Making the transition from conventional deodorants to all-natural and organic deodorants can be a, well, stinky process of trial and error. We all want to avoid using toxic chemicals on our delicate skin, but no one wants to give up smelling fresh and clean in the process. Choosing the right organic deodorant product for you requires a little understanding of how these natural products work. For starters, natural deodorants are not antiperspirants. Common antiperspirant ingredients (like aluminum chlorohydrate and aluminum zirconium) literally block your sweat glands from producing sweat. While this may sound like a good outcome, these ingredients have been linked to gene instability, Alzheimer’s disease, and even breast cancer cell growth (1). Instead of blocking sweat, natural deodorants work by killing bacteria and neutralizing odor so that your sweat doesn’t smell bad. Additionally, natural powders (such as arrowroot, baking soda, kaolin clay, and cornstarch) help to absorb excess wetness from sweating. Check out our guide on the best natural deodorant ingredients to help you along your natural deodorant journey.
Additionally, some natural ingredients work better for some people than others. While baking soda is an amazing deodorizer, some people with sensitive skin find it a bit too harsh for their delicate underarm skin and may want a baking-soda free variety. Those who sweat heavily may prefer an organic deodorant that contains more heavy duty sweat-absorbing powders like kaolin clay and/or cornstarch. The bottom line is this: there is a natural deodorant product that will work for you! You may just need to try different formulas until you find the right blend for your skin.
Luckily, Sky Organic’s all-natural deodorant + mild antiperspirants come in a range of formulations (his, hers, and fragrance-free) suited for sensitive skins and work wonders at controlling bacteria and odor. They’re USDA certified and contain all of the standard deodorizing favorites (coconut oil, arrowroot, shea, and baking soda) without any irritants or toxic chemicals like Parabens, Aluminum, Silica, Triclosan, Talc, Propylene Glycol, Steareths, and TEA/DEA (triethanolamine/diethanolamne). Another bonus? Sky Organics carries a range of natural oils and butters so you can even make your own DIY formula!
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