Never wanting to take any unnecessary health risks, we searched for alternative options. After all, the fewer chemicals we put in and on our bodies, the better! Here are some great natural products and DIY solutions.
SCHMIDT’S NATURAL DEODORANT: Free from aluminum, phthalates, parabens, and propylene glycol, this top-rated all natural formula neutralizes underarm odor and absorbs moisture. Applying the cream may take a little getting used to, but reviews say it’s worth it! $10; Wild Ginger Apothecary
KISS MY FACE DEODORANT : This uses a combination of time tested botanicals like coriander, hops, and rosemary with odor absorbing ingredients to keep you feeling fresh. Free of parabens and aluminum chlorohydrate, reviewers say these deodorants can even get you through your spin class, sans sweat. $6; Whole Foods
HONEST DEODORANT: Essential oils and botanical extracts help inhibit underarm bacteria and odor, delivering a healthy dose of clean freshness. $9; honest.com
OZONE LAYER DEODORANT IN LAVENDER: All natural and organic, it eliminates the bacteria that cause body odor. Using a combination of African shea butter, beeswax, and an oxygen infusion process utilizing ozone that is too complicated to understand, it comes with a guarantee of effectiveness. We like that! $9; ozonedeodorant.com
Prefer a little DIY?
DIY Natural Deodorant Bar
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup shea butter, cocoa butter, or mango butter (or a mix of all three equal to 1 part)
- 1/2 cup + 1 teaspoon beeswax
- 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil (optional)
- 3 tablespoons baking soda (omit this if you have sensitive skin and use more arrowroot instead)
- 1/2 cup organic arrowroot powder
- 2-3 capsules high quality probiotics that don’t need to be refrigerated (optional)
- 20 drops lavender essential oil(or essential oil of your choice – optional)
Combine coconut oil, shea (or other) butter, and beeswax in a quart size glass mason jar and place in a small saucepan of boiling water until melted. Stir ingredients constantly until smooth. Remove from heat and add vitamin E oil, baking soda, arrowroot powder, probiotics, and essential oils. Make sure the mixture is not hot to the touch so that the heat doesn’t kill the probiotics and evaporate the essential oil scent. Gently stir by hand until all ingredients are incorporated.
If you will be making these into bars, pour into muffin tins or other molds while still liquid. If you will be putting into an old deodorant container to use like stick deodorant, let the mixture harden for about 15-20 minutes at room temperature and when it is about the consistency of peanut butter, use a spoon to scoop into the deodorant tube and pack down to fill. Then, leave the cap off overnight to completely harden before using.
Or this one …
DIY Natural Deodorant Bar 2
- 1/3 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup organic cornstarch
- 5 tablespoons melted organic virgin coconut oil
- 16 drops organic tea tree essential oil
Mix the first three ingredients together and finish by adding the tea tree oil. Store in an airtight glass container and apply by wiping a small amount on underarms using your fingers.