Crystals to Coconut: Finding The Best Natural Deodorant Just Got Simple

by mbryce2012 on August 28, 2012

Do you know what really stinks?  When you try a new deodorant and it doesn’t keep you smelling fresh.  Well, you never have to be let down again.  We’ve taken the guess work out of finding the best natural deodorant for your needs.

Sixty percent of what is applied to your skin is immediately absorbed into your body.  So, you’re going to want to stay away from the nasty chemicals found in most commercial deodorants and antiperspirants.  Some of the most common ingredients you should be worried about  are:

  • Aluminum:  Studies link its use on the underarm to changes in the estrogen receptors of breast cells, suggesting a risk factor for breast cancer development.
  • Parabens:  Mimic estrogen activity, increasing the possibility for cancer cell growth in the area closest to the underarm, a common place for breast cancer to develop.
  • Propylene Glycol:  This neurotoxin was originally manufactured as antifreeze.  On your skin, it can cause liver and kidney damage and dermatitis.
  • TEA & DEA:  Both are restricted in Europe because of their link to cancer.  Absorbed over time, they can cause liver or kidney damage, as well as allergic reactions.
  • Triclosan:  This antibacterial agent is a hormone disruptor and has been linked to thyroid disorders and antibiotic resistance.
  • Talc:  In cosmetics, it could contain asbestiform fibers and we would have no way of knowing, since it’s not regulated.

According to an informal poll of earthy mamas, the number one best natural deodorant is home made.  It has only three ingredients, all of which you can spell…  and are perfectly healthy to slather on your body.

Perfect Deodorant Recipe

  1. Sift together equal parts baking soda and non-GMO corn starch.  
  2. Add softened organic coconut oil, mixing constantly, until you get a consistency you like.  
  3. Mix in a few drops of essential oil if you want to smell pretty.  Tea tree and peppermint oils are antibacterial, so they will actually work to kill off stink-inducing bacteria.  
  4. Form into your favorite shape, or press into an empty stick type deodorant container.
  5. Store in a cool, dry place.  Coconut oil will soften or melt if heated.

Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is a salt that occurs naturally in a mineral called natron, which is found in many mineral springs.  The benefits of coconut oil are countless, and the essentials oils are an infinitely better choice than “fragrance,” which usually means chemical. This deodorant is eco-friendly, human-friendly, and can be scented t o your favorite flavor.  

 But if you don’t want to cook up your own, here are a few good natural deodorants that come close. Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Cosmetic Database , Skin Deep, ranks cosmetics based on toxicity and company policy, such as animal testing or environmental commitment.  This database, along with real live consumer feedback, formed the basis for this list.

 Best Crystal Deodorant:  So Essential Himalayan Crystal Salt Deodorant

Ingredients:  Natural Mineral Salt

Animal Testing:  The company does not test on animals, and is 100% vegan and cruelty free.

Minimal packaging.

So Essential Himalayan Crystal Salt Deodorant and Body Treatment StoneIt looks like a bar of soap, but this mineral rich salt attacks scent-causing bacteria.  It’s a preventative deodorant.  Most people who try it rave about it.  If applied to clean, dry skin- like right after a shower- it keeps you feeling fresh and dry throughout the day without reapplying.  The only complaint:  Some people claim it’s less effective after using it for a few months.  $4.49

Best Stick Deodorant:  Bubble & Bee Orange Vanilla Pit Putty (with baking soda)

Ingredients: Organic arrowroot powder, organic coconut oil, aluminum-free baking soda, organic orange essential oil, organic vanilla extract.

Animal Testing:  The company does not test on animals, according to its certification.

USDA certified organic.

This deodorant has a delicious scent that lasts all day.  It’s packaged just like commercial deodorants, in the twist-up stick style.  This makes it easy as a first deodorant for new converts.  The only downfall is that it’s not widely available.  The store is located in Utah, and all other sales are through their web site at   $9.85

Remember, very few of the “natural” deodorants found at grocery stores or one-stop-shop pharmacies are actually free of the aforementioned harmful chemicals.  Print the list and check ingredients before you make a purchase!





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BSharp August 30, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Careful! The crystal deodorant is made of alum, which is actually a form of aluminum–and it breaks down into plain aluminum when it hits sweat.

Have you tried the Herbalix stuff? Instead of alum, the Herbalix deodorants have an organic preservative made out of kelp and herbs. They’ve also got beeswax and other oils. The ingredients aren’t just safe, they’re all beneficial. And it works!
They’ve also got detox products, which help your lymph system flush out toxins. They’re seaweed based, and you apply it at night. Pretty cool!


mbryce2012 September 2, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Thanks for your comment, BSharp! From what I understand, the aluminum compounds in crystal mineral deodorants are different from the synthetic compounds in traditional antiperspirants. The natural alum molecules are are too large to be absorbed by the skin, which is why this product has SkinDeep rating of “0,” or no toxins. If you’re concerned about it anyway, use one of the other natural deodorants, like Bubble & Bee or yes, Herbalix. If you’re looking to switch deodorants because of eco-freindliness, also consider the hard plastic packaging of stick deodorants compared to the natural rock crystals, which use minimal packaging and have a small manufacturing footprint.


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