natural deodorants are hard to come by, but - thankfully for everyone around us - they do exist.
While what exactly counts as ‘natural’ is much disputed in the
beauty biz, the general consensus seems to be ‘free-from aluminium chloride’ - a chemical compound still making headlines for possibly increasing the risk of breast cancer.
But even if these claims are eventually debunked, there could be a good reason to make the switch if you’ve got sensitive skin.
Dr Alexis Granite, consultant dermatologist at London’s
Cadogan Clinic, told The Huffington Post UK aluminium salts can easily irritate armpits - causing dermatitis or folliculitis - and recommends trying a more ‘natural’ alternative if you’ve got sensitive or eczema-prone skin.
Aluminium salts work by temporarily blocking the sweat glands (hence the term anti-perspirant), so making the switch can take a bit of getting used to - ’Get The Glow’ author Madeline Shaw
told HuffPost there’s always a tricky “transitional period” at first.
Luckily, sweating doesn’t have to mean bad-smelling armpits - find the right bacteria-reducing ingredients and it’s like nothing ever happened under there. Read on below for our top 5 picks:
Malin+Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant, £18 from malinandgoetz.co.uk
Pricey? Yes. But this award-winning deodorant really does banish bad smells.
The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory eucalyptus does the job even in the hardest of spin classes.
Salt Of The Earth Pure Aura Scented Spray, £5.99 from crystalspring.co.uk
Praised by everyone from top beauty editors, to Madeline Shaw, Salt Of The Earth's spray deodorants work and work well.
This one includes a fusion of over 15 natural botanical extracts and oils, and smells far better than any chemical concoction.
Pitrok Crystal Natural Deodorant Stick, £6.59 from boots.com
The most 'natural' deodorant you can get - made entirely from mineral salts that stop bacteria reproducing.
There's just one downside - the crystal needs to be wet, or applied to wet underarms, making it slightly tricky to use on the go, but the perfect addition to your bathroom cabinet.
Lush The Greeench, £6.95 from lush.com
With nothing but five-star reviews, this talc-based deodorant powder is one of the most popular around.
Thanks to the talc, it actually stops you sweating. Odour-fighting lycopodium and tea tree oil add a second string to its bow.
True Organic Of Sweden Undercover Agent, £10 from trueorganicofsweden.co.uk
This convenient roll-on deodorant is ideal for popping in your bag. The non-sticky formula and subtle fresh scent are ideal for reapplying mid-day.