For your work hard, play hard lifestyle, you’ll need a deodorant that can keep up.
But you probably don’t want one that’s packed with a bunch of synthetic chemical junk, right?
A natural deodorant!
But here’s the problem:
In your search for the best mens natural deodorant, you’ll end up with lots of questions like:
Why do my pits stink?
What the heck is arrowroot powder?
Antiperspirant? Aluminum? Cancer? Wtf?
Wait. Isn’t charcoal for barbecuing?
Relax guys. You’re in good hands.
In this Ballsy deep dive, we’re going to answer all of these questions and more.
And by the end of this simple, down-to-earth guide, not only will you be an expert in pit-stank and natural deodorant, but you’ll also learn about Bally’s new secret weapon in the battle against BO.
What is Natural Deodorant (And Why it Doesn’t Suck Anymore)
Over-the-counter and natural deodorants basically do the same thing:
They keep your pits dry and stink-free.
The over-the-counter brands are typically made with synthetic chemicals like parabens, aluminum salts, and other ingredients that have like 5 “y’s,” 4 “x’s,” and 8 hyphens in their names.
(Seriously, if you need a Master’s Degree in Chemistry just to pronounce what’s in your deodorant, that’s not cool).
Alternatively, natural deodorants opt for natural ingredients to combat odor causing bacteria and keep underarm moisture at bay.
In any natural deodorant, you’ll typically find a mix of these ingredients:
And even essential oil (no MLM scams here, I swear)
In the past, natural deodorant was a pretty crappy product because it was ineffective, expensive, and hard to get.
But despite being plagued with these issues, natural deodorants have become far more mainstream.
Simply put, consumers are pushing for safer, more natural products, especially in the bath, body, and cosmetic markets.
And as a result, demand is increasing, and better natural deodorants are hitting the scene!
Don’t be Afraid of “Natural”: A Tip in Modern Manliness
A lot of lads get a little weirded out when they hear the word natural.
They think switching to natural products means trading steak for kale, giving up ice-cold beer for chamomile tea, and wearing a burlap sack instead of a pair of Levi’s.
But this simply isn’t true.
And what’s more manly than giving a damn about your health?
(Maybe fighting a bear. But that’s beside the point).
Look, it’s 2021, and manliness is evolving.
And even though your Pops still uses the same brand of Right Guard gel deodorant because of that 1994 Charles Barkley commercial, it doesn’t mean you should too.
Stinky vs. Sweaty: The Difference Between Deodorant and Antiperspirant
When it comes to your armpits, there are two major products:
Deodorants and antiperspirants.
And although these two pit-stink tools are similar, they’re not quite the same.
Let’s break ‘em down.
Deodorants are designed to neutralize armpit stink by hindering the bacteria responsible for BO.
Basically, deodorants contain ingredients that kill odor causing bacteria.
What’s more, deodorants are also infused with powerful scents that help mask the smell from your pits.
Antiperspirants reduce armpit wetness by plugging your underarm sweat glands with aluminum salts.
In other words, tiny aluminum-chloride particles block the sweat glands in your pits.
A lot of people are uneasy about aluminum salts blocking their sweat glands.
And it’s a big reason why they make the switch to natural deodorants.
Mom Read on Facebook Antiperspirant Gives You Cancer… Is That True?
(Here comes the science!)
According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), there’s no evidence that the aluminum in antiperspirants causes cancer.
The NCI also states that some scientists caution how a lifetime of slathering aluminum-containing antiperspirant on your pits may have adverse impacts.
They suggest that the aluminum compounds may be absorbed into nearby breast tissue and cause the aluminum to mimic the effects of estrogen.
And because heightened estrogen levels increase the risk of breast cancer, there may be a link between antiperspirants and cancer.
Again, there’s currently no scientific evidence to prove a cancer link.
But many people still opt for a natural, aluminum free deodorant anyway — in fact, there's no real disadvantage in at least trying an au naturale pitstick.
Pit-Stank, Crotch-Funk, and The Big Bad Bacteria Behind B.O.
If you’ve ever asked yourself:
Why causes smelly armpits?
Why does my groin stink?
Then you’re in for a treat because we're tackling these questions next!
There are 3 elements to stinky pits and crotch:
Eccrine sweat glands
Apocrine sweat glands
Eccrine Glands – Your Skin's Sweat Factory
The surface of your skin is covered in eccrine sweat glands.
And these particular sweat glands are sort of like your body’s air-conditioner:
As your body heats up, your eccrine glands release sweat on the surface of your skin to help cool you down.
Apocrine Glands – Your Pit and Crotch Swamp-thangs
Apocrine glands are found in different areas of your body.
But you’ll find the highest concentration of these sweat glands in the armpits and crotch.
Now, these sweat glands are usually triggered in response to stress — hence the reason tense situations cause pit stains and swamp-butt.
And unlike your eccrine glands that release sweat directly onto the surface of the skin, apocrine glands empty into your hair follicles first before secreting out to the surface.
Bacteria: The Final Piece of the Smelly Pit Saga
The sweat released by your eccrine and apocrine glands isn’t naturally stinky.
But it does contain proteins and fatty acids that bacteria like to gobble up.
And when your sweat interacts with the bacteria on your skin or in your hair follicles, it produces a stinky odor.
Sweat from your eccrine glands is a thin fluid and quickly evaporates from your skin.
That said, a portion of this sweat stays on your skin long enough to interact with bacteria and cause BO, especially when you're sweating over longer periods of time like during hard labor or exercise.
Apocrine glands are a different story.
The sweat from apocrine glands is a thicker fluid that travels through your pit and junk hair follicles, giving it ample opportunity to interact with bacteria on hair and skin.
And as a result:
Smelly pits and smelly crotch.
And what’s worse?
Because your pits and crotch have both types of sweat glands, it’s basically a double-whammy breeding ground for odor causing bacteria.
Switching to Natural Deodorant: The 3 Things You Need to Know
At Ballsy, we’re gung-ho for plugging the benefits of all-natural products.
But we also believe in honesty.
And when it comes to a natural deodorant, there are a few things you need to know.
#1: There’s a Transitional Phase
When you switch from an antiperspirant to a natural, aluminum free deodorant, your armpits go through a brief detox for about a week or two.
And during this detox phase, your pits will smell.
But it’s not because your deodorant isn’t working.
It’s because you’re removing your antiperspirant’s aluminum sweat-plug from your armpit and causing your body to release waste and sweat out the unnatural junk.
Basically, your armpits are restoring themselves back to a natural state.
Fortunately, ingredients like charcoal speed up this detox phase by drawing out odor causing bacteria, dirt, and oil.
#2: Baking Soda Might Feel Like Battery Acid on Your Armpits
Many natural deodorants contain baking soda because it helps absorb armpit moisture.
But the problem with baking soda is that it’s a highly alkaline substance and a common cause of skin irritation — even for people without sensitive skin.
And according to Healthline, natural deodorants that contain baking soda are notorious for causing:
And burning sensations
As a general rule for first-time natural deodorant users, try and find a product without baking soda.
Hint hint: Our Pitstick natural deodorant uses arrowroot powder instead of baking soda because we care about your pits :)
#3: A Natural Deodorant Might Not Be Your Best Solution
Natural deodorants help with wetness, but they don’t block sweat glands like the aluminum in an antiperspirant.
So, if you’ve got hyperhidrosis (overactive sweat glands ) or often find yourself in high-strung, sweat-inducing situations — like a hostage negotiation or teaching middle-schoolers — a natural deodorant might not be the best fit for you.
That said, it never hurts to try!
Pitstick: A Natural Deodorant That Actually Works
Guys, the Ballsy crew brought it back to basics and crafted the best mens natural deodorant we could muster.
So, without further adieu:
Introducing Pitstick, an activated charcoal natural deodorant, and our new secret weapon against B.O.
Let’s take a peek at a few of the key features behind Pitstick and see why it’s like a GPS-guided missile for odor elimination.
Charcoal and Arrowroot Powder to Detoxify and Deodorize
Activated charcoal and arrowroot powder are both all-natural and skin-safe detoxifiers/deodorizers.
And their purifying properties are perfect for absorbing moisture and bacteria and neutralizing foul odors — including stale beer farts!
Noni Leaves: A Super-Plant for Healthy Skin
Morinda Citrifolia Leaf Extract — AKA, Noni — is a super-plant you’ve probably never heard about.
Now, this plant packs a serious punch when it comes to promoting healthy skin —and that’s a big reason we’ve infused Noni leaves into Pitstick.
Here are just a few of the benefits you’ll experience:
Natural anti-inflammatory: Noni leaves are loaded with antioxidants and vitamins that help soothe skin irritation.
Antibacterial: Help curb pit pimples and other harmful infections thanks to Noni’s inherent antibacterial properties.
Skin hydration & collagen repair: Not only do the essential fatty acids in Noni keep your skin hydrated and healthy, but it’s also filled with vitamins (like A and C), amino acids, and phytonutrients that help with collagen repair and maintain your skin’s elasticity.
Aluminium-Free So Your Armpits Can Reconnect With Nature
We left out the synthetic aluminum salts in Pitstick so your underarms can experience the eco-friendly goodness that mother nature offers.
It’s kind of like treating your pits to a fishing trip or going on an epic hike — it’s a one-of-a-kind armpit experience!
No Itchy, No Scratchy (Because We’re BS Free!)
Baking soda is a critical element in a lot of other natural deodorants.
It’s also an annoying skin irritant that causes some people’s pits to burn like hell.
But at Ballsy, we skipped the baking soda.
So use as much Pitstick as you want because we handle your BO without the BS.
Treat Yo Pits With the Best Men’s Natural Deodorant
Pitstick is a natural deodorant carefully crafted to keep up with your high-performance life.
Whether you're diffusing bombs, working a double, or trying to smell fresh for date night, Ballsy's got the solution for prime-smelling pits.
So if you're ready to up your deodorant game without all the chemical crap, try Pitstick and smell the superiority of an au naturale deodorant.