Deodorant Additive: This is a great addition to any deodorizing product from deodorants and soaps to household deodorizers and lip balms. This deodorant additive can fit most applications whether you're looking for something that'll keep you fresh and clean or to get rid of that awful smell.
Usage Rates: Deodorant (2-3%), Liquid Soap (0.5-1%), Bar Soap (1%), Household Deodorizer (3-5%), Lip Products (0.5%)
Note: This water soluble product is to be added in the cool down phase (between 135-140F).
INCI: Saccharomyces Ferment, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate
How It Works:
Short Explanation- The “Saccharomyces Ferment” is a yeast enzyme that uses ammonia (the bad, smelly stuff in sweat) to make amino acids. We can’t smell amino acids but fungi (i.e. yeast) can use them to grow. To keep fungi from growing under the arm potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate are preservative that inhibit bacterial growth but don’t alter the enzyme function.
More In Depth Explanation- Under normal conditions the body excretes ammonia in the form of urea (an organic compound with no odor) in our sweat. However, when we work out we produce a lot of ammonia and it’s hard for the body to convert all of this to urea and some of it comes out as ammonia. Moreover in places like our underarm, bacteria that need organic compounds to survive can break urea back down into ammonia. Ammonia is what makes sweat stink. So how does this deodorant additive rectify that? Weirdly enough… yeast emzymes!
So the “Saccharomyces Ferment” is a bacterial enzyme from a type of yeast known as Saccharomyces cerevisiae. All yeast have enzymes that metabolize nitrogen to make amino acids which keep the yeast alive and growing. Most enzymes use nitrogen from organic compounds such as sugar and urea. This specific type of yeast enzyme in this deodorant additive can utilize the inorganic compound ammonia (NH3) for its major source of nitrogen. The enzyme can take what makes our sweat smelly and use it to make amino acids, that’s great! But wait, now there’s a perfect environment for yeast to grow under your arm… gross! Now what?
Solution! Potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate are both food preservatives that inhibit the growth (multiplication) of yeast however not the function. So essentially it lets the enzymes do their job, keeps the amino acids from forming yeast and the bacteria in the underarm area at a minimum.
This is a gluten free product!