Finding Natural Deodorants That Work

Everyone wants to feel fresh and keep odors in check. What we don’t want are the potentially harmful ingredients found in many deodorants and anti-perspirants—ingredients like aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium, phthalates and triclosan. These ingredients work by killing bacteria with synthetic anti-microbials and plugging sweat glands, blocking natural toxin release. Unfortunately they’ve also been linked to Alzheimer’s disease, hormone disruption and kidney disease.

Natural deodorants, made from essential oils, botanicals and salts, are a safe and effective alternative. Unlike synthetic anti-perspirants and deodorants, they work by neutralizing odors while still allowing our body’s natural detoxification process to rid us of undesired proteins and fatty acids. Another benefit? Without aluminum-based compounds, these deodorants won’t form yellow stains on our clothing.

Here, our expert estheticians tell us about some of their favorite products for keeping fresh and smelling great.

Dr. Hauschka’s Floral and Fresh Deodorants smell terrific and are very effective, says Cecily Cline, an esthetician at our store in Redmond, Wash. Botanical extracts of sage, witch hazel and neem make Dr. Hauschka’s deodorants particularly good for sensitive or irritated skin. Zinc ricinoleate, a natural salt, reduces odor without disturbing the skin’s natural functions.

Rubbing crystal rocks under our arms to stop odor? These deodorants have been a popular alternative to mass-consumer deodorants for many years. Kathleen Lamoureux, esthetician in our Berkeley store, says the Crystal Deodorant “Rock” contains natural mineral salts that form an invisible layer on skin that keeps bacteria from forming—perfect for purists who want a non-sticky, non-staining, residue-free solution. Crystal also makes user-friendly liquid spray and roll-on versions that are perfect for travel or after-gym use.

Tom’s of Maine found that hops (yep, the same ones in beer) have an antiseptic quality that slows and reduces the production of odor-causing bacteria. That’s why hops are a key ingredient in their deodorants, along with a variety of natural botanicals like lemongrass, fir, chamomile and coriander that create clean, outdoorsy scents. (Kathleen says they’re a customer favorite!)

Blending pure essential oils that naturally invigorate, refresh and neutralize odors, Weleda’s Citrus Deodorant Spray is a zesty aromatherapy experience in a non-aerosol spray. Lemon peel, orange, bergamot, grapefruit and fennel oil extracts come together to keep you feeling uplifted (and smelling great) all day.

Explore Pharmaca’s complete line of natural deodorants, with a wide variety of scents, ingredients and formulations, and find the right one for you!

5 Comment

  1. Constance Bryan says:

    I was hoping to learn of some new products. I’ve tried these deodorants, but none of them are able to compete with my hot flashes. Sure I can reapply, but these products are expensive, and, as they’re so lightly fragranced, they really aren’t that effective for me from the “get go”. I’m still waiting for the product that is effective for those of us who are (4 times a day) drenched like we’ve just come from a high impact zumba class–this while sitting at our desks. I drink lots of water, eat a very healthy diet, and actually teach zumba. Oh well.

  2. Deborah Burkhart, practitioner says:

    Try the Earth Sciences line, especially the Lavender and Tea Tree scent. They use a lichen that is very helpful against odor, and the Tea Tree and Lavender are anti-bacterial. It is bacteria that grows in the warmth and dampness of perspiration that causes odor, and the addition of these oils help kill the bacteria before an odor develops. I found this particular item to work for me even though I am also very active. Give it a try!

  3. Jen says:

    I finally found a great product that WORKS! I teach dance and fitness classes approximately 6 hours a day and this works. The product: Lavilin Underarm Deodorant Cream. To use you simply apply it and go on with your day. Best part about it is you will build up the time between applications. Now, depending on your life style/time of life (which I’m coming into), you may have to use it more often. I can go for 2-3 days between applications. At first I thought how yucky! Now I get it. I think if you contact the company they will send you a few samples. I hope you like it, I know I do.

  4. Nicole says:

    Recently tried mixing equal parts coconut oil and baking soda to use as a natural deodorant and I was surprised…it works! Even convinced my husband to use it. So far so good and very affordable.

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