I recently made the switch to natural deodorant.
Sweating is a natural part of life. When you use an antiperspirant, it physically plugs your sweat glands, stopping your body from releasing sweat. Many questions have been raised as to whether these sweat-stopping ingredients can lead to things like breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and kidney disease. While the answers are unclear, I personally would just prefer to go the natural route to ease my mind! The only issue is… I need your help.
Over the past several months, I’ve tried out a few different kinds of natural deodorant, but I haven’t seemed to discover one that totally does it for me just yet.
A few quick notes… When it comes to natural deodorant, we shouldn’t expect it to stop us from sweating – that’s what antiperspirant does, and that’s part of what we’re trying to avoid! The purpose of natural deodorant is to keep us smelling fresh and clean. Also, please know that what hasn’t worked too well for me may be a lifesaver for you – each body is different. Lastly, I’ve been told that a natural deodorant may lose effectiveness after a month or so, so it’s a great idea to have two good options on hand, and to switch back and forth between the two whenever one seems to stop working. With that being said, here are some that I’ve tried and what they’ve done for me!
Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar. ACV has so many uses & benefits, and substituting it for your regular deodorant is one of them! After showering, I pour a bit onto a cotton ball and dab under my arms. It has a bit of an unpleasant scent at first, but this dissipates quickly. For me, ACV stops some of the sweat smell, but doesn’t leave me feeling incredibly fresh. I also find it stings a bit if I apply it directly after shaving, as my skin is pretty sensitive. If you want to go the ACV route, make sure you use a raw, unfiltered type that contains “the mother” – this is made of living nutrients and bacteria that are beneficial to our health. Bragg is an excellent brand and is widely available!
Burt’s Bees Deodorant. I love the tin spray bottle this comes in, and the sage scent is to die for. I sometimes even find myself spraying some into the air or on my clothes after I apply it. Like the ACV, this deodorant also seems to sting me, and unfortunately it doesn’t seem to mask the sweat smell so much. Using this in conjunction with ACV does an okay job, but I know I can find something that works better for me!
Crystal Essence Chamomile & Green Tea Deodorant. This has a faint scent, but it’s quite pleasant. I like that it’s a liquid that rolls on, but find that it takes a little while to absorb into my skin. This, for me, seems to work better than the Burt’s Bees deodorant – and it doesn’t sting! – so lately I’ve been pairing this with ACV as part of my daily routine.
Volta Deodorant and Lemon + Geranium Dusting Powder. I’m such a sucker for beautiful packaging, and the dusting powder smells incredible. The deodorant base is made of cacao seed butter and coconut oil, and I really like the consistency. The dusting powder is not required, but can be used for added freshness. I just acquired this combo today, so it may be too early to tell, but I certainly feel fresh and do not smell of sweat at all. The only downside I can note as of right now is that the deodorant has a very strong scent that is a bit overwhelming for my sensitive little nose!
I haven’t yet attempted to make my own natural deodorant. That’s next on the list, but I figured I’d first see if you guys had any expertise to share on the matter! What natural deodorants have you tried? What works for you? Have you made your own? Do tell! :)