There is a reason why coconut oil is number one on Not My Mama’s deodorant ingredient list. It isn’t just wonderful to cook with coconut oil, it also has amazing skin benefits that work great in our deodorants for kids and teens. Derived from the white fleshy meat or kernel of mature coconuts, this natural ingredient is oh so silky smooth. Our kids deodorants are packed with goodness, thanks in part to the coconut oil, consisting of moisturizing and anti-inflammatory benefits for kids changing bodies. A blend of coconut oil, shea butter, mag hydroxide, diatomaceous earth and arrowroot helps neutralize odors and absorb wetness without any harsh parabens, chemicals, and phthalates.
Here is why we use coconut oil in Not My Mama’s deodorants for kids and teens: coconut oil is an antibacterial powerhouse.
The body produces sweat to control body temperature. In other words, sweating is a natural process and kids and adults all sweat to cool down. Body odor isn’t actually caused by sweat though. Body odor is caused by bacteria that can grow when the body’s sweat sits on our skin, especially in those closed dark places such as our armpits. You may have noticed that even behind kids knees and elbows can get a little extra stinky.
Coconut oil is packed with fatty acids such as linoleic acid and lauric acid. Well, lauric acid, the medium-chain fatty acid found in coconut oil actually contains antimicrobial properties that can help prevent bacteria from growing. An all-natural ingredient that has antimicrobial properties that can kill bacteria and fungi – yes please to coconut oil in natural kids deodorants!
In addition to its antimicrobial properties, key for any deodorant, coconut oil is also said to help skin retain moisture, soothe and smooth the skin, protect the skin from environmental toxins, and absorbs easily. So when we were formulating our natural kids deodorant, and making sure it was safe and effective for kids, teens, and adults, we knew coconut oil was a must.