“Success is a great deodorant” Elizabeth Taylor
It’s difficult to cast deodorants and anti-perspirants in a glamorous light. Natural deodorants fare even worse because they are thought to lack effectiveness. Concerns about the chemicals in anti-perspirants have been circulating for years, specifically the aluminum chlorohydrate which is the active ingredient in many anti-perspirants. Breast cancer patients are often advised against using traditional deodorants and anti-perspirants. I switched to a natural deodorant when my oldest daughter expressed concerns about what I was using when she was in high school.
Pickings have been slim among natural deodorants, however, and I tried several to find the one I liked. A surge of demand has greatly increased the selection of good natural deodorants. As a result, many excellent natural beauty companies have developed a natural deodorant to add to their line. Packaging and formulas have become more sophisticated and many women are becoming converts. Preventing perspiration, what anti-perspirants promise to do, is not a claim of the natural deodorants, but they do prevent body odor and can promote dryness. I made the switch because I decided that preventing perspiration didn’t sound like something that was good for my body since it’s a way the body excretes toxins. If I still smell wonderful, I’m good with that. Here are some popular brands:
Meow Meow Tweet makes vegan products with pure, all natural and organic ingredients. They carry a deodorant stick and a deodorant cream. They also make a baking soda-free stick and cream as baking soda can irritate some sensitive skin types. The deodorant stick has potent plant and mineral powders with sweet smelling essentials oils. It has a touch of baking soda with magnesium. It comes in two scents – Lavender Bergamot and Lemon Eucalyptus. The packaging is biodegradable. The 3 oz. size is $20.00.
I use Kai deodorant with vitamin E and chamomile. It also contains plant extracts and is fine for sensitive skin. I think all Kai products are excellent and I love their subtle signature fragrance. $21.85.
Bodhi Basics, a plant based skin care company, uses the highest quality organic botanical ingredients in their products. They offer five organic stick deodorants. The deodorants neutralize underarm odor and promote dryness. 2.65 oz. for $10.00.
Ursa Major has a stick deodorant that comes in regular and baking soda-free. The deodorants have a smooth texture and easily glide on, offer 24-hour protection, eliminate odor-causing bacteria and are all natural. The scent is a blend of peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary, grapefruit, chamomile and lemon. The baking soda-free version is unscented. The 2.6 oz. size should last 3 – 4 months with daily use. $18.00.
Lavanila’s The Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla Lavender was rated very highly in an Allure magazine survey. It can be relied upon to carry you through a stressful event like a first date. It has a twist-and-swipe applicator and a creamy formula with corn starch and essential oils. 2 oz. for $11.15.
Fig & Yarrow sells an underarm lotion that received rave reviews for wetness protection and odor blocking in a recent Wall Street Journal article. It is a blend of botanicals and minerals that ‘discourage’ odors and excessive moisture. It is safe for all skin types. 2 fluid ounces for $22.00.
Lavalin’s 72 Hour Roll-on Deodorant is aluminum and alcohol-free. It is suitable for hypo-allergenic and sensitive skin. The natural formula contains herbs and essential oils and effectively blocks odors. The reviews did say that it won’t protect you for 72 hours, but it will for 24 hours. $14.85 for 2 fluid ounces.
Be sure to read the manufacturer’s directions for wear when starting to use a new product. Some sticks suggest that you hold the product on your skin for a few seconds to warm it up. Others may recommend a pit scrub to get rid of toxins from the previous roll-on you’ve used.
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