We’ve written extensively about the toxic ingredients found in deodorants, and concluded that we’d rather stink than get nerve damage, Alzheimer’s, skin irritation, or even cancer from some of the heavy metals and harmful chemicals that most commercial brands pack into their products. But don’t sweat it! There are plenty of alternatives out there. Here’s our pick of the Top 10 Natural Deodorants on the market today.
By eliminating underarm odor and wetness without the use of harmful chemicals, Schmidt’s vegan deodorant offers a no-guilt alternative to conventional brands. Free of aluminum, parabens, pthalates, propylene glycol, this Cedarwood + Juniper scent is a favourite among men and women alike. This provocative blend offers a warm, woody fragrance that is irresistible, along with antiseptic & detoxifying benefits.
If you don’t sweat buckets normally but want a little pick-me-up during the day, this organic product ensures you’ll smell sweet. Free of all nasties, Lavera Body Spa Organic Honey Moments Deodorant Spray has a warm, fragrant organic honeycomb scent with just a touch of fresh organic orange.
3. PitROK Spray
Not all spray deodorants are nasty! This one by PitRok is an effective fragrance free spray deodorant which is kind to your skin and provides day-long protection. It works by supressing bacterial growth – the cause of body odour–and contains skin-conditioning Aloe Vera too.
4. Dr Hauschka
It’s third party-certified (by BDIH), the Floral variety smells particularly great and the Fresh works well on men. The ingredients are as pure as it gets, and it’s amazingly effective compared to other so-called natural sticks and roll-ons (thanks to, they say, odor-reducing zinc ricinoleate). Martha Stewart swears by it. Even the packaging is green — it comes in easily recyclable glass, not plastic.
For those of you who prefer a stick option, Madara Herbal Deodorant has a soothing formula with Northern Sage and natural minerals to reduce odour and provide freshness all day long. The refreshing, ‘green’ product absorbs quickly, and leaves no stains on clothing.
Totally free of all harmful ingredients, Weleda‘s glass-bottled deodorant sprays come in three scents: rose, citrus and sage, for good reason. For example, rose is said to be a natural antibacterial and in an unscientific trial seemed to be the most effective of the three Weleda offerings for those hot and sweaty summer days. Citrus is refreshing and the scent has been proven to have a positive effect on mood. Sage is a bit more herby smelling, making it a great choice for guys.
Manly, yes! But we like it too! Packed with 8 essential oils and aloe vera, this deodorant not only smells great, it will care for your skin and provide all day protection against underarm odour.
Bulldog is free from parabens, artificial colours, synthetic fragrances, or ingredients from animal sources, making it a perfectly safe vegan option.
Miessence Roll-on Deodorant comes in three scents: manly Ancient Spice; womanly Tahitian Breeze or aroma-free. All are free, of course, of the dangerous chemicals you want to avoid by buying a natural deodorant.
The company has signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, gets a very low hazard rating on the EWG’s Skin Deep database, and is PETA’s approved cosmetics list. Apparently this one is a fave with eco-supermodel Summer Rayne Oakes, who says it’s a very long-lasting product.
This all-natural yet powerful deodorant cream is based on superfine vegetable powders, clays, and lavender, peppermint and tea tree essential oils to absorb moisture, inhibit bacteria, and ensure a long-lasting and highly effective experience. The frosting-like consistency ensures effortless manual application and quick absorption.
Soapwalla’s Deodorant Cream is free from harmful chemicals, petroleum, or aluminium compounds found in commercial antiperspirants (linked to Alzheimer’s and breast cancer), is vegan, and is never ever tested on animals.
This is the original natural deodorant! Made from volcanic alum, this is a totally organic product that never stains clothes and is fully unscented. It’s super-effective, even on the heaviest sweaters, and is very gentle on the skin. Easy to use: just moisten and rub under your armpit. It doesn’t get more natural than this–this is literally just a mineral rock, nothing more. These crystals have had loyal devotees for decades who would never use anything but–try one and find out why!
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