Natural deodorants have always had a reputation for not quite hitting the mark when it comes to keeping our underarms dry and fresh. While some of us might be up for shifting towards more natural body and skincare formulas, it’s often a different story with deodorants and a fair few of us are brave enough to risk a HIIT workout armed with botanical underarm protection. We take a closer look at why you should consider switching and some of the ones which are well worth a try…
What Makes A Deodorant Natural?
Well, there isn’t a set definition and the term ‘natural’ is quite vague in the realms of cosmetic and personal hygiene products. “Generally speaking, natural skincare products are free or parabens, added fragrance, phthalates, dyes, and sulfates. When it comes to deodorants, natural products usually refer to those that are aluminium free,” says Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, Joshua Zeichner. “Traditional antiperspirants contain aluminium salts that form a plug within the sweat gland preventing wetness from reaching the surface of the skin.” While natural, or aluminium-free products might not reduce the wetness, they can help get rid of odour.
How Do Natural Deodorants Limit Odour?
“Sweat itself is odourless, but when normal skin bacteria breakdown that sweat it leads to a foul smell,” says Joshua. “A lot of natural deodorants are packed full of ingredients, such as silver or charcoal to help reduce bacteria levels and therefore, help ease the odour.” The Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Botanical Cream Deodorant, $27.00 contains kaolin clay, antimicrobial arrowroot, sodium bicarbonate, shea butter and a blend of high quality essential oils. “This combination of ingredients fights odour-causing bacteria, absorbs natural perspiration and helps to condition the skin under the arms,” says Aurelia’s Brand Manager and Product Expert, Antonia Knox.
Why Should I Swap To A Natural Formula?
Natural deodorants have come a long way in recent years. The waxy, sticky balms of the past have been replaced with sophisticated balms that dry completely with a scent that lasts for hours. “There is no data showing that natural deodorants are any safer or more effective than traditional deodorants,” says Joshua. Some people don’t like the idea of blocking their sweat glands, albeit temporarily, while others feel more comfortable wearing an aluminium-based formula. But, if your biggest concern is a natural deodorant failing to disguise the scent of a sweat-breaking workout, we have three formulas that we have tried and tested which passed with flying colours…
Our Three Favourite Natural Deodorants
The kings of natural deodorant, Malin + Goetz have added a new scent to their family. Malin + Goetz Botanical Deodorant, $24.50 infuses notes of geranium, orange peel, grapefruit and spearmint to give a uplifting and refreshing scent to your underarms. Not only is it great for those with sensitive skin, but the non-sticky formula also doesn’t leave tell-take marks on your clothes either.
For anyone who prefers a sweeter scent, Drunk Elephant Sweet Pitti Deodorant Cream, $16.00 is perfect. The brand put a lot of work into creating a formula that offered unrivalled protection and kept arms feeling dry and smelling fresh.
Last but by no means least, we love Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Botanical Cream Deodorant, $27.00. The shea butter rich formula leaves your underarms feeling softer and smoother. While applying deodorant with your hands might not feel glam, we guarantee the soft, dry finish will convert you very quickly.