No doubt you’ve heard rumblings about a new ingredient being used up and down the health and beauty aisle. Charcoal has pushed its way into everything from shampoo bottles to face creams as the latest “it” ingredient. Still, most people don’t really understand what “it” does or why “it” is so effective. After all, how could a resource only previous discussed in the context of backyard BBQ’s be something you should use on your body?!
And now, just when you thought you got a handle on the benefits of natural deodorant, charcoal interjects long enough for you to have to weigh the benefits of charcoal deodorant, too. All this talk of safely minimizing odor is enough to MAKE you sweat. So, please, allow us to pat your brow with clarity.
Charcoal is a form of carbon that has traditionally been used to treat overdoses or poisoning. Yea, two words you don’t want to see on a boys’ wellness blog, we get it, but hear us out. When charcoal is activated, it binds to toxins and rids the body of unwanted substances (like drugs or poison). So when it comes to deodorant, the activated charcoal draws out the bacteria and toxins that cause odor to help eliminate it (remember, YOU don’t smell, your bacteria does. Read more about that here).
In other words, the main ingredient in charcoal deodorants is this uber-form of charcoal known as activated charcoal which is absorbent enough to soak up wetness contaminated with the bacteria that causes odor. It’s like super duper-odorant from a natural source.
Thanks to its active absorption quality, charcoal is great at keeping underarms dry and odor-free without the use of aluminum, parabens or other harmful ingredients. You’re thinking, “but doesn’t natural deodorant do that, too?” While natural deodorant also helps prevent odor without the use of chemicals or toxins, it falls slightly short in the bacteria-withdrawal department. Therein lies the biggest difference between natural and charcoal deodorants.
Because it specializes in extracting the bacteria that causes odor, charcoal deodorant is also inherently detoxifying making this one of the primary benefits of charcoal deodorant. It’s not just keeping you dry and neutralizing body odor, it’s grabbing onto all the garbage in your system and dragging it out, one toxin at a time. It’s the reason doctors have used charcoal for so long to absorb poisons and toxins — it works.
But remember, like all aluminum, paraben, toxin-free deodorants, effectiveness is also determined by an individual’s natural chemistry when it’s mixed with the deodorant. So whether you go charcoal or natural with your deodorant choice, you may need to shop around and participate in some trial-by-error purchases before you find your perfect fit. We explain more about that relationship here.
With all this talk of hyper-absorption, you might be wondering if charcoal deodorant is safe. That’s the beauty of it. You’re using a natural substance to eliminate unwanted substances, naturally. Deodorants and antiperspirants have always been used to eliminate odor and prevent sweat production, but traditional forms have done this using chemicals and toxins. Luckily, we’ve all gotten a bit smarter and now, we can get the same result without the use of harmful ingredients.
Not to mention, charcoal deodorants typically come fortified with other safe, natural ingredients to help ward off odor like the essential oils and powders we use in ours.
Now that we’ve convinced you of the benefits of charcoal deodorant, you’re ready to convert your son’s underarms into dry havens of health. Good call!It won’t come as a shock to you that we’re particularly proud of our award-winning charcoal deodorant. Packed with only ingredients you can pronounce and find in nature, including the all-important activated charcoal itself, PrepU Charcoal Deodorant is good for sensitive or regular skin, is aluminum and paraben-free, and is effective enough to keep their odor at bay while the essential oils actually make them smell fresh. That’s a win-win-win in our book.