Our top pick of products to pamper your pits
The health risks posed by the toxic chemicals often found in mainstream deodorants have long been discussed, and there have even been claims that they can cause cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and allergic reactions. Nasty ingredients commonly used in these products include aluminium, parabens, propylene glycol and talc.
Fortunately, however, the natural beauty industry has come to our armpits’ rescue with chemical-free versions. Noticeable body odour is arguably one of our biggest fears and something that can make us feel really self-conscious (not to mention sweat patches…). As a result, many have been sceptical about the efficacy of natural deodorants and reluctant to give them a go in case they end up stinking out the office. While these concerns may have been warranted when the first alternative products were launched, these days there’s really no reason not to make the switch. Trust us – we’ve tried and tested a lot of them!
There’s quite a range to choose from now, so we decided to select a few of our favourites to help narrow it down for you. There’s something to suit every budget and preference and we’re certain that they’ll serve you well all summer (and winter!) long. It’s worth noting that different things work for different people, so don’t give up if the first one you try doesn’t satisfy your needs – once you find the perfect match you’ll never look back!
This cream deodorant turns into a powder when applied to the skin and superfine plant-based botanicals, such as arrowroot and pure kaolin, will sit invisibly on your underarms ready to absorb perspiration. Your armpits deserve no less TLC than other parts of your body and this product offers just that, plus it will keep you fresh, dry and bacteria-free. If you're still not convinced, just check out its rave reviews on the brand's website.
Salt of the Earth has taken its much-loved natural deodorant spray and added a gorgeous 100 percent natural scent to create a product that is effective and smells great. Packed with more than 15 botanical extracts and oils as well as soothing aloe vera and antibacterial honeysuckle, it will leave your pits pampered and emitting a sweet, floral fragrance. As a liquid spray, it's refreshing to apply and dries quickly.
This award-winning deodorant is made purely from naturally occurring mineral salts – that's right, there's just one ingredient! These salts contain effective antimicrobial properties which prevent the growth of odour-causing bacteria. Run the tip under the tap to get it moist before using or apply it directly to wet underarms. You'll probably feel like you haven't actually put any deodorant on but fear not – this is guaranteed to keep B.O. at bay.
This creamy roll-on deodorant feels most like the mainstream ones you're probably used to buying but, thankfully, it won't leave white marks or stain your clothes like some do. Non-oily and gentle on the skin, it contains sage and witchhazel essences which are both naturally bacteria-killing and the invigorating mint smell is the icing on the cake.
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