Natural deodorants have come a long ways in the body care industry. I personally started using natural deodorants about five years ago and tried many brands and varieties. From Tom’s to Dessert Essence to Arm & Hammer Essentials, I found myself wanting something more effective and beautifully scented.
I fully support the human body’s natural process in perspiring and stopped using antiperspirants especially since aluminum (a key ingredient) is not an essential element for any living system. Antiperspirants block the sweat ducts and can potentially cause skin irritation, redness, swelling, and increased itchiness. Deodorants are generally less irritating for most people.
Aluminum has no place on or inside of our bodies. Aluminum is a metalloestrogen, which means it is a metal with pro-estrogenic affects on breast cancer cells. According to a few studies, shaving before applying antiperspirant deodorant has been linked to increased risk of breast cancer at an earlier age*. Shaving takes off skin cells and can also nick the skin, causing increased absorption of aluminum.
That being said, I am NOT in favor of smelly armpits and certainly want to promote attractiveness in mind, body, and odor!
I recently had the privilege of interviewing the young entrepreneur and Etsy Shop Owner, Isabella Taylor. Her company is Fox and Boar, a natural homemade body care line. I began using her Jasmine Natural Deodorant and her Lavender Tea Tree Natural Deodorant a few months ago and look forward to trying more of her beautiful handcrafted products. I really love all the scents and the smart deodorizing ingredients she uses!
I’ve known Isabella since she was a wee lass! She is a very kind, giving, and hard-working young woman with many creative talents up her sleeve. That is why I am proud to present her company, Fox and Boar, and share the fruits of her labor with others!
When did you start using natural deodorants?
Five years ago I started noticing my under arm skin was becoming rough, I knew it had to be something in the mainstream antiperspirant deodorant I was using. I began trying every natural brand I could get my hands on, from Toms Natural line to the Body Crystal products. Nothing worked well enough to feel comfortable at work. After using so many brands that didn’t work, I was getting a bit discouraged about the prospects.
What inspired you to start a natural body care line?
I was inspired to fill the lack I was experiencing in the natural deodorant world. There had to be other people struggling with the same dilemma. My Mother Dearest was already making a natural lotion that had become very popular, and suggested we try making a deodorant, I mean, how hard could it be? I was a bit skeptical. We did some research, and after fine-tuning quantities of ingredients, we created the first natural deodorant that worked for both of us. Without her, Fox and Boar may never have been born!
Was there a specific need in the body care world that you wanted to fulfill?
My mission with Fox and Boar is to expand the scent options, and continue to perfect natural deodorants that work all day. I believe everyone should be able to find a natural deodorant that has a scent that expresses themselves.
The name of your company is so darling! How did you come up with the name?
Naming my company was not the easiest task! I wanted a name that would encompass both men and women’s products while staying in tune with my own personality. The name Fox and Boar stems from the nicknames my husband and I have for each other, and my love of foxes.
What was the first product you were excited to make?
The first product created for Fox and Boar was the Mountain Breeze deodorant in a glass jar! I love this scent because it can be used by men and women who enjoy that “fresh out of the shower” scent.
I have to say, Isabella, I am very impressed with the quality of your product. It is so smooth and appears to be very gentle on sensitive skin-types. How long did it take to develop the right blend of ingredients?
It took about week of making different batches to get to the current recipe, it’s a bit smoother and gentler than the original, and I’m hoping it works better for our deodorant stick loving customers.
I absolutely love all the scents of the three deodorants I’ve ordered. I am a lavender girl at heart, but I have to say I think the jasmine is my favorite so far! Out of all of the deodorant scents which one is your favorite scent and why?
Can I pick two?! I like to go back and forth between Mountain Breeze and Jasmine. Mountain breeze because it is so versatile, and Jasmine because it makes me feel fabulous all day!
Which does your husband like the best?
Mountain breeze. He likes those fresh scents.
Do you have any plans to develop more body care products?
I am currently looking into making toothpaste, and am tweaking a tinted lip balm recipe. I also have plans to expand the men’s deodorant line.
What words of inspiration can you share with young people who are starting an online business or Etsy shop?
If you see a void, fill it. If something needs perfecting, keep working at it until it’s the best. I believe anything is possible with hard work and perseverance.
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*McGrath KG, An earlier age of breast cancer diagnosis related to more frequent use of antiperspirants/deodorants and underarm shaving. European Journal of Cancer Prevention, 2003 December; 12(6): 479-485