Natural Deodorant Review

In January, I decided to make a change to a healthier lifestyle.
One of the changes I wanted to make, was to a natural deodorant.
I have heard many mixed reviews about different deodorants, and have tried a few and so have my mum and sister. I have found that I don't get as sweaty, or ever smell that bad, as much as I did with antiperspirant.
One of the important things to understand is that everyone's body is different, so what may work for one person, might not work for another.
Another, is that your body needs to detox for about 2 weeks, to get all the bad chemicals in antiperspirant out of your body.
Don't give up on the natural deodorant in the first two weeks! Wait it out!

For those that don't know, there are many harsh ingredients that go into antiperspirant, and deodorants. It is really important to know what these ingredients are, and their effects.
 At the bottom of this post, is a list highlighting what are some harsh ingredients as well as their effects. 
Also, just because some deodorants claim to be natural and a bunch of other things, doesn't mean they don't contain some of these ingredients!


The first deodorant that I tried is the Kiss My Face: Active Life Stick-Patchouli
This deodorant just smelled so terrible in my opinion, as well when I researched a little more, some of their ingredients are on the list of harsh ingredients at the bottom of my post. I tried this for 3 weeks and got rid of it because I couldn't stand the smell, as well I didn't like some of the ingredients in it.
Ingredients: Propylene Glycol, Aqua, Sodium Stearate, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Zinc Ricinoleate, Steareth -100, Polyglyceryl-3 Caprate, Glyceryl Stearate, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit Seed) Extract, Sucrose Cocoate, Glycerin, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Seed Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Leaf Extract, Sodium Bicarbonate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Silica, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil

The second was another Kiss My Face deodorant, thinking I would stick with the same brand, but find one with better ingredients, Kiss My Face: Liquid Rock Roll On Cucumber Green Tea.
I found that this deodorant didn't work that well for me, I felt sweaty/wet from this, and none of their smells appealed to me. I would apply this deodorant and then put a perfume body lotion on my arms to make it smell better.
Ingredients: Aqua, Potassium Alum, Polysorbate 20, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Natural Fragrance/Parfum naturel, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea Leaf Extract/Extrait de feuilles de th? vert) Salix Alba, (Willow Bark Extract/Extrait d'ecorse de saule), Usnea Barbata (Lichen Extract/Extrait de lichen), Sodium Phytate, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate

*FAVOURITE* The one I am currently using is Tom's: Long Lasting Deodorant, in Beautiful Earth scent.
I have been using this for about a month, and I really like it! It smells way better than other natural deodorants. Also, I find that it works pretty well. Some days, if I am really active, I will have to apply twice, but normally I'm fine! I find that is is a little sticky to touch, but not too bad. I bought this in Shoppers Drug Mart, but it is also sold in the health food section of grocery stores. I really like how they break down the ingredients on their site, so you know why each of them is being used. The ingredients are a lot better than the other deodorants I tried. 
Ingredients: Propanediol (vegetable derived)Water, GlycerinSkin moisturizing, Vegetable oils, Sodium stearateConsistency, Coconut (Cocos nucifera) and palm (Elaeis guineensis) oils, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice (Organic)Zinc ricinoleateGlyceryl laurateNatural FragranceHumulus lupulus (hops) [CO2] extractAscorbic acid, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil (organic), Tocopheryl acetate (Vitamin E acetate)

My mum has tried many more deodorants than I have, for years so I will give her review of those as well.

Crystal Body Deodorant Stick is a deodorant I remember my mum using for a while, when I was a bit younger. She said that this worked really well, but that salt started to smell weird after a while, and it put her off.
Ingredients: Natural Mineral Salts (Ammonium Alum).

Another deodorant she tried was from Whole Foods, and it was a Tea Tree Oil type, but she said that it did not work well.

*FAVOURITE* Lush: Aromaco deodorant is my mums favourite, this is what she currently uses. I don't love the smell of it, but she is really into Lush products and their scents. All depends what you like. This does contain propylene glycol, but when we talked to a Lush employee, they said that Lush wouldn't sell any products that were bad for you, and that the proplylene glycol comes from something different than the bad kind? Not too sure about that...
Ingredients: Witch Hazel Infusion (Hamamelis virginiana) ,Propylene Glycol , Sodium Stearate , Chamomile Vinegar (Anthemis nobilis) , Sodium Bicarbonate ,Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon cablin) , *Citral , Perfume

Lush: T'eo deodorant my mum tried after the previous Lush deodorant, but she didn't like it and it gave her a rash so she stopped right away.
Sodium Bicarbonate , Cream of Tartar (Tartaric acid) ,Apricot Kernel Oil (Prunus armeniaca) , BlueWax (Specerit Blue C) , Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) ,Magnesium Carbonate , Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum) ,Juniperberry Oil (Juniperus communis) , Lemongrass Oil (Cymbopogan flexuosus) , Fresh Grape Juice (Vitis vinifera) , Blue Cornflower Petals (Centaurea cyanus) ,*Citral , *Eugenol , *Geraniol , *Citronellol , *Limonene ,*Linalool , Perfume

List of Ingredients:

Here is a list of some of the harsh ingredients that I found when researching.
To get full explainations, click on the article links.
Natural News: Top five ingredients to avoid in deodorant, by Danna Norek 
  • Aluminum is a metal, which is used in antiperspirants to help block the sweat from escaping the pores. Aluminum has been linked to breast cancer in women and has also been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease.
  • Parabens (methyl, ethyl, propyl, benzyl and butyl) are a family of synthetic preservatives that are often found in deodorants as well. The largest concern is that the absorption of these chemicals will disrupt our delicate hormonal balance. This can lead to things like early puberty in children and an increased risk of hormonal cancers. Paraben exposure has also been linked to birth defects and organ toxicity. 
  • Propylene glycol is another common ingredient that is used in antiperspirants and and deodorants. It is a cheap way to make skin care products more easily applicable to the skin.The argument that propylene glycol is safe in small amounts has been questioned by consumer safety advocates. In large quantities, studies have shown that it can cause damage to the central nervous system, liver and heart. 
  • Phthalates are another class of chemicals that are often used in deodorants and antiperspirants that you may want to avoid.The problem with phthalates is that they have been linked to a variety of health issues. High phthalate blood and urine levels in women of child bearing age have been linked to a higher risk of birth defects. This suggests that phthalates may disrupt hormone receptors as well as increase the likelihood of cell mutation. 
  • Triclosan is another common ingredient included in commercial deodorants. It is utilized as the odor killing part of antiperspirants for its anti-bacterial properties.Triclosan is actually classified as a pesticide by the FDA. It is also classified as a probable carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency.  
  • TEA & DEA (triethanolamine and diethanolamine) adjust the pH, and used with many fatty acids to convert acid to salt (stearate), which then becomes the base for a cleanser. They both could be toxic if absorbed into the body over a long period of time where DEA can cause liver and kidney damage and TEA can cause allergic reactions. These chemicals are already restricted in Europe due to known carcinogenic (cancer-causing) effects. 
  • FD&C colors  are artificial/synthetic colors approved by the FDA for food, drug and cosmetics. Some are made from coal tar derivatives and have known to be carcinogenic; they also often cause allergic skin reactions. 
  • Talc, hydrous magnesium silicate, is a soft mineral used in personal care products as an absorbent and color additive. It is classified as a carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer if it contains asbestiform fibers. The quantity of asbestiform fibers in cosmetic grade talc is unregulated. If talc is listed on the label, there is no way of knowing whether or not it contains asbestiform fibers. 
Another ingredient Ron and Lisa The Healthy Home Team: DEODORANT DANGERS: Ingredients to Lose & Those to Choose 
  • BHT – (Butylated Hydroxytoluene) in addition to causing hyperactivity in children, BHT (and BHA) are considered carcinogens by the US Department of Health and Human Services.  The Skin Deep site rates BHT as having a “high toxic hazard” and says it has been shown to be linked to cancer, developmental toxicity, allergies, neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, biochemical or cellular level change. 

Finally, from Dying to look Good: Deodorant - Top 7 Ingredients To Avoid
  • Silica is a skin irritant. It may be contaminated with crystalline quartz, which is a carcinogen. 
  • Steareth-n (n may be any number like say 100), may be vegetable derived but is reacted with ethylene oxide (ethoxylated), a known human carcinogen. 

1 comment:

  1. I just looked up Tom's deodorant and its ingredients as per your recommendation. The first ingredient listed on their site is Aluminum chlorohydrate. I'm puzzled as to why you use it and recommend it?