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All About No Pong Natural Anti-Odourant!

Switching to natural deodorant can be difficult if you're attached to your mainstream choice, but it can actually be just as effective and reliable. To find out about the new No Pong deodorant, I spoke to the company's founders, Melanie and Chris.

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Making the switch to natural deodorant can be tricky if you are just not convinced that it can really do the job. Friends and family can be reluctant to give it a go too, and can cling on to their bottles of antiperspirant spray for dear life! Founded in 2015, No Pong is an Australian company which produces an all-natural, unisex-scented deodorant at an affordable price, which can be used by men and women alike. Formulated to be water-resistant, anti-bacterial and provide breathable, long lasting protection, the No Pong Deodorant is designed to be an anti-odourant rather than chemical anti-perspirant and makes a great introduction to natural deodorant. To find out more about what makes No Pong so special, I had a chat to the company's founders, Melanie McVean and Chris Caley.

How is No Pong different to other deodorants?

No Pong is an effective all natural anti-odourant. It is different from other deodorants, firstly, because it works. It lasts all day and then some! Secondly, it is a cream based deodorant; you only need a small amount, but it needs to be rubbed in well. It can take people a little while getting used to applying this way, but honestly, I think it’s a great way to give a little love to your armpit. Thirdly, it is not water based, so it won’t simply wash off when you sweat.

This deodorant is designed to create a water-resistant environment that smelly bacteria can’t survive in. This is the key to its effectiveness. Lastly, No Pong is affordable. We believe that great natural products should be available to everyone. We have designed our business with this as one of our key values and we will always strive to keep our products as affordable as possible.

Melanie, your background is in women’s health. How did that help you in developing this product?

I was actually making a very basic version of the product for myself for about a year before we launched No Pong. I think it is important to pay attention to what we put in and on our body, so several years ago started making my own creams, lotions and yes, deodorant. This is how No Pong came about.

Do you remember the moment the idea for No Pong came to you?

I was making my own cosmetics and had a simpler version of No Pong for myself. Chris and I were on a surfing trip in the tropics and using this deodorant. Chris, being somewhat of a sceptic, literally wore the same shirt for 3 days and didn’t smell at all. Just to be clear, we don’t recommend wearing the same clothes for 3 days straight! However, we were in a remote destination with no laundry services, and “running” water was probably an optimistic way to describe the situation, as it was more like a feeble dribble.

On the 3rd day, we realised how good this stuff actually was! It was this moment that we knew we were on to something and No Pong was born. Necessity as they say is often the mother of invention, and having extremely limited water on that trip was one of the key things that tipped No Pong from being one of my personal products to a fast growing Aussie brand today.

What are the nasty chemicals we need to be aware of in other products?

There is a lot of hype around some of the ingredients in regular deodorants. This might sound counter-intuitive coming from a natural deodorant company, but we’re science people as well and the truth is the jury is still out on many of the effects they can have on our bodies. There are a few key ingredients that are known to have an effect on the human body: Aluminium is known to have potential to cause mutation to genetic code. It has been contentiously linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

Parabens are known to mimic hormone functions, particularly oestrogen, which has been linked to breast cancer. Triclosan is a common anti-bacterial found in traditional deodorants, and actually banned for use in soaps by the US Food and Drug Administration, but not in Australia! It’s really important for people to understand that the scientific jury is out on the real-world, long term effect of many of these as used in deodorants. That said, why use these ingredients at all if you don’t have to!

Why is the formula in a paste form and not a roll on? Is it more effective this way?

We designed No Pong as a cream-based paste because this was the form that our ingredients were the most effective in. It can need a bit of getting used to for some people, but as you only need to apply it once a day, most people just add it to their morning routine as they would putting on face moisturiser or brushing their teeth. As someone who works in women’s health, I think it is extremely important to be in tune and comfortable with your body and putting deodorant in this way is a great way to give your armpits a quick daily check as well.

Are there any other products you are hoping to launch under the NO PONG name?

We actually just launched a new No Pong Bicarb Free, Low Fragrance anti-odourant which will be available from Nourished Life very soon. We’re really quite excited about it and have had some really great feedback from our wonderful customers! We don’t have any other products on the pipeline right now, and as a small, but fast growing business, we’re just trying to do one thing really well, and that is, making awesome deodorant!

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