I have good news. No, great news. I found “the one.” And by “the one”, I mean I finally found the natural deodorant that works for me. If you’ve been on the long, exhausting, smelly, discouraging journey to find a non-toxic deodorant, you know this is no small accomplishment.
I’m not one of those people that always smells like they step out of the shower and can get away with not using deodorant. I’m one of those people that used to use “clinal strength” antiperspirant to avoid any embarrassing moments. This process was particularly difficult and discouraging for me. I even lost hope at one point and went back to my conventional antiperspirant for 5 months. Because I knew that my deodorant was probably the most important product to detox, I gave it another try. In total, I tried no less than 10 deodorants, and couldn’t be happier to find one that worked for me long term.
Switching to Natural Deodorant
- Keep in mind there’s a detox period: Your sweat glands have been clogged for a long time and they will be releasing toxins that have been waiting to get out. It won’t be pretty but it will get better after about two weeks.
- Synthetic fabrics are your enemy: You’ll notice quickly that if you use cotton and other natural fabrics you will have better luck than if you use polyester and synthetics.
- Change your routine a bit: Shave your armpits in the evening to avoid irritation and use a strong charcoal soap to help with odor-causing bacteria.
Why You Should Detox Your Deodorant
- Aluminum: It plugs the sweat glands under your arms to stop you from sweating and therefore from smelling. Some studies suggest that exposure to aluminum in antiperspirants could lead to increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease or cancer. Also, plugging the sweat glands forces your body to reabsorb hormones and toxins which likely is an endocrine disruptor.
- Parabens: a group of preservatives. They are known endocrine disruptors because they mimic estrogen in the body. Parabens have been linked to breast cancer and difficulty conceiving.
- Look for butylparaben, methylparaben and propylparaben words that e
- Phthalates: are chemical plasticizers that are widely used to soften plastics, help lubricate other substances, help lotions penetrate and soften the skin, and help fragrances last longer. These are very strong endocrine and reproductive disruptors. Phthalates have been to asthma, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, breast cancer, obesity, and type II diabetes, low IQ, neurodevelopmental issues, behavioral issues, autism spectrum disorders, altered reproductive development, and male fertility issue
- Look for DBP (dibutyl phthalate), DNOP (di-n-octyl phthalate), DEP (diethyl phthalate), Bisphenol A (BPA), and other ingredients that end in phthalate
- Dimethicone: a silicone-based polymer that is used to provide a smooth application, to fill in uneven texture, help smooth hair. It covers the skin with a thin layer which interferes with the skin’s natural processes. Because the skin can’t naturally control its moisture or breathe normally, Dimethicone dries the skin and can also create acne creates acne.
- Look for Dimethicone, polydimethylsiloxane, methicone, dimethiconol or PDMS
- Fragrance: A series of mystery ingredients that can contain allergens and endocrine disruptors.
- Look for Fragrance, Parfum
- Propylene Glycol: Used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. PEGs may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, which are both carcinogens.
- Look for Propylene Glycol, PPG, PEG
- Triclosan: It has been banned from being used in anti-bacterial soap by the FDA, but is still used in other personal items. Triclosan is linked to liver and inhalation toxicity. Even low levels of triclosan may disrupt thyroid function.
- Look for triclosan, triclocarban, and anti-bacterial
My Favorite Deodorant
After using this deodorant for about 3 months, I’m still shocked about how well it works even on the hottest, longest, most active days. I wear it every day and it has kept me smell- free even after the sweatiest Soulcycle class.
This sweat-activated formula is a true miracle worker that creates a time release effect for long-lasting protection against odor and wetness without irritating the skin. The applicator is great and goes on smooth, much like conventional deodorants. It smells crisp, light, citrusy, elegant and is not overwhelming like many natural deodorants.
This product is alcohol free, essential oil free, fragrance free, gluten free, and soy free.
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Other Deodorants Worth a Try
Because Deodorants are very personal, here are some other deodorants that I believe are worth a try.
The Ones That Didn’t Work for Me At All
These are some of the ones that I tried that didn’t work for me. Some of these made me smell horrible, stuck to my clothes and irritated my armpits.
- Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant
- Primal Pit Paste
- Tom’s of Maine Natural Deodorant
- The Crystal Deodorant (this was the worst!!!!)
- Jason Deodorant
- EO Deodorant Spray
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