Monday, June 15, 2020

Top Pick Healthy Deodorants

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I am often asked what my current favorite natural deodorants might be, and truthfully I have been using the same brands for quite a while. While I have been maintaining the stay-at-home mandate, and observing strict social distancing protocols, I still wear my favorite deodorants on a daily basis. Here are the deodorants that are tried and true for me.

LAVANILA The Healthy Deodorant ($14.00 for 1.7 oz. from LAVANILA, Ulta, and Thrive Market): Though I have occasionally used mainstream deodorants, I do prefer to avoid the chemicals. LAVANILA makes wonderful healthy deodorants that are effective and smell wonderful (though they also make an unscented variant for sensitive skin). Their Vanilla Grapefruit scent is probably my favorite because it smells utterly scrumptious, and offers long-lasting protection.
According to LAVANILA,

An Uplifting Citrus. Essential oils of crisp grapefruit and lime combine for a crisp and fresh feeling.
This All-Natural, freshly scented deodorant provides superior, long-lasting odor protection. Soothing essential oils blend with powerful anti-oxidants and beta glucan technology for daily defense and nourishment. Clinically Tested. Dermatologist Recommended. No Aluminum. No Paraben. No Propylene Glycol. No Harsh Chemicals.
Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis leaf juice (Aloe juice, water/aqua), Propanediol (Corn derived), Zea mays (Corn) starch, Sodium stearate (Coconut derived), Silica, Carrageenan (Seaweed derived), Stearyl behenate (Coconut derived), Citrus medica limonum (Lemon peel oil), Inulin (Artichoke derived), Saccharomyces ferment, Alpha-Glucan oligosaccharide (Sugar derived), Yeast beta glucan, Lonicera caprifolium (Honeysuckle) flower extract, Usnea barbata (Lichen) extract, Valeriana officinalis root extract (Valerian), Hydrastis canadensis (Goldenseal) extract, Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea tree) flower/leaf/stem extract, Lycium barbarum fruit extract (Goji berry), Vanilla planifolia (Vanilla) oil, Botanical fragrance blend.
If you want to switch to a healthy deodorant that is vegan, cruelty-free and affordable, then CRYSTAL has two recent additions scents to their CRYSTAL Mineral-Enriched Deodorant collection ($6.15 each from Mountain Fresh and Freshly Minted are unisex scents that can be used by the whole family for effective all-day odor protection, but these are not antiperspirants and therefore they will not prevent sweating. I find this formula particularly effective, fuss-free and pleasant to use, and of course the list of healthy ingredients instills confidence rather than concern.
CRYSTAL Mineral-Enriched Deodorant in Mountain Fresh: This deodorant, with its decidedly fresh unisex scent, offers all day protection without any of the unhealthy ingredients that are found in conventional deodorants. It has no greasy or waxy residue, it leaves no white marks on the skin or the clothing and it is cruelty-free and vegan. The ingredients include essential oils to offer superior odor protection, and the scent is fresh and uplifting.

According to CRYSTAL,

Freshly Minted (inspired by the scent of freshly minted money) and Mountain Fresh (inspired by the lush Colorado mountains). The new natural deodorant is (obviously) enriched with minerals, and provides effective odor protection with a light (unisex) aroma, and no harsh chemicals. It's powerful, but gentle and glides on smooth.  Bonus -- it also conditions and moisturizes skin while delivering the long-lasting 24-hour protection you can trust.  It’s also vegan and cruelty-free!

CRYSTAL Mineral-Enriched Deodorant Invisible Solid - Freshly Minted has a fresh and clean scent that offers a touch of mint commingled with other clean natural notes– making it less pungent. It offers excellent odor protection, leaves behind no greasy or waxy film, and it leaves no white marks on the skin or the clothing.

- Prevents odor safely for up to 24 hours
- No waxy residue, no staining, no white marks
- No flaking, non-sticky, non-oily
- No Aluminum Chloride/Chlorohydrate/Zirconium
- No Parabens
- Dermatologist tested
- Vegan and Cruelty Free
Mountain Fresh Ingredients: Propanediol, Water (Aqua, Eau), Polyglyceryl-10 Caprylate/Caprate, Sodium Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Alcohol Denat., Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Extract, Mimosa Tenuiflora Leaf Extract, Triethyl Citrate, Viola Odorata Flower/Leaf Extract, Sodium Bicarbonate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Cellulose Gum, Citric Acid, Fragrance (Parfum), Linalool, Limonene, Geraniol, Citronellol, Coumarin.

Freshly Minted Ingredients: Propanediol, Aater (Aqua, Eau), Polyglyceryl-10 Caprylate/Caprate, Sodium Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Alcohol Denat., Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Extract, Mimosa Tenuiflora Leaf Extract, Triethyl Citrate, Viola Odorata Flower/Leaf Extract, Sodium Bicarbonate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Cellulose Gum, Citric Ccid, Fragrance (Parfum), Linalool, Limonene, Amyl Cinnamal, Coumarin, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Citral.
The aroma of Schmidt's Naturals Deodorant in Rose + Vanilla ($4.69 for 2.65 oz and $8.99 for 3.25 oz. from Schmidt's Naturals Official Amazon Store and Target): is a warm and creamy rose that smells good enough to wear as a perfume. It is sweet, but not too sweet, and it isn't imposing. It is filled with healthy plant and mineral-based ingredients, and it's vegan and cruelty-free.

I have sensitive underarm skin, and have often found many chemical-laden and natural deodorants alike irritate my skin and can cause redness, but this does not. It applies with ease, doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy, and doesn't stain my clothing. It is not an antiperspirant, and therefore it will not prevent you from sweating, but it does quell unwelcome odors. I apply it in the morning, and it lasts all day long without incident, but your experience may vary given the difference between my body chemistry and yours. For me this was a great purchase, and I am very happy with the results.

According to Schmidt's Naturals,

Schmidt's Naturals Rose + Vanilla Deodorant smells luxurious, elegant, and inviting. Heavenly bouquet of rose with hints of sweet, powdery vanilla. Made with natural plant and mineral-derived ingredients, Schmidt's award-winning formulas help neutralize odor and absorb wetness. Free of aluminum, parabens, phthalates, and artificial fragrance. Certified Vegan and Cruelty-Free.
  • Heavenly bouquet of rose with hints of sweet, powdery vanilla
  • Smells luxurious, elegant, and inviting
  • Made with natural plant and mineral-derived ingredients
  • Helps neutralize odor and absorb wetness
  • Free of aluminum, parabens, phthalates, and artificial fragrance
  • Certified Vegan and Cruelty-Free
Ingredients: Maranta Arundinacea (arrowroot) Powder, Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda), Cocos Nucifera (coconut) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (shea butter), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (fractionated coconut oil), Euphorbia Cerifera (candelilla) Wax, Natural Fragrance, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E; sunflower-derived).
Aluminum-free, no fragrance added, dye-free, paraben-free, Sulfate-free, propylene glycol-free, vegan, phthalate-free, fluoride-free, contains shea butter, formaldehyde donor-free, artificial fragrance-free, formaldehyde-free, contains rose water, propylparaben-free, butylparaben-free, nonylphenol ethoxylate free. 
Vermont Soap Lemongrass Zen Organic Deodorant ($12.00 for 3.25 oz. from Vermont Soap): I always had a fear of using so many chemical compounds in such a sensitive area, and notwithstanding a few occasions in my adult life, I have exclusively used healthier deodorants. Not all are created equal, and some seem to promote, rather than eradicate odor, but Vermont Soap Lemongrass Zen Deodorant is both effective and gentle on sensitive skin. If you love the scent of Lemongrass, then you will be enchanted by this deodorant. I find that it gives me fantastic odor control without irritating my sensitive underarm skin.

According to Vermont Soap,

Lemongrass Zen Organic Deodorant is safe, nontoxic and made from 100% organic ingredients for people with sensitive skin and for reactive bodies of all skin types. 

Lemongrass Zen Organic Deodorant Stick is made from 100% organic coconut oil, cornstarch, essential oils and beeswax. Never any propylene glycol, triclosan or alcohol; this is product for people who care about their health and the health of our world. 

Ingredients: Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Cornstarch, Organic Lemongrass Essential Oil Blend, Organic Rosemary Extract.

Overall Assessment: If you have been reluctant to try healthy deodorants for fear of learning that they aren't effective, then this time of social distancing is the perfect time to test them out. These natural deodorants have proven to be very effective for me personally, and I haven enough confidence in their efficacy that I don't own any mainstream chemical-laden deodorants.

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  1. The Crystal mint deo is still my personal favorite. I am beyond amazed at how long it is lasting for me in spite of using it everyday!

    1. That is a great deodorant, that's for sure! It does last forever!

  2. I have always wanted to try Schmidt's and that Rose + Vanilla scent is right up my alley!

  3. Oh cool! Some new ones! Ive been using Native lately but have tried LaVanila and Crystal before!

    1. Lavanila and Crystal are wonderful, but I also think the others are worth trying as well!

  4. Schmidt's didn't work for me (and I rarely perspire). I love LaVanilla though.

    1. Hi Cindy, I have a friend for whom Schmidt's didn't work, either. Lavanila is my all-time favorite, and it's definitely the deodorant brand that I love (and use) the most!

  5. You won't need to buy more for a long time! My favorite brand is Crystal since they make unscented deodorants.

  6. I love lavanilla! Unfortunately that very same fragrance from Schmidts caused irritation for my sensitive underarms. My pits turned red, itchy and had bumps so I had to stop using it

    1. Me too, their deodorants are the best! That's precisely what happened to me friend as well. My underarms are sensitive too, but I didn't have a problem with it. I wonder which ingredient is the culprit for you.

  7. I really need to try more healthier deodorants. I know that antiperspirant isn't the best thing to use but after all of these years...

    1. I wholeheartedly endorse the use of healthier deodorants, but antiperspirants they are not!


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