Getting started with type:A
Are antiperspirants and typical deodorants unsafe?
Our skin is our largest organ and absorbs whatever we slather onto it and our underarms, in particular, are a sensitive area full of nodes, glands, and arteries. So, when it comes to the antiperspirant or deodorant we use every day, we want to make sure EVERY ingredient is non-toxic.
The problem is that regulation of toxic ingredients used in personal care products in the US is practically non-existent. For makers of personal care products, it's at the company's discretion to decide if an ingredient is safe. Many deodorants and antiperspirants available today contain ingredients that are proven or thought to be harmful to human health. Even worse, some ingredients either don't have any safety data available or have never been tested for toxicity.
Both Canada and the European Union have banned or restricted hundreds of ingredients from use in personal care products because of specific hazards like cancer, developmental toxicity and hormone disruption. However as US consumers, we have to be extra vigilant to protect our exposure.
Why might aluminum in deodorant or antiperspirant be unhealthy for me?
There's a lot of buzz about the negative effects of aluminum (the active ingredient in antiperspirant) and unfortunately, not a lot of certainty. Here's what we do know: in order to be called an antiperspirant in the US, the FDA requires using one of several specific aluminum salt compounds.Aluminum salts work by plugging the sweat ducts under your arms thereby keeping you dry and odor free. The most commonly used forms are aluminum chloride, aluminum chlorohydrate, or aluminum zirconium.
Some studies suggest that exposure to aluminum in antiperspirants could lead to an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease or cancer. While it is worth noting that none of these studies have been conclusive in determining a direct 1:1 correlation to disease, further research needs to be done on the cumulative effect of toxin exposure over time and its role in triggering disease.
And, by the way, sweating is good for you! It's how your body expels excess hormones and other toxins. When you use an antiperspirant, it forces your body to reabsorb what should be emitted as waste. In some breast cancer research, it's been suggested that using antiperspirant disrupts that natural endocrine function, elevating estrogen levels that can contribute to breast cancer in some people.
The good news is that there are now safer ways to prevent body odor and protect against wetness.
Is type:A an antiperspirant?
In the US, an antiperspirant refers to a formula that stops sweating entirely by plugging ducts with specific aluminum salt compounds. Our formula does not contain these compounds and does NOT stop you from sweating. However, our sweat-activated formula does protect against wetness. We’ve had rave reviews from a lot of self-proclaimed ‘big-time sweaters’ who have been surprised at the wetness protection with type:A.
Is type:A a natural deodorant?
type:A has been developed to be a 100% safe and non-toxic deodorant. We’re not an “all-natural” deodorant - while we have some amazing high-performance natural active ingredients, we embrace safe synthetic and clean ingredients in our formula as well. By putting ingredient safety first (above natural), it opens up more possibilities for advanced formulation technologies that result in better performance.
Will my body need time to adjust after switching from an antiperspirant to type:A?
Maybe you've heard the rumors about a super-sweaty detox period when going aluminum free? After years (or decades) of having your sweat ducts plugged up by the aluminum salts in antiperspirants, your body needs to recalibrate and get used to sweating again. But, don’t worry, we’re here to keep you protected during the transition!
During this 'detox' period - which typically lasts about 2 weeks - you may find yourself sweating more and notice a different, pungent odor from your sweat. Be consistent and try not to revert back to your old antiperspirant during the detox, as it will make it harder for your body to fully adjust.
To help the detox along, you may want to try a charcoal or clay mask under your arms, or a mild acid-based facial toner, and giving your skin a little extra love with some extra virgin coconut oil or Manuka honey as an overnight treatment. The good news is that once the transition is complete, many people tell us that they sweat less overall!