6 Steps to Finding a Natural Deodorant (That Actually Works!)
There are so many great natural deodorants available now. However, you may have found that easily accessible natural deodorants, say from your local supermarket, simply don’t work for you. So, if you’re on the hunt for a safe formula that really does work it is important to know where to start.
1. UNDERSTAND THE INGREDIENTS IN TRADITIONAL DEODORANT
Avoiding dangerous ingredients is the biggest reason that most people choose to make the switch to natural deodorant in the first place. If you pick up your closest bottle of traditional deodorant, you will probably see ingredients such as aluminium compounds, propylene glycol or propylene carbonate, silica, steareth, triclosan, and fragrances. These ingredients, which this article does a great job at clarifying, can be the cause of cancers through to respiratory issues and skin irritation.
While some researchers claim that there is no conclusive evidence that these ingredients can cause disease, others determine real effects and demand more research.
If you believe it is better to be safe than sorry, perhaps this is why you are wanting to make the leap to safe deodorant!
2. KNOW THAT SWEATING IS GOOD!
A common criticism of many natural deodorants is that they do not stop your body from sweating. This is because your body needs to perspire! Through sweating, your body eliminates toxins such as arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury. Traditional antiperspirant blocks the pores that allow this detoxification process, with one study showing that using antiperspirants actually stimulate odour-producing bacteria. Instead, natural deodorants work with your body to detoxify and de-odourise – making you healthier and less smelly!
3. PASTE, ROLL ON OR SPRAY?
Pastes are becoming very popular on the natural deodorant scene. However, if you’re not quite ready to apply your deodorant with your fingers, there are plenty of great roll-ons and sprays that imitate traditional deodorants.
However, pastes have the best reviews and do the trick far better than many other natural deodorants
Black Chicken Remedies Axilla Deodorant Paste is one of the most (if not the most) bestselling natural deodorants on the market. Made in Australia, this deodorant contains only natural and certified organic ingredients and is vegan-friendly!
Goldkind deodorants (based in Perth, Western Australia!) are a new 100% vegan and cruelty-free company. Goldkind recycles all their materials and source all their supplies from Australian businesses, with 10% of their profits donated to local and national charities with a focus on animal welfare and homeless outreach. Their moisture absorbing deodorants come in three scents – Wake Me Up, Citrus, and Spring Blossom with a bicarb free option for each!
4. LOOK FOR THE GOODIES
It is still important to go through the ingredients list for natural deodorants to determine if they’re the right one for you. If you need a bit of moisture absorbing power, look for baking soda, cornstarch, arrowroot or tapioca powder. Antibacterial ingredients such as tea tree, lemongrass, lavender or thyme essential oils are also great for killing odour causing bacteria. Shea butter and other conditioning ingredients are key to look for too, especially if you shave your armpits.
Black Chicken Remedies deodorants contain arrowroot or tapioca to absorb moisture, plenty of essential oils such as clove and coconut for their antibacterial properties, as well as shea butter for soothing the skin.
Goldkind deodorants also use arrowroot powder and shea butter. However, they mix up their essential oils for a 2-in-1 benefit – a range of scents combined with huge antibacterial properties!
5. DO YOU NEED BI-CARB FREE?
Some people are sensitive to bi-carb soda, so it is important to test natural deodorants to ensure you don’t come up with a rash. You can also avoid this risk altogether by going straight for bi-carb free options.
While Goldkind has a whole range of bi-carb free deodorants, Black Chicken Remedies’ Barrier Booster paste is formulated specifically for sensitive skin. The paste is rich in fatty acids to strengthen sensitive skin, and has replaced bi-carb soda with magnesium hydroxide to detoxify and calm your skin.
6. SHOP AROUND AND READ REVIEWS!
Everybody has different needs, activity levels, smells, and pheromones, so quite often purchasing a natural deodorant isn’t as easy as picking up a product that your friend recommended to you. Keep your lifestyle and body in mind, and be sure to read plenty of online feedback to ensure that your new deodorant works for other people like you.
The best part is, there are so many great natural deodorants available now, so, if you follow the right steps, you will undoubtedly find one that works for you!