In the last year or so, I’ve started to get more cautious about what I put in/on my body. I had such huge success with my Whole 30 experience back in January, that I’m pretty much always open minded to making a change that could help me feel better/healthier. The idea of switching to a natural deodorant is one such change that has been in my periphery for a while now. I heard that aluminum (used to clog pores and prevent sweating), as well as several other common ingredients, could be associated with nasty potential side effects. No, not the itching or skin irritation kind of side effects you’re expecting me to talk about right now. I’m talking Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, reproductive problems, and even liver damage. Yea… there’s still some debate in the scientific community over whether this is a fact or not. There are studies both proving and disproving the connection at this point. But it’s better to be safe than sorry, right?
Cancer from a deodorant? What? That’s exactly the skepticism that kept me from switching to a natural alternative. That, and the fact that I am a stress sweater like no other. During my last ever final’s week senior year of college, I actually sweat through a leather jacket. Yes, leather. Don’t look at me. I didn’t ask to be this way. How could I possibly give up my Secret Clinical Strength that was recommended by Oprah?
But the straw that broke the camel’s back and convinced me to give up my drug store antiperspirant didn’t actually have anything to do with my health, but with my clothes. Did you know that the aluminum compounds in deodorant are what cause those gross sweat stains that ruin all your favorite shirts over the years? NOT sweat like, oh, I don’t know, the name “sweat stain” implies? Me either. Why did no one alert me to this before?
Considering two of my last three purchases were white tee shirts, I knew something had to be done. So I bought a few different natural deodorants and took them out for a dry run (sorry, it was right there), and the results weren’t actually as scary as I was expecting.
Crystal Body Deodorant Spray
The first alternative I tried is probably as simple as it gets. The Natural Protection Crystal Body Deodorant Spray is basically just a mineral salt water. It is also available in a solid stick form, but I wasn’t too keen on rubbing a rock in my pits, so I opted for the liquid spray. I wasn’t expecting this to do much, but was pleasantly surprised to find that it kept me from smelling like my Dad after he mows the lawn (thanks genetics), and also managed to keep me pretty dry. I will say that by the end of the day you do start to smell a little…human-y? It’s not offensive, but it’s there. I might consider something else if you tend to do heavy workouts or other activities that would put your deodorant through the ringer.
Tarte Clean Queen
I’ll admit, this purchase was fueled by pretty packaging and my general admiration for Tarte as a brand. I was just so curious! Could a makeup brand make a good natural deodorant? Well, the answer is yes. I’ll admit, for a solid deodorant, it’s a little wet when you put it on, so you have to be careful not to over-apply and smear it into the pits of your shirts. But it smells amazing and definitely does the job. And it’s not too shabby to look at on your shelf either. I’d call that a win.
I wasn’t planning on even testing a third option, but then I saw an article in Man Repeller dedicated to this one particular deodorant. A rare variety of article even for a beauty site, which MR is not. Obviously I decided to make my exposé into the world of natural deodorant a trio. Odd numbers are better for lists anyway.
This option may be last on the list, but it is certainly not least. The Native formula is designed with more thought and intention than you would ever expect from something as simple as a natural deodorant. Native contains acidophilus and probiotics to help digest odor causing bacteria, so it’s no wonder this was the most effective formula out of the three I tested. I got the unscented version, but there are plenty of fresh scents for you to choose from too. I thought the formula felt a little dry, but that could have been because I got used to the other two formulas I was testing before this one. If you think you’ve applied too much then don’t worry, it absorbs into the skin like a thick cream (other ingredients include shea butter and jojoba oil), but with the added benefit of fighting BO all day.
Have any of you switched to a natural deodorant? What is your favorite formula?