We’ve all had those days when we throw on layer after layer of deodorant without even batting an eye because we are sweating out of our minds. But, have we ever stopped to think what is actually in those magic little sticks? Natural deodorant is starting to gain some hype in the eco-beauty world and for a good reason. We all love smelling fresh, but when it comes to our health, do we really want to risk it?
Sure, the chemical filled, flower garden blooming under our arms smells so much better than going Au Naturel, but it definitely isn’t better for us. We have started to be very careful and particular about the food that we eat and what we put into our bodies. Fortunately, for all involved, we are starting to realize that what we put on our bodies matters as well. These days conventional deodorant is jam-packed with harmful chemicals and additives, such as parabens, which are commonly found in most conventional beauty and skincare products these days, and aluminum, which actually clogs your sweat glands and stops us from sweating. At the same time, it is also being absorbed into our skin. Both of these additives can disrupt our hormone balance and have been linked to the growth and formation of breast cancer cells in the body.
Sniffing It Out: Why We Should Switch To Natural Deodorant
Swapping out our conventional deodorants for a more natural alternative may seem like a daunting task, as it takes us forever to find the perfect smelling deodorant that both masks our “natural” scent and stops us from sweating. Most natural deodorants just stop the odor and not the actual sweat. This may sound a bit disappointing, but the most harmful parts of conventional deodorant are their antiperspirant properties. Our bodies are meant to sweat as we are sweating out toxins that we don’t want in our bodies. When we use deodorant with an antiperspirant, we are blocking those toxins from being released out of our bodies, which is not good for our overall health. Once we start using less conventional deodorant without all the additives and chemicals, it is true we will sweat a lot more at first since we are no longer clogging our sweat glands. But, once our bodies get used to sweating again, it will naturally balance out and will produce a manageable amount of sweat. This process is true when switching over to something healthier in almost all areas of our lives. If we were to take part in a food cleanse, we would also experience a detox period, leaving us feeling a bit groggy because we are flushing all of the toxins and bad stuff out of our bodies. Once they are gone though, we are left feeling better than before. The same is true with deodorant.
Smell Test: The Different Types of Natural Deodorant
Natural deodorant can be a tricky swap at first since there is a grace period, which can be a bit rough. We will definitely experience smelly armpits and more sweat than we are used to when we are first switching over to a more natural brand of deodorant; don’t worry it doesn’t last too long. It also takes a while to find the right formula that works best with our individual body and skin types, but once you have found the right one for you, give it a month or two for your body to adjust and you will be so glad that you did!
There are so many brands out there now that are creating natural deodorants in both cream and solid form, which is great for us because that means there are more options for us to try and hopefully find a brand that we love.
Be sure to test out each deodorant for several months for your skin to get used to it, and be on the lookout for itchy red bumps or irritation. This can sometimes occur if you are sensitive to baking soda, which is a natural way to help stop sweat.
Here are a few of my top picks:
Meow Meow Tweet is great because it now comes in both solid and cream form so we can choose which option we like best. It also has a baking soda free option, for those of us with sensitive skin, in a grapefruit scent, which is wonderful!
Primal Pit Paste is a great brand; they have deodorants ranging from cream to stick and multiple scents that are baking soda free, giving those with sensitive skin, a wider selection to choose from.
Soapwalla is a gentler natural deodorant. I would recommend that you start out with another deodorant first before transitioning to this one if you are concerned of smelling or sweating too much. However, after using for several months, this is a great option.
Schmidt’s it a great option and really works well. However, there is quite a bit of baking soda in this brand, so if you have sensitive skin I would steer clear of them. If not, this is a great first deodorant to transition to because the high concentrate of baking soda helps to stop sweat naturally. They have recently added a line for sensitive skin, I haven’t tried it yet, but I am very interested in checking it out!
Lavanila is the most “conventional” of the natural deodorants on this list, but it is a great first buy when you are transitioning over. It has a variety of scents and feels the most like conventional deodorant overall. It also is the most easily accessible, seeing as you can buy it at Sephora and most health and whole food stores.
Whichever deodorant we end up choosing, remember to give it some time and don’t give up right away, your body will adjust. Once we finally find the perfect natural deodorant for us we will be, fearlessly, raising the roof with fresh smelling, pits of joy!
Reviews.com has a great, and more extensive, list of natural deodorants that they love, over on their site. If you’re looking for more options, or you just love reading reviews, go on over and check them out.