If there is one part of your body routine that you should switch, it would be swapping toxin-laden antiperspirant for natural deodorant. Since the skin of our underarms is exceptionally absorbent, this simple swap can reap enormous benefits for your health. First, I'll share with you my go-to DIY recipe for deodorant and then I'll share the best natural deodorant options I've found on my sustainable living journey.
Things I take into account when choosing my top favorites:
Okay, let's dive in!
Please note: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you end up clicking and purchasing an item. I worked hard to find my trusted favorites and I want to share them with you so you don't have to deal with all the crappy junk I had to go through. Nuff said.
1. Make Your Own Deodorant!
1 tbsp melted shea butter
1/2 tbsp melted coconut oil
2 tbsp arrowroot powder
2 tbsp aluminum free baking soda
10 drops of lavender essential oil for the ladies or 5 drops patchouli essential oil for the dudes
2 oz. Glass Jar
1. Use a double boiler OR by filling a pot with 2" of water, placing a metal strainer in it, and then a glass bowl on top.
2. Melt shea butter and coconut oil.
3. Remove from heat and add arrowroot powder and baking soda, mix thoroughly.
4. Add essential oils of choice and mix.
5. Pour into one 2 oz glass jar.
The consistency is like a thick butter, and you can apply a pea-sized amount with your fingers under each armpit. If you want a push-up tube, consider saving up a few empty tubes from your previous deodorant, funneling this mixture into those, and letting it set overnight.
I have used this amazing deodorant for five years before recently switching over to making my own deodorant. Primal Pit Paste has a great variety of essential oil based scents, organic ingredients, different levels of strength for different pitties, and their containers are recyclable. I recommend them to everyone that has underarms.
This is a close second thanks to their amazing essential oil-based scents. Be sure to opt for the glass container deodorants and not the plastic push up ones. Once you hit five empty glass containers, you can ship them back for free, and get a free deodorant! Schmidt's then sterilizes the old jars and reuses them. I love when companies work hard for closed-loop cycles.
For those of us who are super focused on zero-waste, the salt crystal is your answer. This brand comes in a compostable box, and the salt stone can be used for up to two years. The way you use it is a bit different than normal deodorant. You must apply the stone to clean armpits post-shower. You moisten the salt stone and rub on your underarms. The salt forms a protective barrier where odor-causing bacteria cannot thrive. I had mixed results with the salt stone, but it was before I jumped head first into my acclimation tricks. I feel that this is a viable option once you've done a proper armpit detox.
Another zero-waste option with a compostable container. I love the smell of hiGaiaGuy Deodorant, and it's extremely soothing for dry, chapped underarms. Organic, vegan, non-GMO, and handcrafted. A great way to pamper your pitties.
Of course these aren't the be-all end-all, but they are the brands I can personally attest to. I know there are tons and tons of options popping up everyday with natural deodorant, so I have a few tips to help you make the best choice for yourself.
Do you have any additions to this list? How has the armpit acclimation period been going? Comment below and fill me in!
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