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Frequently Asked Questions

Perspiration, deodorant and anti-odorants

Why is perspiring so important?

Perspiration is completely natural and 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 odorless 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’.

What is the difference between a deodorant and an anti-odorant?

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 has alcohol and fragrances that mask the smell. This characteristically ‘sweaty smell’ is disguised by the alcohol and fragrances in the deodorant. Which often results in a body odor that is a mix of sweat and fragrances from your deodorant.

An anti-odorant is what your armpits really deserve, so that’s why we’ve created a natural vegan anti-odorant here at gonn. We know the importance of perspiration, and we know that the idea of masking a smell is illogical and out-dated. So we choose to attack the bacteria directly responsible for the smelly sweat. No bacteria, means no smell. Simple. Our product does not close off your pores, but simply prevents the smell of your perspiration occurring in the first place.

How does gonn work?

What is in gonn?

Firstly, you’ll find that a lot of things are not in gonn. No aluminium, no parabens, no colourings, no fragrances and no alcohol. We don’t use any animal-derived ingredients either, so gonn is 100% Vegan!

We use natural ingredients such as pure distilled water, mineral salts, magnesium chloride, guar gum and a water based essential oil.

What makes gonn unique?

gonn is not a deodorant, but anti-odorant – a regular deodorant disguises the odor from perspiration, whereas gonn prevents smell altogether.

gonn is scent-free. Instead of smelling of your deodorant’s fragrance, gonn allows you to smell like yourself. gonn contains no perfume, this way you can decide whether you want to smell of nothing, or of your favourite perfume or aftershave!

Does gonn work for everybody?

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

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.

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.

Your personal microbiome is just as hard to predict as the rainforest, but luckily, for most of us, gonn is super effective.

Ordering, shipping and other

In which countries can I buy gonn?

Currently, gonn is only available in South Africa.

When can I expect my gonn order to arrive?

It depends on where you are located in South Africa and how far you are from our warehouse. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday around 4pm, our products are shipped. Once shipped, the expected times of arrival are 1-3 days.

These are estimated delivery times and actual delivery times depend on many factors, such as whether you’re in a very populated area or not. If you feel like your order is taking too long, do not hesitate to get in touch with us at info@getgonn,com!

Where and how is gonn made?

gonn is 100% produced in South Africa.

Can I sell or represent gonn?

gonn is mainly sold online. However, sometimes we get special requests from health shops, multi-vendor stores, or other complimentary businesses. We love being able to serve these businesses, on a small scale, to introduce even more people to gonn.

If you’re interested in selling gonn or representing us, please contact us on

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