For many years now, rumours have persisted about a link between a greater risk of cancer and the use of aluminium and parabens found in antiperspirants.
The way antiperspirants work is by blocking the sweat glands with aluminium salts. Deodorants work in a different way as it is not the actual sweat that smells, but the bacteria in the sweat and deodorants contain anti-bacterial ingredients which help to stop odours.
When switching from a chemical antiperspirant to a natural deodorant you might notice a bit more sweating than usual as your sweat glands, no longer clogged by the aluminium salts, can sweat normally. This won’t last forever as your body will reach a natural balance.
Here’s what we recommend if you are thinking about making the change from chemical to natural:
The way this spray works is by using spa minerals to neutralise skin bacteria whilst nourishing the delicate underarm area. Testers say that it has a very strong fragrance that is not altogether unpleasant, just a little overpowering.
This deodorant has won awards in the skincare category and is made from pure potassium alum (not the nasty stuff), a natural deodorant that stops the development of odour causing bacteria.
A great deodorant for sensitive skin by PitRok that gives long-lasting protection against odours thanks to the pure natural mineral salts. The crystal is a natural anti-bacterial agent, which stops the bacteria that causes underarm odours.
A powder in a spray from Lush that contains fresh-smelling ingredients such as thyme, tea tree and sage. To use you spray a little in your hands and then rub in under your arms. Testers say it has a lovely fresh smell.
Long-lasting protection from Lavera that includes ingredients such as green tea and organic rose water to stop odours forming whilst nourishing skin at the same time.
This deodorant spray uses essential oils of damask rose and ylang-ylang which stop odours building up and leave a gorgeous scent on the skin.
This deodorant works in 3 ways to combat underarm smells; the prebiotics help support the healthy bacteria under the arm whilst at the same time stopping bacteria forming and the zinc ricinoleate absorbs odour molecules.
This deodorant has developed quite a cult following thanks to its superior long-lasting protection and pure vanilla scent. Soothing vanilla oils leave the skin nourished and super soft.
Malin+Goetz’s all-natural deodorant contains no alcohol or aluminium, instead it uses an antiseptic eucalyptus extract and citronellyl to stop odours forming. Testers loved the fresh lemony smell.
There are eleven essential oils in Aesop’s deodorant that help to neutralise odour. Testers liked the fresh scent and the long-lasting effects of the spray.