July 2016 Update – http://mattswisdom.com/2016/07/06/3-new-natural-deodorants-try/
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I wanted to give an informative article on how to reduce, or simplify, the number of ingredients of the product that most of us use every single day–deodorant. As with food, the less ingredients/additives/chemicals, the better.
Most of us (in the USA) use deodorant. Most of us have switched brands due to irritated skin, new desired scents, brands that suck, etc… I recently switched because I wanted to ditch the deodorant that contains all of the chemicals that may cause health problems down the road (like cancer). Who wants to put a bunch of toxic chemicals, like PPG-14 butyl ether, right next to a ton of their lymph nodes? NOT ME.
Here are some of the best natural and effective deodorant alternatives.
I made the move to a very unconventional salt crystal deodorant, called “Crystal Body Deodorant Rock”. It is a large crystal stone that is made out of natural mineral salts. The salts keep the bacteria in your armpits from releasing the smell we all want to avoid. These salts even keep me from smelling which is a tough task–even after a day of work in the yard or other strenuous activity, I am odor free. I have gone over 24 hours without re-application and had no trace of smelling like a caveman.
The Crystal deodorant is hypoallergenic, doesn’t make your skin angry, vegan and is even recommended by many cancer treatment centers. It does not have parabens, propylene glycol, chemicals, aluminum chlorohydrate or aluminum zirconium. It does not have any fragrance and if you use it–you won’t have any “fragrance” either. The only ingredient is ammonium alum.
Doesn’t ammonium alum contain Aluminum? Isn’t aluminum bad? Should I be concerned about the safety of Ammonium Alum or other Aluminum products in deodorant? Yes and no. Gasoline, Sugar, Water and Hydrochloric acid all contain Hydrogen and/or Oxygen–some will kill us and some are necessary for life. There are two main differences between Ammonium Alum and Aluminium Chloride/Chlorohydrate/Zirconium (the toxic aluminums). These latter toxic aluminum compounds react with the chemistry in the skin to form a gel which blocks your sweat ducts and glands and keeps you nice and dry. Instead of forming a pore-blocking gel, Ammonium Alum stays on the surface of the skin where it prevents the bacteria (responsible for causing B.O.) from multiplying. You will still perspire, which is healthy–but you won’t smell.
Applying it is rather easy. Wash your underarms first–it will not help you if you already stink. Wet the deodorant crystal with water and slather it on your pits–and do it twice. I have found two applications (one after the other) works incredibly well. It does not leave a residue like normal deodorant and it really feels like you haven’t applied anything once it dries on your skin.
Aside from being a much purer product for your pits, a big benefit is that it is cheap and lasts seemingly forever. I was spending about $120/year on “clinical strength” deodorant products. I bought my stone for $7.50 and have used it for 3 months so far. I have a friend who has used his for almost 2 years now. If I only get 1 year out of this stone, it will have been a 94% savings for me–and it won’t be poisoning my body.
I hope you will give it a dry and enjoy a deodorant that has only 1 ingredient instead of the usual (Dove Original Ingredients) Cyclomethicone, Aluminium zirconium tetrachlorohydrex GLY, Stearyl alcohol, C12-15 alkyl benzoate, PPG-14 butyl ether, Hydrogenated castor oil, Dimethicone, Polyethylene glycol, Steareth 100, BHT, Citric acid, Alpha isomethyl ionone, Benzyl benzoate, Benzyl alcohol, Benzyl salicylate, Butylphenyl methylpropional, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hexyl cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Linalool.
The crystal may not be for everyone, so I am going to give you another alternative I have read about. It is called Primal Pit Paste. At $13.70 (item+shipping) for a 4oz stick, it is much more expensive–and is not sold in many stores. Despite the price, it is also very pure and natural–which can often make up for the problems caused by the more toxic alternatives.
Primal Pit Paste developed their deodorant without aluminum or parabens. Ingredients in Primal Pit Paste consist of:
- Organic coconut oil
- Organic raw shea butter
- Non-aluminum baking soda
- Organic arrowroot powder
- Organic essential oils
No toxic chemicals at all, except for baking soda, which is a salt-derived product and generally regarded as safe.
Green Tidings is another alternative to chemical deodorants. It is priced similarly to Primal Pit Paste, but the size is 50% smaller. For a 2oz stick, you are looking at $11.99, plus shipping. They do offer discounts for more than one stick. You can purchase it here: Green Tidings All Natural Deodorant
Green Tidings All Natural Deodorant (Vegan, Unscented) ingredients:
Organic Virgin, Unrefined Coconut Oil: Anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory. Contains essential fatty acids and antioxidants, and is very moisturizing.
Organic Shea Butter (Unrefined, Fair Trade): Anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. Contains vitamins A, E, and F, proteins, fatty acids, and healing minerals, and can help with dry skin without clogging pores.
Magnesium Oil: Anti-odorant. Magnesium is also an extremely important mineral for health. Our absorbable magnesium oil contains only raw, ultra-pure magnesium chloride and other trace minerals drawn from the Ancient Zechstein Seabed in Northern Europe.
Organic Arrowroot Powder (maranta arundinacea): Deodorizing, healing, and antibacterial, and good for use on dry, irritated, or sensitive skin. Also absorbs moisture and softens the skin.
Baking Soda: Absorbs perspiration, anti-deodorant.
Wildcrafted Candelilla Wax (Euphorbia Cerifera): Natural thickener and moisturizer. The plant has been hand-gathered from the wild, Candelilla Wax, and is not available in a certified organic form. It has been grown in the wild without pesticides, but not under organic certification guidelines. Candelilla wax is a vegan alternative to beeswax, and is used in Green Tidings All Natural Vegetarian Deodorant.
Thank you everyone for the product suggestions. I just received this suggestion about a all-natural product called La Vanila (commonly sold at Sephora).
What it is:
A clinical-strength deodorant that is 100 percent natural, safe, and effective.
What it is formulated to do:
LAVANILA The Healthy Deodorant uses beta-glucan technology to effectively fight odor while soothing, conditioning, and strengthening the skin. It goes on clean, with no sticky wetness, and delivers long-lasting, luxurious results.
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Synthetic Dyes
What else you need to know:
This dermatologist-recommended, non-irritating, allergy-tested formula does not contain aluminum or mineral oils.
The ingredients of the Vanilla Grapefruit include:
- Beta-Glucan technology: Promotes healthy skin and fights odor with a complex of powerful antioxidants, anti-bacterial agents, and polysaccharides.
- Goji Berry: Provides powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action, 21 essential minerals, and 18 amino acids.
- Japanese Honeysuckle: Acts as a natural preservative and an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent.
- Lichen Lemon and Tea Tree Oils: Prevent the growth of odor-causing bacteria. Provide safe, long-lasting protection sans harsh chemicals or alcohol.
- Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Juice, Water)
- Propanediol (Corn Derived)
- Zea Mays (Corn) Starch
- Sodium Stearate (Coconut Derived)
- Carrageenan (Seaweed Derived)*
- Stearyl Behenate (Coconut Derived)
- Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon Peel Oil)
- Inulin (Artichoke Derived)
- Saccharomyces Ferment
- Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide (Sugar Derived)
- Yeast Beta Glucan
- Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract
- Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract
- Valeriana Officinalis Root Extract (Valerian)
- Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) Extract
- Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract
- Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract (Goji Berry)
- Botanical Fragrance Blend
*Carrageenan has had some controversial claims about the safety of it in the food supply. Please do your research and choose accordingly. The LaVanila product is entirely natural and a much better alternative to mainstream deodorant products.
Be sure to visit: Part 2 – Natural and Effective Deodorant Alternatives
July 2016 Update – http://mattswisdom.com/2016/07/06/3-new-natural-deodorants-try/