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Making the change to natural deodorants

Since starting this blog I have become increasingly more aware of potential harmful ingredients in cosmetics.

aesop natural deodorant

Parabens, sulphates, silicones these are all “bad” ingredients that have been used in cosmetics for years but that brands are starting to stay clear of these days. Aluminium is one of many “bad” ingredients that is contained in deodorants. Aluminium is an ingredient that has been linked to breast cancer. Although the direct link hasn’t been proven it’s enough for me to try to avoid as there is a strong history of breast cancer in my family.

The main difference between an antiperspirant and a natural deodorant is that antiperspirants reduce sweating by blocking sweat glands with aluminium salts, whilst deodorants act on masking the odour. To refresh our memory, body odour isn’t created by sweat rather than by the bacteria decomposition in sweat. Meaning that the best deodorant would be the one that more effectively neutralises that decomposition.

I have used antiperspirants all my life, my favourite one is the creme deodorant roll by Fenjal. I have used it for years and years and has always done an amazing job. But as I said before I have come to a point in my life were I am starting to stay away from potential harmful ingredients, in March I decided to make the switch to natural deodorants and started my hunt for the perfect one.

Going on the hunt for natural deodorants is quite frustrating as 99% of deodorants sold on the high street contain aluminium and the other 1% are marketed for children. I find it ridiculous that there is such a small selection of natural deodorant that are easily available to us.

The first natural deodorant I tried was Salt of the Earth, which is made with potassium alum. This is a natural mineral salt that has been used as a natural deodorant for hundreds of years in the Far East, inhibiting the growth of odour causing bacteria leaving you feeling fresh. It’s a good deodorant but a faff to put on as you need either to wet your underarm or wet the deodorant in order for the product to glide on. Then you need to wait for it to dry before you put the cap back on. Honestly I have no time for this in the morning, I prefer something more practical. There is also a liquid version of this deodorant but I still haven’t tried it.

salt of the earth natural deodorant

Then I made the switch to The Healthy deodorant from Lavanilla in pure vanila, I had previously seen some bloggers rave about this product and I thought it was worth a go. It claims to be a “dermatologist-recommended deodorant that provides superior, long-lasting odour protection” It also has soothing essential oils blend with powerful anti-oxidants and beta glucan technology for daily defence and nourishment. In my opinion this is an okay product, its really practical as you just need to glide it on and it smells really nice but I did feel that I wasn’t as fresh as I would have liked to at the end of the day. So I don’t think this is the one for me.

The healthy deodorant pure vanilla Lavanila

Then out of a whim a decided to try the Aesop deodorising spray. It is formulated with eleven essential oils that help neutralise underarm odour. Many of the oils in this product, such as Lemongrass, Patchouli, Clove, Thyme and Vetiver Root, have been shown to inhibit the growth of Coryneform bacteria (the main contributor to strong body odour).
I have to admit, I don’t like the smell at all, its very herbal and spicy and unisex all at the same time (sorry, I’m not the best at describing scents) and I prefer feminine flowery scents, spicy scents are just not my thing.
The first thing I though when I tried this deodorant was “Crap I have just wasted £26” but to my surprise this is the best one I have tried to far. The scent is strong but it does fade and keeps you feeling nice and fresh throughout the day, and I have used it whilst going to the gym and getting really sweaty. I am really impressed by this one. Its so quick and easy to use and keeps you fresh the whole day. I would love for Aesop to come out with a different scent but regardless, the results are amazing.

natural deodorants aluminium free

Have you tried any natural deodorants? Let us know which are your favourite brands!

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  1. I've been thinking about changing to a natural deodorant for a while now since I received a salt scrub deodorant in a glossy box recently but I just can't get my head around the different sensation!

    Hannah |

  2. I started using a crystal deodorant 2 years ago and never looked back. Had no idea that Aesop has deodorant too, will check it out.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of SanityBurberry Beauty Giveaway

  3. Agreed. I adore my Neals Yard one even though it's so pricey! Aesop one looks amazing!!! Xxxx

  4. i'm using a deodorant by skincraft organics on etsy! it's just a deodorant and not an antiperspirant which I love. i've had it for about 3 years and it's just about to run out, though to be honest I'm kind of bad about remembering to put deodorant on every day, haha. funnily enough it seems like people either hate or love lavanilla - there's no in between!

    becky @ star violet

  5. I've heard a lot about this type of deodorants but I never used it, I need to try it!

  6. Great post.
    Thanks for sharing.

  7. Wow, I had no idea that Aluminium has been linked to breast cancer. That's really scary. I just might look into these more natural alternatives. Health is wealth after all? xx
    Coco Bella Blog

  8. It's amazing what blogging opens your eyes to, right? I've definitely started noticing lately about the harmful ingredients in SO many of the products I use on a daily basis - all via beauty blogs!

  9. Thanks for sharing! Will have to try this out :)

  10. I remember seeing people rave about the La Vanilla deodorant a while ago and I tried it too and wasn't impressed. Not only do I not think it really smells like vanilla, which is strange given the name, but I definitely didn't feel too fresh by the end of the day and given how pricey it is for something as simple as a deodorant it's not a repurchase for me.

  11. I heard about the Aesop deo, but never tried it. I guess I should!

    xo Corina


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