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.
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Kiwi did the whiff-work to help you find the best natural deodorants out there–here are the faves.
Try this roll-on in the Fresh scent, which combines witch hazel and sage extract. ($20, peacefulcompany.com)
This line of teen-friendly deodorants boasts bright colors and small sizes. Plus, the Green Apple smells just like fresh fruit. ($6, terranaturals.com)
The perfect scent for men, this spritz-on deodorant features sage, a natural antioxidant. Plus, the metal packaging is recyclable. ($8, burtsbees.com)
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)
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)