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Making Healthy Choice Affordable

In the wonderful world of today, we’ve never had more choice.  Everybody has access to an amazingly rich selection of healthy, natural and organic products, more freely available than ever before.  It’s awesome really.

However, there’s often a cost premium.  One study by researchers at the University of California-Davis reported that shoppers who consistently made healthy choices, spend nearly 20 percent more on groceries.

The study goes on to report that the higher price of these healthier choices can consume 35 to 40 percent of the entire grocery budget of a lower-income family!  That makes the choice to make healthy decisions that much harder.

At No Pong we believe that a natural deodorant should be three things: Effective, Affordable, and   Convenient.

Effective.  This one probably goes without saying, but for some people it’s hard to believe that a natural deodorant can work as well as a regular supermarket one.  We’re pretty straight shooters, and we named our product “No Pong” because it does exactly what it says on the tin.  We’ve tested No Pong in the tropics, through intense exercise, and in high stress workplace situations and we’ve found it works better than any traditional deodorant we’ve ever used before.  We’ve spent countless months refining and testing the No Pong formula to get an extremely effective anti odourant capable of keeping up with our very active lifestyles.  Give it a try.

Affordable.  Healthy choice shouldn’t cost 20 – 100% more than conventional products.  The way we see it, if you have an all natural deodorant that does exactly what it’s supposed to at an affordable price, why use anything else?  Let’s face it, you’re also kinda doing everyone around you a public service by using it, and an important public service like that needs to be affordable for everyone!

Convenient.  There’s no point having a great product if it’s difficult to get.  You shouldn’t have to take on the chaos of the mall, or go miles out of your way to find your favourite products at specialty stores that are inevitably always positioned miles away from the nearest car park, train station or bus stop.  Worse still is buying a delicious beauty product online only to pay almost as much again in shipping!

We’ve designed No Pong in a shipping-friendly size and shape, so that we can get it out to you cheap, fast, and delivered right to your door.  No car parking hassles or runaway shopping trolley dings.

To make things even more convenient, we’re working on a monthly subscription service so you can set and forget, and your monthly delivery of No Pong will magically appear at your doorstep right when you need it.  We’ll let you know more when we’re ready to launch that service.

At No Pong we’re making healthy choices accessible, affordable and convenient for all.

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Why do our armpits smell?

Why do armpits smell?  Most people would think it’s something to do with sweat, and they’d be partly right.

Armpit smell, or “pong” comes from bacteria feeding on sweat, but not just any sweat.  There are actually two types of glands that produce sweat on humans;

– Eccrine Glands – these are regular sweat glands all over the body that produce a sterile, mainly salty solution.

– Apocrine glands – these glands are found in the breasts, eyelids, ears, and hairy areas like your groin and armpits.  These glands produce a milky fluid that most commonly occurs when you’re under stress.

Both types of sweat are odourless, and the odour is only created by bacteria feeding on sweat.  But as you now know, not all sweat is not equal.

Regular eccrine sweat is very salty, which makes it hard for bacteria to feed on and thrive.

Apocrine sweat however is high in proteins and a veritable smorgasbord for smelly armpit bacteria, who thrive on the milky sweat produced by these glands.

Most regular deodorants use harsh antibacterial chemicals like triclosan, or parabens to attempt to manage the amount of bacteria in your sensitive areas.  Also often included in antiperspirants are potentially harmful chemicals derived from aluminium, whose role is to block sweat glands and reduce that amount of tasty-to-bacteria sweat.

No Pong works in a similar way, but using all natural ingredients much more effectively.  It creates an environment in your armpits that smelly bacteria hate, using:

1) Sodium Bicarbonate, or baking soda is a salt which keeps armpit bacteria in check.  However it’s water soluble and would just wash away at the first moment of stress.

2) A combination of Coconut Oil, Beeswax and Corn Starch locks in sodium bicarbonate exactly where you put it, providing a breathable, all day layer of protection.  And in the event of the inevitable, and completely natural release of sweat from these glands, it doesn’t simply wash off and stain your clothes like regular deodorants can.  Instead it stays in place, eliminating bacteria all day long.

3) Because regular deodorants wash off at the first hint of sweat, we’ve found No Pong to be far more effective than any of the traditional deodorants widely available.  More effective in a wider range of gruelling and stressful situations = all day confidence.

In fact, we’ve tested it in the tropics, in 30C+ degree days and managed to wear the same shirt for 3 days straight without a hint of body odour or PONG!  Try that with your over the counter deodorant.

No Pong is an all natural, extremely effective anti-odourant.  Why use potentially harmful chemicals on sensitive areas of skin when you no longer need to?

Give No Pong a try and let us know what you think.

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9 reasons you might be dying to smell good

Here are 9 good reasons you might be dying to smell good.

These 9 ingredients are common in over the counter chemical deodorants.  They’re put on sensitive areas of skin, like near your breasts, and can be absorbed into your bloodstream, with potentially deadly effects on your body.  They can also be passed on to to infants via breastfeeding.

1) Aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly or any aluminum compounds. Aluminum is a metal, which is used in antiperspirants to help block the sweat from escaping the pores.

Aluminum is absorbed through the skin and accumulates in the body.   Aluminum has been linked to breast cancer in women and has also been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease

2) Parabens (methyl, ethyl, propyl, benzyl and butyl), are all derived from toluene, a toxic petrochemical also used as glue and octane booster for motor racing fuels.

3) Toluene is toxic if swallowed or inhaled. It is also harmful in contact with the skin. There is some evidence that repeated exposure to toluene may cause reproductive harm.

Perhaps most concerningly, a wide range of research studies since 2000 have shown that various types of parabens behave like estrogen, with the potential to upset hormanal balance.  Estrogen is also known to drive the growth of cancerous cells.

4) Triclosan is used as an anti-bacterial ingredient, addressing the reason we smell.  However, Triclosan is stored in body fat and is classified as a pesticide by the FDA.

The American Medical Association recommends that triclosan and other “antibacterial” products not be used in the home, as they may encourage bacterial resistance to antibiotics that can allow resistant strains to flourish.

5) Talc is classified as a carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer if it contains asbestiform fibers. The quantity of asbestiform fibers in cosmetics is unregulated.

6) Propylene glycol was originally developed as an anti-freeze, but is now included in some deodorants and antiperspirants.  It is a neurotoxin known to cause contact dermatitis, kidney damage, and liver damage.  In propylene glycol’s Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), published by the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety, workers are urged to avoid skin contact with the toxic chemical as it may cause eye and skin irritation, gastrointestinal irritation and discomfort, nausea, headache, vomiting, and central nervous depression.

7) TEA and DEA (triethanolamine and diethanolamine) adjust the pH, and used with many fatty acids to convert acid to salt (stearate), which then becomes the base for a cleanser.  They both could be toxic if absorbed into the body over a long period of time where DEA can cause liver and kidney damage and TEA can cause allergic reactions.  These chemicals are already restricted in Europe due to known carcinogenic (cancer-causing) effects.

8) Silica is a skin irritant. It may be contaminated with crystalline quartz, which is a carcinogen.

9) Steareth (N) – where “n” is any number.  It is reacted with ethylene oxide (ethoxylated), a known human carcinogen.

Fortunately, you now have a perfectly safe, and extremely effective alternative in No Pong, so you can throw away the harmful chemical deodorants and actually smell fresher.