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September 08, 2021

What's in this stuff? A guide to our Inspired Deodorants

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Deodorant is a product that you most likely apply to your skin every single day. What's more, unlike soap or shave cream, it's not one that you rinse off after a minute or two. It's a product that sits on your skin all day. That's a big deal, and it's why we think it's so important that you know what's in your deodorant and that you feel good about those ingredients. 

Our line of Inspired Deodorants is aluminum-free, and while we think that's a good thing, we are not ever going to try to scare you into buying our product. So, before we get to talking about what's in our deodorant and why, let us first plainly say that from all the data we have seen, there is no conclusive evidence that antiperspirants that contain aluminum pose a health risk to you. While we don't know of the long-term effects of aluminum on your health, we do know aluminum is what is behind those unsightly stains that can build up on your shirts over time.  What's more, we think that it's good for your body to sweat, and with our formula, we don't try to stop you from sweating—we just keep it from smelling bad. 

And then of course, we go one step better, by helping you smell fantastic all day and all night long. 

With all good deodorants, there's a delicate balance in the formula to make it inhospitable to odor-causing bacteria, while also being skin-friendly. Our careful selection of ingredients, which are perfectly proportioned to perform is what sets our deodorant apart. 

Without further ado, here's what is in our deodorant, and why. Enjoy! 

Here's what makes up Deodorant (in descending order)



Butylene Glycol:

A humectant that also helps increase penetration of other raw materials into the skin.

 

Water:

Good old H20. In this case, it helps create an easy-to-apply consistency. 

 

Propylene Glycol:

An organic alcohol that is used as a skin conditioning agent. It is also used as a humectant and helps keep the skin properly moisturized while creating an environment that is unfriendly to odor-causing bacteria. 

 

Sodium Stearate:

This vegetable-based soap material comes from coconut and palm oils. It is often referred to as a sodium salt that comes from stearic acid, a fatty acid that occurs naturally. It has the ability to form a structure with other materials like propylene glycol, glycerin, and propanediol to form a solid stick shape. 

 

Tapioca Starch:

This highly absorptive ingredient takes on the sweat and oil from your skin while also helping to provide an easy glide-on application.  The gluten-free ingredient serves as a much more skin-friendly alternative to the harsh baking sodas that are often used in aluminum-free deodorants. If you have experienced irritation when using a deodorant that contains sodium bicarbonate, consider a deodorant (Including ours) that uses Tapioca starch instead. 

 

Saccharomyces Ferment:

A water-like substance made from the fermentation of saccharomyces, a type of yeast. It is naturally high in minerals, amino acids, beta glucan, and vitamins. The fermentation process breaks down molecules, resulting in a very bio-available ingredient that can easily penetrate the dermis to soothe, hydrate, brighten, and repair your skin.

 

Propanediol:

This  naturally-derived ingredient comes from corn and helps to improve skin moisturization. It also works as a solvent, to help keep the product shelf-stable while also providing hydrating properties that may leave a smooth, dewy finish.

 

Steareth-2 :

Derived from the benign fatty ingredient stearyl alcohol, this functions primarily as a surfactant but is also used to stabilize products, especially if they contain active ingredients in an emulsion.

Glycerin:

A natural compound found in vegetable and animal fats. Glycerin is a humectant. It works to moisturize the skin by attracting water from the air to the skin. It also forms a protective layer on the skin, keeping moisture from leaving the skin.

 

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract:

Derived from the juice of the leaves of the Aloe vera plant. Aloe barbadensis helps soothe the skin and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. It also helps wound healing and skin regeneration in general.

 

Hamaelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract :

This ingredient comes from a little shrub and is loaded with active components that have properties like astringent, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and most impotantly, anti-bacterial. (Yep, another ingredient to fight the odor-causing bacteria.) It's also a well-known vasoconstrictor (it makes the blood vessels narrower) and promotes the healing of broken skin by tightening up the skin proteins and thus creating a protective covering.

 

Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Extract:

Derived from the Sage Leaf, it is known to have anti-microbial properties. With natural antimicrobial properties, this extract helps to fight off the odor-causing bacteria that can cause unpleasant body odor.  

 

Hydrated Silica:

Naturally derived from silica, also called, silicone dioxide, a naturally abudant mineral. This ingredient is commonly used to thicken formulations.

 

Fragrance:

It's what makes all your favorite F&R offerings smell fantastic. All of our fragrances comply with IFRA guidlines (the International Fragrance Association) which work to ensure our scents are safe to use and produced in ways that are both environmentally responsible and ethical in their procurement.

 

Phenoxyethanol:

This functions as a disinfectant and antibiotic. While preservatives sometimes get a bad rap, this is used to help keep out germs and bacteria from growing in the deodorant, making it safe to use for the long haul.  

 

And, there you have it. All the ingredients that make up our Inspired Deodorants. Try some for yourself! With our 30-Day No-Questions-Asked Returns Policy, if you don't love it, just send it back to us, and we will happily return your money, or exchange the product for something you do like. 


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