It’s stating the obvious to say that an effective natural deodorant is the pinnacle of our stink-free gym routine. But did you know that how we approach our deodorant and antiperspirant regimen can have a huge effect on how, and how much, we sweat?
During times of exertion (such as while exercising), sweat allows us to regulate our internal temperature. Most conventional antiperspirants/deodorant combos (what you’ll find in nearly every store-bought “deodorant” stick) rely on fragrance to mask odor and on chemicals, including aluminum (linked to Alzheimer’s disease), to limit perspiration. These chemicals build up in your skin and block the body’s ability to sweat. And, this is almost certainly something we want to avoid! Sweating is part of our body’s natural detoxification pathways and healthy sweat glands (meaning they aren’t interfered with by chemical-laden antiperspirants) may help reduce oxidative stress, regulate immune function, and even reduce insulin resistance. Suffice it to say this isn’t a great long-term solution, especially if you have chemical sensitivities!
However, embracing sweat is not the same as being doomed to smelly armpits! Natural deodorants skip the sweat gland-interfering chemicals and work to deodorize using natural antimicrobials, odor absorbers, and and plant-derived fragrances like essential oils. But I’ve found that even natural deodorants can irritate my skin. That’s because many rely on baking soda to absorb odor. I think this is a fabulous alternative, but (not surprisingly) I don’t like having red, itchy armpits. So, when I found baking soda-free Zak Detox Deodorant, I was seriously excited!
Zak Detox Deodorant is an aluminum-free, paraben-free, all-natural deodorant that really, seriously, not-kidding-around-here works! It lasts all day, goes on smooth, nourishes my skin, and smells good! And since their Super Smooth and Roll-On varieties don’t contain baking soda, they’re perfect for more sensitive skin. I like using the Super Smooth Unscented, (their Original variety does use baking soda for those of you who love baking soda-based natural deoderants) but Zak comes in plenty of great scents for both men and women.
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This simple but effective deodorant is an excellent option for anyone wanting to switch up their deodorant routine. This simple formula includes Organic Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Beeswax, Organic Arrowroot Powder, aluminum-free baking soda, and essential oils. Simply dab a little in the square-inch-sized spot where your arm creases to minimize potential detox irritation (which shouldn’t last more than a couple weeks, and is totally worth eliminating toxins from your body!).
Dragonfly Traditions creates nutrition for the skin following the traditions of our ancestors- using only materials and ingredients as they are found in nature with no added chemicals, colors or fragrances. Naturally organic, all Dragonfly Traditions products are made fresh with no preservatives, fillers or emulsifiers.
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Primal Life Organics Stick-Up Deodorant
Stick up relies on an all-natural formula of organic coconut oil, baking soda (aluminum free) or organic arrowroot powder, and organic pure filtered beeswax to nourish your armpits and allow sweat out while eliminating odor and keeping you feeling fresh.
I love that this formula comes in several scents including Lavender (traditionally very anti-microbial and cleansing), Margarita, and several “sensitive” varieties including Aloe and Peppermint. If you have sensitive skin, I recommend selecting a smaller size in a sensitive-friendly scent to find what works best for you!