All supermarkets, chemists and beauty stores sell lots of different types of deodorants and anti-perspirants. Nearly all of them are toxic, and until recently, most were tested on animals. Deodorants often are not that effective, and anti-perspirants stop you sweating, which is not good, as that’s the way your body gets rid of toxins. People also have concerns about the ingredients (like parabens) being so close to the lymph nodes, as parabens have in some cases, been linked to cancer. And aluminum is in many conventional deodorants, not to mention the toxins in the air, when sprayed.
There was a time when natural deodorants did not work very well. But that was more when they were just spring water with essential oils. Today modern natural deodorants have moved beyond alum stones, and are made with charcoal, an ingredient that is very effective at absorbing sweat and odour.
Start with the basics. Eating clean foods, drinking plenty of water and wearing fresh natural fabrics and daily showering, will stop most cases of body odour. But if you need a deodorant, here are some of the best natural brands to try:
- Blueberry Botanicals makes effective cream deodorants in tins. In various scents, you can also buy travel tins. Handmade in small batches in Scotland, these are made with coconut oil, sunflower oil and shea butter.
- Pro Coal is a natural charcoal deodorant. Made in the UK, it’s plastic-free and delivers antibacterial benefits and daily protection.
- Wild Natural Deodorant is also made in the UK, and it works. It’s made with natural ingredients and in easy-to-recycle packaging. Ideal for athletes. It’s made with coconut oil, shea butter (not for latex allergies) and a blend of natural oils.
- Elsa’s makes natural deodorants in tubes or tins, plus there is a natural detox deodorant. Made with organic coconut oil, and free from nasties.