Smelling good, or at least clean, is an important part of everyday life. Even when you're a mom and even when you're working from home. The stress this year hasn't gotten any less (to say the least).
The deodorants we used as teens no longer fit the bill. The veil has been lifted and it turns out most of those products were filled with toxins that we do not want to be using every.single.day. Especially if/when we're pregnant!
Deodorant has undergone a major refresh. Aluminum is the #1 ingredient that has been removed. In addition to that, the usual toxins like parabens, phthalates, and silicone are gone, as well as synthetic fragrance and alcohol.
So what does that leave us with? A lot of choices, actually. There's a whole new generation of vegan, cruelty-free deodorants available— ones that are equally safe and effective. These healthier, non-toxic products feature good for you ingredients like baking soda, charcoal and arrowroot powder. Now you can swipe safely each morning (and likely mid-afternoon if you've made it through remote schooling and work) and get on with another not-so-stinky day.
Here are our favorite 15 natural deodorants:
The fresh honeydew scent and gentle blend of plant based ingredients makes this a safe product— even for younger girls trying deodorant for the first time. The clear roll-on also helps with those dang deodorant lines— you won't find any of those here.
Remember how much you loved the feel of baby powder (before you knew just how unsafe it was)? This talc-free liquid powder sprays on, and dries into a powder within seconds. Safe for baby, young adults and even us mamas. Don't stop at the underarms, use it where you get sweat (underboob, yes!) and let it naturally neutralize odor before it develops.
This light, refreshing spray deodorant (non-aerosol) features lemon and litsea cubeba essential oils to rebalance body odors, other than hiding them. The glass bottle is also recyclable, so it's full circle here. Men and women both love this cult favorite.
Ingredients like coconut oil, probiotics, tapioca and shea butter are the stars of this brand's deodorant. Just pick a scent and you'll be a convert— like the almost 27,000 Amazon shoppers who give it a 4.5 star review!
Tom's was kind of like the first in the world of "clean" beauty, when we thought clean meant crunchie. They were onto something back in 1970, and still are. This tea tree scented long lasting deodorant uses aloe, hops and sunflower oil to do the job.
Freedom's all natural deodorant uses coconut oil and shea butter to moisturize your pits in addition to baking soda and arrowroot powder to keep you dry. Have sensitive skin? They've got Sensitive Unscented. Want to be baking-soda-free? Try the Sensitive Coco Van. Otherwise, try the Bergamot Mint or Frankincense Peach.
We're loving all of Pacifica's clean beauty products, and this tops the list. The odor fighting enzymes, arrowroot powder and baking soda come together in a coconut-y scent and creamy texture.
Kopari blends coconut water, coconut oil, sage oil and CBD for this unique formulation. Free from baking soda, it fights odor causing bacterias while nurturing sensitive skin (underarms after shaving).
Yes, like your favorite deodorant, this does contain Dove's ¼ moisturizers. What it does not contain though is aluminum and alcohol. Meet Dove's 0% Aluminum Deodorant- your new and improved bathroom staple.
This thin, light serum goes on with a cooling roller ball. It doesn't absorb odor with baking soda, instead it uses a unique AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) blend to keep out the BO which can also lighten your pits and help with ingrown hairs.
This cream deodorant is different , but different is so good when it really works. Once you get used to putting it on like a cream (with your fingers), you'll appreciate the all natural ingredients and scent. Charcoal, magnesium and prebiotics fight off some serious BO.
Feel like you just shaved yesterday and the hair is already making a return? Here's the deal, use a "swipe" and slow the growth. Chaparral extract is a natural hair growth inhibitor. Along with licorice, calendula and chamomile to soothe your skin, these wipes rid of BO as well. Bonus-they're packaged for on-the-go use, because you're always a mom ready to take on the world (or all those kids at the park).
The first five ingredients in this deodorant means wellness— Sweet Almond Oil, Beeswax, Honey, Colloidal Oatmeal, Cocoa Butter. If you have sensitive skin, this is your girl. And with winter on its way, anything that features oatmeal or honey is a win win in our books.
Heathmade's deodorants are known for their light, uplifting scents. Can-Do is is a blend of lemongrass, coconut and pineapple. Free of all the NO products, but full of ingredients like shea butter, arrowroot powder and magnesium powder, it keeps you dry and smelling GOOD.
The blends from Primally Pure contain simple, organic ingredients like charcoal, non-nano zinc, tallow, kaolin clay and baking soda to keep you fresh and clean. But given their unbelievable efficacy, I'm convinced they also contain some sort of wizardry. They stood up to summer adventures and the geranium scent is so good I'd wear it as perfume.
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