Deodorants and antiperspirants can help you get through the day without excess moisture or body odor coming from your underarms. However, if youre sensitive to, or want to avoid the ingredients commonly used in most deodorants, you may think youre out of options.
Thankfully, there are new ingredients making their way into natural deodorants to make them just as effective as more commercial brands.
Most commercially produced deodorants contain ingredients such as aluminum, which is a metal that stops your pores from releasing all that sweat. These products may also contain parabens, which are natural preservatives. The label could also list prolpylene glycol and phthalates. These ingredients are constantly being studied for their impact on health and can cause irritation or allergic reaction in some individuals.
The first ingredient appearing in a lot of natural deodorants is tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is produced from the leaves of the plant Maleleuca alternifolia, usually through the process of distillation. This oil contains many beneficial compounds, called terpenoids that give this oil its medicinal benefits. Tea tree oil is known to have antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and antiviral properties. It helps kill the bacteria and germs that can cause odors and promotes healthy, clean skin.
Another natural ingredient is witch hazel, a natural astringent just like tea tree oil. Produced from the Hamammelis virginiana plant, witch hazel helps prevent excess oil production and has antifungal properties as well.
Aloe vera is often included in natural bath and beauty products because it soothes irritated skin while deeply moisturizing without any sort of residue. You can find aloe vera added to stick or gel deodorants. Aloe vera also prevents odor and perspiration caused by a buildup of bacteria.
Other ingredients commonly found within natural deodorant products include extracts of herbs like lavender, lemon, sage and peppermint. You can also find enzymes in certain versions, which help inhibit or neutralize odor.
If youre still interested in finding an alternative to the white stick deodorant or the sticky gel youve been using, crystals provide another option. Made of a mix of mineral salts, these crystals help prevent body odor and wetness from occurring. Since the crystals are colorless, they wont transfer anything onto your clothing.
No matter if you prefer stick, gel, spray or roll-on, you dont have to worry about being the stinky one in the room anymore if youre trying to avoid the aluminum and other ingredients in deodorants and antiperspirants. A natural product, without artificial ingredients like colors or fragrances or preservatives can provide the same result.