I think we're all a bit intrigued with the idea of all-natural body products. But searching to find the best natural deodorant can be expensive, time consuming and ultimately disappointing.
Many of my best customers have told me how they've tried natural deodorants and ended up disappointed. This made me start thinking about how I've always preferred it in a soft cream, and that was because it worked better. No scientific research here, but I think the massage application makes a difference!
Remember Tussy? It was a cream deodorant that my grandmother used. It was first manufactured in 1925, and came in a little red 2 oz jar. I don't know why, but I loved the idea that it was a cream. Maybe it felt fancy to me? But for some reason, they seemed to work better, too.
The idea to try to make a deodorant came to me in a dream. I was just waking up one morning, when I heard a little whisper.
Make a deodorant, it said.
So I started researching! Here are the ingredients I choose, and this is what I found out about them:
☞ Arrowroot powder is a soft vegetable powder, made from a tropical root/tuber plant called the Maranta arundinacea. It's commonly used in bath and body formulations and it's a great replacement for talc in body powders, due to it's silky soft texture.
☞ Aluminum-Free Baking soda is slightly alkaline, altering the natural pH of the skin just enough to make it impossible for smelly bacteria to live there. But too much can be irritating, so using just the right amount is key.
☞ Extra-virgin coconut oil is naturally deodorizing, as it kills both bacteria and fungi. Sweat itself doesn't smell, it's the bacteria that feeds on the sweat that produces odor.
☞ Kaolin Clay is gentle, naturally absorbent and purifying to the skin. It gives the product a silky feel and is commonly used in facial mud masks.
☞ Cocoa Butter is packed with vitamins and has many skin benefits. It moisturizes and soothes the skin.
☞ Candililla wax is vegan, and gives the cream a nice firmness for ease of application.
☞ Organic, ground chamomile flower is anti-inflammatory, packed with anti-oxidants and helps to calm skin.
☞ Zinc Oxide is a natural mineral, commonly used in diaper ointments because it possesses effective anti-bacterial properties.
☞ Lavender and Tea Tree essential oils are both naturally anti-bacterial, mildly antiseptic and smell fresh and clean.
Natural deodorants will not prevent you from sweating, only aluminum salts can do that, but is it worth it? I don't know.
Some customers have reported they actually sweat less, after acclimating to a natural, aluminum-free deodorant.
And if you sweat, it's ok! Your body's got a perfect cooling system, you just wanna smell good while it's doing it's thing.
"I've got a perfect body, because my eyelashes catch my sweat."
~ Regina Spektor