes of course.

You can pretty much use it anywhere as a moisturiser, although we don't  recommend putting it on your face if you have acne prone skin. If any irritation occurs, please discontinue use.

​​Can I put it on my smelly feet?

Most definitely! Many people use 'Cool Change' because of it's slight cooling effect.

Just remember LESS IS BEST. The odour eating ingredients will have your feet smelling fab in no time.

​Will my deodorant liquefy in hot weather?

No it won't liquefy, it just softens. 

Being an all natural product, you'll notice our deodorant is softer in warmer climates and firmer in cooler climates. In summer try and store it below 30 degrees C. You can pop it in the fridge to firm it up if desired.

During winter if it's too firm you can use a small wooden spatula to scoop out the deodorant. It will melt easily between your fingertips for application. 

​​I've heard it can help eczema, is that true?

Yes, we've had lots of feedback from people who have used the 'Original' deodorant to soothe and clear eczema. After doing a bit of research we found that shea butter and lavender have been widely used and known to assist in soothing eczema. So go for it!

Can kids use this deodorant?

We test our products on adults, not children. However, we have many pre-teens and teenagers use it with great feedback. My daughter is 8 and loves it!

Does my deodorant have an expiry date?

Natural Approach deodorant balms are anhydrous (oil-based) and don't contain water. For this reason they are not prone to microbial contamination, which is the reason why we don't add any preservatives.
 
However, we do add an antioxidant (natural Vitamin E) to extend their shelf life. The antioxidant slows down the oxidation process, as oxidation can cause the essential oils to go rancid.
 

Therefore, for best results, we recommend you use your Natural Approach deodorant balm within 12 months of opening your tin. 😊

 

 

 

​Do you offer wholesale prices?​

Yes, if your store fits our criteria.
Feel free to get in touch to discuss. Email Trace: info@naturalapproach.net.au