FRESH AND CLEAN

The un­ex­pected in­gre­di­ent that will change your post-shower rou­tine

The Kit - - Front Page - —Rani Sheen. Photography by Paul Weeks.

Deodor­ant: not the sex­i­est of beauty prod­ucts, yet prob­a­bly the most used, to the re­lief of ev­ery­one within sniff­ing dis­tance on pub­lic tran­sit. But nat­u­ral op­tions have lagged in in­no­va­tion— un­til now. A small Cana­dian com­pany with big ideas has har­nessed the de-stinki­fy­ing pow­ers of bam­boo char­coal (a.k.a. take­sumi) in a range of clear deodor­ant sticks made with 99 per cent nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents, and free of alu­minum and parabens. Char­coal’s tox­in­bind­ing prop­er­ties are well doc­u­mented and usu­ally put to use in med­i­cal sit­u­a­tions such as over­doses, in wa­ter fil­ters and, lately, in pu­ri­fy­ing skin­care. Here, it’s called upon to curb bac­te­ria that mix with sweat (which ac­tu­ally has no smell), thereby re­duc­ing odour and reg­u­lat­ing mois­ture— with­out clog­ging up sweat glands, like an­tiper­spi­rants. As with all nat­u­ral de­odor­ants, the wise carry one around for reap­pli­ca­tion when needed, but this stick’s stay­ing power passed the sniff test on a warm hol­i­day week­end. With lus­cious scents like mint and lime, cold-pressed rose and cit­rusy bam­boo, you’ll be the most pop­u­lar tran­sit rider around.

KAIA NAT­U­RALS THE TAKE­SUMI DETOX DE­ODOR­ANT, $21, KA­IANAT­U­RALS.COM

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