Conventional deodorants are one of the most toxic beauty products in the chemist. They often have aluminium (not the same as natural alum stones) and they are being placed near your lymph nodes (not a good idea, when parabens are linked to breast cancer). Anti-perspirants are even worse, as they stop your body sweating, a natural bodily function.
Many of these deodorants use bicarbonate of soda. It’s great, but some people with very sensitive skin may find it a bit harsh, so look for alternatives like arrowroot.
Avoid essential oils for pregnancy/nursing and avoid shea butter for latex allergies.
Natural Deodorants (that help chimps)
Purechimp Deodorant is a natural deodorant, to save the apes. Packed in a glass jar, it’s free from the most common allergens, and made with arrowroot powder, coconut oil, shea butter, sodium bicarbonate, activated charcoal and banana. 60 applications per jar. 5% of profits from everything on their site (soap, skin oil, matcha tea and this) go to Save the Chimps, a charity that rescues apes from zoos, circuses and vivisection.
A Tub of Pit Putty
Pit Putty is a brand created after a friend was diagnosed with cancer, and had been told by her doctor that chemicals in body-care could seep into the bloodstream. They suggest that people with very long nails use a teaspoon to apply instead. It’s best to avoid all essential oils for pregnancy/breastfeeding but they strongly caution to avoid the cinnamon cedarwood version. There’s a fragrance-free version. Scents for others are lavender lemon, lemongrass tea tree, rose geranium and lime basil.
A Cardboard Deodorant from Bristol
Your Nature offers a natural deodorant, packed in cardboard instead of the usual plastic push-tube tubes. This is made with a blend of organic coconut oil, shea butter and candelilla wax, scented with essential oils. This deodorant is made in Bristol, one of England’s greenest cities. If you live there or are visiting, pop into Zero Green, the city’s first zero waste shop.
Reconnection Skincare Natural Deodorants
Reconnection Skincare Natural Deodorants are sold in a tin, and made with peppermint tea tree, cedarwood lemon, geranium mandarin and spearmint grapefruit.
Elsa’s Deodorant Cremes
Elsa’s Zero Waste Deodorant Creme comes packaged in a metal tin. Unlike plastic deodorants that contain aluminium (not good near your lymph nodes), this is made with natural ingredients and real essential oils Choose from peppermint & tea tree, lemon ice, or sweet clementine. This brand was founded by a mother and daughter. Else is the healthy-living mum who has always been interested in natural remedies. Her daughter (a veterinary nurse) inherited it, and when her own daughter was due to use a deodorant, they decided to formulate homemade recipes in their kitchen.
Natural Hemp Deodorants
‘Star Cloud’ Hemp Deodorant is scent-free, ideal for allergies or sensitive skin. Sold in a zero waste tin, it’s also free from baking soda, using prebiotics and probiotics to support good bacteria. Made with local hemp seed oil, it also contains magnesium, coconut oil and shea butter. The scented Space Cat’ Hemp Deodorant contains oils of peppermint, vanilla, sweet orange and rosemary. The balm-to-powder consistency creates a thin barrier, to prevent odour. Apply a pea-sized amount to a clean underarm, be sure to cover the entire area. Allow to absorb for a couple of minutes, before dressing. Shave night before for sensitive skin, do not apply to broken/irritated skin.
Natural Deodorants from Scotland
Blushberry Botanicals Natural Cream Deodorant is made with bicarbonate of soda, arrowroot and calamine, to absorb and neutralise odours without aluminium. It contains organic coconut oil, sunflower oil and shea butter. In unscented or several scents with oils (peppermint tea tree, lime black pepper, cypress lemon cedarwood or rose geranium and patchouli.