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Detox Your Deodorant - A Review of Natural Brands and a DIY Recipe to Boot!

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Over the past two and half years that I've been producing "Whole Living", I've come a long way in detoxifying my daily routines, switching to natural cleaning products, cosmetics, and skin care products.  Yet I kept my trusty stick of industrial-strength deodorant.  After trying a crystal in high school and ending up a big soggy mess, I was convinced that I needed a bunch of metals and chemicals to keep my pits in check.   After all, who wants to risk discomfort, stink, and stains?   

For you, reader, I did risk them, testing many, many deodorants throughout the unusually hot summer of 2010 to see which ones would be able to keep B.O. at bay the natural way.  I am happy to present twelve that represent a wide range of prices, scents, and styles from Lavanila, Dr. Hauschka,  Dermalogica, Kiss My Face, Weleda, Bubble and Bee, Terressentials, Miessence, erbaviva, Avalon Organics, Aubrey Organics, and Lafe's

 

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Lavanila was my favorite of the bunch: the solid stick went on smoothly, dryness lasted all day, and I liked the light vanilla scent. ($18)

1 Lavanila was my favorite of the bunch: the solid stick went on smoothly, dryness lasted all day, and I liked the light vanilla scent. ($18)

Kiss My Face is definitely the best value: The roll-on in particular dried fast and beat a 98 degree day. My husband liked it, too.  ($5.99)

2 Kiss My Face is definitely the best value: The roll-on in particular dried fast and beat a 98 degree day. My husband liked it, too. ($5.99)

Dermalogica's clear stick wins big points for overall effectiveness, never getting on my clothes, and having no added scent. ($20)

3 Dermalogica's clear stick wins big points for overall effectiveness, never getting on my clothes, and having no added scent. ($20)

Dr. Hauschka has a well-earned a reputation for keeping fresh all day, just be sure to let the liquid formula dry before getting dressed. ($22.95)

4 Dr. Hauschka has a well-earned a reputation for keeping fresh all day, just be sure to let the liquid formula dry before getting dressed. ($22.95)

This light essential oil spray from Avalon Organics was effective, but it did need a reapplication by 5 pm. ($8.95)

5 This light essential oil spray from Avalon Organics was effective, but it did need a reapplication by 5 pm. ($8.95)

Miessence's roll-on worked all day, and it comes unscented for those of us who like to keep it simple. ($8.14)

6 Miessence's roll-on worked all day, and it comes unscented for those of us who like to keep it simple. ($8.14)

erbaviva's spray worked all day without reapplying, but note that it only combats odor and not wetness. ($18)

7 erbaviva's spray worked all day without reapplying, but note that it only combats odor and not wetness. ($18)

Terressentials makes a lavender-scented roll-on that worked well with just one reapplication mid-day. ($10)

8 Terressentials makes a lavender-scented roll-on that worked well with just one reapplication mid-day. ($10)

Weleda was the best of the spray genre, with a bright citrus smell that helped make it effective all day. ($12)

9 Weleda was the best of the spray genre, with a bright citrus smell that helped make it effective all day. ($12)

This roll-on Aubrey Organics worked well, but know that the retro/health food store packaging indicates a decidedly hippie scent of sandalwood and patchouli.  ($7.50)

10 This roll-on Aubrey Organics worked well, but know that the retro/health food store packaging indicates a decidedly hippie scent of sandalwood and patchouli. ($7.50)

Bubble and Bee's Pit Putty is just that, a sticky stick that feels a little weird when applied, but sets into a cover that'll keep your pits dry all day. ($9.85)

11 Bubble and Bee's Pit Putty is just that, a sticky stick that feels a little weird when applied, but sets into a cover that'll keep your pits dry all day. ($9.85)

Lafe's powder roll-on was both effective and affordable.($7.99)

12 Lafe's powder roll-on was both effective and affordable.($7.99)

If you're thinking of making the switch, you can look up detailed information about the chemicals in any deodorant  in the Environmental Working Group's database.  Or keep it really simple: Our listener Sarah in Texas called in to the show today to share this DIY deodorant recipe that requires just three ingredients.  If it works in hot, humid Texas, I bet it'd work anywhere!

More natural product reviews:

Detox Your Shampoo - We Give You the Score on 15 Brands
Detox Your Dental Care with Our Natural Toothpaste Roundup

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