As you guys know I am fierce in my commitment to all things natural. From food, to skincare to interiors, I work to keep everything that surrounds my body or goes in or on it as natural and as simple as possible.
Over the years I’ve tried all different types of natural deodorants from crystals to homemade concoctions. Some of them worked; some didn’t. I’ve found that keeping a small collection of different ones works for me. I find that if I use any one for an extended period of time my body becomes used to it and so I switch it up.
1. Weleda Citrus Spray
This one is of my favorites. So much so that I ditched my old standby the deodorant stone for this one for a few months this summer. Made by Weleda, a Swedish company started in 1921, it’s certified by Natura, the European agency for natural products, and we ALL know that when it comes to banning toxic chemicals in beauty products Europe is light years ahead of us. I love the spray, the light citrusy smell and the fact that even on a hot, humid Atlanta day I still smelled fresh at the end. Buy it here.
This coconut oil based formula is easy to apply and worked well for me for a while. However I found that after a prolonged period of use my underarms became dry and irritated.
I attribute that to the fact that the formula contains baking soda which, when used consistently over time, can disrupt the acid mantle of the skin making it irritated and dry. For this reason I will only use this for a few days at time. I must be the only one who has that reaction because everyone in the fashion world seems to be obsessed with this product and I thought there was something I was missing. Then I remember that most magazines try something once or twice, while I prefer to use products for at least 2 months or more before I give my opinion. We used to sell it at WAX years ago and I got a similar report from some clients, but everyone’s skin is different and just because it didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it won’t be great for you. I definitely appreciate the ease of application and the nice packaging.
Buy it here.
3. Natural Salt Crystal
This is an old school favorite and was my first introduction into natural deodorants back in the early nineties. An actual stone, it’s a mineral salt containing potassium allum which is a natural source of aluminum and kills the bacteria which results in odor.
Overall my favorite is still the natural crystal. I mean you can’t get more basic than rubbing a rock under your arms and at a cost of $8 and lasting for a year it’s basically free. Add the fact that it looks pretty and fits in with my decor is a win.
I bought mine at an independent natural foods store while traveling, but you can find a similar one here.
Do you guys have any favorite natural deodorants? If so let me know!