Mainstream deodorant is packed with chemicals. It’s really one of the worst chemical culprits. Not to mention, it is applied under our arms, right next to our very important lymph nodes, which means those harmful chemicals absorb even more quickly into our bodies.
Common anti-perspirants contain many harmful chemicals, including:
- Aluminum – is linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s
- Phthalates – are an endocrine disruptor that cause hormone imbalances and even infertility
- Parabens – are another endocrine disruptor that has been linked to breast cancer
- Fragrance – doesn’t have to be thoroughly labeled and could be used to hide other harmful ingredients
And there are many more ingredients that could be harming us. Just look at the ingredients on your mainstream deodorant and tell me if you even recognize those words. I for sure don’t.
So, if you’re looking for an alternative, there are great natural deodorants available. It just took me a little time to find products that really work. I decided to help you out and list all of the natural deodorants that I’ve tried and review them for you.
Natural Deodorant Reviews
Meow Meow Tweet Baking Soda Free Deodorant Cream – 5 out of 5 stars
This is my absolute favorite natural deodorant. It controls odor and leaves my armpits soft and bump free. No irritated skin here! The key ingredient is magnesium and it keeps me smelling fresh and not irritated.
Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant – 4 out of 5 stars
This blend also leaves me smelling fresh, but after time it was starting to irritate my skin. Its active ingredient is baking soda and that can irritate some people. I especially noticed irritation after shaving. However, my fiancee loves this stuff and has no problem with irritation. I am just blessed with sensitive skin!
Alba Botanica Deodorant Stick – 2 out of 5 stars
This blend did not help with my smell at all! And after looking at the ingredients, I see why. The only active ingredients look like essential oils. And while they can help, I personally need a little more in the way of odor control.
Weleda Deodorant – 3 out of 5 stars
This deodorant also relies heavily on essential oils to mask smell. And again this really didn’t work well for me. However, I did find that I liked to use it as a refresher spray. After the gym or some activity outside, it’s nice to have this spray handy. But I wasn’t able to use it as my everyday, go-to deodorant.
I also want to say that I sweat a lot and have pretty much always struggled with body odor. So I think that I’m a pretty good candidate to test out natural deodorants! If you don’t struggle with smell as much, then you might find that some of these deodorants work really well for you. And there are many other natural deodorants out there that I haven’t tried. When comparing ingredients, I have found that both baking soda and magnesium work well to keep odor at bay.
Tips For Switching To Natural Deodorant
- There will be an adjustment period. For the first 2 weeks, you might find that you are smelling or sweating more. This is normal and it’s just your body adjusting to the change. After those first few weeks, you will even out.
- If you choose a natural deodorant with baking soda, you may experience irritation. Some people use apple cider vinegar to balance their pH and cure irritation. Here’s a great article from Crunchy Betty on that topic. I have just found it easier to avoid baking soda in my natural deodorants.
- You can cut down on the adjustment period with an armpit detox. Use this recipe from Wellness Mama to make the transition to natural deodorant easier. Your armpits will thank you.
- These natural deodorants are not anti-perspirants. They only work on the odor and not sweating less. It is important for our bodies to be able to detox through our sweat glands. I’ve just learned to deal with my sweating and not be as embarrassed by my natural body.
- Even if it says natural deodorant, look closely at the ingredients. I feel safe and comfortable with every ingredient in Meow Meow Tweet’s deodorant and in Schmidt’s deodorant. But some natural deodorants can still contain ingredients that may rank for carcinogens, toxicity or allergens. I love using the Think Dirty app to look more closely at the ingredients in my natural beauty products.
- You may have to apply it twice a day. Even with my favorite Meow Meow Tweet deodorant, I find that I sometimes have to apply it twice a day. But if that means I avoid breast cancer and Alzheimer’s, I’m cool with that.
So, get rid of those nasty chemicals and help your body detox properly with natural deodorant!
What’s your favorite natural deodorant? And why? What natural deodorants do you not like and why?
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