Why Make The Switch To A Natural Deodorant?
Natural deodorant may not be at the top of your list when getting started on your eco-journey, but it should be.
If you’re making changes to live a more environmentally-friendly life, there are some compromises you simply won’t want to make.
One of those is personal hygiene.
We get it: nobody wants to smell of BO, and it can be easy to assume that you have to stick to wasteful and harmful deodorant products from well-known beauty brands.
Don’t sweat it: natural deodorants can serve as an alternative that can give you confidence and keep your body fresh and odour-free.
Ok, granted- most natural deodorants are different from the silver spray cans we’re used to buying from the local supermarket, and they may seem alien at first. However, ditching your canned antiperspirant and replacing it with a greener product could have a huge impact on your carbon footprint. What’s more, there are some more surprising benefits to doing so…
Say No To Aluminium
Perhaps one of the biggest benefits of switching to a natural deodorant is that you don’t have to worry about aluminium on your body.
Recent studies have shown that aluminium found in antiperspirants can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s later in life by up to 60%. Scientists have also linked aluminium-based antiperspirants to cancer, which is pretty worrying. Also, if you shave regularly under your arms, you could possibly be increasing the risk of absorption of these dangerous aluminium salts through small nicks and abrasions from shaving.
Many have rubbished these studies and research is ongoing, but why take the risk? If you want to protect your body against the potentially harmful side effects of aluminium, switching to a natural deodorant makes that possible.
Aluminium-free deodorants can be found online (including right here at Friendly Turtle) and some beauty brands are relaunching their antiperspirant products without aluminium, or selling a marked-up aluminium-free version.
You’ll Sweat Less
Breaking news: some conventional deodorants can actually clog your pores and cause you to sweat more, rather than prevent you from sweating as they’re supposed to.
Depending on your skin type, you may find that some high-street deodorants and antiperspirants have the opposite effect and even cause you discomfort when wearing them. Switching to a natural deodorant will help you sweat less and also make your skin smooth and soft, rather than dry and irritated.
That’s because deodorants include harsh and synthetic chemicals that are bad for the skin. These chemicals that block the pores actually cause the bad bacteria to build up which can get quite smelly. By not blocking these pores, the good bacteria can thrive under your arms which are naturally not smelly by nature.
You’re Natural Deodorant Can Help Save The Planet
Time to state the obvious: canned deodorants are bad for the environment. Most contain mineral oil, meaning they emit carbon and harmful pollutants which damage our surroundings, whilst spray bottles contain volatile organic compounds.
What’s more, many deodorant products include triclosan, an antifungal agent that can harm our waterways and have a knock-on effect on aquatic wildlife.
Perhaps most obviously, deodorant cans are non-recyclable, with both tin-based and plastic-based packaging causing pollution in our environment when they’re sent to landfill. Look out for the natural deodorants which come completely plastic free, meaning nothing will be left behind to pollute our environment once you’re done with it.
You Can Live Cruelty-Free
Because most natural deodorants are formulated without synthetic chemicals, they’re not tested on animals and are therefore cruelty-free.
Cosmetics companies have come a long way in recent years and many have promised to ban or phase out animal testing, but you’d be surprised at how many still use animals when creating products or changing formulas.
Of course, we always recommend double-checking with the company you’re buying from to ensure they’re cruelty-free, but the chances are that if you’re buying from a brand producing natural deodorants, it’s going to be part of their policy.
And, of course, that’s our policy here at Friendly Turtle too!
You Can Forget About Yellow Stains
Finally, let’s talk about yellow stains.
There’s nothing more frustrating than getting ready for a night out, only to stain your dress or shirt with a yellow or white mark.
That’s because of the aluminium in the ingredients, which can turn your fabric yellow after extended use.
When you switch to a natural deodorant, you won’t have to worry about those stains – you can apply as little or as much deodorant as you think you’ll need, and leftover residue easily washes out.
What Is The Best Natural Deodorant?
So, we’ve covered the biggest benefits of making the switch to natural deodorant – so now only one question remains: what’s the best natural deodorant?
As is the case with any health and beauty product, there’s no right or wrong answer here.
We recommend that you try a few products and brands to see what works best for you – and sticking with your favourite.
Our Top Pick – Earth Conscious
There’s a very good reason we have chosen to work with Earth Conscious for our natural deodorants. All of their deodorants are produced right here in the UK and have picked up countless awards along their journey. They’re all vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable, plastic-free packaging.
The lemon and rosemary deodorant stick balm from Earth Conscious, for example, is made from 100% natural ingredients. It’s a popular choice because of its organic essential oils, which are delicate on your skin.
Rather than spraying, you apply your deodorant using a cardboard stick applicator which you rub on. Because of its gorgeous coconut oil and shea butter formula, you can rub it in gently using your fingertips to help it spread further.
If you’re after something you can take on the go, then the Lavender & Tea Tree Natural Deodorant Tin from Earth Conscious is another contender. Calm and soothing, it offers strong protection throughout the day, so you can feel confident whatever you’re getting up to.
Or if you’re after something with maximum protection, you might want to give the Peppermint and Spearmint Natural Deodorant a go.
In our opinion, they’re the best product for the job! This natural deodorant will allow your body to remove toxins just as nature intended.
Ready to get started? Check out our natural deodorants on our website, and enjoy free UK delivery when you spend £50 or more. If you’ve got any questions or fancy a chat, click here to get in touch – we love to chat about our eco-conscious health and beauty products!