For a some time now I have been trying to find a natural deodorant that not only works but smells good. I never thought picking out a deodorant would be so difficult. Why exactly would I want a natural deodorant when it is without a doubt easier to go to a store and pick one off the shelf? It all comes down to ingredients. Most drugstore/regular deodorants contain a whole list of ingredients that have been deemed harmful, but the one that is most recommended to stay away from is aluminum. What about aluminum is so dangerous? First off aluminum is used as an antiperspirant, meaning it helps stop you from sweating or at least sweating a lot. Because of this aluminum can clog pores, and since it’s applied to the underarm which is near breast area/tissue people have found that clog pores in that area can be dangerous. There is a lot of people that also claim the aluminum in deodorants/antiperspirants have the potential to cause breast cancer. So far I haven’t found anything that definitively proves this. But I’m the type of person that rather be safe than sorry, so right now I rather use products that don’t contain aluminum.
So when trying natural deodorant I feel there are a few things to consider. I think it’s important to remember that it won’t always perform the same as regular deodorants. When trying natural deodorant be prepared to sweat and sometimes sweat a lot. Most natural deodorant brands believe sweating is a good thing and that we shouldn’t use ingredients that prevent that from happening, like aluminum. I somewhat agree with this because our bodies sweat for a reason, but I also don’t want crazy sweat marks all over me. And as someone who lives in a state that gets really hot, sweat marks are inevitable occurrence and I don’t want to make them worse than they already are. To help I have found that most natural deodorants do contain some ingredients that will help absorb some of the sweat but not really try to stop it from happening. I have found that sometimes these ingredients do help control some sweat, but mostly have noticed that I sweat just as much if not more than if I wasn’t wearing anything.
Not only do most natural deodorants avoid aluminum in their products but a lot of the products have ingredients that can be easily understood. For me I like when a product’s ingredients are things that I know and not just a long list of hard to pronounce chemicals. While certain names may be confusing like butyrospermum pakii and cocos nucifera, which are shea butter and coconut oil, respectively, it’s still not a whole list of weird chemicals like, cyclopentasiloxane and c12-15 alkyl benzonate, which I’m not sure what they are. There is also a difference between using a natural deodorant and an aluminum free deodorant. While I don’t believe there is criteria to be labeled natural, I do believe that having natural, clean ingredients is what usually differentiates the two. Aluminum free deodorants still has a long list of ingredients that are similar to regular deodorant, just minus the aluminum. I don’t know how much aluminum free deodorants stacks up against regular and natural deodorants as I have only recently tried one. I’m hoping it’s a happy medium between the two.
For me one of the biggest problems I had with natural deodorant has to be the smell. I know I’m not the only one who has had to deal with a natural deodorant making me smell worse than not wearing any deodorant at all. I don’t know what it is but for the majority of natural deodorants I’ve tried I had to stop wearing because of the stink factor. I wish this was a problem that I had with only natural deodorants, but unfortunately it’s something that I’ve dealt before with drugstore deodorant. For the most part with me when it comes to smell it’s usually about the fragrance being too strong and giving me a headache. But I’ve had the problem where the deodorant mixing with my body creates a new god awful scent. This has happened with the majority of natural deodorants that I’ve tried. Unfortunately there is no way to know what scents will or won’t work until you try them. I feel like I’ve wasted so many deodorants because after a few uses the smell was too much for me to handle and couldn’t wear it ever again.
The one thing that everyone needs to know before buying or trying natural deodorants is that they can cause a rash. I unfortunately found out about this rash the hard way. At first I thought I was having an allergic reaction believing it was my body not reacted well to the product. I soon found out that this was a common problem when using a natural deodorants. For some reason, whether it’s baking soda, fragrance, or some other ingredient in a natural deodorant it can cause a rash. The rash honestly looks and feels like something burned you, and you end up with the an angry red line that can cause the skin to peel slightly. I’ve also heard people had issues with the deodorants changing the color of the skin, usually staining it darker. This is one major issue that I feel is glossed over or not mentioned. Many companies will claim it’s just your body going through a “detox.” To me this feels like an excuse and a bad one at that to not inform the customers what can happen when using their product. I know I sound really dramatic and honestly I might be, but if this was something that was a rare occurrence I would understand companies not wanting to advertise potential issue with their products. The problem is that the rash and staining is a common problem. And now for me I’m more leery about buying/trying another natural deodorant from the fear I will have this same reaction. It’s not something I want to experience again and something that anyone wanting to try a natural deodorant should be aware of.
I know this isn’t a very in depth review of which deodorant I’ve tried and which failed. But I wanted to give a quick overview of my experiences with natural deodorant. These were the main things I wish I knew before trying a natural deodorant. I honestly don’t know if I would have tried so many or any at all knowing the struggle it is to find even one natural deodorant that works, at least for me. I feel like there has been a lot of trial and error when it comes to finding a natural deodorant, which is something that becomes not only tiresome but expensive after awhile. I don’t want to scare anyone from trying a natural deodorant but to be prepared for it to not be the same as regular deodorant.
As much as I wanted to use natural deodorant, I found it was best for me to switch back to a regular deodorant. I looked up and even tried a few other brands but every time my armpits were just not happy. After I had the first reaction my pits couldn’t stop developing the same rash no matter which natural deodorant I used. I thought that maybe using one that was aluminum free would work better but I still ended with red angry armpits. I noticed that the rashes didn’t show up immediately but after continuous use it would develop. So I decided to go back regular deodorant but this time one made for sensitive skin. Right now I’m using the Dove sensitive deodorant and I would recommend it because not only are my armpits remaining rash free but they smell nice too. And if I’m complimenting a product’s smell you know it has to be good, I mean it’s light and airy and best part of all it doesn’t irritate my head or my pits. I think I might try another natural deodorant in probably six months that way I can give my armpits a chance to relax, rest and recover (it sounds like I’m sending them on vacation). Right now it’s not a priority to use a natural deodorant because I just want to have happy rash free armpits.