{ Natural Cosmetics } Non-Toxic Deodorants That Actually Work

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I wore Dove anti-perspirant for about 15 years. A faithful but clueless consumer, I fell hook, line and sinker for its ‘gentle’ branding and soapy scent.

Maybe you’ve been duped by clever branding, too. It’s easy to be sold on pastel colours and images of soft, downy feathers. But these harmless-looking products are actually majorly toxic – the last thing we should be slathering on our pits every day.

 

What’s Wrong With ‘Regular’ Deodorants/Antiperspirants?

Look at the ingredients on your deodorant. If you see any of the following, it’s got to go:

  • Parabens. Any name ending in -yl, e.g. methyl, butyl, propyl, etc., is a paraben. Parabens disturb the hormonal balance in the body, mimicking oestrogen, and have been linked to breast cancer.
  • Aluminium compounds. Aluminium is the ingredient in anti-perspirant that halts sweating, by plugging the sweat ducts in your armpits. This toxic heavy metal gets absorbed into the body, disrupting hormonal balance, so it’s also been linked to breast cancer.
  • Triclosan. Triclosan is a skin irritant, and has been classified by the FDA as a pesticide. Really? Pesticides on our pits?
  • Propylene glycol. Propylene glycol is considered a neurotoxin, which may cause kidney and liver damage, and delayed allergic reactions.

 

So What Do We Do?

Good news: you can say bye-bye those drugstore products without turning into a stink bomb. There are loads of natural deodorants that don’t contain any of the above – and actually work!

But first, let’s all agree to embrace the fact that it’s totally normal to sweat. What’s more, it’s an essential part of your body’s inner cleansing process. None of the natural deos cited here will stop you from sweating, and that’s a good thing. They’ll work to neutralise any odour, and soak up some moistness.

You may have to experiment before hitting the jackpot though; we certainly have. Every body is unique, and formulations will respond differently to each person’s chemistry.

For some ideas of what to try, check out Kris Carr‘s hilarious run-down of the natural deos that work for her:

Our Favourite All-Natural Deodorants

Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant

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Schmidt’s comes in either a stick or a pot. I like the pot because it allows you to apply just the right amount of product (you smear it on, either with your fingers, or with the adorable mini spatula that comes with). I love the Bergamot and Lime flavour, but there are lots to choose from, and some manly scents too.

So how does it work? Its main component is bicarbonate of soda, which neutralises odours. There’s also arrowroot powder for absorbing wetness, and essential oils for smelling like a meadow.

Crystal Essence Spray

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Ann swears by this. It’s a liquid spray with just three ingredients: water, mineral salts and natural fragrance.

Crystal Essence spray is great to have in your handbag for a post-yoga freshen up. It’s very pure; the active ingredient is mineral salt, which naturally neutralises odours. I love the fresh scent of the Chamomile & Green Tea one.

Homemade Natural Deodorant Recipe

Now we’re getting adventurous!

Our zero-waste mate Lauren Singer has a tried-and-tested recipe for natural deodorant.

The ingredients are:

  • Arrowroot powder
  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • Coconut oil
  • Shea butter
  • Essential oils

Sound easy? Check out her fool-proof method here:

And Lastly, Detox Your Armpits

Yes indeedy!

Before you embark upon your all-natural mission, know that BO isn’t just about the deodorant you do or don’t use. Incorporate these daily practices, and witness your natural odour go from pongy to pure in a matter of weeks:

  • Dry brush. Dry brushing is always a good idea, but don’t forget to do your armpits. Dry brushing (i.e. exfoliating) your armpits daily will help you to detoxify from any aluminium build-up much faster.
  • Drink lots of water. This will make sure your digestive system is running like clockwork, meaning that your innards won’t be, um, clogged up with rotting food… Eww! But you can imagine how that might affect your body odour, right?
  • Exercise. Exercise gets your lymphatic system pumping, which will move out any toxins that are hanging around.
  • Eat your greens. Greens, especially herbs such as parsley and coriander, are super detoxifying. They contain loads of chlorophyll, which is a natural deodoriser.

 

Oh, and do give it time when you switch over to all-natural. You might notice more of a smell at the beginning, but this is the detox process. Be patient, and don’t hesitate to shop around.

 

Fragrantly yours,

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