It’s all about the best quality and the most natural ingredients. Just think about it, our skin is the largest organ of the body and absorbs everything we put on it. When greening and cleaning your beauty routine, its critical to look at the areas where we have the most exposure. What products do you use daily? Most of us slab on deodorant under our armpits to minimize any stench accompanied by perspiration.
Parabens, which are preservatives used in some deodorants and antiperspirants, have been shown to mimic the activity of estrogen in the body’s cells. It has been reported that parabens are found in breast tumors. Antiperspirants containing aluminum prevent toxins from being expelled through the body. These toxins congest lymph nodes around the armpits and breast tissue and have been linked to breast cancer. The aluminium in deodorants is also absorbed by the skin, affecting the blood brain barrier and has been linked with the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Pregnant women should be using paraben, phthalate, and aluminum-free, plant based deodorants. The fewer the ingredient list, the better. Breastfeeding mothers want to keep the breast and armpit area clear of product. Gone are the days of using your fingers to scoop your natural deodorant and place it unevenly across your armpits. These deodorants contain baking soda and if you are sensitive, apply a dash of apple cider vinegar and warm water to a towel and rinse your underarms before applying.
Here are 5 of our Favorite Deodorants:
Agent Nateur + Shiva Rose
Agent Nateur + Shiva Rose, This is a collaboration that we love. Brought to you by wellness and spiritual living guru Shiva Rose, The Holi (Rose) – Nº4 Deodorant is a sensual and exotic blend of sandalwood and heart opening rose that will leave your under arms feeling dry and fresh. Made with sunflower butter, avocado butter, castor oil, rose essential oil among the key ingredients.
Cleo + Coco
Cleo + Coco, founded by New York native and mother of four, Suzannah Raff, this cruelty-free charcoal deodorant line consists of 4 scent profiles and comes in chic recyclable packaging. Coconut, shea butter and bentonite clay and essential oils are among the ingredients you will find in their formula. We were delighted to find that the Lavender Vanilla scent was really refreshing and rolled on smoothly. It is effective in neutralizing arm pit funk and feels light when applied.
Native is a San Francisco-based personal care company that made a huge splash on social media and direct to consumer marketing, offering clean and effective body products (all formulas are free of aluminum, parabens, and sulfates). The formulas come in a variety of scents including personal favorite, Coconut Vanilla – yum. Tapioca starch, shea butter and probiotics may be part of their secret weaponry that helps to keep you dry and stench-free!
Vapour Beauty’s AER Next-Level Clean Deodorant is an innovative formula that transforms deodorant from gel to powder on your skin and delivers long lasting results! It is silky and lightweight and has an incredible scent. AER’s potent plant and mineral complex effectively combats odor and bacteria at the source leaving you feeling unbothered even on the warmest of days. It comes in three scents, we love the Ginger Grapefruit!
Wildist, this line comes with fun packaging design and thoughtful ingredients like Shea butter, witch hazel and neem oil. Brooklyn based Aaron Paas founded this brand which includes three toothpaste options as well. The Tangellow deodorant contains a mixture of citrus oils and rolls on so smooth that you have to check to make sure you applied it. A thin layer is all you need to get through the day.