If there are 2 words that scared me the most when starting this journey, it was natural deodorant. I’m a huge deodorant fan (I mean, who isn’t?) It’s been there for me through thick and thin, through sweaty workouts and stressful meetings. Alright, wait.. I feel like I need to get personal here and tell you a little about my armpits (Is that weird? Oh well). I’m not a huge “sweater” in my daily life, but there are TWO scenarios where I sweat ALOT: 1) working out and 2) stressful events like meetings or presentations when I’m super nervous.
So when I started researching the dangers of toxins in deodorants, I knew I had to switch but was super nervous because I knew I couldn’t get away with a deodorant that didn’t work. Let’s chat a little about what’s so “bad” about some of the deodorants we use:
- Aluminum: this is what actually clogs your pores and stops you from sweating. it can interfere with estrogen receptors and mimics estrogen (which we know has been linked to increased risk of certain cancers) and is the main culprit in many deodorants
- Parabens: they act as estrogen in your body which affects your estrogen levels like stated above and is linked with breast cancer and prostate cancer
- Triclosan: its considered a pesticide by the FDA. it’s antibacterial chemical that’s linked to liver and thyroid function and can be an endocrine disruptor (AKA can be harmful to reproduction).
- Talc: talc can contain asbestiform fibers, which then makes it a carcinogen. asbestiform fibers aren’t regulated in products, so we have no idea how much is actually in them.
- Propylyne Glycol: considered a neurotoxin and may cause kidney and/or liver damage
- Fragrance: thousands of synthetic chemicals can be labeled under “fragrance”
Some other scary facts:
- Trace amounts of parabens were found in tissue samples from women with breast cancer
- Aluminum has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease
There’s no conclusive evidence to link these to cancer, but there’s also no evidence to disprove it. So if it’s up to me, I’m gonna err on the side of caution and NOT put toxic deodorant on my armpits. Curious how your deodorant is? Use the Think Dirty app I talked about here.
But with that revelation came the tedious process of finding a deodorant that actually WORKS. I have severe anxiety of smelling bad. Seriously. Anytime I’m somewhere and smell body odor, my first thought is “Omg. Is that me?!”
So I began experimenting with some “natural” deodorants. This was one of the hardest things to switch out for me, but I think I’ve found a few good contenders. Keep in mind that no deodorant is “perfect.” Check out some of my favorites:
1. Native Deodorant
I just started using this a few days and I already really like it! It’s a powder roll-on that goes on super smoothly. Its made of coconut oil, arrowroot powder, stearyl alcohol, baking soda, shea butter, hydrogenated castor oil, beeswax + some others. I ordered the coconut & vanilla scent and the only part I don’t love: it contains “fragrance” and you all know how I feel about fragrance. On their website, it states the “fragrance” is made up of a natural blend of “essential oils,” which makes me feel slightly better that it’s not synthetic chemicals. BUT, they do have an unscented one (which I didn’t realize at the time), so I am definitely going to try that one next time. This is the most similar to your regular drugstore deodorant. You can buy it on their website here!
2. Bali Secrets Natural Deodorant
This was the first natural deodorant I tried out. I liked it, but wasn’t in love with it. It’s a liquid roll on, so it went on smooth but is definitely more wet initially (I had to air out my armpits for a good minute before putting a shirt on). I usually had to reapply in the afternoon to keep myself smelling fresh. I used the Delicate Rose scent, but they now have an unscented one. It’s made without aluminum, parabens, baking soda, and phthalates. Its main ingredients are seaweed extract, natural mineral salt, aloe vera gel, alcohol, coconut oil, and rose oil. You can buy it on Amazon here!
3. Tom’s of Maine Natural Deodorant
I’ve never actually used this one, so I can’t speak from personal experience, but I know people who have had success with it. I think it’s a good cost-effective, accessible option for people who are just starting out on their non-toxic journey. It’s aluminum free and made of natural fragrances. If you decide to try this out, let me know if you like it! You can get in on Amazon here!
So there you have it! I’m no deodorant expert, but I do like to smell nice. Life’s all about balance and if I can still smell nice without absorbing toxic chemicals into my armpits, I’m all in. I think the beauty industry is continuing to experiment with more natural deodorants to find ones that are effective and accessible for everyone!
Do you have any natural deodorants you’ve tried or used? I want to hear from you! Let me know!