Natural deodorant: Does it work?

Natural deodorant: Does it work?

Recently, I saw this Is Your Deodorant Toxic post on Facebook and it scared me.  Can our deodorant be damaging our immune system and causing diseases?  The chemical laden stick we are rubbing under our arms can be causing cancer, alzheimer’s, birth defects and damage to our liver and heart.

Logically, it makes sense not to apply harmful substances that absorb into the body.  I wouldn’t drink an aluminum smoothie, so why would I put it on my body every single day?

The reason it has taken me so long to get to this point is that I was worried natural deodorants wouldn’t work on me.  My lifestyle is active, teaching yoga, running after my children and,truthfully, not an everyday shower-er.  I need something that will keep me smelling fresh!

Exhibit A and B.

Exhibit A and B.

I decided to try out two natural deodorants, Funk Butter, and the popular Tom’s of Maine.

My yoga student suggested Funk Butter.  The name alone interested me and I found it for only five dollars on Amazon.  Mine arrived in a cool circular container smelling of mango.  The odor-absorbing power of baking soda is behind this natural product, with microfine vegetable powders and Kaolin clay to help absorb moisture. I was hopeful when trying it, but found the clay-like substance that needs to be applied with fingers messy, and even noticed it falling off my underarms onto my yoga mat during class.

Next, I tried the Tom’s of Maine Unscented. This I was skeptical of because, frankly, I know of a person that wears this deodorant and does not have the best aroma.  I was wrong.  The clear, easy to apply, stick leaves me smell-free and dry.  The website claims “Introducing Naturally Dry – the first antiperspirant stick made entirely from ingredients derived from nature. Clinically proven to keep you fresh and dry without any artificial fragrances or preservatives.”

I was disappointed when I noticed there is 21% aluminum in Tom’s of Maine Naturally Dry Deodorant.  That explains why it was working so well.  The aluminum is what keeps us from sweating.

I’m still searching for an aluminum free deodorant that works and now I’m already thinking toothpaste.  (We own a Tom’s version that I do not feel minty fresh after using).

Do you use toxin free deodorant or toothpaste?  Share the brands that work best for you in the comments below or on Facebook here. 

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