4 Natural Deodorants To Keep You Stink-Free This Summer
I’ve talked about this before on NMDL and from countless conversations I’ve had and other blogs I’ve read, I’ve deduced that natural deodorant is one of the trickiest things to switch over when you’re going clean. The catch is that it’s one of the most important, right? Aluminum in our anti-perspirants has been linked to cancer, especially breast cancer, for the fact that it’s been classified as an endocrine disrupter and can live in your skin’s tissue for far longer than that last swipe of Dove or Secret 48-Hour Protection.
But in a sea of natural deodorants, which ones actually stand out?
And which ones actually work? The fabulous thing about green beauty is that it’s becoming more mainstream every day, and the options for all those tough-to-switch items (mascara, I’m batting my lashes at you) are now seemingly endless. Which brings us to the four natural deodorants, all recent releases, that have been saving me this summer.
- Meow Meow Tweet’s Stick Deodorant (which Susannah already reviewed) has been the most convenient and the strongest natural deo I’ve tried so far. The eco-friendly, biodegradable container holds a buttery combination of plant oils, mineral powders and essential oils that readily melts onto skin and leaves a really fresh scent behind. I’ve test-driven this everywhere, from a hot beach day to a hot yoga class and my only complaint is that it doesn’t come in more scents. Now, for sensitive-skinned ladies, it does contain baking soda, but it’s such a minimal ingredient that I haven’t had irritation like with other brands. I suggest you add this one to your list.
- Jord Organic DUFT Deo has been gracing the top of my dresser since mid-winter, and it’s an at-home go-to (MMT’s is so good for travel!). It comes in a beautiful black jar that looks like a piece of art on my vanity, but what’s inside is just as lovely. A deodorant cream that has none of that grainy consistency you sometimes find in natch deos, but all the odor-busting power of bentonite clay and yummy essential oils like vetiver and black pepper. It’s a deeper, sexier scent that could totally be unisex, and it lasts. I sometimes don’t want to wear perfume when I’ve got this one on because it freshens me so well. And the kind makers of the line formulated one for me without lavender, to which I have developed an allergy.
- Kaia Naturals Takesumi Detox is more than a natural deo—it’s a movement. The creators of the charcoal-based deos want to entice newbies to take their #takesumidetox challenge, a 3 or 4 week commitment to a natural deodorant and one other healthy lifestyle change. They know that your body needs time to detox when you’ve been using an anti-perspirant, and that detox can take up to a month. You might go through stages of traditional deo grief, like stinky pits, flaky skin, extra sweat and the like. That’s just your body resetting itself, they say, and getting out all the toxins it’s been holding in for too long. And what better way to rid yourself of toxins than with charcoal, widely renowned for its ability to bind to chemicals and bacteria and get rid of them? I’m taking the challenge myself and so far, it’s been lovely, mostly because the gel-like stick is reminiscent of the deos of days past, and I chose the one that smells like rose.
- The Organic Pharmacy Deodorant Spray is the perfect thing to have on hand for the summer. You know when you come in from a walk or quick jaunt out and you find yourself just a little smelly? This organic spray is a pick-me-up in a clear glass bottle. I use it on my feet, on my clothes and in my hair when I need a little boost but have no time for a shower (or a wet wipe bath), and it’s now a purse essential. (If you’re a local Minnesotan, you can pick one up at Fusion Lifespa, which carries practically the whole UK-based line.)
All these new kids on the block deserve your attention, and deserve you giving natural deo another chance, if you’ve been holding out. Tell us, what natural swaps have worked best for you this summer?