July 1st 2016
Deodorants are an absolute must-have in your beauty arsenal, but have you ever thought about going natural? Both aerosol deodorants and roll-on anti-perspirants contain ingredients that have caused controversy and worry for some, be they parabens, preservatives or even aluminium salts - but weighing up the potential health risks while wanting to avoid sweat and body odour can make it tricky to dive into all-natural formulas in case they don't match up to their chemical counterparts.
But fret not, for we've taken the leap and tried it for you; this week, we tried, tested and got our sweat on (or not in some cases) to see which natural deodorants worked as well as our day-to-day synthetic ones. Click through the gallery to read our honest reviews...
Feedback: “There are some beauty domains where it’s scary to go natural, and this is one of them. I’d assume that anything stopping sweaty pits in their tracks needs to be a little more hardcore than the likes of coriander seed oil, clove and a hint of zinc. Then again, the thought of plugging up my sweat glands with aluminium as is traditional in the antiperspirant market is really far more freaky, so here goes.
“First off, being a spray deodorant fan, Aesop’s fine, quick drying mist is right up my street, and the fragrance is fresh, zesty and subtly herby. All in all a good start. Having tested this during a cold snap, it’s hard to judge the strength of the alcohol and essential oil based formula in terms of zapping day to day bacteria, and not being one of life’s perspirers (very strange; it even takes me a while to get going in saunas), I found that it suited my needs, in that I smelled aromatic in a good way during office hours. The gym on the other hand is clearly the toughest test for any deodorant, and unfortunately this didn’t take the edge of extreme spinning sweats. For the daily grind though, it feels like a luxe and safe alternative to more dubious anti-perspirants, with the emphasis on the ‘luxe’ element; £23 for a deodorant is seriously steep for a basic personal care item. If money’s no object and you prize your pits, go right ahead. Otherwise, use sparingly on special occasions, although that suggestion seems more apt for an eau de parfum than a deodorant. Your call.”
Feedback: “I haven't used a roll-on deodorant for a few years so I have to admit I was actually a little bit excited to give one a go again and review this one. A natural deodorant is something I very much thought I should be using, but I always wondered if it would actually work and so it never quite made it into my beauty regime. The packaging of the Dr. Organic deodorants is what got me wanting to try them along with the number of different scents/types to choose from in the range.
"I'm usually very lucky in the fact that I barely sweat and never notice any sort of a scent but I have to say that when using this deodorant, I very much did. Natural deodorants aren't necessarily supposed to stop you from sweating (and it didn't) but it is supposed to stop you from smelling (but it very much didn't either...)! After I managed to get the product out, I had high hopes as it felt gentle against the skin but unfortunately it didn't quite get there in doing its job.”
Feedback: “Thanks to my sensitive skin I have reacted, badly, to deodorant before so I am very wary of testing anything but my usual roll-on (albeit an aluminium-laden anti-perspirant, yikes), but this was a no brainer since the only ingredient is ‘ammonium alum’, AKA mineral salt. My expectations were very low; the packaging isn’t particularly impressive and I assumed that without all those controversial yet trusty chemicals it wouldn’t work very well.
"I could not have been more wrong. Applying after the shower when skin is still wet (or wetting the stick first), this is the only tricky bit - it doesn’t feel like you’re putting much on and as it’s completely clear, it’s hard to tell whether it’s working. The benefits far outweigh any odd application though; there are no white marks when putting clothes on, it dries super fast, and even after a day of having a long walk, shopping and cleaning the house (my kind of cardio) I still smelt shower-fresh despite the fact I'd definitely worked up a bit of a sweat. Even my clothes had no tell-tale unwanted scents at the arms when I undressed at the end of the day. Knowing it works better than my aluminium-filled deodorant is more than enough for me: I’m converted."
Feedback: "I've long thought I should use a natural deodorant (I do worry about all those toxins near your lymph nodes that lead directly to your breasts) but I do a lot of exercise and just figured that a natural deodorant may not be enough to keep me smelling lovely all day long. It's not that I have a serious odour problem at all, but I hate the idea of being in an exercise class and being able to smell even a tiny bit of the dreaded BO. So it was with trepidation that I have put the Salt of the Earth natural deodorant through its paces this last month - I'm doing a big bike ride round Ibiza in a few weeks time for Great Ormond Street, so have been training a lot. As a result, I've worn it in personal training sessions, did a double back-to-back run/HIIT session with Nike, I've been on a 90m minute bike ride and been to some very hardcore spin sessions, and you know what? Literally no smelly armpits. Amazing. How it works I'm not quite sure (it's a concoction of natural ingredients including natural mineral salts, organic aloe vera and baking soda) but it is fragrance, aluminium, alcohol and paraben free, it doesn't leave marks on your tops, is suitable for vegans and has won many awards. I can see why. Goddamn you can even spray it on your feet as it feels like you are just spraying on water. My only complaint is that I have used the whole thing in a month (you need quite a few spritzes to cover your whole arm pit!) but I think I may well have just ditched my more commercially branded roll-on deodorant for good."
Feedback: "I love lavender... but do I love strong smelling lavender under my armpits? I can honestly say no. I thought this natural deodorant would be a pleasant enough choice, but it was just too strong a scent - the natural unscented one would probably have been a safer bet. Formula-wise, though it definitely won't stop you from sweating, it is great to apply through the day if you need to feel a little fresher. What I loved was that it was super soothing after shaving - the vitamin E helps to both calm and soften. Apply sparingly though, as it felt a little 'sticky' if I went crazy with it!"
Feedback: "Being a long time user of natural deodorants, I am a confirmed fan; but I also know their limits. They won’t stop you sweating like an antiperspirant (they contain no pore-clogging aluminium) but where they score is their ability to zap whiff-causing bacteria with natural ingredients, rather than simply masking them with artificial scents that clash with your perfume.This unisex gel stick formula by this sensitive skin-friendly brand is the best I have tried. It has a subtle, fresh smell (and I’ve bought many that, although natural, make you wonder whether Toilet Duck have moved into the personal hygiene market) from eucalyptus extract – known for its antiseptic and antibacterial qualities and odour-neutralizing citronellyl.
It felt smooth, moisturizing and not at all sticky to apply. I used it over several hours on a crowded tube commute and a school run under an armpit-hugging T-shirt. Yes, I perspired a bit, but there was no eau-de-bacteria, just a pleasant and barely-detectable piney smell. It says not to use on broken skin, but I used it an hour or so after shaving without a sting. And I learned something new from their website, which says: ‘If transitioning from a pore-clogging anti-perspirant, please allow two weeks as your body adjusts. When pores are “unclogged”, your system may overcompensate, producing more water as the “flood gates” open. Your body will soon reach a natural equilibrium, allowing our deodorant to perform effectively, eliminating odor. It’s on the pricey side for a deodorant, but apparently lasts months, so for me, worth the investment as it performs highly. As for the dreaded sweat patches which sometimes strike, I’ll always always keep a mini anti-perspirant in my bag (denim shirt+sweat patch+meeting = not a good look) and having this option keeps me on the natural wagon 90 per cent of the time."
Feedback: “I’m a big fan of Weleda and I’m also a big fan of deodorant. Naturally. So I was quite intrigued by the prospect of trying the brand’s aluminium salt free ‘body freshener,’ fragranced with one of my favourite scents - Wild Rose.
“The weather was sunny, albeit chilly, so I made sure to get some solid walking time scheduled into my day in order to test out this particular pick more thoroughly. To be honest, I was a little dubious at first, due largely in part to its more liquid-based formula. However, I was actually pleasantly surprised at the scale at which its combination of pure essential oils helped neutralise any ahem, odours, throughout the day. That being said, I wouldn’t say that I was left feeling as fresh as I usually am by the end of the day, so am hesitant to say that it would replace my go-to roll-on. However, in terms of something to carry in your handbag for a quick refresh on the go, its size and subtle fragrance makes it a great buy.”
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