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In recent years, natural deodorants have become very popular. Many concerned about the chemicals and potentially harmful effects from conventional deodorants. Conventional deodorants, including deodorants, antiperspirants often contain ingredients such as aluminum, which is pre-associated with various health problems. Yet significant amounts of data on the potential adverse effects of the conventional deodorants, but those who are worried about their health have begun looking for alternative deodorants. Fortunately, there are many options. Among alternative deodorants are mineral, powder, cream and others. This article describes the types of alternative deodorants, as well as the pros and cons of each.

Mineral deodorant crystals

Mineral deodorants are probably the most popular alternative deodorants. Most decided to try an alternative deodorant start with mineral. However, it is important to remember that application of mineral deodorants is very different from traditional pencils. They are literally made of crystals and can damage the skin if used improperly. It is important to remember that for the normal application of mineral deodorant should be moist. Not bleed with moisture, but wet enough to slide over the skin of the armpits. Many people use these deodorants right in the shower or immediately after.

Mineral deodorants have many advantages, including absence of allergic reactions and odors. They do not dry the skin, budget and persistent, they have a lot of sells. This is the most popular alternative to the deodorants.

The main disadvantage of mineral deodorants is that at first difficult to understand how to use it with comfort for the body. For people with very sensitive skin armpit it can be a bit annoying even after correct application. In addition, mineral deodorants do not have any odor that could kill body odors.

Mineral deodorants

Mineral deodorants will be a suitable option for those who want to try mineral deodorant, but looking for more convenient in application alternative. As in the case of crystal mineral deodorants and pencils, look for sprays without potentially harmful substances such as products of aluminium. Mineral sprays can be hypoallergenic and have no odour in order to avoid possible skin irritation. Like the pencils, this type of deodorant should be applied on clean skin. After application of natural minerals in the spray will start to operate and will naturally reduce odor and sweating. As with pencils, spray has its advantages and disadvantages, which need to keep in mind if you are looking for an alternative to conventional deodorants.

Their main advantages: simplicity of application, low probability of skin irritation and the lack of questionable chemicals.

Main drawback: lack of flavor that could hide a strong smell from the body.

Natural cream deodorant

Perhaps many had not heard about cream deodorants. However, they have obvious advantages compared with other alternative and conventional deodorants. As might be expected, there is no aluminum and its products that are found in traditional deodorants. Many do not even contain alcohol, which is still part of many alternative deodorants. This reduces the likelihood of skin irritation. Its another interesting property is the ability to block odors for up to 7 days. Of course, this time depends on the individual. People with naturally strong body odor the smell can be less than 7 days.

Looking for cream deodorant without parabens. They are used in many alternative deodorants, despite the potential harmful effects. Another advantage of the cream-deodorant does not have to re-apply even after the gym or shower – it has a strong resistance.

The main disadvantage of the cream-deodorant is somewhat awkward method of applying for those who are not accustomed to this new type. Most deodorants represent pencils or sprays, so the cream needs a little getting used to. In addition, despite the absence of alcohol or aluminum, the cream may still contain some artificial chemicals and therefore is not completely organic.

It is important to know the unique composition of the cream-deodorant. Its most important ingredient – castor oil. Another ingredient that gives the deodorant a creamy texture, is Carnauba wax. The cream is easy to apply due to the wax and Talca. Other important ingredients include potato starch, milk protein, chamomile, soybean oil and calendula flower extract. Creams also usually contain flower extract Arnica.

Natural powder deodorant

All natural powder deodorant is another popular alternative to traditional deodorants. Its composition is very simple, and usually it does not contain any potentially harmful chemicals often found in traditional deodorants. Powder deodorant is based on a very simple mixture of baking soda and corn starch. This combination helps to absorb odor and sweat. Some manufacturers add a soft floral fragrance using natural essential oils. Thus masked the odor without the risk of skin irritation.

Natural homemade alternative deodorants

Although everything mentioned in this list, the products mainly use natural and organic ingredients, some may find them lacking in natural. Then you can switch from traditional to alternative deodorants with products of own production. As a homemade deodorant you can use many natural substances. We offer two very easy to manufacture option. Home deodorants is harmful chemicals used, only natural ingredients. Often they are a little cheaper than the natural alternative deodorant.

Homemade deodorant coconut oil


  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons arrowroot or cornstarch
  • Different essential oils


  • In large bowl, combine arrowroot or cornstarch and baking soda.
  • With a fork mix baking soda, arrowroot or cornstarch and coconut oil until complete mixing.
  • Optionally, add essential oils for natural hypoallergenic fragrance.
  • Save the mix in an old container of deodorant or a small Bank.
  • The main plus of this recipe is a mixture of coconut oil and baking soda for soft skin and at the same time effective against sweating and odor. The main disadvantage: some may experience sensitivity to the baking soda. Side effects occur rarely, and often helps to decrease the amount of baking soda in the recipe.

    Homemade deodorant on the basis of Shea butter and coconut oil


    • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
    • 3 tablespoons of baking soda
    • 2 tablespoons of Shea butter
    • 2 tablespoons arrowroot or cornstarch
    • Different essential oils


  • Melt Shea butter and coconut oil together over medium heat.
  • Remove the Shea butter and coconut oil from heat immediately after their melting.
  • Add the baking soda and arrowroot or corn starch, and stir until complete mixing.
  • If desired, add essential oil. The presence and amount of essential oils depend on personal preference. The more essential oils, the stronger the flavor.
  • Store the mix in an old container of deodorant or a small glass jar.
  • The main advantage of this recipe compared to many others – Shea butter, which moisturizes and protects the skin. However, it is also the main disadvantage because of its considerable price, so a deodorant can be more expensive than many.

    Insights about alternative deodorants

    Natural and homemade alternative deodorants can reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals and save your money. Those who are accustomed to making their own products at home, might like the process of making homemade alternative deodorants. The effects of using various alternative deodorants can be individual for everyone, so it is best to try each for about a week and evaluate. Please note that not all of these alternative deodorants act as antiperspirants.

    This article was written by staff writer iHerb.