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Why Use Unscented Deodorant?

March 28, 2022 3 min read

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If you, like so many others, have been overhauling your personal care products in favor of cleaner and greener formulas, there's a good chance you're in the market for a zero-waste deodorant with natural ingredients. Compared to traditional deodorants and antiperspirants, zero-waste deodorants come in compostable cardboard packaging and tend to use fewer toxic chemicals, making them a better choice for the environment and your health. But why not take things one step further and opt for an unscented natural deodorant? Below, learn more about unscented deodorant and why more people than ever are making the switch.

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Does Unscented Deodorant Work?

If you're hesitant to use our unscented deodorant because you worry it won't be as effective, allow us to put your worries to rest. Yes, unscented deodorants work! You just need to find one with the right combination of ingredients that works for your skin.

Believe it or not, adding fragrance to deodorant isn't actually necessary for it to be effective. Many deodorants contain ingredients that — in addition to masking the smell of body odor — eliminate body odor by reducing the number of odor-causing bacteria or minimizing the contact of odor-causing bacteria with sweat.

For example, our unscented deodorant contains active ingredients such as tapioca starch and bentonite clay, two highly-absorbent ingredients that work by soaking up sweat before bacteria has an opportunity to break down the acids in your sweat and produce an unpleasant body odor. Additionally, it’s formulated with plant-derived antimicrobials to reduce the number of odor-causing bacteria on the skin.

Why Use Unscented Deodorant?

Unsure if you should make the switch to unscented deodorant? Ultimately, the choice is yours, but there are plenty of reasons why you may want to ditch your overly-fragrant deodorant and opt for an unscented product instead.

1. You don’t want toxic chemicals in your deodorant 

Scented deodorants are often chock full of synthetic chemicals that are petroleum-based and may be harmful to human health. If you see “parfum” or “fragrance” on the ingredients label, it could be hiding hundreds of man-made chemicals, including phthalates (a known endocrine disruptor). The worst part is that nobody at the state, federal or global level is regulating the safety of these chemicals because they’re considered a “trade secret” and therefore protected from disclosure.

If you’re not on board with putting a bunch of questionable chemicals on your skin or using products that pollute the environment, reach for an unscented deodorant with 100 percent naturally-derived ingredients. That way, you can smell good and feel good.

2. You or someone you know is sensitive to fragrances

Do you ever get a headache or develop a rash after getting a strong whiff of someone’s perfume or deodorant? If so, you may be one of the two million Americans who have fragrance sensitivity. Fragrance sensitivity is when a person’s airways are irritated by the chemicals in scented products. People with fragrance sensitivities may experience watery eyes, sneezing and bouts of eczema. In severe cases, it can trigger migraines and irritant-induced asthma.

Even if you don’t personally suffer from a fragrance sensitivity, you never know when you might run into someone who does. By opting for an unscented deodorant, you can avoid ruining their day with an irritating fragrance.

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3. You don’t want your scents to clash

Between body lotion, makeup, deodorant and hand wash, many of us end up putting a lot of different scents on our bodies without even realizing it. If you have a natural scent that you love wearing and want to emphasize, the last thing you probably want to do is overpower it with a strong-smelling deodorant. With our unscented deodorant, you can eliminate body odor without overpowering your favorite natural scents.

4. You spend a lot of time in nature 

Are you planning to do a lot of hiking and camping this summer? In that case, you may want to be careful about the different scents you’re slathering on your body. As it turns out, bacon grease isn’t the only scent that attracts bears — they’re also interested in strong-smelling personal care items like deodorant and lotion. By using an unscented deodorant, you can fly under the radar while still keeping body odor and underarm sweat at bay. 

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Go Unscented and Plastic-Free with The Earthling Co.

If you’re thinking about switching to a plastic-free deodorant, consider going one step further by opting for an unscented deodorant from The Earthling Co.  Made with 100 percent naturally derived ingredients, our unscented deodorant is free from parabens, silicones, phthalates and other potentially harmful ingredients that have no business on your skin. Best of all, it’s made from FSC-certified paperboard and is fully compostable or recyclable. 

So, what are you waiting for? Take your eco-friendly routine to the next level with our plastic-free deodorant today!


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