Finding natural products that work is no easy task and finding a natural deodorant is particularly important. No one likes to stink for the sake of natural. Many of my readers often ask me for my favorite non-toxic deodorant. Well, my friends, I have found it and can’t wait to share! But first, let’s clarify something. Deodorants and antiperspirants are two very different things.
What is the difference between deodorant and antiperspirant? Antiperspirants work by actually plugging your sweat ducts with aluminum based compounds to block moisture (sweat) from creating odor causing bacteria. This. Is. Not. Natural.
Deodorants work by absorbing the moisture (sweat) and neutralizing odors caused by bacteria. Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda), Arrowroot Powder, and Magnesium are often the working ingredients in deodorants.
But wait, why is it important to have a natural deodorant?
What’s wrong with your clinical strength antiperspirant? Mainstream deodorants and antiperspirants contain a plethora of toxic ingredients such as:
- Aluminum (a widely recognized neurotoxin possible linked to breast cancer 1 2 and found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients 3 4 5)
- Parabens (mimic estrogen, possible endocrine [hormone] disrupter 6 )
- Propylene glycol (skin and eye irritant)
- Phthalates (linked to birth defects and reproductive health issues 7 8)
- Artificial Fragrance (contains phthalates among other hormone disrupters and irritants)
So, what’s my favorite natural deodorant?
Schmidt’s Fragrance Free Deodorant has never failed me. Even through my hormonal life changes (pregnancy and breastfeeding). Mamas, you know what I’m talking about! It has a gentle blend of Arrowroot Powder and Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda). I have very sensitive skin and I tend to react to baking soda based deodorants. I even tried making my own deo at one point and I broke out in a rash. For those of you looking to bypass baking soda entirely, I suggest Schmidt’s Magnesium based Sensitive Skin line.
I love that this deodorant has 8 simple, easy to pronounce ingredients.
- Maranta Arundinacea (arrowroot) Powder
- Cocos Nucifera (coconut) Oil
- Euphorbia Cerifera (candelilla) Wax
- Butyrospermum Parkii (shea butter)
- Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda)
- Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (fractionated coconut oil)
- Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) Seed Oil
- Tocopherol (vitamin E; sunflower-derived)
Disclosure: I regularly purchase Schmidt’s Naturals Fragrance Free deodorant from Grove Collaborative (thats my affiliate link). After I contacted Schmidt’s Naturals they sent me some products from their Sensitive Skin line as a thank you. All opinions are my own and not influenced.
Schmidt’s carries a sensitive skin line as well as regular, naturally fragranced line. You can choose your deodorant in a classic plastic twist-up stick or forego the plastic with glass jar packaging. If you choose the glass jars, Schmidt’s will send you a free deodorant when you mail five empty glass jars back to them to recycle!
I’m passionate about this brand because of their dedication to clean ingredients and the earth.
How much does Schmidt’s Deodorant cost?
Schmidt’s Naturals Deodorant Signature Stick: $8.99 (and up depending on your retailer)
Schmidt’s Naturals Deodorant Sensitive Skin Stick: $10.99 (and up depending on your retailer)
Schmidt’s Naturals Deodorant Signature Glass Jar Formula: $8.99 (and up depending on your retailer)
You can save some cash and order through Grove Collaborative (thats my affiliate link). I purchase my Schmidt’s Deodorant for $8.99 throughGrove Collaborative because my local natural grocer retails Schmidt’s for about $10 a stick- no thanks!
Like I mentioned earlier, this deodorant has stuck by my hormonal side through pregnancy, childbirth, and now as a breastfeeding mother. It is really important that I use a natural deodorant that won’t put me or my son at risk and of course, I want it to work.
Application: I apply Schmidt’s Deodorant at the start of every day. The directions recommend holding the deodorant against your skin to warm and soften the stick (seriously, don’t skip this step), and apply in a few conservative swipes. Less is more with Schmidt’s. If you’d like more clarity, Schmidt’s has a step-by-step guide: The Best Way to Put on Deodorant.
So, give Schmidt’s a try because no one likes a deo that leaves you smelling like BO.
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