I hate wearing antiperspirant. It irritates my skin, clogs my pores and just feels, well, toxic. But, it works.
Many antiperspirant-haters opt for natural deodorants—Michelle recently recommended this one and this one—but what if your regular body products could eliminate the need for an odour-fighter all together?
That's the idea behind Mirai Clinical, a new skincare line out of Japan that recently expanded into North America. Their main focus is anti-aging technology, and with the Purifying Body Care system, that includes anti-aging your body odour.
The system is comprised of three core products to eliminate B.O., including "old people" smell—a.k.a. Nonenal, a naturally-occurring compound that develops as your body ages. Unless you're over 40, you probably don't have to worry too much about Nonenal, but the technology used to eliminate that odour works just as well for all types of unpleasant bodily scents, including the ones that arise when you go without antiperspirant or deodorant.
The secret ingredient is persimmon tannin, which comes from persimmon, a dark orange Asian fruit that is often eaten whole like an apple or made into a dried dessert. In order to extract the tannin, the fruit is picked before it ripens, when it is still green, and is squeezed to produce a tart juice. While drinkable, the juice's natural astringent qualities make it a great for topical skin application because it removes the bacteria that can cause body odour.
Step 1: The Deodorizing Bar
The first step is to wash with the Purifying & Deodorizing Bar. This looks a bit like your standard glycerin soap—free of sulphates, preservatives and synthetic colours, dyes and fragrances—but it also contains a combination of persimmon tannin and green tea to help wash away bacteria and fight odour. The package recommends using it to lather up your entire body, including your feet!
The soap seemed pretty ordinary and had a very subtle citrus scent. I used it in the same way I would any other soap, making sure to wash naturally sweatier areas like under the arms and behind the knees.
Here are the ingredients:
Soap material, Water, Sucrose, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Persimmon tannin, Butylene glycol, Camellia sinensis catechin (Tea catechin), Camellia sinensis leaf extract (Tea leaf extract), Camellia sinensis leaf oil (Tea leaf oil), Green tea extract, Hydrolyzed collagen, Sodium hyaluronate, Olea Europaea (Olive) fruit oil, Squalane, Dipotassium glycyrrhizate, Charcoal powder, Alcohol, Tetrasodium etidronate
Step 2: The Body Wash
Next up is the Purifying & Deodorizing Body Wash (the paper label isn't exactly shower-friendly!). The wash is supposed to work alongside the body bar to catch any odour-causing bacteria the soap may have missed. It also contains a combination of persimmon tannin and green tea, and it comes in an airless bottle that keeps the natural ingredients as fresh as possible. I put about two pumps in a shower pouf before lathering it up and washing my entire body.
This body wash was really nice. Again, it had almost no scent, and you only need to use a small amount to get a good lather. I was worried the persimmon tannin might dry out my skin while it was killing off all of that bacteria, but it actually had a nice, syrupy texture and made me feel clean but not stripped of natural moisture.
Here's the ingredients list:
Water, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerin, Lauryl Glucoside, Cocamide Mipa, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Polyquaternium-71, Sodium Cocoyl Oat Amino Acids, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Lactobacillus/ Persimmon Fruit Juice Extract, Hydrolyzed Silk, Rosmarinus Officinalis Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Chamomile Recutita (Matricaria) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Mentha Piperita Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Lavandula Intermedia Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Arginine, Lactic Acid, 1,2 Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate
Step 3: The Body Spritzer
Once you get out of the shower, it's time for the Purifying Body Spritzer. This contains the same persimmon tannin and green tea combo as the other two products, and you're meant to apply it wherever you think you might need a little extra odour protection, such as under the arms.
In my test, I typically stuck to one spray a day, right after showering, but the package says you can apply as needed. You can also use it if you haven't showered and feel like you need a little freshening up (the small tube is perfect for tucking in your purse). It was a nice finishing touch that made me feel confident that I smelled clean and fresh, and I liked the subtle grapefruit scent.
The spray also contains astaxanthin, a natural antioxidant that blocks the activity of free radicals that may contribute to the aging process and bodily odours that come with aging.
Here's the full list of ingredients:
Water, Sd Alcohol 40b, Aluminum Chlorohydrate, Lactobacillus/ Persimmon Fruit Juice Extract, Glycerin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Vinegar, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Astaxanthin, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate
You'll notice the spritzer does contain aluminum, one of the ingredients that turns most people (including me) off regular antiperspirants. I didn't actually notice this until I was halfway through my trial, and will admit I was a little disappointed.
That said, I didn't experience the same dry-out from the spritzer as I do with normal antiperspirant, so the concentration you're exposed to is likely lower (plus there's the fact that you spritz rather than swipe). But it's something to be aware of if you're using this line.
I tried out all three products for a week, showering daily and skipping my usual slick of antiperspirant—and I smelled great!
Well, I actually just didn't smell at all. After each wash and spray, I was left feeling fresh, but not scented in any way. That lasted right through the day until I woke up the next morning and went through the whole process again. Though I'll admit I cheated twice and applied regular antiperspirant for a 10k run and a fitness class, it was more out of fear of public stinking than an actual need—old habits die hard!
Though Mirai Clinical's Purifying system isn't specifically designed to replace your deodorant or antiperspirant (and like I said, the spritzer does contain some aluminum), it was a great way to give my underarms a break on days when I wasn't super-active. The products were also gentle on my sensitive skin and not overly perfumed.
Where to Buy
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