Deodorant is probably the very toughest product for me to source for my clients. If you’re going to switch to safe, natural deodorant products, you’re going to have to accept the fact that none of them will work as well as Secret. I am not a big sweat-er, so natural deodorants work fine for me–I use baby wipes to freshen up once or twice throughout the day, after which I reapply whatever natural deodorant I’m trying (one big perk of this job is lots of product samples!).
At some point I will carve out the time to write a comprehensive Safe Product Guide for deodorants/antiperspirants, which will get into the nitty gritty on what to look for–and what to avoid–in natural deodorant, plus the usual list of Good, Bad, and Sneaky products. (One big issue is that the vast majority of natural deodorants contain potassium alum, which I believe carries the same risks as aluminum found in many mainstream deodorants).
For those of you who just can’t wait for the Safe Deodorant Guide, here’s a short list of the brands that I’ve vetted, tried, and liked–even if none of them compares to my 1990s favorite, Degree Shower Fresh.
Natural Deodorant Cheat Sheet
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