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Natural Deodorants

Natural Deodorants

If recent research has you thinking twice before you swipe, try switching to natural deodorants. Many conventional antiperspirants and deodorants have ingredients linked to diseases such as Alzheimer’s and breast cancer (eek!). Although the scientific research is disputed, you can play it safe with natural options.

So how do you separate the good from the bad? First, avoid antiperspirants, which stop the natural process of sweating and therefore prevent your pores from releasing toxins. And be sure to read ingredient labels. Watch out for any ingredient with the word “aluminum” in it–this metal has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Also steer clear of parabens (such as methylparaben, butylparaben and propylparaben), which have been found in breast cancer tumors. Other ingredients to avoid include propylene glycol, steareth, talc and triclosan.

Interestingly, bacteria on your skin, not the perspiration itself, creates that smell wafting to your nose after a brisk run. So although natural deodorants still let your body sweat, they will stop stink in its tracks.

FOLLOW YOUR NOSE
Kiwi did the whiff-work to help you find the best natural deodorants out there–here are the faves.

Dr. Hauschka’s
Try this roll-on in the Fresh scent, which combines witch hazel and sage extract. ($20, peacefulcompany.com)

Terra Naturals
This line of teen-friendly deodorants boasts bright colors and small sizes. Plus, the Green Apple smells just like fresh fruit. ($6, terranaturals.com)

Burt’s Bees
The perfect scent for men, this spritz-on deodorant features sage, a natural antioxidant. Plus, the metal packaging is recyclable. ($8, burtsbees.com)

Nature’s Gate
These stick deodorants are available in eight scents, so you’re sure to find one you like (we love the calming Chamomile and Lemon Verbena). ($6, natures-gate.com)

Tom’s of Maine
This line of deodorants features hops, an antimicrobial, to inhibit bacteria growth. Try the Sensitive Care Bay Lime for baby-soft skin. ($5.50, drugstore.com)

The Crystal
Made of mineral salts, which slow the growth of odor-causing bacteria, these deodorants come in fragrance-free rocks, sprays and roll-ons. ($2.50-$7, thecrystal.com)

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By Michelle Carlton, Kiwi Magazine

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11:32AM PST on Jan 24, 2014

Thanks! My favorite is the crystal.

7:01PM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

Thanks.

8:20AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

Thanks for the info.

5:32AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

The crystal sounds good.

11:15PM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

I just use plain baking soda. And it works great! I cannot believe that people allow their children to put cancer causing chemicals on themselves. Irresponsible!!!

6:45AM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

great info! thanks for sharing

12:00PM PDT on Nov 1, 2011

Mel thanks

10:01AM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

I just started using products by a company called PrimaJolie and I like them very much. Their deodorant is all natural and pure and really works.

10:47AM PDT on Jun 23, 2011

Thank you!

8:01PM PDT on Jun 5, 2011

thanks for the tips..

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