One square inch of your skin has about 650 sweat glands that need to be free and clear to get on with their important jobs. Most antiperspirants work by blocking, clogging and closing your pores with powerful astringents so they can’t release sweat. But you want to sweat (you NEED to sweat) – it’s the body’s natural cooling process, and aids in detoxification by letting the toxins out.
Sweat itself is actually quite odourless, but body odour, on the other hand, is caused by bacteria that lives on your skin and breaks down sweat into certain acids. Deodorants help to combat this process and fight the stink, but many of the recognizable brands on store shelves are loaded with synthetic fragrances, preservatives, and chemicals that you certainly don’t want to rub anywhere on your skin, because if it’s on you, it’s in you. You can visit EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database to look up if what you’re using is safe.
Lucky for all of us, there are a number of truly clean and effective deodorants available today that prevent BO with natural antiseptic agents and ingredients we keep in our kitchen (and even eat!) – or you can even make your own.
None of us want to offend those around us with our stink, but there is a better way.
Routine Cream Deodorant 3 formulas to choose from (vegan clay, beeswax, and clay + beeswax) available in 12 scents, all without anything artificial. They even have scents that are free of essential oils (in case you might be allergic), and their amazing smells come from organic natural flavours!
The Green Beaver Company The Green Beaver Company is family-owned and proudly Canadian. They choose as many Canadian suppliers as possible for their ingredients. Their natural deodorant sprays are certified organic, vegan, and cruelty-free (and so are the rest of their products!).
Primal Pit Paste Charcoal Magnesium Daily Detox Deodorant This activated charcoal deodorant doesn’t just help you smell fresh (which it does so well!), it pulls double duty by also absorbing out the impurities and build up that have accumulated from months or even years of antiperspirant use. Here is their complete protocol to detox your pits.
Penny Lane Organics People often confuse baking soda with the baking powder (which contains aluminum), but baking soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) does NOT contain aluminum. This deodorant is simply made with coconut oil, baking soda and organic corn starch for those that want the dryness, but with no fragrance. To avoid it crumbling when you apply it, simply wet it before use.
Just a few simple + safe ingredients housed in a glass jar. Vegan friendly, preservative free, and comes with a money back guarantee if you don’t love it!
Schmidt’s From its humble beginnings made in a Portland, Oregon kitchen, to being endorsed by Alicia Silverstone, this natural deodorant has gone viral. We love it because it meets our high standards for clean + safe ingredients and it keeps us fresh all day long. Bonus points for its low price point.
Pacifica Underarm Wipes These wipes are perfect to stash in the purse or gym bag and apply under your arms as needed. Made with coconut milk and essential oils, they’re vegan, cruelty-free, and formulated without SLS, sulfates, parabens and petroleum.