Organic deodorants have attracted a lot of attention recently thanks to medical studies that have uncovered the ill effects of using regular chemical-based deodorants. Specific ingredients that are common to most regular antiperspirants like paraben and aluminum have been linked to medical problems such as premature skin aging and some forms of breast cancer.
Many health experts warn that it is only a matter of time until the ill effects of using chemical-based deodorants are made known to the public. People who are worried about their health would do well to switch to an organic alternative. Fortunately, there is no shortage of options when it comes to using an all natural deodorant. After all, people have been doing it long before deodorants were commercialized.
In this article, we go over some of your options when it comes to organic deodorants. This information can prove useful in helping you decide what type of natural deodorant suits you best. (See also: 4 Ways to Get Rid of Dark Underarms)
Different Types of Natural Deodorant
Crystal Stone Deodorants
The use of crystal deodorants is one of the oldest forms of antiperspirants out there and remains a viable alternative for people looking to switch to organic deodorants. However, it is worth keeping in mind that crystal deodorants work differently from regular stick deodorants. For one thing, crystals can be very abrasive and must be used correctly to prevent injury or irritation. Moisten crystal deodorants before application so that it glides smoothly over your underarms. You can use them while in the shower or shortly after.
The great thing about crystal deodorants is that there is no risk of allergic reactions and dry skin. These crystal stones are relatively affordable and last a long time (up to 1 year for a crystal stick and up to 4 months for a crystal roll-on deodorant).
Of course, using a crystal stone for a deodorant can take some getting used to and certainly has its challenges. Comfort can be an issue for people during the first few days and some irritation might occur even with correct application especially if you have sensitive skin. Also, a crystal deodorant does not leave any scent.
Organic deodorant cream/paste
If crystal stone deodorant is not your preference, you can always pick up an organic deodorant paste like the No Pong natural deodorant. These products offer several advantages over chemical-based deodorants. For one thing, they do not contain any chemicals or synthetic ingredients that can be potentially harmful to the body. Most of these products do not even contain alcohol which means that there is no risk of skin irritation.
Another great thing about using an organic deodorant cream/paste is that it can continue working for days although results can differ from one individual to another. Someone who is predisposed to producing more body odor may find that a natural deodorant cream only lasts them the entire day.
Of course, an organic deodorant cream/paste also has a few downsides one of which is that some people might feel uncomfortable using it. Regular deodorants come in either spray or a stick form and cream/paste can again take some getting used to. It’s a small price to pay for switching to a natural deodorant that you know, does not contain any ingredient that might be bad for your health in the long-term.
Make sure you carefully check the ingredient list before buying organic deodorant cream/paste. Many of them contain coconut oil, carnauba wax, chamomile and flower extracts.
Organic deodorant powder
An alternative to chemical-based deodorants and one that leans more towards comfort and ease of use is an organic deodorant powder which does not contain any potentially harmful chemicals but contains a blend of cornstarch and baking soda that soaks in body odor and sweat. Many reputable brands also add essential oils for fragrance, which keeps body odor in check without irritating the skin.
Homemade natural deodorant
Are you keen on making the switch to organic deodorant and want to save money? A homemade deodorant is something you might want to consider.
The great thing about a homemade organic deodorant is that you already have the ingredients at home to prepare it. One good example is a coconut oil-based homemade deodorant which only requires baking soda, coconut oil, and cornstarch. This makes them cheaper than most antiperspirants sold on the market and better for your body as well.
Organic deodorants can help lower your exposure to potentially harmful ingredients used in regular deodorants and save some money in the process. If you like creating your skin care products, then a homemade organic deodorant could be the answer. If one option does not agree with you, then you can check out other forms of natural deodorant and try it for about a week. You’ll then be able to identify the natural deodorant that is best for you.
About The Author:
Aiza Tordil is a beauty and health blogger from Love Thyself offering helpful advice on beauty tips and healthy living which she practices to keep looking healthy and attractive. She is passionate about sustainable living and always up on the hottest natural and organic skincare trends. Ultimately, she hopes to tell stories that strike a chord with people and provide them the importance of using only natural and organic products.