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Paraben free antiperspirant, I have had my share of experiences trying a few of these and without much luck (safe antiperspirant may be an oxymoron).  Most traditional antiperspirants contain chemicals like parabens, formaldehyde and triclosan, which are health risks, no wonder we are looking for alternatives.  Antiperspirant’s main ingredient is aluminum which clogs the pores and prevents wetness.  This is the key ingredient that causes much of the antiperspirant controversy.  While aluminum has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer, many studies show there is no conclusive evidence of such links.  And while this is debated back and forth, many people want to steer clear of aluminum because its mining pollutes and harms the environment.

The good news is that there are many natural deodorant alternatives. Keep in mind that these are deodorants – not antiperspirants.  They will not stop sweating but help mask the odor.  In the hot summer months, these may need application a few times a day.

Kiss My Face Liquid Rock Roll-On-Lavender

Burt’s Bees Herbal Deodorant

JĀSÖN deodorant (many scents available)

Homemade is also an option a la Portlandia.  They did a great episode about the topic of natural antiperspirant, hilarious, watch it here!  I’m not crazy about the DIY idea because of the hassle and mess (I am a luxury girl after all), but I know some people that think this is a great choice. You can go basic – one part baking soda to six parts cornstarch or rubbing sliced lemon under your armpits (really not excited about this idea) – or if you are up for it you can create your own concoction.  A great resource for homemade deodorant is The Wellness Mama.

Here is a sample homemade deodorant:

Ingredients:

◾6 T coconut oil

◾1/4 cup (4 T) baking soda

◾1/4 cup (4 T) arrowroot or cornstarch

◾essential oils (optional)

What to Do:

1.  Mix baking soda and arrowroot together in a medium sized bowl.

2.  Mash in coconut oil with a fork until well mixed.

3.  Add oils if desired.

4.  Store in small glass jar or old deodorant container for easy use.