Clean, Toxic-Free Deodorants Don't Have to Be the Pits

By Robin Tolkan-Doyle, Beauty Editor

According to a report by the American Journal of Public Health, almost 100% of what we put on our armpits gets absorbed into our bodies. That’s a scary thought considering so many deodorants and antiperspirants contain the controversial chemical ingredients aluminum and parabens, that have been associated with breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

So if you haven’t made the switch to a clean alternative yet, now’s the time., “Although we have no proof and don’t know the exact effects of every ingredient, it would seem reasonable to be careful and limit our exposure to unnatural ingredients that we find out causes issues down the road,” says Dr. Nava Greenfield of Schweiger Dermatology Group.

For people prone to contact allergies, Greenfield recommends looking for deodorantsfree of fragrances and preservatives, which have the highest likelihood of causing issues. Those ingredients are listed as propylene glycol, formaldehyde, and formaldehyde releasers.

One more important note to consider when choosing a clean underarm option is the distinction between deodorant and antiperspirant. “One hides a scent and the other prevents sweating, says Greenfield. “If you can, stick with the deodorants not the antiperspirant. If you really have an issue with sweating, visit your dermatologist who can help with prescriptions and other treatment options.” 

Over the last decade, a slew of clean and natural stink and sweat eliminators have flooded the market. Whether you prefer to swipe, glide or spray, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite options below.

Humble All Natural Deodorant in Ylang Ylang

$9.99 USD

When founder Jeff Shardell learned that his daily deodorant was filled with harmful chemicals, he created his own in his kitchen using only four ingredients – beeswax, non-GMO cornstarch, baking soda and coconut oil.

Now with 15 heavenly scents, Humble’s effective, clean deodorants are helping men and women around the globe smell good and stay dry. The flowery Ylang Ylang scent is my fave.

PC: Humble Deodorant

Saje Peaceful Warrior Natural Deodorant in Patchouli + Lime

$16 USD

Did you know that the popular natural essential oil brand Saje also makes deodorants?With a blended base of coconut oil, shea butter and oat extract, their latest stick stylefights odor, absorbs moisture, and glides on like a dream.

PC: Saje Deodorant

Curie Deodorant Spray in Orange Neroli

$16 USD

For those who prefer a spray-on version deodorant, this aluminum-free citrusy-scented formula is as effective as it is refreshing. Also free of irritating baking soda, Curie focuses on creating products for people who are pushing the boundaries day in and day out.

PC: Curie Deodorant