It has been a while since I reviewed healthy deodorant choices, but that doesn’t mean I stopped trying out new brands and formulas. Living in the state of Arizona, where the temperatures soar to levels that I feel are incompatible with human life (hello, 118 degree summer days), I need a deodorant that works!
Let’s face it: sweat is crucial. It is an essential detoxification process that our bodies need to go through to eliminate toxins. We sweat through all of the pores in our body, but the armpits are different. Our armpits also excrete fats and proteins that, when mixed with the natural bacteria on our skin, can easily cause odor. In some cultures around the world, odor is socially acceptable. For those of us for whom it is not acceptable or desirable, using deodorant is nonnegotiable.
I feel healthy deodorants should be one of the first products you should switch to when changing over to nontoxic personal care products. Our armpits are in close proximity to lymph nodes and breast tissue.
Antiperspirants are meant to keep you from sweating by blocking your sweat glands and deodorants are to keep the odor at bay. Conventional antiperspirants are filled with harmful ingredients that have been shown to disrupt hormones, cause skin irritation, and affect your immune system. The key harmful ingredient in antiperspirants to avoid is aluminum. Aluminum basically inhibits the detoxification process by preventing your armpits from sweating. This process traps all of those toxins near your lymph nodes and breast tissue. The use of aluminum has been linked to breast cancer, but the long-term effects are still unknown. Your body needs to sweat, but you don’t need to smell stinky.
You can read my original post about switching to a healthy deodorant and find out what ingredients to avoid by clicking here.
Natural deodorants don’t stop your body from sweating, but the good ones keep us from having body odor by absorbing sweat and killing the odor-causing bacteria found on our skin without the use of potentially harmful ingredients. Once you are using a natural deodorant and you are no longer blocking your sweat glands, you will actually sweat less.
If you are new to using a natural deodorant and have used conventional antiperspirants for a while, your body will go through a pit detoxifying stage. It sound really gross and to be honest probably won’t be pleasant. But, if you think about all the years you were swiping questionable ingredients in your armpit, you were clogging everything up. It will take some time for your body to remove all of that gunk from your underarm pores and sweat glands. Your armpits need to rebalance. During that time, your natural deodorant won’t work. It will take a little time for your body to adjust which is why many new converts give up and feel that natural deodorants don’t work. I didn’t know about the detox mask when I switched many years ago, so I suffered through. Once I learned about the harmful ingredients in my personal care products, I never went back. I prefer to sacrifice a little vanity for my health!
If you don’t want to tough it out, you can try an armpit detox kit. The Kaia Naturals Takesumi Charcoal Underarm Detox Kit contains a guidebook, a deodorant, a bar of soap, and effervescent bath soak to make the transition easier.
If you don’t want to purchase a kit, here is a DIY armpit detox mask that will make the transition easier and smoother.
Bentonite Clay Detox Mask
- 1 tablespoon healing bentonite clay (found on Amazon or some CVS pharmacies)
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1-2 teaspoons of water (to get right consistency)
- Mix all of the ingredients in a small bowl with a wooden or non-metal spoon until creamy.
- Spread in an even layer over the armpits and allow to sit for 5-20 minutes. Start slowly and work up to a longer period of time once you see how your body adjusts. If it burns, wash off immediately. This may cause some redness as it increases blood flow to the area, but it will quickly go away.
- Wash off in the shower or with a warm, wet wash cloth.
- Repeat daily or as needed until under-arm odor goes away and natural deodorant is non-irritating.
Regardless of which deodorant you choose, know that you are going to sweat and there isn’t a cure-all for what our bodies need to do to stay healthy….SWEAT. Everyone is different and what works for me may not work for you, but here are some deodorants that I have had success with.
Here are my latest purchases:
This is one of my favorite deodorants and it not only keeps me smelling fresh all day, it has a minty, cool feeling that is so refreshing on a hot day. It also has the added bonus of using Magnesium as one of its odor controlling ingredients which gets absorbed through our skin. Most of us don’t get enough Magnesium in our diets and it is a critical element that helps with bone and heart health. It also helps with sleep, anxiety, stress, and muscle pain.
This liquid roll on deodorant comes in Unscented or Rosemary-Mint. It gave me quite a feeling of nostalgia using a roll on deodorant, but I absolutely love it. It dries quickly and works well in the Arizona heat. Did I mention how good it feels to have that minty cool sensation in my pits when I am hot? It contains baking soda, so if you are sensitive, it may not be for you. Great price point and you can check it out here.
I have used several versions of this deodorant and have been grateful for each one. I don’t have an issue with Baking Soda, so I can use either version. Ursa Major uses Hops and Saccharomyces Ferment to fight odor and Eucalyptus to fight bacteria. Kaolin clay is used to absorb moisture. It works and has options for those with sensitivities. It is easy to see why it has won awards! Great price point and you can check it out here.
The Meow Meow Tweet deodorants come in cream and stick formulas as well as a variety of scents. They also come in Baking Soda free formulas if you have a sensitivity. I have used the stick formulas in the past and they work great. The packaging is a little tricky and the stick is sometimes hard to push up, but the product does the job.
The cream formulas work just as well and keep me smelling fresh all day, but it has the extra step of having to wash your hands after application. It is a thick paste texture and absorbs easily into the skin. Both formulas work really well and you can choose stick or cream, depending on your preference. They also make a deodorant primer that I would love to try. All of the formulas are a great price point and you can check them out here.
This is a very different formula. It is thinner than most natural deodorant creams that I have tried and it feels a little oily on contact. At first I was a little hesitant because I have had problems with oily formulas staining my clothes. This product smells very earthy and just like the forest floor. Not that I have actually smelled the floor of the forest, but it smells like a combination of earth and trees, so I think ‘forest floor’ is an accurate description. It contains coconut and avocado oils and arrowroot powder to absorb moisture. This deodorant works really well at keeping me fresh smelling all day, it absorbs really well into the skin and did not stain my clothes. PHEW! It contains Baking Soda. Don’t let the price scare you away, it is a huge jar that will last you a long time.
At the time of this post, Lilfox Miami is updating the formula and packaging it in a smaller size jar that will make it easier for travel. You can get the current version at EcoDiva here.
Another great deodorant that keeps me smelling fresh all day. It is described as a gel to powder, but I feel it is more of a cream deodorant in a push up applicator that is perforated so it comes up through multiple little holes. AER uses Arrowroot to absorb moisture, Sunflower, Coconut and Vitamin E oils to moisturize, and a blend of essential oils. It also contains baking soda. It comes in 3 beautiful scents. It is pricier than the others for the size and you can check it out here.
Please share your favorite deodorants with me below!
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