We're intrigued by natural deodorants. But searching to find the best natural deodorant can be expensive, time consuming and ultimately disappointing.
And I've always fancied mine in a soft cream. I remember being obsessed with Tussy, a cream deodorant that my grandmother used. It was first manufactured in 1925, and came in a little red 2 oz jar. They still make it today, but looking at the ingredient list, I'll take a pass.
I know some of us don't like applying deodorant with our fingers, but applying any soft deodorant with my finger-tips always seemed to work better than simply swiping it on.
The idea for my own deodorant formulation 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. For this reason, it's commonly used in facial 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 soothes the 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 that stuff up your pores can do that- but aluminum is what we're trying to avoid.
Some of my 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 great while it's doing it's thing.
"I've got a perfect body, because my eyelashes catch my sweat."
~ Regina Spektor