While natural deodorants can do a pretty good job of keeping you smelling fresh (if they’ve got the right ingredients), it’s an entirely different game when you’re looking for natural deodorants that keep you dry, as well. Last week, I wrote about natural deodorants that actually work, and I talked about how it’s one of my all-time favorite subjects, because people need to know that some deodorants' chemicals can cause more harm than good. That being said, there’s a significant difference between deodorants and antiperspirants, and for people who rely heavily on the latter in order to keep dry, natural options are a lot harder to find.
Deodorants kill or combat the bacteria under your arms, so that it doesn’t produce an odor when you start to sweat. Easy enough. Antiperspirants, however, actually block your pores to control moisture, normally using something like aluminum, which has been linked to various health issues. If you’re looking for a natural alternative that’s going to keep you moisture-free, try checking your labels for safe and absorbent ingredients that work all day to soak up sweat. Not sure where to start? No worries. I’ve compiled a list of some of the most reliable and effective natural options that keep your underarms fresh and dry.
1. Absorb Moisture With Activated Charcoal
This naturally sourced deodorant uses activated charcoal powder, which is one of the most absorbent natural substances you can find in any beauty product. It’s got a light pleasant smell because of the essential oils, and it’s easy to apply because it’s not chalky or greasy. So needless to say, reviewers are pretty impressed.
2. Keep Fresh With Aloe And Botanicals
Made from only naturally-sourced and organic ingredients, Real Purity roll-on natural deodorant has a great mix of essential oils to combat bacteria and keep you smelling fresh, but it’s also got aloe and natural vegetable glycerin to keep you dry all day long. It’s an awesome option for people transitioning from synthetic deodorants, as it’s a roll-on that actually works, and people love that it won’t irritate even the most sensitive skin.
3. A Really Popular Option For Staying Dry
With over 5,000 rave reviews, Green Tidings all-natural deodorant is one of the most popular natural deodorants out there, and because it has absorbent tapioca starch, it keeps you ridiculously dry all day long. People say it’s one of the best they’ve ever used because it’s got no stains, no smell, and great ingredients.
4. Soak Up Sweat With Arrowroot And Baking Soda
This Noniko magic deodorant has no aluminum or parabens, which are the more common ways that antiperspirants keep you dry. Instead, it’s got arrowroot powder and baking soda, which do an incredible job of absorbing sweat and moisture. Even reviewers who are self-deemed “heavy sweaters” say, “it did not leave a sticky residue and worked perfectly! I was so surprised at how well it worked and it smelled AMAZING.”
5. Keep Skin Dry With Mineral Salts
Anyone who’s read any of my articles knows that I’m all for this Crystal Body deodorant stick. It uses natural mineral salts to form a protective barrier over the skin, which keep it dry and fresh anywhere on the body. It’s a beautiful thing for those of us who sweat under our knees, between our legs, and on our chests, and reviewers say that this stuff’s a definite winner because it keeps them “dry and odorless.”
6. Combat Moisture And Fight Bacteria
The top ingredients for this AC Nature all-natural deodorant stick are arrowroot powder, baking soda, and coconut oil, all of which help to combat moisture and fight bacteria while you’re going about your day. It’s amazing for sensitive skin because it’s got absolutely nothing synthetic, and one reviewer says, “After applying it I noticed that my underarms were dry and cool,” even despite a boiling drive through Reno.
7. A Deodorizing Lotion That’s The Real Deal
This one skips the aluminum, and instead uses natural powders to soak up sweat. This deodorant has been called “the real deal” by reviewers because it smells incredible and feels more like a lotion than a deodorant, leaving your underarms protected, moisturized, and feeling healthy. Plus, one tiny application lasts all day — unlike some other natural brands, where reapplication is a necessity.
8. This Powder That Stops Wetness And Chafing
This cool mint Talc-free powder skips the talc and parabens, and instead uses botanical and absorbent ingredients like tapioca starch to keep things fresh, dry, and gliding all day. It also has odor-combatting oils that help to take care of bacteria, and you can use it under your arms, on your feet, or between your legs to stop chafing and wetness on hot summer days.
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