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‘I Tried 11 Natural Deodorants on a Quest to Find One That Actually Works’

So you’ve successfully transitioned to natural personal care products and cleaning essentials such as laundry soap. But if you’ve been a bit reluctant to go all-natural when it comes to a deodorant, a writer at Greatist has reviewed 11 products for you, rating them with stars, zero to five. Two products won the coveted five-star “awards.”

It’s understandable that you might be hesitant to give up your favorite commercial deodorant, even if you’re the most enthusiastic “naturalist” around. As the writer above mentions, no one wants to be labeled as having “BO.” That’s why Americans spend $18 billion a year on deodorants and antiperspirants in a quest to cover up body odor and reduce sweating — even though the first deodorant wasn’t even introduced until 1888.

One reason so many people are looking for natural deodorant alternatives is because so many ingredients in commercial products can be harmful, such as parabens and aluminum. Obviously, the important thing to know is what is safe when it comes to wanting that underarm “smell” not to be offensive. That’s where reading labels and choosing the best natural deodorant comes in. While a paste made from baking soda and water also works as a natural deodorant, it is possible to simply go without antiperspirants and deodorants, if you’re willing to try it.

It's been well over 40 years since I quit using antiperspirant or deodorant — even natural ones. I find that regularly washing my armpits with soap and making sure my diet is clean with minimal sugar and plenty of fermented vegetables are all that are needed to keep my armpit odor from being offensive.
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