Call me weird or call me a hippie, but writing about (and shopping for)
weird but effective natural deodorants is way up there on my list of favorite pastimes. Is it as relaxing as breaking out the knitting needles or as enjoyable as meeting some friends for a beer? Maybe not, but I do feel infinitely better when I get to share the benefits of all-natural beauty products with people, and here's why:
In society (and within the hygiene sphere specifically), there are two major issues that are currently butting heads. People are finally starting to realize the dangers of putting
toxic ingredients on their bodies, because the skin is pretty much a giant sponge that absorbs everything you put on it. On the other hand, though, while modern hygiene standards are loosening up, people still want to feel and smell fresh all day long, so they're especially hesitant to stop using toxic chemicals in their deodorants and antiperspirants.
That's where my satisfaction with this topic comes in. If I'm able to find and share the best all-natural deodorants (
without harmful aluminum or other rough ingredients), and they actually work for people, I'm a pretty happy lady. Check out some of the most bizarre yet effective natural underarm solutions right here. 1 This Mineral Salt Rock That Blocks Odor-Causing Bacteria Positive Essence Crystal Active Stone, $10, Amazon
Positive Essence Crystal Active stone is essentially just a clear rock made of mineral salts, but when you wet it and rub it under your arms, it forms a clear barrier that stops odor caused by bacteria. It's got no smell, no residue, no stickiness, and no hassle, and it works to keep you fresh for a really, really long time. Best of all, it's made from one all-natural ingredient. 2 These Genius Body-Safe Wipes For Use Anywhere Whish Deodorant Wipes, $21, Amazon
Whish deodorant wipes are lifesavers, especially when you're on the go. They're made from a genius combination of saccharomyces ferment and witch hazel extract that prevents body odor without leaving a chalky mess. They also come in 30 individually wrapped wipes, so you can throw them in your locker or your pocketbook for use anywhere, anytime. 3 Tackle Bacteria And Fungus With Tea Tree Oil In The Shower Oleavine Tea Tree Antifungal Soap, $15, Amazon
Made with only organic and natural ingredients,
Oleavine tea tree antifungal soap is an incredible option, if you're struggling with stubborn body odor. That's because it uses tea tree essential oil to gently get rid of bacteria and fungus, and it's got other essential oils that soothe and moisturize irritated skin. Some even use it to treat their most difficult cases of athletes foot. 4 This Natural Option That Smells Fresh And Reduces Moisture 5 This Convenient Spray That Goes On Clear And Stays Fresh 6 Make Sure Your Soap Helps To Balance Your Skin AIRA Handmade Organic Herbal Bar Body Soap, $10, Amazon
You might think that a hardcore antibacterial soap is keeping you fresh, but it might actually be stripping essential beneficial bacteria (or flora) that feeds on the bad odor-causing bacteria.
AIRA handmade organic herbal bar soap instead uses great essential oils like clove and cinnamon, which naturally work to keep you smelling clean all day long. It's also got Moroccan red clay, which cleanses pores and absorbs odors. 7 Activated Charcoal And Mushrooms Genuinely Keep You Clean 8 This Super-Sensitive Paste With 12 Different Aromas Routine De-Odor-Cream Natural Deodorant Cream, $25, Amazon
For those with the most sensitive skin imaginable, you've got
Routine De-Odor-Cream natural deodorant cream. It uses beeswax and clay in a paste form that's easy to spread under your arms for all-day protection without rashes or irritations. People are in love with the 12 different aromas, and they're saying things like, "This one survives all day and carries me through a crossfit workout and my regular gym workout without needing to be reapplied. Plus, it smells good too." 9 This Tea Tree And Thyme Spray For Your Body (Or Anything Else) Violet Twig Natural Deodorant, $15, Amazon
With organic essential oils,
Violet Twig natural deodorant is a convenient spray that works wonders all over your body. Thyme and tea tree prevent the growth of odor-causing bacteria, and reviewers have awesome things to say: "You can use it for so many different things and make them all smell terrific! It's not too spicy and not too flowery -- it's just perfect." 10 This Activated Charcoal-Based Deodorant Seen On Shark Tank ArmPit Armor, $20, Amazon
Originally seen on
Shark Tank, ArmPit Armor is an all-natural deodorant that uses activated charcoal and arrowroot powder to soak up smells and moisture. It's super easy to apply because it comes in stick form, and it even naturally fights odor with antibacterial coconut oil. "I have tried ALL of the major natural deodorants out there and this is by far the best!" says one reviewer who loves the convenience and smell of it. Bustle may receive a portion of sales from products purchased from this article, which was created independently from Bustle's editorial and sales departments.
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