Browsing for Beauty: The Chemical-free Deodorant Search

Is it just me, or is anyone else particular about their pits?

I have been using your ol' fashioned gel and powder deodorants since I've been old enough to wear deodorant, and though gels don't irritate my underarms as much as powders, they both leave me feeling itchy most of the time, and especially after I shave.

So, I've been on the hunt for a natural alternative. If you haven't noticed by now, I'm really into making my health and beauty products, and really all "products" in my life, as natural as possible. As usual, I like to do my research and see which brands are the most popular (as in, they work) and have the least amount of chemicals.

The problem with regular deodorants found in drug stores or grocery stores, is that a great many of them are also antiperspirants. The main chemical used as an antiperspirant is aluminum, which is a neurotoxin. It works by blocking the pores to keep the sweat from exiting. Now, I don't want to be funky just as much as the next person, but I also don't want my pores blocked. Sweating is also one of the ways in which we rid our bodies of toxins, and if we can't sweat, where are the toxins going?

I narrowed it down to the following five brands by consulting this article from Elle, this article from InStyle, and this article from Organic Spa Magazine. These were the brands that either mentioned in more than one of these articles, or they had a good review.

So without further ado...

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1. Fat and the Moon

It's retails for $12, and is aluminum free. The only (potential) downside is that it does contain baking soda, which can be an irritant to some people. It also contains black pepper essential oil, which I'm not sure I'd enjoy smelling all day.

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2. Lavilin 72-hour Deodorant

This one retails for $16 (steep!) and is not completely chemical free. It does, however, claim to last for 72 hours, which I'm not sure I believe, nor would I want to test that out. It appeals to me because it's a roll-on, and therefore easier to apply than a cream, but the $16 price tag makes me hesitant.

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3. Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant Cream

I've mentioned MMT products before, some I'm loved and some I haven't. Their deodorant cream has pretty positive reviews, though, and you can buy a trial size, which I love! The full size retails for $14, and they offer a baking soda-free option for those that get irritated by it.

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4. Schmidt's Bergamot + Lime Deodorant

This one is the most attractive to me because of the price, which is about $9. It's the least expensive of the bunch and is really popular on the interwebs. Plus, it comes in stick form, in case the cream consistency freaks you out. It also has a few different scents to choose from. I think it's the one I want to try first.

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5. Soapwalla Deodorant Cream

This brand is also one of the highest rated on both it's website and the interwebs. It retails for $14, which is still kind of pricey for a deodorant, but I hear it lasts a long time. I would like to try this one first, but on the off chance that it doesn't work for me, I will then be out $14 plus shipping. If Schmidt's doesn't work for me though, Soapwalla is where it's at! 

I'll follow up with another post once I've tried one and found that it works. In the meantime, have any of you guys tried any of these brands? Did they work for you? If not, which natural deodorant brands have you tried?

Let me know!