What to Look for in a Natural Deodorant May 19 2015

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If you’re like many health-conscious consumers, you may be scouting out alternatives to commercial deodorants and antiperspirants. And yet, as much as we might like to avoid parabens, formaldehyde, triclosan and aluminum, most of us also want a product that works! After all, periodic body odor affects up to 98% of us, according to a study done in England. Now for some good news. Natural solutions can be highly effective! For best results, here are some key ingredients to look for:

Aluminum-free baking soda

Baking soda is positively heroic at fighting body odor, especially when combined with the right supporting cast of ingredients. It helps neutralize odor by killing the bacteria that grow in moist areas like underarms. It’s important to note that it’s the bacteria that create the odor, not your normal body perspiration.

Shea butter

This age-old wonder cream is an ideal base for natural deodorant. It’s beneficial for all skin types and is one of least likely body care ingredients to cause irritation, making it ideal for sensitive areas like underarms. Shea butter also allows skin and pores to breathe, so it won’t hinder the natural, healthy process of sweating. 

Coconut oil

Like Shea butter, coconut oil has a long history of use in traditional cultures, offering benefits from head to toe, inside and out. It’s also soothing and non-irritating, has valuable anti-bacterial properties, and binds well with essential oils and powders.

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Arrowroot powder

Since an eco-healthy deodorant does not interfere with normal perspiration, it should also include a safe, effective means to absorb moisture. Look for a natural ingredient to help keep you fresh and dry. Arrowroot powder is ideal, since unlike corn starch, it’s GMO-free and does not undergo harsh processing. Plus, it works like a charm!

Collectively, these ingredients culminate in a highly effective natural deodorant that’s great for men, women and teens. Less really can be more, no? Here’s to being safe and natural, and fresh and dry!

Kiki Powers, MS, CNC, is a Certified Nutrition Consultant, professional health writer and national speaker specializing in plant-based nutrition and healthy green living. On top of writing for Simply Fair, Kiki runs BohoBabe Foods, a company she founded to inspire people to explore healthier, greener, more compassionate food choices, one delicious bite at a time.