Many studies have shown that the body odour of carnivores – especially those who consume red meat – is more unpleasant than that of vegans. Garlic contains allicin, a sulphuric compound that alters the smell of sweat. The aroma of spices such as cumin or others used in curries can also permeate our sweat. As for fish and seafood, the occurrence is fortunately much less common: These foods contain choline, a compound that can cause “fish odour syndrome” (or trimethylaminuria) among some people who suffer from a rare genetic disorder.
These are actually two very distinct products. Deodorant does not prevent the production of sweat, but its active ingredients counteract the formation of unpleasant odours. Antiperspirant, on the other hand, blocks the production of sweat, primarily thanks to the controversial use of aluminum salts. The good news? The Canadian company Green Beaver has managed to develop an aluminum-free antiperspirant that successfully blocks perspiration with 100% natural ingredients.
For its 100% natural antiperspirant, Green Beaver uses a trio of mimosa, jojoba and carnauba waxes. Combined with highly refined tapioca starch, they create a natural moisture barrier that blocks perspiration. Cypress essential oil and lemon juice can help to mask odours, but they can't prevent sweating. As for talc, it absorbs sweat, but that's all it does.
Sweat has almost no odour, but it does attract bacteria, yeasts or microscopic fungi, which feed on it. This is what generates the unpleasant odours. Lack of hygiene and contact with synthetic fibres used in some clothing can exacerbate sweat-related odour, but are not the cause of it. Exercise and exertion can increase sweat production, but once again, it's the micro-organisms – and not the workout sessions – that are responsible for those smelly armpits!
It's our individual genetic makeup, rather than gender, that determines how much we sweat. Everything else is true! A recent study reveals that the elimination of toxins through sweating is a myth, and scientists have worked to point out this misunderstanding for years! Stress-related sweat contains more amino acids, which alter odour, and being fit – or not – has no effect on perspiration.
About Green Beaver
We believe that each of us has the opportunity to create a positive impact in this world. For us, that means creating products that do not harm animals, do not harm the earth, and do not harm you. Our philosophy comes from years of research on the harmful effects that chemicals have on our bodies and on the environment, driving us to infuse all-natural goodness into everything we do. It's more than a philosophy. It's a promise.
To learn more or to purchase one of aluminum-free antiperspirants, go to greenbeaver.com