Making the Switch to Natural Deodorant

Many people are putting more effort into what they use on a daily basis. Natural based products are no longer just for minimalists. People are becoming more aware of the ingredients in the products they use and how they can affect their bodies in the long run. This includes lotions and deodorants. Have you made the switch?

Types of Deodorant:

Do you use a stick, spray, gel? Here’s some common options of deodorant you may or may not

have come across.

  • Roll-on
  • Gel or cream
  • Aerosol spray, dries like a powder
  • Invisibly solid, dries clear and dry
  • Solid
  • Crystal
  • Wipes
  • Scented/Unscented

Deodorant vs. Antiperspirant: What’s the Difference?

Deodorant and antiperspirant are terms used interchangeably, but they each serve a purpose of their own. Deodorants solely protect against odor. They are ethanol-based (often found in skin care products) and easier to wash away. Antiperspirants curb sweat as they contain aluminum-based salts which physically blocks the sweat glands.

Now that we’ve listed the basics, which one are you actually using? Have you stopped to ever notice the difference? You’re more likely using a combination of both, an antiperspirant deodorant. There are brands that now solely offer deodorants and the labels are ingredients you’re familiar with such as coconut, vanilla, lavender and even relaxing essential oil blends.

Aluminum a Cause for Concern

It is often used for cosmetic purposes and found in products such as antiperspirants, sunscreens and toothpaste. Being that the aluminum seeps directly into your pores, many people have sought other options. This is due in part to multiple studies linking aluminum to potentially causing long term health issues. While natural options are being promoted more and more, aluminum-free products are being brought to the forefront as well.

 

DIY Natural Deodorants

There are many DIY recipes for natural deodorant you may want to try with ingredients you’re familiar with. This not only helps with the ease of the switch to bat ur all products but you can assure yourself you know what ingredients you’re using on your body. Common ingredients used for DIY natural options include a combination of:

  • Unrefined coconut oil
  • Unrefined shea butter
  • Starch/flour
  • Baking soda
  • Essential oils

Essential oils are where you can truly customize your DIY deodorants. They are added for fragrance which is ultimately personal preference. While essential oils each have their own benefits, it’s helpful to note which blend well together. Here’s a few options:

  • Tea Tree blends well with eucalyptus, lemon, clove, ginger, or sage.
  • Eucalyptus blends well with lemongrass, peppermint, lavender, or lemon.
  • Lavender blends well with rose, lemon, Patchouli, bergamot, or grapefruit. For those seeking a fragrance-free option, essential oils can be omitted.

Making the Switch

It is to be noted that when making the switch from traditional deodorant to a natural option that there is a transitional period. You may experience more sweating than usual. This is due in part to there being no aluminum in the product which reduced the excess moisture. There may also be an odor as your body adjusts. Sensitivity is also a common issue.