How to Choose the Best Natural Deodorant That Works For YouIris
I’m in my journey of experimenting with greener, natural products in many parts of my daily routine, from personal care to beauty care. Indeed, finding the right deodorant for my underarms is one of the most important steps in this long yet enjoyable journey. While picking a traditional deodorant is a challenging task, choosing its natural version, seems less complicated for me. I’ve put together this guide on how to choose the best natural deodorant that works for you.
The biggest challenge that I faced when I first switched from traditional deodorants to natural ones were the myths. There’re lots of them floating out there due to misinformation. So this guide will start by debunking a few myths which I wish I was told before. I reckon that by clearing these misperceptions, you’ll have a solid background of useful information before diving deeper.
Myth # 1. Sweat is awful, it even derails my social life. Choosing a deodorant that kills sweat is what I’m aiming for.
I agree that too much sweat is not fun at all. But normal sweating isn’t that bad. In fact, sweat is necessary for our health. Perspiration is supposed to happen. Your sweat glands are natural built-in organs, they help to cool your body down when it’s too hot.
Detoxification has been believed to be one of the good sides of sweating as it releases toxins. Though this is still controversial, admit it, sweating after exercising feels good, doesn’t it? You sweat during hot days, when you eat spicy food (yeah, it’s yummy) and when you’re in stressful situations and after exercising extensively.
There’re three areas in our bodies that sweat the most: palms, soles and underarms. Sweat doesn’t cause underarm odour, natural bacteria do. To stop bad odour, a majority of mainstream deodorants, unfortunately, use substances like aluminium to clog the pores to stop the sweat. This is certainly unhealthy.
Having said that, I would not choose deodorants that get rid of sweat because this goes against the natural process of our bodies. And you know it’s harmful. Your armpits sweat when they have to. So let them sweat! I would opt for natural deodorants. They eliminate odour, not sweat, which is what all deodorants should do.
Myth # 2. Sweat causes yellow sweat stains on my shirts.
These stains are embarrassing! I bet you hate them. They’re especially annoying when you’re in group work, team meetings or on a date (say, your first date!). Gosh, they just don’t go away. And I understand why sweat is often blamed. The reality, however, sweat is not really the cause. Instead, it’s the traditional anti-sweat products that contain aluminium. This key ingredient in traditional deodorants that keep you from sweating – may react with your sweat, skin or laundry detergent, causing these unsightly yellowish stains.
Knowing this, I’ve learnt to check the ingredients on deodorants’ labels and I only pick those that are free from aluminium. Another useful yet simple tip is not to rush when applying deodorants. It’s best to wait for a few minutes till it’s dry completely. When it’s dry, that means it’s already absorbed into your skin, not your shirt. My husband used to apply deodorants the night before to avoid stains, but to be honest, I think it’s a little too much. Night time is for relaxation rather than telling myself to remember this and that.
Even though natural deodorants don’t prevent perspiration, they keep you from odour and the danger of using some kinds of chemicals in your body. I find a great peace of mind in choosing SCHMIDT’S Bergamot & Lime Deodorant from our shop as it’s certainly aluminium-free, propylene glycol-free, paraben-free & phthalate-free. It also tops the list of my favourite natural deodorants thanks to its fragrance. Needless to say, I’m a huge fan of bergamot and lime. Before knowing of this deodorant, bergamot used to be my top of mind when shopping for perfume. Now, this Schmidt’s paste occasionally works as an alternative for perfume when I’m in a rush. Its citrusy and subtle fragrance is fresh and uplifting. You’ll love it too!
This is a popular myth but like any other myths, it’s untrue. When first switching from conventional deodorants to natural ones, users often expect the same results. This is probably where this myth comes from. So it’s important to know what to expect. For the first few days or weeks (depending on your body type), you might see yourself sweating and smelling more. This is absolutely normal. Your body just needs a bit of time to adjust to the change of a new product. Things will even out after this transitional period.
Right! Now myths were all cleared. Let’s get into more tips on how to choose best natural deodorants.
1. Look for natural ingredients, like aloe or shea butter
Natural-based deodorants block the odour and set you free from toxins. Since aloe sunscreen has worked wonder on me for years, so during my long journey of shopping around for natural deodorants, I’ve always seen myself searching for aloe-based deodorants. Its richness in vitamins A (beta-carotene), C and E, which are antioxidant compounds. They help inhibit the growth of bacteria, which causes armpits odour.
Aside from its well-known benefit of naturally eliminating odour, aloe can moisture my underarm skin, leaves it soft, smooth and keeps it free from irritation. Dr Organic Aloe Vera deodorant from our online shop is worth a try as its key ingredients are certified Organic Aloe Vera, Sunflower oil, Icelandic Moss and Vitamin E.
Another great choice is SCHMIDT’S Bergamot & Lime Deodorant from our shop. It contains shea butter, arrowroot powder cocoa seed butter which absorbs moisture quickly, neutralise odour and doesn’t leave a greasy feeling on your underarm skin.
You might worry paste deodorant is not easy to use. Well, not that complicated. The spatula (comes with the jar) is to scoop some paste, warm it between your fingers and apply to your underarm areas. Just that simple!
2. Opt for BPA-free natural deodorants
But what is BPA-free?
BPA stands for Bisphenol-A. It is a chemical to produce reusable plastic products, including deodorant containers. The problem is that it can leach from the containers into deodorant and thus, harmful for our health.
Given its potential health risk, opting for BPA-free deodorants is highly recommended. Biologika Lavender Deodorant from our shop is a good choice. This refreshing roll-on deodorant is a perfect blend of certified organic herbs (lavender, grapefruit extract, olive leaf extract) and totally aluminium-free.
3. If your skin is sensitive, go for fragrance-free deodorants
Heavily scented deodorants are believed to cause irritation1 (redness, bumps, itching). So pick fragrance-free deodorants if your skin doesn’t want to make friends with scents. My friend has been using SCHMIDT’S Deodorant Stick Fragrance-Free for about 2 years and hasn’t thought of shopping around for alternatives yet.
As a completely unscented deodorant, it absorbs moisture well without irritating your skin. Its creamy formula with nourishing shea butter is really skin-loving. Coconut oil and green tea extract ingredients in this scent-free stick deodorant also keep your armpits smelling fresh all day. So love your sensitive skin more, give this one a try!
Are you a newcomer in our club of natural deodorants? How has your experience with natural deodorants gone so far? Can’t wait to hear all your thoughts! And do let me know if you’d like me to write more on other angles of this interesting topic. Let’s get healthy by spreading this post to the world out there!