Natural Deodorants – A Review of 4 of them

Natural Deodorants

Natural deodorants - better for you, but which ones really work?

Almost all traditional deodorants on the market today contain triclosan and/or aluminum. Both of these chemicals have been linked to major health problems. Triclosan is known to cause cancer and aluminum has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. In deodorant, aluminum comes in the form of aluminum chlorhydrate which is a heavy metal that can be absorbed through the skin. When you apply these chemicals to an area near the underarm lymph nodes they are very easily distributed throughout the body (check out our post on aluminum in deodorant for more information).

Being a women, the fact that deodorants contain all of these nasty chemicals has really made me think twice about using them. While the National Cancer Institute, the National Institutes of Health, and the Food and Drug Administration have no official, concrete evidence linking antiperspirants to the development of breast cancer, if I can find what I believe is a safer, effective alternative, why not give it a try?

So, I picked 4 of the top brands that I’ve been wanting to try and put them to the test:

Trader Joe's Unscented Deodorant

Trader Joe’s Unscented Deodorant

Trader Joe’s Fragrance Free Deodorant Stick with Cotton

I had heard good things about the Trader Joe’s deodorant products and it is very inexpensive, so I tried this one first. It claims to have long-lasting odor protection and cotton to help keep you dry. It smelled clean, but sadly it didn’t smell so clean at the end of the day, especially when the day included spin class and yoga. Also, there apparently was not enough cotton to keep me dry because I wasn’t.

Kiss My Face Deodorant

Kiss My Face Deodorant

Kiss My Face Long-Lasting Natural Care Aluminum-Free Deodorant Stick, Lavender

Kiss My Face Natural Aluminum-Free Deodorant Stick uses natural vegetable enzymes, baking soda and clay to neutralize and eliminate odors all day.  I was feeling hopeful about it when I smelled fine after a hard yoga class. But, a couple of hours later it definitely failed my sniff test. The next day I tested it out during a very hot spin class and it passed with flying colors. I then reapplied and it kept me smelling good through the rest of the humid afternoon. So, as long as you reapply, this will get you through the day and the lavender scent is really nice. There are also other scents available in case you do not like lavender.

Thai Crystal all natural deodorant

Thai Crystal all natural deodorant

Thai Crystal Deodorant Stone

I had heard about crystal deodorants and had been wanting to try them for a while. The Thai Crystal Deodorant Stone is made from crystallized natural mineral salts, which kill odor causing bacteria. The routine is a little different from traditional deodorants, as you first wet the crystal and then apply.

Well, let me tell you, the crystal was not half bad! I sailed through replanting our raised vegetable garden bed on a hot, humid afternoon and an extra hot spin class and came out still smelling good. It is fragrance free, so I was worried that it would not stop or cover up odor very well, but it performed great. It also says that it works great on foot odor, but I have not tried that out yet. I think I want a separate stone for that…

Weleda's Wild Rose Spray Deodorant

Weleda’s Wild Rose Spray Deodorant

Weleda Wild Rose Deodorant Spray

I had wanted to try Weleda Wild Rose Deodorant Spray for a while because the rose scent is so nice. It’s a little bit more expensive than the others but since I want to conduct a fair test of natural deodorants, I felt like I had to include it. I absolutely love the scent of roses (I wore Tea Rose perfume in college, so I really love the smell of roses). The directions say that you should reapply throughout the day, you can also use it as an all over body spritz.

After a couple of days, I just absolutely fell in love with it. I take it with me to the gym and reapply because I like the smell so much. For those who don’t like the smell of roses, no worries,  it comes in citrus and sage scents as well. It lasted through Powercut class and a run and still worked hours later through yoga class. Again, I reapplied before each class.

Overall, I was really surprised and impressed that there are so many really good options for all natural deodorants. I liked Kiss my Face in lavender, but I loved Weleda’s Wild Rose the best and the fact that it comes in a glass bottle means it’s easy to reuse or recycle, which is a huge bonus. I also really liked the Thai Crystal Deodorant Stone because it works and lasts forever. I prefer having a scent though, so I combine the the Thai Crystal with the Wild Rose on really active days. I use the stone in the morning and the spray the Wild Rose throughout the rest of the day as needed.

I purchased all of the deodorants above at Fresh Market, except for the Trader Joe’s unscented which I purchased at Trader Joe’s of course. However, if you do not have a Fresh Market near you, you can purchase all of the except the Trader Joe’s deodorant at Amazon:

Let me know what you think and if you have a favorite, let me know! Also check out our review of 3 more natural deodorants.

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May 25, 2011

Stephanie @ 9:49 am #

I’ve been waiting for this post- I am looking for new safer deoderants and this was incredibly informative. Not sure which one I will go with, but I will definitely be making a trip to Fresh Market very soon! Question though- what about for men?

Nate @ 10:25 am #

Thanks Stephanie. I have been using Burt’s Bees Natural Deodorant. I think it does a pretty good job, but I do have to re-apply some days, which could be hard for some guys if they work outside of the home. I am planning on trying Tom’s of Maine Natural deodorant next, as I have heard good things about it too. Check out our post on aluminum in deodorant for some more ideas on natural deodorants for men.

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