Natural Deodorant? Really?

‘Natural Deodorant, Hell No!’ was the first thing that popped into my head when the lady told me that what she uses.  I didn’t verbalise it though but I did in my ignorance say “so what is that, is it like just letting your body do its thing?” She laughed at me and said “not quite but in the beginning when I found out about the aluminium in normal deodorants I used to just cut a slice of lemon, rub that under my armpits each morning and that was me” My eyebrows raised but I didn’t want to offend so I let her continue “then after that” she laughed “I used to dust my pits with baking soda but that gave me rashes so now I have found a good shop bought one that I use”.

‘So why on earth would anybody want to go through that?’ I wondered.

The thing is I really love my shop bought brands like Dove antiperspirant or Sure 24 hour protection. It smells good, I smell good and to be honest I wanna smell good!  This lady had sweat patches under her armpits and whilst she always smelled lovely I had noticed them before.

We continued to talk and she told me about all the dangers of the mainstream brands I took it all lightly but when I got home I decided to do a bit of research. I am as you remember, taking small steps towards a more natural lifestyle.  It turns out she does have some valid points.  

The chemicals of the thing that we push into the cracks of our armpits each morning are interesting. Sometimes I use mine straight from shaving so my skin is broken. When I looked on the ingredients list of my current deodorant the two that stood out for me where;

Aluminium blocks the pores and stops us sweating; you do find it in every antiperspirant.  It is suggested that aluminium applied frequently and left on the skin near the breast may be absorbed and cause estrogen-like effects. As estrogen has the ability to promote the growth of breast cancer cells many articles I found screamed that it causes breast cancer but being honest I did not find any definite studies that say it really could cause it.

Parabens are a preservative which have been shown to mimic the activity of estrogen in the body’s cells. I did find a legitimate study from the National Cancer Institute which did show that parabens do build up in breast tissue and during the course of this study they found parabens in 18 of 20 samples of tissue from human breast tumours. However I should add that it did not say that parabens were the cause of these tumours

The articles I read also said that mothers who are breast feeding should avoid deodorants with either of these ingredients. 

Even after reading everything and researching all the ingredients I am still not sure I will make the switch to using a natural deodorant all the time but I am willing to try one out. I know I can’t avoid all chemicals completely and if you researched ingredients in everything you used you would never want to use anything again but it is worth trying to reduce them.
My hesitation comes from the fact that natural deodorants are not antiperspirants (remember no aluminium) so you will still sweat. The body is supposed to sweat; it’s good for us it gets all the toxins out of our body but do I really want sweat stains and patches on my clothes? At one point I imagined myself in my wedding dress with sweat patches and that is just not going to happen. 

I am not feeling this. 

Anyway I’m rambling sorry. Today I bought a Natural Aluminium Free Deodorant called Bionsen you can get it from Boots.  
I will try this

I will let you know the full list of ingredients when I try it properly. This will be over a weekend or something so I don’t stink my workplace out if it fails. I am used to having dry as the Sahara pits, its going to be a strange experience feeling wetness. I will do a follow up post and let you know how I get on.



  1. Gosh that worries me about the chemicals – I never think about things like that and just use ignorantly. I don’t want sweat patches either though!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Great article.You can get many more natural deodarants on:

    This isn’t a sales pitch (LOL) i had a reaction to a mainstream product and was really annoyed so i did my research and discovered the above site.It’s good to know you can buy one from boots.

  3. It really isn’t that bad, I have just recently started using my own hand made deodorant and it has been holding up very well in this heat. Funny enough, I did a post about natural deodorant on my blog a couple of weeks ago.