21st June 2009
Green Products

Making Yourself Stink Less With Natural Deodorant

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There’s a whole school of thought out there that says that you should go au naturel when it comes to your body odour, but that was just one thing I could never personally subscribe to, since I tend to get a little ripe if I go without.

There is a good argument for using deodarant in the place of anti-perspirant. First of all, it isn’t natural to not sweat. You sweat for a reason, and unless you are a drenching fountain of perspiration when it gets hot, nobody is really going to notice a bit of sweat on your armpits. That, and anti-perspirants contain aluminum and other harmful ingredients that just aren’t good for you. So I got down with ditching the anti-perspirant a few years ago.

The best choice for the environment and your pocketbook is to follow the instructions in the video and make your own.

Now, it is fairly clear that many deodarants contain other harmful ingredients, such as endocrine disruptors and parabens, according to the National Geographic Green Guide. Given that this is a product that is absorbed into your skin daily, the natural alternatives deserve some attention. Here are a few choices.

Burt’s Bees Herbal Deodorant
The Green Guide’s pick for best deodorant, this brand is also available in virtually any drug or grocery store.

Green Beaver Natural Deodorants
Available in various scents, these deodarants are 100% natural, biodegradable, vegan and gluten-free.

Tom’s of Maine
Another popular organic brand, Tom’s of Maine has been selling organic deodorant since 1976, which probably means that they’ve got the formula down by now.

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