Natural deodorants have been around forever and today, there seems to be hundreds of options to choose from. With the worrying findings about the use of “traditional” deodorants and their possible links to skin disorders and disease like cancer, it’s no wonder.
But deodorant (deodorant that WORKS) is a serious staple item for many of us. No one wants to walk around with sweaty, stinky armpits. Well, maybe some people don’t mind it but if you do, come on in closer. I’ll let you in on my journey with natural deos.
Since I started making the switch to natural cosmetics, finding a great deodorant was one of my biggest missions. I knew it was a change I was going to make but, would I be a sweaty, stinky mess in the meantime? Would I have to settle for smelling like patchouli? Would my clothes bear the brunt of my eco experiment with yellow pit stains?
The answers are yes and no, but mostly no. To get started, here are the different kinds of deodorants I’ve tested over the past few months and what I can recommend based on “pit type”:
Cream deodorants seem to be gaining in popularity (perhaps because coconut oil is all the rage). They can be based on lots of different types of oils and butters, though. Out of all the deodorant types, these are the most moisturizing. They take a bit of getting used to, and might not be your cup of tea if you prefer a quick morning routine. Flow Cosmetics Hemp Deodorant Cream is my favorite of this type and the most natural of all the deodorants I’ve tried. I’ve also really liked the So Sensitive deodorant from We Love the Planet.
Most of us are familiar with using stick deodorants, and these are quick and easy to use and can also be pretty moisturizing. Many of them use baking soda as its absorbent ingredient which can be irritating to sensitive skin, but there are some that don’t have, just check the ingredients list carefully. I’ve been using Schmidt’s All Natural Charcoal and Magnesium deodorant and it works wonders, I think it is the most effective natural deodorant I’ve tried. Just be sure to give it a moment to warm up, otherwise it will feel a bit like sandpaper (ouch!) when applying.
I would only use a powder deodorant if absolutely no other kind of deodorant worked for me. They’re difficult to apply, get on your clothes, and aren’t as good at combating odor and perspiration. But, if you have super sensitive skin and tend to get rashes or chafed underarms, powder deodorants might be your best bet. If you do decide on powder deo, apply to dry skin before getting dressed. A good powder to try is Oliva Klein’s Dry Deo. It’s small and affordable, which is great if you just want to test it, but also perfect for your gym bag.
Spray deodorants are certainly a quicker solution and can help speed up your morning routine. Also, they won’t get on your clothes which can’t be said with certainty about their counterparts. They typically have less antiperspirant power, so if that’s really important to you I’d suggest trying something else. So far, I’ve really liked Weleda’s Sage Deodorant. The scent isn’t my favorite but it’s not a deal breaker, and it’s just enough to keep me dry and odor-free all day.
Be ready for your body to detox from your old deodorant. It takes a while for you to adjust to the new ingredients and, of course, to find what works best for you. Also, I recently learned that the yellow stains you get from sweating is actually BECAUSE of your deodorant (specifically the aluminum). Try that on for size!
Do you use a natural deodorant? If so, what are your favorites? Let me know in the comments!
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