Excess body odor can be a serious problem faced by men of all ages.
It's uncomfortable, embarrassing and can wreak havoc on your social life and self-confidence.
Due to body odor being a rather unpopular option, up to 85% of men use a standard deodorant on a regular basis–which is great.
But there are a few things to consider.
Standard deodorants often contain carcinogens which may cause serious, and sometimes preventable, health problems.
If you have been considering on making the switch to a natural deodorant from a standard one, then today is your lucky day.
There are plenty of alternative options that effectively handle body odor and excess sweating without the possible unhealthy side effects.
Wanna learn more? Keep on reading.
My Top Natural Deodorant Picks!
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Do Natural Deodorants Really Work?
Interestingly, deodorants and antiperspirants haven't been around for very long.
In fact, the first anti bacterial deodorant didn't roll out until the late 1880's and was simply marketed to consumers as Mum. While the first sweat and odor protecting deodorants arrived in 1903, they also arrived without much fanfare.
People would still wash on a regular basis (although not as often) and would simply wear cologne and perfumes to cover up excess body odor.
But do they actually work? The just remains divided. Although natural deodorants have been around for decades, their popularity remains somewhat elusive.
Nevertheless, natural deodorants are gaining traction due their healthier ingredients as well as greater public awareness regarding physical and overall metal health.
Watch this video to learn why you may want to switch to a natural deodorant:
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The Environmental Working Group (EWG), the gold standard in consumer reporting, remain somewhat ambiguous on whether or not natural deodorants actually work. But are quick to point out that many of the chemical compounds found in standard deodorants may cause harmful build up overtime causing skin irritation and redness.
Making the Switch to a Natural Deodorant?
While natural deodorants have numerous health and wellness benefits, its important to note that these deodorants unfortunately do not work well for everyone.
Depending on body chemistry, physically activity, and seasonal temperatures, these Eco-friendly wonders will most likely take some time for your body to get used to.
When choosing a natural deodorant its important to look for products that contain all naturally derived ingredients that are sourced from trees, plants, flowers (for scent), and fruits. It should be noted that just because a deodorant is labelled as natural, doesn't necessarily mean it is.
The closer an all-natural product is to 100%, the better.
Although natural deodorants have their benefits, its important to note one major difference–its texture. Due to the lack of chemicals found in natural deodorants they do not remain perfectly mixed at all times. Give it a quick stir with a small spoon or utensil to have the product bounce back to its original consistency.
Are Natural Deodorants Really All That Natural?
Interestingly, the FDA does not currently have any regulations in place to enforce what companies can actually call natural.
Without this safety regulation, its important for the general consumer to do their homework by researching different brands and products to see whether or not these products actually live up to their all-natural hype.
Regardless of what type of deodorant you prefer, try to avoid deodorants that may contain toxic and unhealthy ingredients. Synthetic and harsh ingredients can promote cancer cells in men.
Natural Deodorants vs The Other Guys
Without a doubt, we all know standard deodorants do their job. They keep us odor and sweat free for the entire day, but they can also be dangerous.
Similarly, natural deodorants for well for some, but not for others. Find out works best for you. It basically comes down personal preference and lifestyle.
Ingredients to Avoid
Although natural deodorants have their faults, they are applauded for their healthy and sustainable ingredients.
When choosing a deodorant, natural or otherwise, consider stepping away from products that may contain cancer causing ingredients. Here's what ingredients to avoid.
- Parabens (Benzyl, Butyl, Ethyl, Methyl, Propyl)
- Aluminum (Aluminum Chloralhydrate, Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex GLY)
If you're feeling crafty, watch this video and make your own natural deodorant. We can't verify it'll work, but hey, why not?
Deodorants That Should Be Avoided
Whether or not you decide to make the switch to a natural deodorant, its important to be at least be somewhat familiar with the potential heath risks of standard deodorants.
Similar to all natural deodorants not being created equally, these consumer favorites contain at least one of these ingredients listed above.
- AXE (Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex Gly, Talc)
- Old Spice (Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex Gly, Talc)
- Right Guard (Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex Gly, Parabens, Talc)
Now that I've covered some of the basics, let's get into some of my favorite products.
What really sets natural deodorants apart is their ingredients or lack thereof. Many of these odor fighting wonders contain less then ten ingredients and do not contain harmful toxins. So without further ado, here is a list of five natural deodorants that actually work.
Primal Pit Paste neutralizes body odor and is handcrafted with the finest organic and naturally derived ingredients. Offers three levels of odor-fighting strengths to help ensure maximum, all-day protection. Primal Contains only seven primary ingredients. Neutralizes body odor without clogging pores or irritating the skin.
From ingredients to packaging, Tom's of Maine has been living green for more than forty years. Contains no artificial fragrances or ingredients and is never tested on animals. Aluminum free, this long lasting natural deodorant contains odor fighting botanicals to help ensure long lasting protection against odor and sweat.
The Final Word
Although natural deodorants are touted for their health protecting benefits; the jury is still out on whether or not they actually work over the long haul. While these natural deodorants are free from harsh chemicals, their ability to fight odor and sweat greatly depends on body chemistry, physical activity and seasonal temperature.
Without a doubt, The Best Deodorant on Earth is my top pick. With only three ingredients and long lasting application–it's as natural as it gets.
Written by Robert Ordway
Raised in the small mill town of Lake Station, Indiana, Robert’s blue collar upbringing exposed him to little if any of the clothing industry. Robert has been following the menswear industry for over a decade and has been significantly influenced by the book, Dressing the Man by Alan Flusser. From 2009-2012, he worked in retail sales at both Brooks Brothers and JCrew. In 2015, Robert received the Custom Clothier certification from the Custom Tailor and Designers Association (CTDA), the oldest continuously operating trade organization in the United States. He is the former owner of Rusted Oak, a men’s retail clothing store in Valparaiso, Indiana.
Today, Robert's mission is to teach men of all shapes and sizes about grooming care, general life style tips, and of course male fashion stemming from his deep career in the fashion industry.