FRESH AND CLEAN
The unexpected ingredient that will change your post-shower routine
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