Don't Sweat It: A guide to natural deodorant formulation
June 18, 2021
With the market shifting to more natural and environmentally friendly formulation, that means a shift in formulation too! Specifically in the deodorant market, there has been a steady increase of popularity for natural, ethical, and sustainable deodorants. Whether it’s ‘free-from’ specific ingredients, or labeled for sensitive skin or ‘natural’ here are some tips to help find the perfect balance between texture, spreadability, and cohesion for your next natural deodorant formulation!
On top of vegetable butters like Shea butter (KARITE CP**) or the less greasy Shorea butter (DUB SHOREA T*), here are some suggestions to bring consistency to your stick formulations:
One of the main challenges when developing stick formulations is to keep the solid and the liquid blend together and coexist in a stable form. Ingredients that have proven to help:
Liquid emollients like vegetable oils are perfect to help the deposition of the stick. The challenge is to have a non greasy and soft finish, to be able to put clothes on quickly after application! Here are a few ingredient that do just that:
The main goal of deodorant is to avoid body odors. These odors are created by germs feeding on our lipidic underarms secreations and excrete smelly molecules. To avoid the bacteria growth, you can reduce the humidity of the armpit (think of an absorbing powder like SEPIFINE™ BB) or use antimicrobial molecules like LIPACIDE™ UG (a strong dermopurifying active tested in sniff tests) or DUB MUG*, a natural emollient ester with a natural skin feel, and antimicrobial properties.
CUCUMBER OIL improves skin appearance and decreases irritation, perfect for reducing burning sensations from razor burn. Rich in triterpenes, cucumber oil provides antibacterial effects.
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Nomadic & practical, this stick will follow you all day long to soothe local skin disengagements!