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Is organic deodorant the way to go?

We all use deodorant (or at least, we should be). But are the ingredients in your favorite deodorant hurting you? What is organic deodorant anyway and how is it any different than a conventional and common brand? You may have seen organic or “natural” deodorants sold at health food stores such as Whole Foods, but wondered if you really needed to switch. If you are worried about chemicals in our daily skincare products, such as lotions, face wash, shower gel and deodorant, you may want to think about switching your deodorant too.

Most common deodorants contain aluminum, which helps stop sweating. Aluminum in your deodorant is a neurotoxin and has been linked to DNA damage, harmful effects to the blood brain barrier, and may cause Alzheimer’s disease. While there is not currently enough research to show if you can really get a disease exclusively from aluminum and other chemicals in deodorant, if you’re worried about chemicals or already have cancer or another disease, I would really recommend switching.

Let’s take a look though at a popular organic brand, Tom’s to see just what is in their “natural and long-lasting” deodorant roll-on. No aluminum to be found. Yet one ingredient, called propylene glycol, doesn’t seem any better. It has also been shown to seep into your skin and cause nasty side effects like skin, liver, and kidney damage.

While organic deodorants are great for you, the problem with using organic deodorant is that unlike your regular antiperspirant, it does nothing to stop sweating. Sweating is naturally good – it is your body’s way of ridding yourself of toxins and you need to sweat. But you probably don’t want constant sweat stains on your shirt or to feel uncomfortable, especially in the sweltering summer heat. Organic deodorants only work to fight odor from bacteria, so you will smell fresh but you might get pretty sweaty.

Yet there are some organic deodorants out there that do not contain propylene glycol or any ingredients that may be chemically harmful. So perhaps this battle of organic vs. chemical deodorants needs to be left to the individual. If you find you don’t sweat much and just want something for odor and are worried about chemical intake in your body, try an organic version. You may have to try a few before you find one that you really like that works for you. If you find you sweat more than normal or simply love your deodorant, keep it. Check out the ingredients and compare versions to find the healthiest possible brand.

Yet if you’re still dying for a chemical free alternative that fights odor AND wetness, we found a brand that claims to fight all three. Bubble & Bee Organics has organic deodorant that using natural ingredients to stop odor, but also has arrowroot powder to stop perspiration naturally. For around $9.85 a stick, it runs a bit pricier, but it may be worth a try if you’re very passionate about organic products! They now sell different types of deodorant from creams to sprays to help stop sweat and odor in its tracks without any crazy chemical additives.

My advice: do your research and watch out for brands that contain propylene glycol, aluminum or any other ingredients you cannot pronounce. Try a few versions to see what works best with your body. You may find what works for your friend and keeps her fresh all day may not work for you. Don’t get discouraged if you really want to try going organic but have to try several versions before you find one that keeps you fresh.

Let us know – do you swear by organic deodorant or stick by your old Secret brand?

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing lrstewar@gmail.com.