This post is definitely a long time coming. I've been wanting to wait, and write it when I knew I had found some natural deodorants that actually work. Trust me…I've tried them all! It's one of those things I feel people have a hard time letting go of because they feel there isn't going to be a good enough replacement. But I'm here to say there is and you can kick your aluminum filled stick to the curb…for good.
Why switch anyways to a natural deodorant? I thought you would never ask. For starters mainstream deodorants are filled with a main ingredient no no, aluminum. This stuff isn't pretty, in fact it's the opposite. It's linked to breast cancer, alzheimer's, and parkinson's to name a few. Specifically antiperspirants, where the toxins in your body get trapped because you're not sweating (the whole point of antiperspirants), and then end up in your lymph nodes where they then change the cells and cause cancer. Side note- It is so important for your body to sweat and the whole point of antiperspirants and not sweating is a bad idea from the start. Sweating is your bodies natural way of getting rid of toxins. You want to sweat! Ok, mini rant over. So now that we know antiperspirants are a no go, what do you put underneath your pits? Well even mainstream deodorants are filled with tons of junk. Things like, artificial fragrance (endocrine disruptor), dyes, parabens, triclosan (another endocrine disruptor), and propylene glycol (linked to kidney or liver damage). These also can be found in antiperspirants.
Ok, so now that we know the ugly side of mainstream antiperspirants and deodorants, lets talk about the alternatives. Now I'm not going to say it's super easy to switch from mainstream deodorants to natural ones…because it isn't. Your body can actually go through a detox of sorts when you switch. It can take a while for your body to adjust, because you have been suppressing your sweat glands for so long. The Wellness Mama has a great detox for your underarms if you find your underarms are getting easily irritated, or abnormally stinky. I have found my underarms do great, but there have been a few times my skin will get irritated, and I've found it's when I shave and put it on right afterwards. I find if I wait just a bit it helps or I use a baking soda free version right after I shower, and then will apply a baking soda version later on. Now, I do shower everyday. I'm not saying you need too, that's what works for me and my body chemistry…let's be real I'm a sweater! There have been a few times I will just re-apply the next day having not showered, but few and far between. If I don't shower, I usually have to at minimum wash my underarms. But again you may not have too.
I'm sure you're ready for the good stuff…my top picks for natural deodorants. Oh and I even have a homemade version. So without further adieu…
Top Deodorant Picks:
I love this deodorant. It came out about 2 years ago and I've been buying it ever since. They have some amazing scents. Ones like Ylang-Ylang+Calendula, Lavender+Sage, Cedarwood+Juniper and Bergamot+Lime (my personal fave). Oh and they have an unscented as well. This deodorant does have baking soda in it, and comes in a glass jar. There's a little spatula that comes with the deodorant to scoop it out with. You just need a small pea size amount for each underarm. I apply it once and it works the whole day.
So if you feel like your pits just can't handle baking soda, this is your baby. Sometimes baking soda can be really irritating to people and cause a rash. This deodorant cream is completely baking soda free. It uses magnesium instead to help with odor control. The grapefruit smell is divine and it actually works, even without the baking soda. I like switching back, and forth between a baking soda version and this. This ensures my underarms don't get too sensitive with just baking soda. They also have a baking soda version as well.
DIY Deodorant Cream–
I basically took things from all my favorite deodorants and just made my own. It your up for a little DIY and into saving money (who isn't?) then this is for you. This is a baking soda version. I buy the little 4 ounce Ball Mason Jars to store it in.
Here's the recipe:
- 4 TBLS. Shea Butter
- 3 TBLS. Arrowroot
- 2 TBLS. Baking Soda
- 2 TBLS. Coconut Oil
- 10-15 Drops of Essential Oil (Whatever scent you like)
Heat a double boiler over medium heat. Add the shea butter, and coconut oil to it. Heat it just until melted. Once it's melted, remove from heat. Add the arrowroot and baking soda. Once combined, add the essential oil. Stir all together. It should be a little thicker than syrup, but not clear in color obviously. Pour it into a small 4 ounce mason jar, and store in the fridge overnight. This helps it harden and solidify. It's ready to use the next day. Be aware in warmer climates it will get softer. I just throw it in the fridge for a little bit if this happens.
Do you guy's have any natural deodorant faves? If so leave me a comment, would love to hear!