Deodorant is certainly one of those necessary personal care items, even for the all-natural crowd. Most of the women I know want to use natural deodorant ingredients instead of the potentially harmful stuff. In the last few years a lot of natural deodorant options have become available because many people are starting to wake up to the dangers of conventional deodorant.
If you’re wondering why conventional deodorant is unhealthy, read my post: This is what cosmetic companies don’t want you to know about deodorant. With all the companies out there that are green-washing their product labels to appeal to the organic crowd it’s important to be educated on the natural deodorant ingredients you can trust.
There are really three categories of ingredients needed to make an effective natural deodorant – anti-bacterial, absorbent, and skin-nourishing ingredients. You’ll notice that many of the skin nourishing ingredients listed below are things you’ll find in the products I make because they are really amazing for your skin. There are a lot of healthy options available in all three of these categories. The list I’ve put together includes some of the most common ingredients you’ll find in deodorant products and also in many homemade deodorant recipes you’ll find online.
I created this list for two reasons. First, it’s a way to quickly check the product labels of the deodorants you are currently using or of one you are considering buying. The other reason is that this list can be used to create your own homemade deodorant concoctions using natural deodorant ingredients that will actually get the job done.
Natural Anti-bacterial Ingredients
- Tea Tree Oil
- Orange Essential Oil
- Lemongrass Oil
- Lavender Oil
- Peppermint Oil
- Magnesium Chloride
- Rosemary Extract
Natural Absorbent Ingredients
- Activated Charcoal
- Tapioca starch
- Diatomaceous Earth
- Baking Soda* (see my comments on this below)
*While baking soda is technically a safe ingredient to use, it can be extremely irritating to many people (myself included). There are a large number of natural deodorants that use it which makes them off limits to me and anyone else with sensitivities to this ingredient.
Skin Nourishing Ingredients
- Shea Butter
- Cocoa Butter
- Coconut Oil
- Aloe Vera
- Vitamin E Oil
There are endless combinations of these ingredients that you can create to make a deodorant that works for you. If I’ve learned anything from researching natural deodorant options it’s that there is no one magic formula. Some products and recipes work amazing for some people and at the same time they don’t work at all for someone else!
Do you make your own deodorant? What ingredients work for you?
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