By now we all know traditional deodorants are filled with parabens, aluminum compounds, silica, triclosan, talc, propylene glyco, and more, are incredibly harmful to our bodies, but we continue to depend on them because what’s more embarrassing than body odor? Today’s post I talk about some of my favorite natural deodorants that are not harmful to the body. I’ve been on the hunt for a natural deodorant since about 2005 I have started to wear a natural deodorant. Growing up very active and working in the entertainment industry, personal hygiene was always on my mind. You never wanted to be the smelly kid in dance or on set.
My first natural deodorant I ever purchased was the solid rock version of this Crystal roll-on deodorant pictured. This was a dry lump of rock crystal salt that you wet under the faucet and apply to the underarms. There was no fragrance to it at all and it did not leave streaks on clothes. I loved the crystal rock deodorant and later transitioned to the roll on version. It was a lot easier to reapply on the go when there was not a bathroom near by. The other flavors of the Crystal deodorant did not work for me. I recommend purchasing from Whole Foods and keeping your receipt incase you decide to try different flavors and you find this problem as well.
Up until 2015, the Crystal Roll-On worked wonderfully for me. I would apply it in the morning and be good for most of the day. If it was incredibly hot or I was very active, I would reapply, but for the most part I stayed odor free and happy. For some reason this past year, it stopped working for me. They do say that your body chemistry changes as you age and I have defiantly noticed signs of it. My skin, allergies, immune system, digestion, everything has started to change the past year. With my body’s change, I had to start looking for a new natural deodorant. Frankly I started to stink and I did not like it!
The LAVANILA deodorant in vanilla coconut was the first to work for me. Now I stress to try the vanilla coconut vs. plain vanilla or vanilla lavender. My mistake was trying the other two first. I was a stinky mess. For some reason the vanilla coconut mixture is able to keep me relatively odor free, but I do have to reapply often and this will not cut it on blistering hot days. The natural ingredients create a wonderful warm scent. I really love how you can read every ingredient from LAVANILA, truly a great brand. I recommend their body butters as well.
Last month I ordered meow meow tweet deodorant in grapefruit and lavender. I have to say I am quite happy. At first I was a little put off by the application method. You have to use your hands to rub in the product, but I quickly got over it when I saw how well it worked. This is probably the most affordable and effective natural deodorant I’ve tested in the past year. I like that they offer small 1 0z. jars to sample before committing to the 2.4 0z. The smaller jars are also great for travel. I started with the grapefruit scent and I’ve loved it everyday. This might sound weird, but I look forward to applying this in the mornings. So far I have not had to reapply the product thought the day for it to continue to work. We’ve been having pretty warm weather here in L.A. lately, so it’s been tested.
My all time favorite natural deodorant is from Whish and they are deodorant swipes. The reason I don’t use these everyday anymore is because it can be quite costly. Currently the Whish deodorant swipe is only offered as a swipe in a box of 8 for $7 or 30 for $22 (I just check the website and they now have a solid gel for $18, will have to test out soon). These deodorant wipes are great for travel, long days, or extreme heat. The formula also has a hair growth inhibiter! I have found this to be the longest lasting and most effective natural deodorant to I’ve tried.
Natural Deodorant Tips
- If you are trying to transition to a natural deodorant for the first time, your body will most likely need to get use to it, so you will smell for a week or so.
- Try to start the transition when you are able to avoid being too close to co-workers etc.
- Be patient, give yourself a full week before deciding.
- Have you tried natural deodorants? What are your favorites? I would love to know!