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Natural Deodorants for a Sleeveless Summer

Natural Deodorants for a Sleeveless Summer

Body odor is the result of skin bacteria mixing with sweat. Most of us have been battling against this natural stank since puberty with Secret, Degree, Old Spice, or one of the like– sticking to the stick that best blocks our not-so-pleasant scents. But in the past few years, there has been a growing movement shunning antiperspirants, with claims that they can cause breast cancer, kidney issues, and more. Is fear this founded?

 

Let’s start with the basics. There are two major players in this arena: deodorant and antiperspirant. The difference between the two lies in their function: deodorant does exactly what its name implies– it masks the smell of your underarms. Antiperspirant, on the other hand, actually blocks your pores from producing sweat. Many sticks contain both. Antiperspirants however contain aluminum and parabens, which are the leading concern – the theory is that toxins will accumulate in the lymph nodes, and change healthy cells into cancer cells.

 

But this is just a theory. There are no confirmed studies proving traditional antiperspirants are harmful to your health; too much aluminum in the body IS harmful, but no studies have shown that enough aluminum gets trapped in the body from antiperspirants, leading to cancer. However– there are many bennies to wearing a natural deodorant regardless. They tend to be less irritating, especially for sensitive skin. Look out for brands with no essential oils or aluminum. Even baking soda can be irritating to some; really what it comes down to is personal skin sensitivity. Read on for some of the best natural deodorants out there– and be prepared for delicious-smelling armpits.

 

Native

Native Stick Deo

 

One of the most popular natural deodorant brands out there is Native. The drugstore brand is on the pricey side, but worth it. The scents are good enough to eat, especially the collaboration with Baked by Melissa. Fresh Peach Cupcake ‘pits? Yes, please!

 

Ursa Major

Ursa Major

 

Ursa Major’s Hoppin’ Fresh Deodorant is aluminum-free and naturally cooling, as it contains a refreshing blend of eucalyptus, rosemary, and peppermint. The well-reviewed brand also contains kaolin– a soft, mild clay used for its moisture-absorbing properties.

 

Megababe

Megababe

 

Megababe was founded by influencer, author and entrepreneur Katie Sturino. The brand started from the desire to create a clean product to reduce chafing, and the brand has been a huge success, expanding to a host of other products since. There are a slew of deodorants and armpit products offered; from pit wipes to an underarm mask. A standout deodorant is The Smoothie Deo, made with pH-balancing fruit enzymes.

 

Kosas

Kosa

 

Kosasport Chemistry Deodorant is a unique formula containing Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which works to treat body odor rather than just masking it. It claims to not only stop odor, but to brighten, exfoliate, sooth, soften, and nourish skin. You will have gorgeous pits in no time.