By Danielle Kirk
Congratulations! By making the switch to natural deodorant you’ve already taken the first step to treating the planet and your body better!
“Why should I use natural deodorant though?” you ask, well it’s for two reasons: not only does all the plastic waste suck, but a lot of mainstream deodorants are full of chemicals and other nasties (like aluminium) that may stop you smelling, but also can clog your lymph nodes and lead to hormonal issues. Because natural deodorants aren’t antiperspirants (i.e. they don’t prevent you from sweating), they don’t clog your pores and instead let the good bacteria on your skin stop the odour for you.
Sweating is natural and your bodies way of cooling itself, and natural deodorant will help control bad bacteria and reduce any smell overall (just make sure you let your body go through the detox process!). How do you choose the right deodorant for you without endless trial and error? The good news is I’ve tested almost every natural deodorant out there since I swapped a few years ago, so here is what to look for when you’re buying a natural deodorant.
If you’re really sweaty
I must confess, I am not a super sweaty person until I’m at the gym. On the daily I’m fine, but finding a deodorant that holds up on the treadmill is a journey. The best kinds for this are paste varieties with clay. The OmMade Magnesium and Sandalwood Deodorant is a gem for this with its bentonite clay and shea butter formula. It’s creamy and thicker than deodorants that use coconut oils, and it’s also a unisex scent that’s equal parts masculine and mild. This is one you can wear all day and not have to worry about smelling.
If you’re all about convenience
I get it, paste deodorants are a little more work because you have to warm them up with your hands and it can be a bit messy, so if you crave the convenience of a roll-on or stick deodorant you’re in luck - they exist in natural formulas too! The Wanderlightly Vegan Deodorant Balms come in compostable cardboard tubes that allow you to apply directly to your underarms and push up as needed, your skin warms the formula allowing it to glide on. The scents range from SUN, zesty citrus, to SOUL, a fragrant floral. LUNA is also bi-carb free, which can irritate some underarms, making it a great all-rounder deodorant.
If you want that fresh feeling
Spray deodorants, such as the ECO. Aroma Natural Deodorant, are the perfect touch up throughout the day. I like to leave one at work and spritz it on to freshen up when I’m feeling sticky. Best used in conjunction with a paste deodorant in my opinion (they go on wet so don’t have the all day staying power), the ingredients are kind enough that you can even use them as a room spray! The scents are refreshing and a great way to uplift your senses when you’re feeling flat.
Try it: ECO. Aroma Natural Deodorant
About the author
Danielle Kirk is a travel addict, fashionista and zero waste enthusiast. When she isn't getting lost hiking in NSW's Royal National Park or researching zero waste hacks you'll find her cuddled up with a book and her cat, Xander. But it doesn't stop there she's also the founder of April to August.