Sweating is normal! That’s right! We all sweat! It’s an essential detoxifying process our bodies go through. Mainstream deodorants and anti-perspirants use toxic chemicals such aluminium, parabens, Talc, propylene glycol and triclosan to prevent our underarms from sweating by blocking off our sweat ducts so that no sweat can get out. This process alone is dangerous as it prevents our bodies from releasing toxins and keeps them in our bodies instead- NOT something we want to be doing AT ALL! On top of this the toxic chemicals in mainstream deodorants are absorbed straight into our underarm skin, which is a key entry point to our lymphatic system- the system that protects us from infection! And into our blood stream too where they can cause serious health implications including endocrine disruption, organ toxicity and even Alzheimer’s.
MAKING THE SWITCH!
Ready to make the switch?! We thought so! The best news is, natural deodorants with incredible ingredients that ACTUALLY neutralise the whoof are now available! I know what you’re thinking- do these ACTUALLY work though? And the answer is YES! In the past many natural deodorant formulations have just not performed, but TIMES HAVE CHANGED! Here are our favourite natural deodorant alternatives that you can wear with confidence!
Erica Brooke Deodorant Crème WILDFLOWERS OR NEROLI & VANILLA
This whipped crème deodorant is packed with moisturising and certified organic shea butter, vitamin E and coconut oil to leave armpits smooth. Essential oils of neroli and vanilla leave a subtle but fresh scent.
EM’S THOUGHTS: So I must admit I was a total Black Chicken convert and doubted there could be better - until Nina, owner of Beautiful Because introduced me to Erica Brooke deodorant! It is THE SHIZ! Hands down, my new favourite deodorant for highest performance with a beautiful scent (without it being too overwhelming). Its easy to apply, truly prevents B.O and lasts a long time! The reason I prefer it to Black Chicken (which I still really love by the way) is because its creamier, which makes it easier to apply and the scent options are amazing - its not overly earthy, which some people find BC to be..
Black Chicken Remedies Axilla Deodorant Paste
This cream natural deodorant uses organic coconut oil, arrowroot and sodium bicarbonate with beautiful essential oils (peppermint, lime, lavender and clove!) to not only absorb sweat without blocking pores.
EM’S THOUGHTS: I love black chicken deodorant. Its one of two (including Erica Brooke above) deodorants that really do neautralise B.O... so its great for those people who experience smelly pits. If you're one of those lucky people that just don't get very whoofty though - you will probably be fine with a roll or spray mentioned below, as you won't notice how truly amazing Black Chicken and Erica Brooke perform, therefor will find it easier just sticking to a roll on.
* Please note, there's a small percentage of people who may react to bi-carb soda in Black Chicken.
LaVanila Deodorant Vanilla Coconut
If you are after a solid cream stick deodorant this is a fantastic choice, easy to apply and also free of Bi-Carb which some people have skin sensitivities to. With a beautiful coconut and vanilla scent this deodorant uses aloe vera, lemon and tea tree to soothe the underarms and eliminate odour.
EM’S THOUGHTS: This deodorant is great for those who want a roll on that is gentle on the skin, its lightly scented and performs well. Its a great option if you don't get much BO, yet still want that fresh scent.
Mukti Botanique Deodorant
If a spray deodorant is more your thing- Mukti Organics is a great choice! This uses a Lavender Hydrosol base to fight bacteria and odour with sage, sandalwood and lavender leaving you smelling fresh! This deodorant is also unisex so if your man is after a toxin free deodorant- point him in this direction!
EM’S THOUGHTS: This deodorant is a great multi-sex spray option. It works well, yet has a slightly more masculine scent which may be too much for some women. Its the best deodorant I would recommend switching your man to - if they're not yet ready to use a paste (Black Chicken and Erica Brooke).
This is another spray formulation perfect for travel or to pop in the gym bag. This deodorant uses colloidal silver and herbs such as marshmallow, chamomile, thyme, rosemary and sage to prevent bacterial growth and any nasty smells while still allowing your underarms to breathe.
EM’S THOUGHTS: I love that this deodorant uses colloidal silver as an antibacterial agent, amongst other uses! It performs well and I really enjoyed the scent to start with, though I found it a little overpowering after using for a few weeks. If you like a deodorant that also acts as a fragrance though, this option is great for you!
Madara Herbal Deodorant
This roll on deodorant uses Northern sage, natural minerals, rose, calendula and chamomile. Potassium Alum is the key mineral ingredient in this one, which is a natural anti-bacterial and antiseptic.
EM’S THOUGHTS: I really like the fresh scent of this deodorant and its quick dry formula, though its not the highest performing when it comes to preventing B.O. Its still a good option for those people who need a really strong deodorant.
Crystal Roll-On Deodorant Unscented
This deodorant is hyper-allergenic, odourless, colourless and safe to use anywhere on the body. Made form 100% mineral salts there are no nasties in this one and perfect for anyone who is has skin sensitivities.
EM’S THOUGHTS: This review is on all crystal deodorants really - I've tried many over the years and in my experience, they just don't work. YES they are fabulously healthy - but in my experience, the only people who say they work well, is those who don't get B.O in the first place. If you are someone who uses crystal deodorant and loves it.. fantastic, stick to it as its so good for you, health wise! BUT if you're someone like me, who needs a deodorant to stop the stench - crystal deo's just won't do the job.