If just the thought of swapping your go-to deodorant with a natural one makes you sweat, we have some good news.
Natural deodorants have come a long way in recent years, and if you’re looking to detox your beauty routine of harsh chemicals, your deodorant is a great place to start. Unlike conventional deodorants, truly natural deodorants are free of aluminium, parabens, and synthetic fragrances, and are certified natural. While the potential health problems associated with ingredients in conventional deodorants have been common knowledge for decades, the alternatives haven’t always been reliable — until now.
“There’s something about becoming a parent that has made me so much more self-aware about the products I use in my home and on my body,” says Edmonton-based lifestyle blogger and toddler-mom Lyndsey Smith. “Over the last couple years, I’ve transitioned to using natural products in most areas of my life.”
Natural ingredients that work
Non-toxic deodorants have come a long way in recent years. Not only are they made with clean ingredients, but they really, truly work.
Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant is made entirely from natural-origin ingredients and is certified natural by Ecocert. The company started in 2010 when founder Jaime Schmidt, pregnant at the time, felt frustrated with the lack of effective natural products on the market. She wanted a healthy product that not only smelled great but actually worked. Formulated with 100 percent natural-origin ingredients, all-natural fragrances, and essential oils, Schmidt’s deodorants are efficacious in delivering immediate odour protection. Plus, you only need to apply one to two swipes to get long-lasting effects.
“I’m able to get more wear out of this deodorant than others I’ve tried to keep me smelling fresh with its 24-hour odour protection,” says Smith. “I love that I can be running around with my toddler in a baggy sweatshirt or on a Zoom meeting in a silk blouse and I’m still protected. I’ve also converted some of my friends and even my husband to making the switch to Schmidt’s, which is a testament to how amazing the product really is.”
Schmidt’s personal care products are also vegan and cruelty-free, making them not only good for your body, but also good for the planet. The company is committed to manufacturing products without harming animals and doesn’t use ingredients from any suppliers that test their products on animals, either.
Choose the Right Natural Deodorant
Using natural products is an essential aspect of loving your body, so it’s important to know exactly what to look for when buying natural.
Natural, not natural-ish
Products should have 100% natural-origin ingredients. Look for products that are certified by Ecocert — it’ll give you the peace of mind that the product you’re buying is truly natural and not “natural-ish.”
Once you go natural, you should be rewarded with a product that actually works. Look for deodorants that claim 24-hour odour protection so you can go natural with confidence.
All-natural fragrance combinations
All fragrances should be made with essential oils or plant extracts — never artificial fragrance.
Products should be free of aluminum, parabens, sulphates (SLS), propylene glycol, phthalates, artificial fragrance, artificial flavours, and dyes.
Sustainable and environmentally- conscious
Ingredients should be “active naturals,” which means that they should deliver functional benefits. No water! No fillers! And no unnecessary impact on the environment!
Know where your products and ingredients are being made. You should be able to find all the ingredients at your local health food store.
Consumers love it
Look for products that are validated with 5-star ratings and reviews by your fellow natural deodorant users. “#1 natural deodorant” claims are another great way to validate that you’re making a great purchase.