If you're looking for the perfect natural deodorant, here are some of our favourites.
Finding the perfect natural deodorant that works for you and will never let you down after a sweaty yoga session or during your crowded morning commute is quite possibly one of the hardest challenges when switching to more eco-friendly beauty products. But promise us one thing - don’t throw in the towel at your first try, because once you find your fit it will all have been worth it. It also might be worth trying a new deodorant for a couple of weeks before giving up as it takes the body a little while to adjust to the lack of chemicals and respond to the natural alternative.
Sweat is nothing more than a natural bodily function to keep the temperature of your body at balance and helps flush out toxins - it is therefore essential. The deodorant’s job should purely be to take care of the smell and not to block your underarm pores like most antiperspirants do. Conventional deodorants contain Aluminium, which has been linked to cancer, as well as other nasties like palm oil, artificial fragrances and parabens which can and should be avoided.
Here are our favourite deodorants to keep unfavourable odours at bay in the most natural way possible:
Let’s start with The Natural Deodorant Company, because it’s become a staple at the Eco-Age office with one in every bathroom. This deodorant is completely natural, free from preservatives, artificial fragrance and palm oil, as well as certified cruelty-free and vegan. Its 55g tub is plastic-free, but it’s working on getting all other sizes to plastic-free too.
Eco-Age loves: Palmarosa + mandarina
Available for £11 at naturaldeoco.com
Most natural deodorants use baking soda as a main ingredient, but if you find that you have a bad reaction to it or your skin gets irritated, Meow Meow Tweet has a very good baking-soda free alternative. All its products are vegan, cruelty-free and made with pure, all natural and organic ingredients. The packaging is a push-up paper tube which makes it entirely recyclable.
Eco-Age loves: Grapefruit baking-soda free deodorant stick
Available for $20 at meowmeowtweet.com
Or for £20 in store at Re:Mind Studio.
If spray deodorant is your thing, London-based Neal’s Yard is definitely the one to turn to for all skin types. It also doesn’t stain your clothes, which is a huge win for all your white T-Shirts! The modern apothecary has been up and running since 1981, creating award-winning natural and organic health and beauty.
Eco-Age loves: The Lemon & Coriander deodorant combines eight pure essential oils and has the freshest smell.
Available for £8.50 at nealsyardremedies.com
Traditional antiperspirants block the skin’s pores to impede the sweat production process, but as mentioned before this is absolutely essential for the body. Salt of the Earth deodorants work by leaving a thin layer of natural mineral salts on your skin, which inhibit the growth of odour-causing bacteria. The brand has a stick, spray and roll-on option and they are unisex, vegan and made from 100% natural ingredients, including natural botanical extracts and oils, mineral salts and organic Aloe Vera. The spray deodorant can be refilled at home with a supersize 1L refill.
Eco-Age loves: both the original scent-free crystal stick and the Pure Aura Lavender and Vanilla spray
Available for £5.99 at crystalspring.co.uk
German company Weleda is known for their pioneering products in natural beauty, as well as organic herbal medicine and are especially good for kids and sensitive skin. All products are made from natural, organic ingredients and are vegan-friendly. Its 24-hour roll-on deododorants are dermatologically tested and free from synthetic fragrances, artificial preservatives, parabens and contain no aluminium salts.
Eco-Age loves: Citrus 24hr Roll On
Available for £7.95 from weleda.co.uk
US-based Myro delivers refillable cases and recyclable deodorant pods to your door. All you need to do is choose your case and your scent, and you’ll get a refresh of this incredible plant-powered deodorant every three months. Made of barley powder to keep you dry and essential oils that release scent over time, they contain no aluminum, parabens, phthalates or talc.
Eco-Age loves: Solar Flare, the scent is made up of orange, juniper and sunflower
Available starting at $10 from mymyro.com
Schmidt's deodorants are formulated with botanicals and mineral-derived ingredients and are certified vegan and cruelty-free. The brand produces everything in Portland, USA and counts Clueless actor Alicia Silverstone as one of their fan.
Eco-Age loves: The Charcoal + Magnesium deodorant stick
Available at £5 from abeautifulworld.co.uk