How Does Natural Deodorant Really Work?

Skeptical about switching to natural deodorants? That’s understandable. It’s hard to believe that ingredients found naturally on our planet can replace the chemically engineered ingredients to keep odours at bay; but they can. To help give you an idea, we’ll go over what the key ingredients in Frisk No.1 do to keep odour away!

Organic Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is extracted from the meat of coconuts, and has a unique combination of natural fats making it both highly moisturizing and highly antibacterial. It aids skin barrier function, and dries quickly making it the perfect base for a good natural deodorant. 

Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal is a fine, odourless black powder with super absorbing properties due to the tiny particle size creating a surprisingly large surface area. One gram of activated charcoal has a surface area of 5,400 square feet making it the our secret weapon, absorbing all your body’s toxins and sweat without being heavily concentrated.


Magnesium is an important mineral involved in hundreds on biochemical reactions taking place in your body. Insufficient magnesium contributes to body odour. Research has shown that 75% of Americans do not meet the daily recommended dietary allowance of magnesium, so we’ve incorporated magnesium in to the deodorant to help your body function the way it was created too. 

Avocado Oil

Not only is avocado oil extremely moisturizing, but it is also packed with Vitamin E which is great for skin. We combine avocado oil with our essential oil blend because the vitamin E prolongs the life of the essential oils ensuring you get to experience the many benefits and delightful scents of the essential oils throughout the life of your natural deodorant. 

Arrowroot Powder

In our Frisk natural deodorant recipe, arrowroot powder plays three key roles. It benefits the skin, acts as a thickening agent, but most importantly it is a strong absorbent, helping to keep you dry throughout the day. 

Candelilla Wax

Candelilla wax is what creates the consistency that makes our natural deodorant so easy to apply. This is essentially the glue of the deodorant.

Hopefully you have a better idea of how our deodorant works to keep you smelling fresh. If you’re still skeptical, read our blog on tips and tricks to avoid smelling (coming out soon) in order to have the extra boost of confidence you need when switching!

Why do we smell?


If you’re anything like us (or thousands of others across the globe) you’ve had that “oh shit” moment after an intense yoga class or a long day at work where you’ve questioned whether or not your deodorant failed you and more importantly, if the yogi beside you smelt “that” while you were in downward dog. While some of us can’t say we’ve struggled with serious body odor issues our entire lives, most of us do lead busy and sometimes stressful lifestyles that have caused us to be in situations where our deodorants either flopped or saved us.


First off, you’re not the only one in that hot flow class that’s hoping their “personal scent” went unnoticed. So seriously, why do we smell? In an effort not to bore you and get straight to it, here is the Coles Notes version of this answer:

Your sweat actually doesn’t smell. The bacteria found on your body and your apocrine glands however, do. The latter is the main culprit for body odor because the sweat these glands produce is high in protein, and bacteria has no issue breaking it down. This is where Frisk comes in.


The superstar ingredient we use to mitigate smell and bacteria is none other than activated charcoal. When we say our deodorant can literally detoxify your armpits, it’s because activated charcoal does just that- it absorbs toxins and cleanses your skin making it harder for bacteria to make you smell. On top of all that, activated charcoal can absorb excess moisture and control humidity levels on the applied area. Basically, Frisk will keep you dry and smelling pretty great.


In short, stop stressing (that’s why we titled this blog post “why do WE smell”). Shower daily, wear breathable fabrics when you’re working out, and use Frisk instead of those other guys. We’ve got you.