My favorite and one not-so-favorite natural deodorants!

*All of these were purchased by me except for the Sweet Pea Soap Company product*

I can remember my mother telling me not to use anti-perspirant because of the link to Alzheimers, breast cancer and several other scary diseases/syndromes.  After ignoring her for several years, I decided to take a closer look at more natural products instead of forcing potentially toxic chemicals into my skin (our largest organ by the way).  Here are some products I have used and am using-I’d love to hear if you have tried any of these or what you think about the antiperspirant and deodorant controversy.

What is the difference between an antiperspirant and a deodorant? 

The basic difference between antiperspirants and deodorants is that the former keeps you from sweating while the latter cuts down on what makes you stink when you do sweat.  If you want a more in depth explanation of armpit anatomy, glands, and potential dangers of anti-perspirant, please click on the link above.

Why choose a natural deodorant?

The use of only natural ingredients reduces the probability of suffering from diseases caused by toxic chemicals and limits the likelihood of experiencing contact dermatitis caused by irritants and allergens. If you would like to know what ingredients often cause reactions in anti-perspirants, check out this article on the subject.

My deodorant ‘collection’-and my thoughts

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The NOT good-let me get this out of the way now:

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I love a bargain and one of my favorite things to do is hit up the Dollar Tree on a sunny Saturday.  However, I recommend you skip this one.  In addition to not working, it smelled awful….waxy with a heavy chemical smell.  It also is very difficult to glide across the skin (I disagree with the ‘Silky Smooth’ on the package).  Just no to this.  no.

The good-I classify these as pretty easy to find and also easy on the wallet:

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So when I started writing this post, my other half said “Deodorant? I’ve been using that for years.” Thinking he was simply confusing anti-perspirants with deodorants, I was shocked to learn that men have tons of deodorant available to them.  While not entirely natural ingredients, there isn’t any aluminum in here-I was surprised to see Citronella, and limonene listed (tons of alcohol in this though).  This is the kind of product I would use post intense workout if I needed to go get groceries or pop into the drugstore.  This cost $3 CAD.

ACTIVE INGREDIENT(S)
Alcohol denat. · Hydrofluorocarbon 152a · Propylene Glycol · Parfum (Fragrance) · T-Butyl Alcohol · Polyglyceryl-3 Caprylate · Butylphenyl Methylpropianol · Citral · Citronellol · Coumarin · Limonene · Eugenol · Geraniol · Hexyl Cinnamal · Hydroxycitronellal · Linalool
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Learned about this gem from several blogger/instagram buddies. I found this at Walmart and it may have cost me $3 CAD.  It is getting tricky to find-I haven’t seen it at Walmart since.  Hmmm.  This smells like powder and glides on (it’s a gel stick formula) .  I like this but have to reapply during the day (lasting power is meh).   Again, lots of alcohol in this one as well as ‘Red 33’ -is that necessary?  Also….ether.  That’s what’s used to preserve dead things, is it not?
Ingredients:
Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Water, Sodium Stearate, PEG-6, Methyl Ether, Triclocarban, Red 33, Fragrance
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This is another Walmart find.  I don’t have any real issues with this product but then again, it doesn’t stand out to me either.  I like that they note that this is 97% natural.  I usually reapply this as I find after 4-6 hours, I’m ‘aware’ that it has worn down.   I also didn’t know that this has Icelandic Algae in it.  I can now say I’ve had algae on my armpits-hmmm.   This one set me back $4.99 CAD.
Ingredients:
Propanediol (Certified Organic), Water, Glycerin, Sodium Stearate, Saccharomyces Ferment, Zeolite, PEG 100 Stearate, Sucrose Cocoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Bambusa Vulgaris (Bamboo) Extract (Certified Organic), Aloe Barbadensis Extract (Certified Organic), Laminaria Digitata (Icelandic Algae) Extract (Certified Organic), Fragrance
If you love to shop local and like to know who is making your product and what’s in it:
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I have talked about Sweet Pea Soap Company many times.  In addition to soap, they make this lovely deodorant.  I like it because it lasts, smells pleasant and I know what is going into it and who is making it. It does take a little warming up on the skin, but once it’s ready, it glides on easily.   my only ‘con’ to this product is that it’s not a gel so it will leave white marks on dark clothing.  This product retails for $14.95 CAD.
Ingredients:
Coconut oil, Arrowroot powder, Benzonite clay, Baking soda, Aloe Vera gel, Silk Amino Acids, Beeswax, Emulsifying wax, Cocoa butter, zinc. 
LUXE natural deodorants:
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Dermalogica environmental control deodorant is a product I’ve been using for several years now.  It’s claim to fame is that it’s essential oil based, glide on and sting free.  I have to say all of that is true.  I like that I don’t have to reapply this product and I also like that I see a lot of plant ingredients.  This will set you back $31.00 CAD and smells pleasant.  This is also the product with the longest ingredient list.
Ingredients:
Butylene Glycol, Water (Aqua), Isoteareth-20, Sodium Stearate, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Hyssopus Officinalis Extract, Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Seed Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Fruit Oil; PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Pentylene Glycol, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Triclosan, Farnesol, Dimethyl Phenylpropanol, Ethoxydiglycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Silica, Linalool, Limonene, Benzyl Benzoate, Geraniol, Citral, Benzyl Salicylate, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil.
Agent Nateur is my newest purchase (this is the product I purchased after my amazing Radford custom facial with wand). Agent Nateur products are created with non-geo, pesticide-free, food-grade ingredients available in order to be safe for those with even the most sensitive skin.  Each product is made by hand (whoah).  I have been using this everyday since purchase and have to say I am VERY pleased with it.  Apparently you could even eat it if you wanted to (they don’t recommend it).  This cost me $27.00 CAD at the Radford boutique.  You can also shop online.
Ingredients:
Organic coconut oil, sodium bicarbonate, beeswax, sunflower butter, avocado butter, castor oil, raw organic honey, lavender essential oil, hydrogen peroxide, eucalyptus oil, love
I would love to hear what you think about natural deodorants-do you care?  Are you an antiperspirant gal? What type of formulas do you use? Tell me in the comments below?

 

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  • Jodi

    I love the sound of the Dermalogica deo, but yikes – $31 is steep! Thanks for the recs, I definitely know which ones I’ll be staying away from 😉