Posted by Kathy on Friday, August 20, 2010
I’m admitting, right here and right now, that I do not make my own deodorant. Statia does, and her and her husband use it often. But I have not gone down that road personally. I have had success using several brands of natural deodorants and with some time and patience, I do not need to rely on a stick of Dove for security. In fact the last time I did, I smelled within a few hours. Not sure why, but that was the last time I used a traditional deodorant.
I will also admit that not every natural deodorant works for me, and that’s not because the product doesn’t work or is faulty. But sometimes, certain recipes don’t mesh with your body chemistry. You have to find what works best for YOU.
In order for me to consider a deodorant safe, it must be free of the following ingredients:
Aluminum: Research is suggesting that aluminum may be linked to Alzheimer’s Disease and some aluminum ingredients may be hormone disruptors to boot. Propylene Glycol, Parabens, Phthalates, Triclosan (believe it or not some “deodorants claiming they are natural contain Triclosan) and all the other usual suspects that I scan for in approved products. This list is in alphabetical order and is not comprehensive so if you know a brand you think belongs here, let me know and I’ll verify it and add it to the list.
Best In Show
- Aubrey Organics (Spray, Roll-on, & Men’s)
- Avalon Organic Botanicals Lavender Deodorant Spray
- Bubble & Bee Pit Putty & Deodorant Sprays
- Burt’s Bee’s Mens Deodorant
- Dr. Hauschka Skin Care Deodorant
- Erbaviva Deodorant Spray
- Face Naturals Organic Deodorants
- Miessence Deodorant Roll-on
- Real Purity Deodorant
- Soapwalla Deodorant Cream
- Terressentials Organic Super Protection Deodorant
- Weleda Deodorant (all scents)
- Yoreganics Natural Deodorizer
Runner Up’s (Better but not great)
- Jason Natural Cosmetics Deodorant – This works well as a deodorant but the first ingredient listed is Propylene Glycol. I have used this as my safety net deodorant when I needed extra protection but my armpits started peeling recently so I have since stopped using it.
- Tom’s of Maine Natural Deodorant – Same deal. Uses Propylene Glycol as their main ingredient. My parents both use this with great success but I had a not effective relationship with it myself and never went back.
- Kiss My Face Active Enzyme Deodorant – Not chemical free and contains Phenoxyethanol.
- Earth Science Natural Deodorant – Not chemical free and main ingredient is Propylene Glycol.
I’ve chosen not to list crystal deodorant stones and sprays because of the possible unintentional aluminum content. To read more about that please visit Stephanie Greenwood’s blog for more information. If you disagree, that’s fine. I’m sure I’ll get some crap about not including it but…tough noogies.
DIY: If you’re into making things yourself, please check out our recipe for natural deodorant!