Life is good. We’re eating healthier, exercising more and we remember to bring our reusable bags to the grocery store. But do you feel as if something is missing? Do you ever wake in the middle of the night, wondering what final piece of the green puzzle will make your life complete? Well, I do. And the puzzle piece I’m looking for is an organic deodorant…that actually stinkin’ works.
I’m sure many of you are aware of the dangers of regular deodorant – that it contains aluminum chloride and aluminum chlorohydrate to stop you from sweating. Of course, no one likes to sweat, but sweating is how our bodies process food, expel toxins and regulate temperature. Blocking this bodily function isn’t a good idea. Plus, aluminum has been established as a neurotoxin and has been shown to adversely affect the blood-brain barrier, cause DNA damage and have adverse gene effects.
But hey, as long as no one sees you sweat!
Our point is that you want to keep your deodorants made with natural and organic ingredients. As with all less conventional deodorants, you might sweat a bit more than you’re used to, but you usually won’t smell. And one more tip – deodorant sprays work far better than sticks.
Now let’s get down to business – the Good, the Less than Good and the Yes, It Really Does Work of deodorants! The following list includes deodorants containing natural and/or organic ingredients that we tested over an extended period of time, in hot Los Angeles temperatures and even on a trip to Las Vegas.
The Holy Grail: Grapefruit and Geranium Deodorant Spray by Avalon Organics
(Note: According to Avalon Organics, the direct link is not yet available because this product is new to the market, but it’s coming!). This is the best of the best, and I’m anticipating a long relationship with this spray. It smells fruity and pleasant. I kept reapplying it just to experience a mini aromatherapy session. And most importantly, it works. I wore one application for a day and night, and didn’t notice any body odor (my boyfriend didn’t, either). It’s certified organic and made with various citrus peel oils. It contains no parabens, aluminum or other synthetic ingredients.
The Close Runner Up: Jasmine and Grapefruit Organic Deodorant by Erbaviva
When I can’t find my Avalon Organics, I reach for this spray. As above, it contains grapefruit extracts which help eliminate the odor-causing bacteria. It really does smell good, like something you’d find in the middle of a spa. It also works really well, though you may want to keep it on hand for touch ups. It’s made with certified organic ingredients like grapefruit peel oil, cedar wood oil and jasmine oil.
The Perfume Impersonator: Wild Rose Deodorant Spray by Weleda
This spray is most like a perfume, with a fun, floral rose scent. The first application lasted for a few hours, though I found myself sniffing for a second application earlier than the aforementioned products. The floral scent goes on strong, but it mellows with time. If you like an old-style, cool perfume-y scent, you’ll like this spray. This UK product is made with natural essential rose oils and fragrances.
The Old Standard: E Plus High C Natural Roll-On Deodorant by Aubrey Organics
I have used this product for years – pre-spray, it was the closest I got to a working natural deodorant. It has more of a traditional scent, with hints of baby powder. It works, but doesn’t last as long as the sprays. However, Aubrey makes a Calendula Blossom spray that keeps the protection going longer than the roll-on. Both are made with natural and organic ingredients like rose water, coconut cream and organic aloe vera.
The Pioneer: Deodorant Crystal by Naturally Fresh
Back when natural deodorants were new to the market, deodorants crystals were at the forefront. This company first discovered the crystal while in Thailand, where the process of wetting a crystal and rubbing it under your arm has a long tradition of killing odor-causing bacteria. There’s a spray and a roll-on, and apparently the spray is the number one recommended product by oncologists, allergists and dermatologists.
But does it work? Happily, it does. A friend of mine often uses the crystal in conjunction with other natural deodorants. One word of caution though – you need to wet it before applying, which can prove a little messy.
The Experience: Geranium Lime Pit Putty by Bubble & Bee Organic
This is a new concept that literally involves putty for your pits. It has a great lime-y, fresh and clean-smelling scent. You apply it with your fingers, which is a little odd. It turns to power, which is cool. But if you start sweating, you will be running for the sprays.
The Good Stick: Clear Enzyme Deodorant Stick by Alba Botanica
Like I said, sticks in general don’t seem to work as well as the sprays. But many do offer decent protection. This one from Alba Botanica offers a fresh scent and a decent run of it. It has antibacterial properties from coriander and lichen and certified organic aloe vera. It is also 100% vegetarian!
The Fruit on a Stick: Mandarin Orange and Patchouli Deodorant by Nature’s Gate
This is another fruity scent that proves much more pleasant than anything you’ll find at the supermarket. It lasts for a bit, but then you will have to follow up. The ingredients for this product are grown on a family-owned farm in California with a water source derived from the winter rains and snow pack of the Sierra Nevadas. It is paraben-free and naturally contains no aluminum.
The Nice Scent But: Naturally Fresh Deodorant Stick for Men by JASON Pure, Natural and Organic
I wanted to like this product because JASON products are generally outstanding. And upon opening the deodorant, I found it has a light, green tea scent that goes on smooth. But a mere hour after applying it, I found myself reaching for the sprays.
Yes, I know it’s for men – so I had my boyfriend try it out, and he agrees. It’s certified organic and is enriched with lavender oil, Vitamin E, shea butter and certified organic corn starch.
The Reason No One Thinks Natural Deodorants Work: Unscented Deodorant Stick from Tom’s of Maine
This deodorant from Tom’s of Maine works well – if you sit motionless in a chair and under an air conditioner all day.
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