Chryso's Beauty Buys: Deodorant by Chryso D'Angelo, February 09 2015, 1 Comment

I try to use as many natural products as possible since I'm interested in a healthy lifestyle and green living. But I DO NOT WANT TO SMELL! So, when it comes to choosing a deodorant, I choose wisely!

For the most part, I’m a fairly active person, especially when I’m running after two little ones during the warm-weather months! So, I need a good deodorant that will keep me fresh from morning to night—and then some, if possible!

But it’s important for me to keep odor at bay without exposing myself to harmful chemicals. According to Food Matters TV studies show that aluminum (an ingredient commonly found in deodorants and antiperspirants) has been linked to Breast Cancer, Alzheimers and other neurological diseases. While the jury is still out on these findings, I choose to avoid aluminum in my deodorant (just in case).

I have found some products that leave out the questionable ingredients but still do that trick! That way, when I'm sandwiched like a sardine on a New York City subway, I won't feel feel embarrassed by my odor.

1.Good for You Girls Aluminum Free with Soothing Botanicals Deodorant

  • Has signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics and enjoys full Champion status
  • This product has not been reviewed on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database

Environmental responsiveness: Good for You Girls products are never tested on animals. They are gluten-free and vegan. They do not contain any: Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, Propylene glycol, Mineral Oils, Silicone, Synthetic Fragrance, or Dyes.

Ingredients from packaging: Purified water, propanediol, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, witch hazel distillate, polysorbate 20, organic arnica montana (organic arnica extract), organic lavandula angustifolia (organic lavender extract), organic chamomilla recutita (organic chamomile extract), organic calendula officinalis (organic calendula extract, organic white tea extract, green tea extract, black tea extract , alpine lichen, grapefruit seed extract, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, ethylhexylglyecerin, 100% natural blend of essential oils and aromatics for scent.

Results: I have never used a roll-on deodorant so I was a bit apprehensive to try this. My skin felt a touch moist at first (not sticky) so I let my under arms air-dry for a few seconds before putting my shirt on, but this is a non-issue. Once dry, it’s business as usual and the product truly delivers! The scent is so light and pretty, thanks to ingredients like lavender, chamomile, and calendula. Plus, it did a great job keeping me fresh all day long and felt soothing and gentle on my skin.

Practicality: $6.99

  1. Simply Samantha Natural Deodorant

  • Has not signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics
  • This product has not been reviewed on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database

Environmental responsiveness: This product is hand-made, chemical-free, aluminum-free, preservative-free and “fragrance-free”.

Ingredients from packaging: Organic coconut oil, arrowroot, baking soda, peppermint oil.

Results: Okay, so this deodorant comes in a great jar. You’re meant to mix it, then put a dime-sized amount on your finger and rub into your armpit. I thought the application would take some getting used to but it was no biggie at all. In fact, I rather like smoothing it on and taking an extra moment to really smell the wonderful blend of organic coconut oil and peppermint oil so early in the morning after my shower. Most importantly, my skin has felt much softer and I didn’t smell bad by the end of the day.

Practicality: $12

  1. Lavanila The Healthy Vanilla Lavender Deodorant

  • Has not signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics
  • Ranked 4 out of 10 in safety on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database (moderate hazard)

Environmental responsiveness: No Parabens, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, Silicones, Propylene Glycol, Mineral Oils, Synthetic Dyes, Sulfates, Chemical Sunscreens, or Aluminum. No animal testing; vegan.

Results: This 100-percent natural blend smells great. It glides on white, which doesn’t bother me right now, but I may take issue with it once bikini season hits. Unfortunately, it didn’t keep me dry throughout the day, so I can’t recommend it highly. But, if you’re not a super-active person, this might be for you.

Ingredients from packaging: Aloe barbadensis leaf juice (Aloe juice, water/aqua), Propanediol (Corn derived), Zea mays (Corn) starch, Sodium stearate (Coconut derived), Silica, Carrageenan (Seaweed derived), Stearyl behenate (Coconut derived), Citrus medica limonum (Lemon peel oil), Inulin (Artichoke derived), Saccharomyces ferment, Alpha-Glucan oligosaccharide (Sugar derived), Yeast beta glucan, Lonicera caprifolium (Honeysuckle) flower extract, Usnea barbata (Lichen) extract, Valeriana officinalis root extract (Valerian), Hydrastis canadensis (Goldenseal) extract, Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea tree) flower/leaf/stem extract, Lycium barbarum fruit extract (Goji berry), Botanical fragrance blend.

Practicality: $14

4.Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting Aluminum-Free Deodorant

  • Has signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics and enjoys Innovator status
  • Ranked 1 out of 10 in safety on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database (low hazard)

Environmental responsiveness: No artificial colors, fragrances, or preservatives, cruelty-free; 10 percent of company profits go to “human and environmental goodness.”

Results: Before this month’s column, this deodorant was my go-to. I choose to use it because it’s aluminum-free and long-lasting. Plus, the aloe provides a soothing feeling and sunflower seed oil moisturizes my skin. But, I have to admit that after testing (and smelling) the other deodorants, I've grown tired of this “unscented” formula.

Ingredients from packaging: Propylene glycol, Water, Sodium stearate, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice (Organic), Cymbopogon flexuosus oil (Organic), Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, Zinc ricinoleate, Glyceryl laurate, Humulus lupulus (hops) [CO2] extract, Ascorbic acid.

Practicality: $4.99