Choosing Natural Deodorants

Choosing Natural Deodorants

A key bit of kit that most people can’t live without, conventional deodorants often contain a list of questionable ingredients that have no good reason to be applied to our underarms every single day. From aluminium salts that plug the sweat glands, temporarily preventing perspiration to parabens and artificial colours, we shouldn’t have to expose our bodies to these potentially harmful ingredients. Aside from questionable ingredients, conventional deodorants often come in hard to recycle plastic cases that will get incinerated or landfilled.

Introducing Natural Deodorants

So I’ve compiled a list of natural deodorant brands, their ingredients lists as well as a description of their packaging so that you, as conscious consumers have a wide range of options to choose from. You will recognise ingredients such as sodium bicarbonate or more commonly known as bicarbonate of soda (a very useful ingredient in any zero waste household), shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil and essential oils. These ingredients are quite accessible to most so if you’re interested in making your own, here are 2 recipes to try out:

  1. Wellness Mama – How to Make Natural Deodorant
  2. Pronounce Skincare – Effective easy homemade deodorant (no bicarb)

Why Natural Deodorants?

Aluminium salts are the active ingredients used in antiperspirants. Aluminium compounds act by blocking sweat ducts under the arm. This prevents sweat from escaping onto the skin surface and reduces the moist environment in which odour causing bacteria to multiply. Antiperspirants are a specific type of deodorant. Other types of deodorants may contain perfume to mask the smell and antimicrobial agents to inhibit bacterial growth – as it’s the bacteria on the skin’s surface that generates the smell from sweat.

Scientific evidence linking the use of underarm antiperspirants to breast cancer is inconclusive. However, there is clearly some research that suggests the need for a precautionary approach to be taken. If you have concerns about aluminium salts in antiperspirants but still want to use a deodorant, look out for products that are “aluminium-free”. Remember to ensure these products are “paraben-free” also. (Source: Breast Cancer UK)

How does Natural Deodorant work?

Natural deodorants are not antiperspirants so it will not stop you from sweating (sweating is good, it helps the body cool down) but it does work to eliminate body odour. What forms the smell is not the sweat but rather the bacteria that forms in the process.

How do you apply Natural Deodorant?

For tube-based deodorants, simply push up from the bottom and use it the same way you would with your conventional deodorant. For cream based deodorants, simply rub your fingers in a circular motion until you have the desired amount and apply to your underarms. You will only need a small amount so don’t be tempted to apply too much.

Depending on the deodorant or antiperspirant products you have been previously using, your body may need time to adjust to the new deodorant.

Note: Some people have found that their underarms do not react well to natural deodorants. This could be due to its alkalinity of baking soda, sweat, friction, irritating ingredients (like essential oils) or shaving blunders. Find out more about this issue here.

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1. Zero Waste Path Deodorant £5.00?

Origin: Edinburgh, Scotland

Packaging: 100% tinplate tin with brown paper label, synthetic glue. The tin is reusable or recyclable, the label at the moment cannot be composted.

Ingredients: Maranta Arundinacea (Arrowroot) Root Powder, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Sodium Bicarbonate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil.

Within Essential Oils: Geraniol, Linalool, Limonene

*Certified Organic

Buy: Zero Waste Path

2. Kutis Deodorant £6.45 (Bicarb-free)

Origin: Wales

Packaging: 40g cardboard tube.

Ingredients: Butyrospermum Parkii** (Shea Butter), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil**, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Butter), Cera Alba (Beeswax), Arrowroot, Bicarbonate of Soda** Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Oil **Organic Ingredient *Naturally occurring components in essential oils.

Buy: Plastic Freedom, Planet Organic

3. Earth Conscious Deodorant £6.99 ?

Origin: UK

Packaging: 60g cardboard tube or 60g metal tin

Ingredients: Certified organic coconut oil, certified organic arrowroot powder, certified organic shea butter, sodium bicarbonate, sunflower wax, certified organic peppermint oil, certified organic spearmint oil.  (*Limonene, *Linalool)

*Ingredients Naturally Occurring in Essential Oils

Buy: Earth Conscious, Plastic Freedom, The Plastic Free Shop

4. Native Unearthed Deodorant £7.95 ?

Origin: UK

Packaging: 60ml glass jar with plastic lid.

Ingredients: Bicarbonate of Soda, Arrow Root, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Pure Lavender Essential Oil & Activated Charcoal

Buy: Planet Organic

5. Living Naturally Organic Deodorant Cream £8.50

Origin: UK

Packaging: 60g glass jar with metal lid

Ingredients: Cocos nucifera oil*, Helianthus annuus seed oil*, Theobroma cacao seed butter*, Butyrospermum parkii butter*, Sapindus mukorossi fruit extract*, Olea europaea oil*, Sodium bicarbonate, Maranta arundinacea root powder*, Rosmarinus officinalis leaf extract*, Tocopherol * Certified Organic

Buy: Peace With The Wild

6. Ben & Anna Natural Soda Deodorant £9.95

Origin: Germany

Packaging: 60g cardboard tube.

Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter*, Maranta Arundinacea Root Powder*, Zea Mays Starch, Cocos Nucifera Oil*, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil*, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Helianthus Annuus Seed Cera, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil, Shorea Robusta Resin, Rhus Verniciflua Peel Cera, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cedrus Atlantica Wood Oil, Rhus Succedanea Fruit Cera, Citrus Reticulata Peel Oil, Limonene**, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil*, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Geraniol**, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Linalool**, Benzyl Benzoate**, Citral**, Daucus Carota Sativa Root Extract*, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract*

Buy: Planet Organic

7. Lamazuna Solid Deodorant £9.99?

Origin: France

Packaging: 18 g with a card box.

Ingredients: sodium bicarbonate, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil *, kaolinite, helianthus annuus seed cera / helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed wax *, cetearyl wheat straw glycosides, cetearyl alcohol, acetic acid , cymbopogon martini (palmarosa) oil *, geraniol, linalool, citral, farnesol, limonene * certified organic.

Buy: The Weekly Shop

8. Fitpit £10.00?

Origin: Shropshire, England

Packaging: 100ml glass jar with metal lid

Ingredients: Sodium bicarbonate, Organic Cocos nucifera (Coconut) oil, Organic Maranta arundinacea root (Arrowroot) powder, Organic Butyrospermum parkii (Shea butter), Organic Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil, Organic Cypress essential oil, Organic Bergamot essential oil.

Buy: The Green Woman, Anything But Plastic, Greener Habits Co.

9. Pit Putty Deodorant £10.00?

Origin: Ireland

Packaging: 65g metal tin.

Ingredients: Organic Shea Butter, Arrowroot Powder, Mined Sodium Bicarbonate, Organic Coconut Oil, Candelillia Wax, Jojoba Seed Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Sunflower Seed Extract, Calendula Flower Extract

Buy: Plastic Freedom

10. Organic Essence All-Day Deodorant £10.99

Origin: USA

Packaging: 62g cardboard tube.

Ingredients: Cocos Nucifera (coconut) Oil, Mantra Arundinacea (Arrowroot) Root Powder, Cera Flava(Bees Wax) Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Leptospermum Petersonii (Lemon Tea Tree) Oil.

Buy: Planet Organic, Peace With The Wild

11. The Natural Deodorant Co. £11.00?

Origin: UK

Packaging: 55g glass jar with plastic lid.

Ingredients: Maranta Arundinacea Root (Arrowroot Flour), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil)*, Sodium Bicarbonate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Olea Europea (Olive Oil)*Magnesium Oxide, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Mentha Piper.

Buy: Planet Organic, The Kind Store

12. Cacao Pow Deo Bar £15.00?

Origin: UK

Packaging: 100g glass jar with metal lid

Ingredients: Theobroma Cacao* (Cacao Butter), Bicarbonate of Soda, Zinc Oxide. *Organic Ingredient

Buy: Cacao Pow

13. Happy Holistics Vegan Deodorant Balm

Origin: Bristol, UK

Packaging: 75 g cardboard tube.

Ingredients: Theobroma Cacoa (Cocao) Butter, Copernica Cerifera (Carnauba), Maranta (arrowroot) root powder, butyspermum parkii (shea) nut butter, Cymbopogon citratus (Lemongrass) oil, citrus bergamia (Bergamot) peel oil, Cupressus sempervirens (Cypress) leaf oil.

Buy: Peace With The Wild

BONUS: BIORK Crystal Deodorant Stick

Origin: Portugal

Packaging: Cork

Ingredients: Potassium crystal

Buy: Boobalou, Babipur

Reviews: Byrdie

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