Okay, we agree that potassium alum sounds like something you vaguely remember learning about in a chemistry lesson, or is a chemical you think you’ve seen listed on the back of some processed food full of all sorts of things you probably shouldn’t be eating – but believe us when we tell you that potassium alum is a game changer for your underarms.
Taking a step back, aluminium is the third most abundant element on planet earth. We consume aluminium every single day in our food, in the water we drink and even through the pores in our skin. If you go and take a look at the ingredients in your current deodorant, you’ll likely see some form of aluminium-based product, as these react with amino acids and peptides in the skin forming a layer which blocks the sweat glands in your underarms. These pore-clogging ingredients prevent perspiration, which can hinder the natural elimination of toxins.
So why potassium alum?
Potassium alum, which you may have also heard called ‘potash alum’ is a natural mineral salt, which is a great replacement for the aluminium chloride and aluminium chlorohydrate you’re likely to see in conventional deodorants and anti-perspirants. For centuries, its anti-microbial properties have been celebrated in Chinese medicine used as a topical astringent, an antiseptic for wounds, acne and tonsillitis and a toner to tighten the pores. Potassium Alum (also known more commonly as ‘alum’ or ‘ming fan’ in Chinese medicine) was also taken as a decoction dissolved in water to alleviate stomach problems or in its powder form to remedy bleeding gums and mouth ulcers.
The difference between potassium alum and the aluminium chloride and aluminium chlorohydrates you find in conventional deodorants, is that potassium alum molecules are much bigger, and so sit on the skin’s surface creating a barrier. The aluminium molecules are smaller and are absorbed by the skin, skin and plugs the sweat glands, preventing the release of unwanted chemicals in the body.
Will it work properly?!
It is a common myth that sweat causes that unpleasant body odour when it is in fact the underarm bacteria reacting with the sweat which causes odour. A Crystal Deodorant made from Potassium Alum works by gliding across the skin’s surface when damp, forming a porous barrier that prevents the odour-causing underarm bacteria from multiplying. Crystal Deodorant doesn’t congest the sweat glands and allows you to sweat naturally without getting that ‘sweaty’ odour. Perspiration is a natural process which purifies and cools the body. Sweating also aids the process of expelling toxins from the body, including the:
- Detox of heavy metals
- Elimination of BPAs
- Bacterial cleansing
How do I get involved?
Our solid potassium alum block deodorant comes with hanging rope to keep it dry after use and aluminium storage/travel tin and is available to purchase RIGHT NOW!