Almost everyone uses deodorant on a daily basis. But have you ever asked yourself if it was good for your health?
Anti-perspirant and deodorant, what is the difference?
The perspiration process is natural and necessary for your organism. It takes part in your body temperature control as explained by this little video.
That is why, products that are supposed to block the transpiration process, such as anti-perspirants, are bad for your health and should be avoided. A deodorant, on the other hand, will only neutralise or cover odours but will not stop this natural phenomenon.
As I was saying, sweating is something natural, however, if you are bothered by an excessive perspiration or a very smelly body odour, don’t hesitate to go see a doctor. Indeed, he will be able to check if everything is normal, and if that is not the case, identify the root cause for this imbalance.
What are the problematic ingredients?
The armpit area is very sensitive as the skin is particularly thin there and is often waxed or shaved especially for women. These conditions mean that this area of your body will be more easily permeable and that substances applied on your skin will more likely cross the skin barrier and penetrate your organism. That is why, it is crucial to pay attention to what you apply on it and check carefully the ingredients list of your deodorant.
Several controversial substances are to be avoided:
- Parabens. There are several types and we usually also find them under the name of paraoxybenzoate.
- Triclosan, an antibacterial which has been identified as a endocrine disruptor.
- Aluminium salts, also called aluminium chlorhydrate, aluminium zirconium or tetrachlorohydrex GLY.
Its is worth mentioning that alum stone is a natural aluminium salt whose toxicity is still being discussed. To avoid by precautionary principle.
- There is also phenoxyethanol, phthalates, EDTA, BHT, cyclomethicone
With or without alcohol?
It is for you to decide 🙂
Alcohol is an antibacterial ingredient that allows to eliminate the bacterias that are responsible for bad odours. It is used in deodorant compositions as a preservative and allow a quicker drying of the product.
Wait a little bit after waxing or shaving before applying a product that contains some. If you have a sensitive skin, it is better for you to avoid this ingredient that could irritate your armpits. But this ingredient is not toxic.
Essential oils, it is up to you!
A lot of natural deodorants contain some essential oils as some are natural antibacterial. Indeed, rosemary is one example of that.
Even if essential oils are natural, it doesn’t mean that are harmless. First of all, these are not to be used in case of pregnancy or breastfeeding. They can also be an irritant for some people. You will therefore have to test to see if your skin is reacting.
Talking about irritation, some people also got some with sodium bicarbonate. So I recommend you to prefer formulas that do not contain any or very little.
What about the planet?
Not only are they usually formulated with problematic ingredients, but also the aerosol deodorant are a real problem for the environment. Indeed, they contain solvants and gaz that have a significant impact on the environment.
As for packaging, solid formulas are the best as don’t need as much packaging to protect them such as Lamazuna solid deodorant.
Apart from that, stick, ball or pot formats, are mostly using recyclable materials. So don’t forget to put them in the recycling properly when you are done with it!
After having tried various products and checked several reviews of natural deodorants, I haven’t yet found the perfect one but I have listed below those that seem to be the best one so far. Up to you to test them and see the ones that are more work best for your type of skin etc. Don’t hesitate to share in the comments your recommendations! I am interested 🙂
- Soin de soi, formulated with 100% organic ingredients, with no bicarbonate and made in made in France. I want to try it even if I don’t find the cream format very convenient.
- Respire, the new kid on the block, vegan and made in France. Justine, the founder, started this project following her diagnosis of a benign tumour. Shen then began to scrutinise all the products she was using in order to eliminate toxic substances. As she couldn’t find a deodorant that was meeting all her criteria, she decided to take the matter in her own hands and create her own product 🙂 I am looking forward to receiving my contribution from her crowdfunding campaign to see it is living up to my expectations!
- Schmidt’s, a classic which is vegan. I recommend you the sensitive skin ones that do not have sodium bicarbonate. I tried the standard formula and got some irritations.
And you, which ones did you try and are you therefore recommending?