I was thinking of starting a #healtyalternatives series in which I will write a shorter blog post about healthy alternatives that I love. It can be related to beauty, fitness, diet or anything I come across.
What do guys think?
I would like to start my #healthyalternatives with a bit of a difficult topic – DEODORANTS!
We all need them and we all use them. Neutralizing underarm odors and absorbing wetness may be the most basic requirements we have for a deodorant.
However, I have a few more 🙂 The sweat glands in your armpit absorb chemicals right away and release them into other parts of your body. Thus, I try to stay away from aluminum, propylene glycol, parabens and phthalates based deodorants/antiperspirants.
A lot of the commonly available deodorants however do use aluminum-based compounds to neutralize odor and absorb wetness. According to a few studies, these deodorants may temporary plug within the sweat duct and if applied often, aluminum is absorbed by the skin and may cause an hormonal imbalance.
So, I have been on the hunt for an ALL NATURAL deodorant that ACTUALLY works for a while now! And trust me if I tell you that I tried a lot of them, none of them satisfying me completely.
I workout a lot and have a busy lifestyle. Smelly and wet armpits are the last things I want to worry about. So, when I came across Schmidt’s all natural deodorants, I first was a bit hesitant but I wanted to give them a try as they are
are FREE of aluminum, propylene glycol, parabens and phthalates and are certified vegan and cruelty free.
I bought it from iHerb and paid 9$.
Ingredients: Maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) powder, Cocos Nucifera (coconut) Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (candelilla) Wax, Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), Triglyceride (fractionated coconut oil), Citrus bergamia (bergamot) essential oil, Citrus aurantifolia (lime) essential oil, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Camellia sinensis (Green Tea) Extract
That sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?
Anti-smelly and wetness test:
I put it on in the morning after I woke up and started with an early workout (30 min of HIIT and 30min of ABS) followed by a full day in the sun without reapplying it. (I typically shower after working out but for the purpose of testing the full potential of the deodorant, I didn’t on this day – as I was on the beach during the day :-))
It definitely passed the anti-smelly and wetness test which surprised me a lot. At the end of the day the fragrance was gone but my armpits were dry and odorless.
They come in different fragrances:
Fragrance free, Ylang-Ylang, Bergamot-Lime, Lavender-Sage and Cedarwood-Juniper
I have tried them all and my favorite by far is the Bergamot-Lime one (and I am typically the flowery, feminine type of person). It smells fresh and revitalizing.
I first bought the deodorant that comes in a little jar and has a spatula inside. You are supposed to scrape out a bit of the pomade and rub it in between your fingers and finally apply them on to your armpits.
To be honest, this didn’t appeal too much to me, because I don’t like having deodorant all over my hands (it’s a waxy texture and thus not too easy to wash off); plus it took some extra time in the morning (every minute counts ;-)) However, I continued using it because it worked so well.
Luckily, they recently came out with these deodorants in stick form and I LOVE this so much more.
Please let me know below which healthy alternative you love! 🙂
Have a positive day!