If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably seen many posts lately about all of the chemicals in our self-care products. I know that we don't have unlimited budgets, so we have to make a lot of these changes slowly. But if I had to pick one swap you need to make immediately, it's your deodorant.
Firstly, let me point out that sweating is healthy. It's our body's way of secreting toxins, supporting proper immune function and acts as a self-cooling system.
Mainstream deodorants like Secret, Dove, Degree, etc not only have lots of harmful chemicals which are known carcinogens, but they also have Aluminum in them, which has been shown to cause many health issues including kidney problems and has been linked to Alzheimer's Disease. It also interferes with your estrogen levels, which puts you at a higher risk for breast and prostate cancer. Many deodorants also have parabens, which act as estrogen in your body and can again disrupt your hormonal balances. Other scary ingredients that might be lurking in your deodorant include TEA (Triethanolamine) and DEA (diethanolamine), which are banned in Europe because they are known carcinogens.What's worse is that many "natural" deodorants still have some of those ingredients above.
Remember, if you wouldn't eat it, you shouldn't put it on your skin! That being said, I don't want to pump my body full of chemicals, but I also don't want to stink or have sweat stains on my shirts. And I'm assuming you feel the same.
I have spent the last two months trying out TONS of natural and chemical-free deodorants. I'm excited to share with you my top 4 picks. Please keep in mind that we all have different chemistry, so what works for one person may be different than what works for you. But if you're seeking a top-performing product without sacrificing your health, this is a great place to start. I like all of these for different reasons, which I'll highlight below.
Some of the brands listed below sent me product samples to try. Some have also kindly offered a discount code so that you can try them too! Please note I have no affiliation with any of these brands, but I highly recommend supporting businesses like these who are committed to producing high-quality and safe products for us!