3 Natural Deodorants That Work! (Lavanila, MooGoo, EcoTanka)
When transitioning towards natural products, one of the biggest struggles can be finding a natural deodorant that actually works. This was something that I came up against – and after trying ‘all natural crystal stick’ deodorants that just-didn’t-cut-it, I was on the hunt for an all-natural and effective deodorant.
It took some trial and error, but I’m happy to report that I’ve found 3 natural deodorants that actually work!
Why Bother with Natural Deodorant?
You’re probably aware of the speculation regarding aluminium-containing antiperspirants and health risks (including breast cancer!). In these antiperspirants, aluminium salts are often added to block the sweat glands and suppress sweat secretion. The debate between whether aluminium is indeed dangerous or not is deserving of its own article altogether.
Without jumping to any rash accusations or fear-mongering, I personally prefer the policy of ‘when in doubt, cut it out’.
In addition to aluminium, many conventional deodorants/ antiperspirants also contain parabens, propylene glycol, petrochemicals and synthetic fragrances that can irritate the skin. Remember also that the skin is a major portal of entry to our systemic circulation, and any compound that is absorbed must be detoxified by the liver for elimination.
I also wanted to address the difference here between deodorant and antiperspirant. As mentioned, antiperspirants block the sweat glands to prevent sweating. Deodorants, on the other hand, prevent odour by destroying odour-causing bacteria. The majority of natural options are deodorants – they don’t stop you from perspiring. For some people, this may lead them to label natural brands as ‘ineffective’ – but this is really a case of adjusting your expectations.
Personally, I believe that sweating is ok. It’s a natural thermoregulation mechanism of the body. When we work out, we sweat! What I don’t like, is smelling like a dirty sock. Natural deodorants work with your body’s natural processes rather than against them, and can keep you smelling fresh all day long!
So here we go! Here’s 3 natural deodorants that I’m currently loving:
Natural Deodorant #1 – Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant
The Lavanila deodorant has received a tonne of love and positive reviews online – from trumping ‘luxury’ conventional brands, to withstanding hot yoga and hiking. Naturally, I had to give it a try!
First up, can I say that I really love the neat and tidy packaging. Looks-wise, this deodorant could stand up to more conventional brands any day. It comes as an easy to use chubby stick, and despite being solid applies smoothly under the arms. At first I found that it felt a bit sticky but this diminishes after a few minutes of wear. I can also attest that I’ve not had any problems with pesky white marks.
Though this deodorant doesn’t stop me from sweating altogether (though some reviewers praise it as an antiperspirant, it might work for you!), it does block odour well and passes the sniff test! In comparison to the other two deodorants mentioned below, this deodorant by Lavanila has a much stronger scent that I find particularly good for when I’m working out. The scent that I’ve tried is ‘Vanilla Blackberry’ – however, it comes in a huge range of delicious sounding scents (I think ‘Vanilla Coconut’ is next on my to-try list!).
As far as ingredients go, this deodorant is all natural. The ingredients include a number of antimicrobial herbal extracts and soothing aloe. It’s also clinically tested and dermatologist recommended.
What’s in it: Aloe barbadensis leaf juice (Aloe juice, aqua), Propanediol (Corn derived), Zea mays (Corn) starch, Sodium stearate (Coconut derived), Silica, Carrageenan (Sweaweed derived), Stearyl behenate (Coconut derived), Citrus medica limonum (Lemon peel oil), Inulin (Artichoke derived), Saccharomyces ferment, Alpha-glucan oligosaccharide (Sugar derived), Yeast beta barbata (Lichen) extract, Valeriana officinalis (Valerian) root extract, Hydrastis canadensis (Goldenseal) extract, Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea tree) flower/ leaf/ stem extract, Lycium barbarum fruit extract (Goji berry), Botanical fragrance blend.
Where to find it: Available in certain health food stores or online here.
Natural Deodorant #2 – MooGoo Fresh Cream Deodorant*
This deodorant is probably the best for anybody trying to transition to a natural alternative, being the most similar in application and feel to conventional brands. For me, the fact that this deodorant is a roll on is a major plus in terms of practicality (especially on lazy days!). The formula applies as a liquid and dries pretty quickly, without leaving any white marks or traces.
This deodorant doesn’t have any strong scent and smells clean and fresh, kind of like baby powder. Despite not having any strong masking scent, I find that keeps any yucky odours away – presumably by killing odour-causing bacteria before they have the chance. Again, the ingredients are very minimal and don’t include any nasties!
What’s in it: Aqua, magnesium hydroxide (Milk of magnesia), xantham gum (Food grade thickener), Backhousia citriodora leaf oil (Lemon myrtle), Zea mays (corn) seed flour, Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) extract, Humulus lupulus (Hops) extract.
Where to find it: Available in some pharmacies or online here.
Natural Deodorant #3 – EcoTanka Natural Cream Deodorant*
I’m a huge fan of the packaging of this deodorant – cute, compact and perfect for slipping into a gym bag, handbag or carry on. This deodorant is cream based (first ingredient: organic shea butter!), meaning it arrives in a small tub and is applied with the fingers. The cream blends nicely into the skin and after a few minutes feels completely undetectable. If you’re new to natural deodorants this may seem unusual – but if you can spare the little extra effort in application this formula is wonderful for conditioning and moisturising your skin… after all, your underarms need some love too!
I can also imagine that this formula would be perfect for anybody that suffers with sensitive skin. Not only is the cream base completely non-irritating, but the ingredient list is impressively short – minimising risk of skin reactions (which can even occur in response to plant extracts in sensitive individuals). In fact, you can literally count the number of ingredients in this product on your hand – that’s 5 ingredients total!
In terms of scent, this deodorant comes in two different options (lavender or lemon & bergamot). Having tried the lemon and bergamot, I can say that it’s quite zesty and fresh – but mild and not at all overpowering. If you’re bothered by strong scents, this may be worth trying. Despite being quite mild I still find it keeps me smelling fresh throughout the day, though I may opt for something a little stronger if I think I’m going to be doing some intense activity.
What’s in it: Organic shea butter, organic coconut oil, arrowroot, sodium bicarbonate, organic essential oils.
Where to find it: Available online here.
Have you ever tried a natural deodorant? Let us know your favourites!
*Starred products were kindly sent to us to test and review by the brands mentioned. As always, we only give our honest opinions, and gladly support and recommend companies delivering natural products! 🙂