Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to all your possible questions.
Perspiration, deodorant and antiperspirants

Why is perspiring so important?

Perspiring is a bodily function directly linked to your internal temperature regulation. If your body gets too warm, your brain sends automatic impulses to your glands, telling them to secrete perspiration. The thin layer of fluid (sweat) produced on your skin will then evaporate, which extracts heat from your body, causing your body to cool down. Furthermore, perspiring ensures that toxins are eliminated from your body.

What is the cause of smelly sweat?

Luckily not all perspiration means you will smell. You’ve got sweat glands – eccrine glands – all over your body, and during puberty you get an extra set of glands; apocrine glands. These apocrine glands are formed specifically in your armpits and groin area. When you perspire, both the eccrine and the apocrine glands secrete odourless fluids. However, bacteria change the fluids which are secreted from the apocrine glands into butyric acid. And these butyric acids are the cause for the characteristically ‘smelly sweat’.

How can I reduce the amount I perspire?

Perspiration doesn’t just happen for the fun of it; your body is regulating its temperature. Therefore, the easiest and most foolproof way to reduce the amount you perspire is to ensure you don’t get too hot. However, if it’s a hot day, you have an upcoming nerve-wracking conversation or you’re exercising intensely, your body will still have to make sure you cool off. The following tips might help you reduce the amount you perspire:

Clothing – One of the most important things to consider when you perspire is the type of material of the clothes you wear. Some fabrics don’t allow for much airflow, causing your body to hold on to more heat. In addition, the type of material of your clothes also affects the smell of your perspiration. In polyester, bacteria flourish the most. And since these bacteria are the cause of your bodily odours, you will want to wear polyester as little as possible. Instead, wear 100% cotton (or bamboo) clothing, since bacteria don’t like these fabrics as much. And, as an extra little pro-tip; wear either black or white clothes on particularly stressful days – your sweaty patches aren’t as visible on these colours!

Stress – An important cause of perspiration is stress. Stress hormones give a signal to your body to start working harder. This heats up your body, meaning you will start to sweat to cool off again. Therefore, try to stay as relaxed as possible and exercise regularly: regular exercise helps your body reduce the production of the amount of stress hormones.

Coffee – Caffeine stimulates your central nervous system, which in turn controls your sweat glands. In addition, a hot drink will heat up your body, which means you will have to start sweating to cool down again. If you are someone who perspires a lot, you might want to consider cutting down on your caffeine intake!

Hot spices – Just like with caffeine, hot spices send neurotransmitters to the brain. This is due to the capsaicin in the spices, which causes the brain to believe the body is overheating. And, again, the logical response of the body is to start sweating. So, watch out with spicy foods!

What is the difference between antiperspirant and deodorant?

An antiperspirant blocks the exits of the sweat glands long-term, and therefore, prevents the production of sweat. A deodorant, however, does not prevent sweating; it deals with the bacteria on the skin by disguising the smell. A regular deodorant often has alcohol and fragrances to mask the smell. Oftentimes people confuse deodorant and antiperspirant, therefore, in order to know exactly what you are dealing with; make sure you read the list of ingredients. If the list mentions ‘aluminium, potassium alum, alum or zirconium’, you are dealing with an antiperspirant.

As mentioned, antiperspirants block your pores – they have an astringent effect on the skin pores in your armpits and therefore close off these pores, meaning you perspire less than usual. The active ingredients in antiperspirants – aluminium salts – react with the electrolytes in your perspiration, which in turn forms a gel-like ‘plug’ in your sweat glands. This plug blocks your pores and prevents your sweat gland from secreting fluids. Therefore, when using enough antiperspirants, the majority of your sweat glands will not be secreting sweat onto your skin. Not only does this disturb your body’s internal temperature regulation, but it also inhibits the release of toxins from your body.

Deodorants mask the smell. An antiperspirant can never stop your sweat glands from secreting all fluids, meaning that you will still be producing a sweaty smell when the bacteria convert the fluids from the apocrine glands into butyric acid. This characteristically ‘sweaty smell’ is disguised by the alcohol and fragrances in the deodorant. Which often results in a body odour that is a mix of sweat and fragrances from your deodorant.

We think this approach is illogical and obsolete. Nuud thinks and does things differently. We choose to attack the bacteria directly responsible for the smelly sweat. Our most important component is micro silver. Which inhibits the growth of bacteria long-term, and no bacteria, means no smell. Simple. Furthermore, we believe that you should not be blocking your body’s secretion of toxins. This way, after all, toxins cannot leave your body! Nuud, does not close off your pores, but prevents the smell of your perspiration occurring in the first place.

What about the safety of antiperspirants and deodorants?

The question, “Does the usage of deodorants with a base of aluminium increase the chance of getting (breast) cancer?” is one that keeps popping up in several sources. More and more research questions the safety of the most common deodorants and antiperspirants, which, in particular, have aluminium chloride as an active substance.

Nearly everyone uses deodorant daily and therefore a possible link with cancer can lead to worry or disbelief. In general, aluminium is considered to be safe, however, due to a lack of research, there is still a big question about the precise effects this can have on human cells.

It is not up to us to make a statement on the safety and the effects of aluminium in deodorants, nevertheless, we do wonder if it is sensible to be spraying and rolling deodorants containing aluminium on your underarms, without having any conclusive information about this.

We therefore endorse the general consensus that more research needs to be done on the effects of aluminium in deodorants, to gain more clarity about the hypothesis that aluminium contributes to the increase of cases of breast cancer. At this stage, there just isn’t enough evidence to be able to draw any conclusions.

In addition, the Dutch Breast cancer Associationcurrently still has the standpoint that deodorants containing aluminium chlorides cannot contribute to getting breast cancer. They indicate that there is insufficient evidence at this stage, because nothing has been tested on human skin yet.

Nuud and how it works

What is in Nuud?

First of all, we would like to tell you what is not in Nuud. Nuud has no aluminium, no parabens and no irritating salts. Neither does it have any animal-derived ingredients, so Nuud is 100% Vegan! Anything from the petrochemical industry? Not welcome. Neither do we have room for propellants, alcohol, colourings and fragrances.

We only allow for 100% innocent ingredients. But those ingredients do have to ensure that Nuud is the most effective deodorant in the world...

So, what is in Nuud?

Nuud only has 10 ingredients. The most important one is micro silver, which naturally prevents the smell of perspiration, without blocking the pores or irritating the skin. In addition, we use certified, natural ingredients such as coconut oil, carnauba palm wax and almond oil, to keep the micro silver in place. This is what makes Nuud so extremely Nuud. Simple.

Do you want to know the exact Nuud ingredients, click here.

What makes Nuud unique?

Nuud is not a deodorant, but apreodorant – a regular deodorant disguises the odour of perspiration, whereas Nuud preventsthis smell altogether. With Nuud, smell does not stand a chance, because the bacteria, responsible for the smell, are inhibited naturally. In an antiperspirant the active component (aluminium) closes off the pores, and in combination with fragrances, the smell is masked, instead of prevented.

Nuud works for days, after just one application - Because Nuud is different, and therefore works for longer than a regular deodorant, you need a lot less of it. Micro silver structurally reduces the bacteria population, which means the smell of perspiration cannot occur. Nuud works for a minimum of 48 hours and a maximum of 7 days. In addition to the ease of not having to put on deodorant as often, it also has the important benefit in that it is better for your skin because it is interfered with less.

Nuud is applied directly on your skin - Rubbed on instead of rolled or sprayed. The cream, the micro silver carrier, transports the effective components to the right spot and keeps them in place. The cream does not only guarantee its effectiveness, but it is also very gentle on your skin and does not cause any irritations. This is why we chose this particular carrier of the effective components, instead of a roll-on or spray. And, because it does not dissolve in water, you can shower, work-out or do whatever you want, without reducing its effectiveness.

Nuud is odourless – Instead of smelling of your deodorant’s fragrance, Nuud allows you to smell like yourself. Nuud contains no perfume, this way youcan decide whether you want to smell of nothing, or of your favourite perfume or aftershave! Some people need some time getting used to this, especially if you’re so used to always smelling of your regular deodorant spray...

Nuud really does not leave any stains on your clothes – Nuud contains no ingredients that discolour your clothes and make them unusable. No more shirts with yellow armpits stains! (An added advantage: Nuud is actually savingyou money! ;-))

Nuud is many times more concentrated than a regular deodorant; you need about fifteen times less. Which means that fifteen times less of it needs to be produced, fifteen times less of it needs to be transported and fifteen times less packaging material will be thrown away. Therefore, Nuud has a less of an impact on the environment. Did you know, for instance, that about 8 billion bottles of deodorant end up in the bin per year, in Europe and USA alone?

Completely innocent: what does Nuud mean with that exactly?

We believe that products you apply to your body daily, should never harm your health or the world around us, and therefore Nuud only contains ingredients and packaging materials that are as harmless and innocent as possible.

The active component used in Nuud is micro silver. This is a natural (Ecocert certified) ingredient that inhibits the growth of bacteria responsible for the sweaty smell. And without naming them one by one, all other Nuud ingredients are just as indispensable as the micro silver. Do you want to know exactly what can be found in Nuud, click here.

Because Nuud is so much more concentrated, you need a lot less of it, less needs to be shipped and we need less packaging materials. In addition, our packaging is also as harmless as possible. We have chosen for a tube made out of sugarcane and a little box made out of unbleached FSC cardboard, and we ship Nuud climate neutral.

And, where possible, we will always happily work towards any solutions making Nuud even more harmless and innocent!

Super effective: how is it possible that Nuud works so well?

To understand how Nuud works, you first have to understand what causes the smell of perspiration. You have sweat glands all over your body (eccrine glands). During pubertyyou get an extra set of glands; apocrine glands. These apocrine glands are formed specifically in your armpits and groin area. When you perspire, both the eccrine and the apocrine glands secrete odourless fluids. However, bacteria change the fluids which are secreted from the apocrine glands into butyric acid. And these butyric acids are the cause for the characteristically ‘smelly sweat’.

The active components of an antiperspirant block the skin pores as much as possible, however, it can never stop your sweat glands from secreting 100% of the fluids, meaning that you will still be producing a sweaty smell. To disguise this smell, many fragrances are added. Which often results in a body odour that is a mix of sweat and cheap perfume. In addition, because the active component disappears very quickly, you often have to reapply your deodorant multiple times a day.

Nuud thinks this approach is illogical and obsolete. Nuud chooses to use micro silver, which attacks the bacteria responsible for the smelly sweat in a natural and long-term way. No bacteria, no smell. Simple. Not everyone is the same and one person might start developing bacteria again quicker than others, but based on the experiences of thousands of customers, we can safely say that most people only have to apply Nuud twice a week, and for some, only once a week suffices!

Does Nuud work for everybody?

Yes, Nuud works for everybody. Men, women, young and old. Everyone perspires and develops some sort of perspiration smell from puberty.

You have to understand that you don’t just have one type of bacteria on your body; the diversity of bacteria can be compared to the diversity of plants and animals in a tropical rainforest. This tropical rainforest of bacteria is called ‘a microbiome’. And just like in the rainforest, sometimes there is more of one type of plant, and other times more of another. There are a couple of types of bacteria that specifically cause the smell of sweat, while others do not cause a smell at all. In some people the ‘non-smell’ bacteria even overpower the ‘smelly’ bacteria. These lucky people do not need any deodorant at all.

In addition to the microbiome, the number of apocrine glands is of importance as well. Eccrine sweat glands can be found all over your body, but during puberty you develop apocrine sweat glands, in particular in your armpits. The fluids secreted from these glands causes, together with the ‘smelly’ bacteria, your perspiration smell. If, despite using Nuud, the ‘smelly bacteria’ still keep the upper hand for you, then Nuud will most likely not work as well for you. If Nuud does attack these bacteria for you, them applying Nuud once a week should be sufficient.

Your personal microbiome is just as hard to predict as the rainforest, but luckily, for most of us, Nuud stays effective for several days. The feedback from thousands of customers teaches us that for most people it is enough to apply Nuud twice a week, and for some people even once a week suffices. Only rarely does Nuud not work: in this case, the micro silver has not been able to lower the amount of ‘smelly bacteria’ in relation to all other bacteria.

Nuud leaves no traces on your clothes. How is that possible?

Because Nuud contains no salts, there is no accumulation of these salts in your clothes causing discolouration and ruining your shirts.

Nuud continues to work despite exercising or showering. How is that possible?

Nuud is a cream with an oil base, comparable to waterproof suntan lotion. Because it does not dissolve in water, you can shower, exercise or do whatever you want, without Nuud’s effectiveness diminishing.

Application and use

How do you use Nuud?

If you have been used to traditional deodorants or antiperspirants for years, your body has gotten used to how these work and how you apply them. Nuud works differently. And you might need some time to get used to this. With our tips & tricks below, you will quickly learn how Nuud is not only a carefree deodorant, but also harmless and super effective.

Tip 1: Not too much Nuud

Your little trial tube is remarkably small. However, it lasts an average of 6 to 7 weeks. This is because Nuud is super concentrated. You only need a little bit each time! Wash your armpits with soap, dry them well and rub about a pea-size of Nuud in each armpit. But remember, don’t put too much! We mean it when we say it; Nuud is super concentrated and very easy to apply.

Tip 2: Discover your ‘application frequency’.

Application frequency, yes, for lack of better word. Despite only applying a little bit of Nuud at a time, Nuud really does stay effective for several days. On average, people apply Nuud every 3 days. But, everyone has their own frequency, which requires a bit of trial and error. For example, you can start applying every other day and then extend this to however long works for you!

Tip 3: Fresh clothes.

Nuud neutralises the bacteria responsible for your perspiration smell. Nuud does not disguise the smell, it preventsit. In addition to this, Nuud does not have a smell of its own, therefore, you have to make sure that the clothes you have been wearing are free from the ‘old smells’ and bacteria. The armpit areas of t-shirts, shirts, and jumpers have to be properly washed first (preferably with vinegar or alcohol, and finished off with a steaming hot iron to kill all bacteria) before you can start your fresh and odourless new start!

Tip 4: Dare to detox

Perspiring is important for your body. That is why Nuud does not contain salts, which block your sweat glands. Regular deodorants that contain aluminium salts or baking soda often cause your body’s perspiration management to be disturbed and your body to store excess toxins. Nuud fixes this for you. Naturally and odourless! Sometimes it initially intensifies your perspiration, in terms of sweat andsmell, for a little while. This ‘detox’ effect stops once you have been using Nuud for a longer period of time. If you are a bit unsure, start using Nuud on the weekend, so that you can test it in your own, safe space, and figure out how Nuud works for you.

It seems like Nuud doesn’t work (properly) for me, why is that?

Nuud is not an antiperspirant, but a deodorant.

It is important to explain the difference between a deodorant and an antiperspirant. A deodorant attacks the smell and an antiperspirant attacks the fluids. Most deodorants are also antiperspirants. Nuud is primarily a deodorant and therefore attacks the perspiration smell, and to a lesser degree the perspiration fluids.

Perspiration fluidsare the result of your body trying to cool down. This fluid is odourless, but is usually considered, especially if you perspire a lot, unpleasant.

The active ingredients in antiperspirants block your pores, which results in less perspiration. However, this disturbs your internal temperature management and toxins are not able to leave your body via your armpits.

When you stop using an antiperspirant your pores will no longer be blocked, which means, that especially in the very beginning, you might perspire more than before. The gel-plugs that had been blocking your pores for years are slowly leaving your body. This can take a while. For many people this is an uncomfortable experience and they assume Nuud isn’t working for them so they switch back to their old deodorant. Our advice: give it some time!

A temporary stronger perspiration smell

The smellof perspiration occurs when bacteria change the skin oils in your perspiration fluids into butyric acid. Thesebutyric acids are the cause for the characteristically ‘smelly sweat’. To disguise this smell, many fragrances are added to regular deodorants. Which often results in a body odour that is a mix of sweat and cheap perfume.

When you start using Nuud, the smell of the bacteria won’t be masked anymore, like it has been with all your previous deodorants, but these bacteria will be inhibited and eventually stopped. Your microbiome just has to get used to this new situation. So, give it some time!

If you don’t have many bacteria, Nuud will work after just one application, if you have more bacteria, it is possible that you will need to apply it a couple of times before it starts to fully work for you. This detox-period can take some time. It may even happen that you smell of sweat a little more than usual during this period. Keep applying until your body has gotten used to it; play around with the frequency to discover what works best for you.

Clothes

Bacteria live on your skin andin your clothes. When using a regular deodorant, you disguise the smell, but, the smell is still there, even though you might not notice it at first. The smell is easy to wash off your skin, out of your clothes, however, is not so easy.

 

A possible reason for still thinking that you smell, therefore, is often because the bacteria are still in your clothes. When you put on your clothes again, a stale smell of old sweat can be the result. A good way to check whether you still smell is to determine if it is your skin or your actual clothes that still smell bad. Clothes notmade of cotton have the tendency to absorb many bacteria. Only by washing your clothes at 60 degrees or higher do these bacteria in your clothes disappear.

No perfume

After many years of using regular deodorants you have probably gotten so used to smelling a fragrance under your arms, that not smelling of anything under there might give you the sensation that your deodorant isn’t working. Nuud consciously does not have a fragrance; we feel that your smell should rather come from a lovely perfume than a cheap deodorant.

How often should I apply?

Every body is different. For some people Nuud works for 48 hours, for others applying once a week is enough. Experience has taught us that for most people applying twice or three times a week suffices. And the longer you use Nuud, the less often you have to apply.

The best way to discover your best application frequency is to apply every 2 days initially. If you notice that this is not enough, then switch to applying every 24 hours. If you notice that it is enough, you might want to try switching to applying every 3 days, and so forth.
Nuud therefore does require some trial and error at first, to discover your own ideal frequency.

Does Nuud become more effective over time?

The longer you use Nuud, the less bacteria come back, hence the less often you will have to apply Nuud. So, start applying Nuud every other day and check how long it works for you by adding an extra day in between new applications. This way you will find the right balance for yourself. It would, of course, be a waste to apply Nuud every three days if Nuud lasts a full week for you, however, vice versa isn’t advisable either!

Nuud and showering

We often get questions about Nuud’s effectiveness in relation to showering. First of all, it is important to understand exactly how Nuud works. Nuud has micro silver as one of its active ingredients and an oil-based cream to keep this micro silver in place. It can be compared to waterproof suntan-lotion: it does not dissolve in water and therefore it is perfectly fine to shower, exercise or do whatever you want to do, without Nuud’s effectiveness diminishing.

So, despite showering, Nuud continues to work, you can shower as often as you want! However, if you scrub or exfoliate your skin, you might remove the outer layer of your skin, and with it, Nuud. In this case, reapply!

Moreover, because of the way Nuud works, you won’t have to wash your underarms with soap anymore. In fact, Nuud’s effectiveness actually lasts longer if you don’twash your armpits with (too much) soap, but this of course depends on your personal preferences.

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In which countries can I buy Nuud?

Nuud is sold online and shipped worldwide. So, whether you live in Europe or in New Zealand, we will make sure it arrives at your doorstep.

When can I expect Nuud to arrive?

We ship Nuud 3 times a week: on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Please assume a maximum of 4 working days for delivery. Find below an overview of when you can expect your package to be delivered.

Ordered                           Shipped

Monday before 4PM                Monday

Tuesday before 4PM               Wednesday

Wednesday before 4PM         Wednesday

Thursday before 4PM              Friday

Friday before 4PM                   Friday

Saturday and Sunday              Monday

It can happen that your package gets tangled up in the mail. This might mean it arrives a day later than expected. Sadly, there is not much we can do about this. In addition, it incidentally happens that packages are delivered later than expected in faraway places where post is hardly ever delivered. Whatever happens, please don’t hesitate to drop us an email on info@nuudcare.comif you have any questions about your shipment. Our customer service team is always ready to help!

Why does a 15ml tube of Nuud cost €12,95?

Because Nuud is very concentrated and contains the very valuable micro silver, Nuud’s price is higher than regular deodorants. But, because it is so concentrated, a tube of Nuud will last on average 6 to 7 weeks. Meaning that in reality Nuud is relatively only slightly more expensive than a regular deodorant.

Concentration – We have chosen to make Nuud as concentrated as possible (you only need a little bit of it at a time). This saves an unnecessary amount of ingredients and packaging materials. With that, Nuud is around 15 times more concentrated than a regular deodorant spray.

Ingredients – The active ingredient in regular deodorants is some form of aluminium. The cost price of micro silver is around a 1000 times higher than aluminium. Therefore, regular deodorants can be produced at a much lower price than Nuud.

Furthermore, what we hear a lot is that Nuud keeps your clothes fresh and beautiful for a lot longer. After all, you don’t get any yellow armpit stains in your shirts and t-shirts from the aluminium in your deodorant, meaning Nuud is actually saving you money ;-).

The 20ml tube and the 15ml tube are the same. Why is that?

For reasons of production, we have decided to only produce one size tube, with different contents. The Starter Pack contains one 15ml tub and the Smarter Pack contains two 20ml tubes. Same tube, but with more content. On the back of the tube you can see whether it is a 15 or a 20ml tube.

Where and how is Nuud made?

Nuud is 100% produced in Europe. This gives us the certainty that it fully complies with the European guidelines. That applies to the working conditions, the hygiene regulations, the environmental guidelines, and more.

Nuud is many times more concentrated than a regular deodorant; you need about fifteen times lessof it. Which means that fifteen times less of it needs to be produced, fifteen times less of it needs to be transported and fifteen times less packaging material will be thrown away.

What exactly is the Never Without Nuud Service?

If you end up being a real Nuud fan, then you never have to be without Nuud. Because, with our Never Without Nuud Service, we send you exactly the right amount of Nuud, at exactly the right time. The Never Without Nuud Service isn’t just super convenient and cheap, you also don’t pay any shipping costs!

How does it work? You choose the frequency that suits you. Do you apply sometimes, less often or very often? We will send you two 20 ml tubes every 3, 4 or 5 months. Do you want to order an extra tube, pause your order or completely cancel your Never Without Nuud service? We deliver the service, you decide. You’re not stuck to anything!

This service is Credit Card only; we charge your account one week before the next shipment. Are you interested in the Never Without Nuud Service? Read more about it here!

Can I sell or represent Nuud?

Nuud is mainly sold online. The advantage of this is that we can reach a much wider international community of fans who can teach us a lot and can help us develop the brand even further. Sometimes we get special requests from yoga schools, beauty therapists or other special businesses. We love being able to serve these businesses, on a small scale, to introduce even more people to Nuud.

If you’re interested in selling Nuud or representing us, please contact us on info@nuudcare.com.

Does Nuud also have samples?

We don’t have samples. The reason for this is that it takes a while before Nuud has achieved its desired outcome. However, we do sell two different sizes: The Starter Pack; 15ml for EUR12,95 (enough for 6 to 7 weeks) and, if Nuud turns out to be your new favourite deodorant, you can order The Smarter Pack; 40ml for EUR24,95 (enough for about 3 to 4 months). The Smarter Pack is over 25% more value for money than the Starter Pack!

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