Best Natural Deodorants
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How to pick a safe deodorant

Choose roll-ons, sticks and sprays don't contain parabens, PEGs, synthetic ingredients including hormone-disrupting fragrance and antibacterials, petrochemicals, or aluminum compounds.

Each is third-party certified. Each contains some and/or all organic and sometimes even biodynamic ingredients that are easy to pronounce and easy to understand. And each comes from brands involved with The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.


Deodorant: What to Look For

  • Third-party certified organic or natural products
  • Deodorants that come in recyclable packaging (my Weleda spray is glass), or in packaging with post-consumer content
  • Leaping Bunny-certified products
  • Ingredient lists you can read and understand

Example product 1, Dr. Hauschka is the ne plus ultra of natural deodorant.

It's third party-certified (by BDIH), the Floral variety smells particularly great and the Fresh works well on men. The ingredients are as pure as it gets, and it's amazingly effective compared to other so-called natural sticks and roll-ons (thanks to, they say, odor-reducing zinc ricinoleate). Martha Stewart swears by it. Even the packaging is green — it comes in easily recyclable glass, not plastic

Example product 2, Terressentials

This USDA Organic certified deodorant is unique in that not only does it not contain the questionable ingredients in most conventional deodorants, it's also "specially formulated to help neutralize the sulfur compounds that can result from eating garlic." Even if you're not a garlic-o-phile, the organic Terressentials Organic Super Protection Deodorant roll-ons -- choose from fragrance-free, zen spice, lavender fresh, aloe vera or zesty citrus ($10) -- contain baking soda, among other odor-fighting ingredients.

(For more information article March 6 2011)