We want our deodorant to keep us smelling fresh, but most traditional varieties contain aluminum-based compounds, which block the sweat glands. Some studies have linked aluminum, as well as other common ingredients like parabens, triclosan and phthalates, to hormone disruption and even breast cancer. To test for heavy metals in your body, I highly recommend a hair test.
The most concerning risk factor for many of these ingredients is long-term exposure. If there are effective, natural, plant-based versions available without the questionable synthetic ingredients, why take the risk?
Fortunately, more companies are developing safer alternatives to choose from. Here are a few types you’ll find on the market.
This natural deodorant is an effective and completely natural deodorant made from only a few, pronounceable ingredients (organic coconut oil, organic shea butter, non-aluminum baking soda and organic arrowroot powder). The ingredients in this deodorant are similar to homemade deodorant recipes, and I love that it comes in a glass jar. To use, you simply use a pea-size amount under each armpit, and rub it in like a lotion. Baking soda neutralizes the bacteria that cause odor, and arrowroot powder helps you feel dry. All scents come from all-natural essential oils.
Primal Pit Paste Available Scents:
Lavender: a delicate lavender scent from all-natural essential oils.
Jasmine: a fresh, soft bouquet of springtime, with top notes of sweet jasmine and gardenia. A great scent for women.
Lemongrass: fresh thyme and lemongrass scent from all-natural essential oils.
Orange Creamsicle: a great scent for both kids and adults.
Charcoal Magnesium: a special spa-like blend of essential oils — lavender, palmarosa, lemon, and juniper berry
Coconut Lime: a bright, citrusy, tropical scent — like a tropical drink!
This pit spray is made with only 4 ingredients + essential oils, and can stand up to the most physically active and high stress life! It makes a terrific refresher throughout the day for both armpits and body. It’s also a great addition to your gym bag or purse. Apply 1-2 pumps on each pit and allow it to dry. It’s available in vanilla lavender and coriander sage. Some people like to use the spray first, and then apply the primal pit paste.
This deodorant is made from non-GMO corn-derived ingredients and is 100% vegan. The primary ingredient, propanediol, is a tested, effective natural ingredient derived from corn in a fermentation process. It comes in two great scents — African Black Soap and Indian Hemp & Haitian Vetiver. The certified organic shea butter is used to soothe and nourish skin, and is ethically sourced from women’s co-ops in Northern Ghana. This solid stick deodorant will keep you fresh, without irritating sensitive skin.
This non-toxic, twist-up stick deodorant glides on smooth, and comes in great scents. There aren’t any harsh dyes or synthetics, and obviously doesn’t contain aluminum, triclosan, or alcohol.
Hero Herbal Spice Stick: Earthy cedar wood and vetiver blended with notes of patchouli and fresh lavender.
Bold Wild Oak Stick: Warm and woodsy notes with spicy hints of cedar and balsam. Men will love it!
Vital Vetiver Stick: A nice, earthy blend of vetiver and balsam wood.
Whether you use a deodorant stick, roll on liquid, spray, or body towelette, it will feel good knowing you aren’t exposing your body to any toxic chemicals.
In Health and Happiness,
Kelly Harrington, MS, RDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for Healthy Goods