Deodorants hide body odour by blocking the growth of odour-causing bacteria.

Healthy alternatives

Fragrance-free

All Good – Deodorant

Coastal Classic Creations – Wave Crest Deodorant Powder

Each and Every – Deodorant

Freedom – Natural Deodorant

Green Beaver – Unscented Natural Deodorant

Honestly pHresh – Phree Unscented Prebiotic Deodorant

Kinko – Microbiomix Balancing Deodorant

Kiss My Face – Active Life Stick Deodorant

Miessence – Aroma Free Deodorant

Purelygreat – Cream Deodorant

Real Purity – Certified Organic Stick Deodorant, fragrance-free

Rocky Mountain Soap Company – Liquid Crystal Deodorant

Terressentials – Super Protection Deodorant

Thinksport – Natural Deodorant

Tom’s of Maine – Unscented Long Lasting Deodorant

With fragrances (essential oils)

Anarres Natural Health – Detoxifying Cream Deodorant

Attitude – Super Leaves Deodorant

Be Well Company – The Best Deodorant

Cleo and Coco – Charcoal Deodorant

Druide – Deodorant Pur and Pure

Earthwise – Natural Deodorant

Honeybee Gardens – Deodorant Powder

Jusu Body – Natural Deodorant

Madame Lemy – All-Natural Deodorant

Prep U – Natural Deodorant

Primally Pure – Deodorant, Charcoal

Qet Botanicals – Dry Putty Deodorant

Thirsty Naturals – Deodorant

DIY

For a natural and effective deodorant, opt for a simple recipe with only 3 ingredients:

  • 5 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of arrowroot powder (or cornstarch)

Pour the liquid coconut oil into a container, and add the baking soda and starch while whisking the mixture (this will prevent lumps from forming). Store in a cool place until the deodorant firms up. There you go!

For more details on this recipe, go to Simple Green Smoothies.

For more homemade recipes, you can consult Wellness Mama or The Healthy Maven.


Ingredients to avoid

  • Aluminium: neurotoxic, skin sensitizer

Aluminium is also the subject of many debates in cosmetics. Although its effect is not fully confirmed, it is suspected of having a carcinogenic effect. A 2003 study showed that girls who started shaving their armpits and using aluminium-based deodorants developed breast cancer earlier than other girls. In addition, researchers at the University of Reading in England have found aluminium in breast cancer tumours. It is therefore an ingredient to be monitored and avoided.

  • Benzyl alcohol: irritant to eyes and upper respiratory tract
  • BHT: possible carcinogen, endocrine disrupter
  • Ceteareth: possible carcinogen
  • Isobutane: neurotoxic
  • Parabens: endocrine disruptors
  • Synthetic fragrances: allergens
  • Talc: possible carcinogen, irritant to skin, eyes and respiratory tract
  • Triclosan: endocrine disruptor