It’s an even sadder day when your deodorant leaves white marks on you black tops, sends you into a coughing fit or has you smelling more pungent than if you’d gone without. If this sounds familiar, you’ve likely sought out the alternative: natural deodorants.
Not you? Here’s why you might still want to consider using a natural deodorant every once in a while…
The reason why traditional anti-perspirants work so well is because they contain aluminium compounds which essentially plug your sweat glands and stop them from doing what they do best. While the evidence remains inconclusive, past reports have linked these compounds to breast cancer and suggested that when they’re absorbed into the bloodstream, it can lead to an increase in oestrogen and weaken the immune’s defences. More testing needs to be done, but it’s something to be aware of as research continues.
Keen to give natural deodorants a shot? Ahead are our favourites:
The mix of earthy vetiver and 11 essential oils including lavender, clove and tea tree will leave you feeling grounded and fresh. Don’t be too surprised when bystanders inevitably come up and ask you what you’re wearing (this scent elicits compliments every time we wear it!). Take pleasure in telling people it’s a deodorant, not a perfume! Bask in your own excellence. And, share the unisex scent with your significant other – who needs pheromones anyway?
How’s the nostalgia? This nourishing roll-on harks back to the days of canteen-bought ‘cough lollies’, which we’d inhale sore throat or none. As with any essential oil, the scent emanates with heat so as your body temperature rises so does the whiff of soothing eucalyptus. Aside from its sweet perfume, eucalyptus also has several medicinal properties, including being a natural disinfectant.
The underarms are a delicate zone. For some more than others. If you’ve got itchy, irritated underarms after shaving (it happens to the best of us) we recommend the Kai’s vegan formula on sensitive skin, enriched with vitamin E, chamomile and leaf extracts to keep underarms B.O free without stripping the skin.
If you’re working in the elements, this water-based deodorant featuring the essential oils of robust native Australian flowers is the pick of the group. Its ingredients thrive in the heat, but it goes on skin icy cool thanks to the sleek enamel packaging. Still, what we love most about Rohr is its values of ethical and sustainable sourcing. The brand works with the indigenous community to bring products that do Australia proud.
Though it’s made for men, four out of four female noses agree they’d use it on themselves. Cedrat, a lemon-like fruit L’Occitane sourced from Corsica, has a robustness and vitality that awakens your olfactory without being overpoweringly fruity. The formula is also alcohol-free so while it might keep you dry, it doesn’t actually dry out your skin.
Lavanila already has several natural deodorants to their name, but their latest (and most superior anti-sweat yet!) is designed with active lifestyles in mind. With proprietary Beta Glucane technology, this creamy roll-on soaks up sweat with natural starches sourced from oats and barley, while essential oils and antioxidants break down bacteria and prevent odorous oxidisation. Pack it in your gym bag.
Natural deodorants need to be re-applied throughout the day just like you’d wash you hands more than once a day because of bacteria.