5 OF THE BEST ECO-FRIENDLY DEODORANTS
Long gone are the times when you will you ever hear the phrase ‘dirty hippy’, and thank goodness for that as, I don’t know about you but we’re not ready to give up on deodorants just yet.
You might not have realised it but deodorants could actually be causing more harm than good. Apart from the obvious plastic packaging and aerosol containers antiperspirants are actually full of toxics ranging from chemical ingredients like parabens, triclosan, phthalates, diethanolamine, propylene glycol and aluminum.
Here are just a couple of examples of the damage these chemicals can cause:
- Triclosan & Phthalates: interferes with hormonal signalling and is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.
- Parabens: hormone impersonators which have been associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.
- Diethanolamine: linked to cancer.
- Aluminum: (yes, the metal) can cause genomic instability on the cell level, meaning it can increase our cells’ tendency to mutate; mutations can increase the chance of tumor growth.
Pretty nasty stuff when you think about it, and all of this ends up washed down the drain and in to our oceans at the end of the day.
For those looking for a quick answer to stinky pits, without having to go au naturel, we’ve compiled our top 5 eco-friendly deodorants to keep you smelling fresh and feeling confident throughout the day, without damaging your health or the environment. Say hello to the new era of deodorants!
OUR 5 TOP PICKS OF ECO-FRIENDLY DEODORANTS:
Beauty brand Ethique is New Zealand’s highest scoring B-Corp and operates at carbon fiber neutral. As you might expect from the world’s first zero waste and most sustainable lifestyle beauty brand, they offer 100% sustainable, ethically sourced products, made from natural and effective ingredients. Using biodegradable ingredients and compostable packaging so all their solid bars leave no trace (except the luscious skin it leaves behind, of course!).
This is a solid deodorant, helps keep your underarms smelling fresh, without baking soda or aluminium, using magnesium hydroxide, zinc oxide & wonder ingredient bamboo (which absorbs 200% its own weight in sweat and oil). It is naturally scented with lime, cedarwood & eucalyptus, with jojoba and sweet almond oil for silky smooth underarms. Better for you. Better for the planet.
Schmidt’s award-winning formulas helps to keep you fresh, naturally. This deodorant is free of aluminum, propylene glycol, parabens, phthalates, and artificial fragrance and contains plant and mineral-derived formulas which are certified vegan and cruelty-free.
Suitable for more sensitive skin, the gentler formula is made without baking soda, utilises natural magnesium to neutralise odor for sensitive skin and is topped off with essential oils that are renowned for their skin-soothing and anti-inflammatory qualities giving you a smooth, creamy consistency.
US brand Native offer a high performance, award winning deodorant that doesn’t contain any nasties like aluminum, parabens, phthalates, and talc.
Instead their cruelty free formula feels light and fresh under your arms, while active ingredients like baking soda and tapioca starch fight bacteria and provide you with effective protection against odor and wetness.
Award winning, woman-owned natural deodorant Green Tidings is made with organic ingredients to provide reliable 24-hour protection without any harsh or toxic chemicals.
This deodorant is non-toxic, organic, vegan, gluten-free, corn-free, soy-free, paraben-free, SLS-free, propylene-glycol free, petroleum & petrolatum-free, phthalate-free, paraffin-free & mineral oil-free. It contains no perfumes, artificial colors, silicone oil, menthol, phenol or salicylic acid. It’s cruelty-free ingredients include coconut oil, tapioca starch, sodium bicarbonate (aluminum-free), organic shea butter (fair trade), wildcrafted candelilla wax, magnesium oil, Jasmine, rose, and bisabolol 100% pure essential oils.
The brand also manufacture all of their products in a Solar‑Powered Facility and their products are packaged by adults with disabilities, in order to providing meaningful employment. They are also a member of 1% For the Planet, giving back 1% of all sales to environmental causes.
US brand M3 naturals M3 Naturals is a longtime skin care industry leader through innovation and sourcing of nature’s finest ingredients backed by science. They produce a protective deodorant formula which fights against odor and sweat and is all natural, 100% aluminum-free, baking soda-free, paraben-free, cruelty-free, gluten-free, alcohol-free, and synthetic fragrance-free.
Made with the highest-quality organic coconut oil, green tea, aloe, magnesium, and revamped with a wide array of our essential oils blend that provides powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and cooling effect for your skin to leave your under arms feeling fresh.
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