Deodorant was one of the VERY first things I switched when moving to a healthier, nontoxic routine. It didn’t take me long once I learned about the dangerous side effects of aluminum and anti-perspirants to ditch all my drugstore brands – and I had quite a few. See, I had tried them all and since not a single one worked consistently, I changed them around a lot. It was a frustrating cycle – and even more so looking back since I had no idea that there was a MUCH healthier, effective and cheaper solution.
The first thing I learned is that sweating isn’t bad. It’s a natural process that helps the body regulate temperature while ridding it of a buildup of toxins and bacteria. When you use an anti-perspirant, you’re stopping yourself from sweating and messing with a natural detoxification process.
The Aluminum Chlorhydrate and other aluminum salts that are present in anti-perspirants clog and shrink your sweat glands so that you don’t sweat (not good). Some quick and concerning points about our not-good-friend Aluminum:
- It has been found to mimic and interfere with estrogen, increasing breast cancer risk
- Aluminum compounds have also been shown to collect in the brain, possibly leading to Alzheimers
- Aluminum creates oxidative stress and damage
- It is a metal that has proven to have NO benefit to the body
- More about the dangers of aluminum
There are other harmful ingredients hiding in conventional deodorant as well such as parabens, triclosan, and more. Here is a good article with more information about individual ingredients and their concerns.
Making the Switch
I had already gotten rid of the drugstore brand deodorants I had been cycling through before I got pregnant with Ellie – thank goodness! Pregnancy is a really important time to switch over if you haven’t already as you need to avoid parabens (linked to cancer) and obviously aluminum-based compounds.
I was using a crystal stone stick (that didn’t contain Aluminum Chlorhydrate) and it worked than any of the chemical-ridden brands worked. Once Ellie was born, I once and for all moved to natural, nontoxic deodorant – and have never looked back!
Just look at the difference in ingredients between this “clean” deodorant I use versus the first one I google-d just for comparison (Dove Advanced Care):
Ingredients: Organic arrowroot powder, organic coconut oil, aluminum-free baking soda, organic lime essential oil, organic geranium essential oil. That’s it! No “Bad” Stuff!
Active Ingredient: Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex GLY (15.2%) Inactive Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Stearyl Alcohol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, PPG-14 Butyl Ether, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG-8, Dimethicone, Fragrance (Parfum), Silica, Polyethylene, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Steareth-100, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, BHT
I see parabens, harmful chemicals, skin irritants, and a ton of crap I don’t recognize and can’t pronounce in Dove’s deodorant. And only 5 organic, familiar ingredients in Bubble & Bee’s. And guess what – it works a hundred times better in my opinion!
Speaking of effectiveness, a friendly heads up: there is a detox period that occurs when moving away from your standard chemical and aluminum-containing anti-perspirant. Your glands will open, pores will unclog and you may be a little stinkier than usual. Don’t blame your new organic deodorant – blame the old stuff. Give yourself some time (if you can, go deodorant free for a week or so) to let your body readjust. Or do an armpit detox by mixing 1 tablespoon bentonite clay and 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (and a little bit of water) together to make a paste and applying it to the armpits for 10 minutes or so. You can do this for a few days until you feel like your body is adjusting to the natural deodorant.
Great Options –
I like all of the following deodorants, their ingredients are clean and they really do work for me. If it’s a warm day, I usually like to reapply the natural deodorant again in the afternoon. I’ll also apply it before working out.
You better bet that I converted my husband, Chris, as well.
These are the three brands we use, trust and rely on:
Green Tidings is easily found on Amazon and comes in either unscented and lavender. Both Chris and I tried it exclusively for the last two months and are fans. I also love that its made locally in Southern California with careful ingredients and even comes in a recyclable container. They have a 100% money back guarantee so they’re a great brand to try if you’re new to natural deodorant!
Schmidt’s is also found on Amazon (I mean, shouldn’t everything be??) and is a very popular brand. I personally love the Bergamot & Lime scent, and Chris likes the more masculine Cedarwood. This is the most similar to conventional deodorants in my opinion, not too flaky or goopy, which I appreciate. Chris does seem to get some irritation if he uses it too long without switching it up, we haven’t figured out exactly what he is sensitive to.
Bubble and Bee’s deodorants are certified organic and are offered in four different forms (stick – with and without baking soda, spray, beeswax-based stick and cream). They offer a deodorant guarantee too – if it doesn’t work the first time, they’ll send you a second and even third one to try! This was the first brand I used and I used it exclusively for 2+ years. It still remains in heavy rotation.
I hope you consider making the IMPORTANT switch to a natural deodorant. I promise you’re doing the right thing for your body! 🙂
A natural deodorant giveaway is coming to my Instagram account – stay tuned!