All About Natural + Organic Deodorant

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Recently, I attended a detox talk at Pure and Simple where the panelists talked all about how to detox our bodies daily and about natural deodorant. There was so much great information shared that night and it really got me thinking that I have never talked in much detail about why to use natural organic deodorant and specifically which ones I like the best. So I decided to ask a poll on my insta stories to see how many people were using natural deodorants and there were about 20% of people that were a little nervous to try natural deodorant. It's a big deal, I get it and it can be really hard to find a natural organic deodorant that works, so I wanted to do my part and share with you what I have found to be the most effective. 

Why Use Natural Organic Deodorant?

For much of the same reason I choose to wear and use natural beauty products, I also have chosen to use natural organic deodorant. Conventional deodorant has many ingredients that I personally try to avoid, especially antiperspirant.

What about antiperspirant?

I will talk about why I choose not to use antiperspirant first. The main reason I don't use it and I don't don't recommend it is that it blocks your body from sweating, something that your body does naturally and should do naturally. Because of the aluminum present in it, it basically acts as a temporary plug within the sweat duct that stops the flow of sweat to the skin's surface. That may seem like an amazing thing to have happen, but I promise it is not. You don't want that stuff being stuck up in your body, right? Your body is designed to sweat and it is one of the main ways it eliminates toxins, so when we override that, we are basically allowing our body to also hold onto toxins.

There is also the risk associated with aluminum and cancer which is a whole other issue and a major reason to avoid using it on a daily basis. Although, some will say that we are exposed to aluminum in other ways (such as from food) and that we shouldn't worry about it in our antiperspirant, personally I still don't feel comfortable using it nor recommending it.

Another fun fact about antiperspirant is that is is actually labeled as a drug, not a cosmetic as deodorant is. This is because it actually temporarily changes the function of the skin as it suppresses the flow of sweat.

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Conventional Deodorant Issues:

Let's talk about other conventional deodorants then shall we? The problem with these is that the ingredients in them are mostly synthetic, contain fragrance and other ingredients that are best avoided altogether. Whenever you see fragrance listed on a product, just think chemical shitstorm, as it is considered a trade secret by the beauty industry. That means they DO NOT need to disclose what is in the product exactly. So even if they say things like natural, or paraben free or anything else, once you see the term fragrance and it doesn't indicate what is in it, you can't really be sure.

The other problem with all of these synthetic ingredients and chemicals is the way that they interact with each other. Sure, there are tests done on the safety of the product (although not nearly as strict as they are in the EU), they don't test the interaction of all of these products together. I don't know about you, but most women don't only wear one makeup or skincare product, right?

So what about the smell?

The main reason so many people are afraid or nervous to switch to natural organic deodorant is that they fear they will smell when they sweat. The interesting thing is that it is not sweat itself that smells, its the bacteria. So the way we can address that is by first and foremost dealing with the bacteria. 

The way we can do this is with the following:

  • Avoid wearing synthetic fibres as these can trap those unpleasant odors.
  • Drink lots of water: this will help dilute your sweat and reduce the amount of bacteria present. Tip- Try taking chlorophyll with your water for an extra boost of detoxing benefits and to help with odor.
  • Stay active and sweat regularly to help detox your body.
  • Keep your armpits clean and wash them thoroughly when showering. Tip- use Kaia Naturals underarm bar to help draw out toxins and eliminate bacteria. I love using mine in the morning when I shower to make sure I avoid any unpleasant smelliness, hey it happens!
  • Limit eating too many processed foods and other foods like onion and garlic as these can have a noticeable impact on your body odor.
  • Reapply as needed throughout the day if you need. This is why I love using Wildcraft spray deodorants as I can easily carry one with me and reapply no problem.

Natural Organic Deodorant That I Use and Recommend:

I have tried so many over the years and so here is a mini review so you can see my thoughts on each product I've tried. 

Kaia Charcoal Deodorant:

This deodorant promises to keep you odor free all day thanks to the activated charcoal which acts like a magnet binding to substances like bacteria and toxins to draw them out. So, I tried this way back in 2016 and I was really excited about it because the smell of the takesumi blend is EVERYTHING. However, when I tried it, it just didn't seem to work for me and I gave it more than a fair shot. After trying it for more than 30 days (and I had already been using natural deodorant for more than a couple years), I had to give it up. After attending a Pure and Simple event in Toronto and listening to the founder talk about the deodorant, I talked to her afterwards about my experience. She told me that the formula changed since then and to try a new sample one. I have only used it a few times and not consistently so I can't say for sure if my opinion would change on it.

You can check it out at Detox Market Canada here.

Or check it out at Detox Market U.S. here.

kaia deodorant

Kaia Underarm Bar:

I will say that I have been using the underarm bar and it is AMAZING. The bar is great if you lead a more active lifestyle and need an extra boost. I don't think I lead a more active lifestyle, but I do sweat a lot naturally (TMI?) so this is working for me. Again, this product has activated charcoal and apple cider vinegar that help to detox and manage odor caused by that bacteria on your skin.

Check it out at The Detox Market Canada here.

kaia underarm bar

Agent Nateur, holi(Rose) No.4:

This has personally been my favourite natural organic deodorant to use by far! First, the smell is soooooo good, provided of course you like a nice rose floral scent. The second is that it has worked the best for me and has never been irritating at all, which has happened with others. It also contains sandalwood which is a pheromone that acts as a natural deodorant. I love this one because it goes on clear, which means no white marks plus it goes on super smooth and WORKS, which is the main thing you want in a deodorant, right?  

Check it out at Detox Market Canada here.

Check it out at Detox Market U.S. here.

agent nateur deodorant

Citrus Deodorant Cream, Soapwalla:

This was the first natural organic deodorant that I used and I did use it for a long time because it worked. However, I found it really hard to use during the summer when I sweat more and in fact needed it to work the most. The reason it was hard to use was that I found it gave me a rash. My underarms became so painful, I couldn't put anything on it. I tried to use it again after the rash went away, but the same thing happened. I am not sure why it seemed to work for a while and then it didn't but I just couldn't recommend it anymore. Plus, applying a cream to your underarms is not really too much fun.

soapwalla deodorant

Wildcraft Deodorant:

I was sent all three scents of deodorant from Wildcraft and because they were sprays, I was a little hesitant about them. I've never tried sprays before and I was unsure if they would work. But, I am happy to say, these worked! I've been using them for a few weeks now and I am so impressed. I love all three scents as they are really natural smelling (made with essential oils) and don't overpower you. I would particularly like a rose scent but that is just because I personally love everything rose.

The reason that this natural organic deodorant works so well is because of ingredients like clary sage, lavender essential oils, witch hazel and magnesium which work to reduce the activity of that pesky underarm bacteria, helping keep odors away. I love that these are sprays in particular because it also makes re-application fairly easy to apply and won't stain your clothing.

wildcraft deodorant

Routine, Moon Sisters:

Although cream deodorants aren't my fave to apply, this one is AMAZING! It goes on smooth, the texture is also really smooth and most importantly it works. I have also tried the cat lady one and it works and smells like a dream or a birthday cake (which is a dream)!

routine deodorant

Primally Pure, Blue Tansy Deodorant:

This is my absolute fave at the moment, both for the beautiful scent and the application. It works great, I have been using it all summer long and it holds up really well. It is lower in baking soda if you find you are sensitive to that in your deodorant. And it is made with nourishing, organic ingredients including that beautiful blue tansy essential oil. It is for sure my favourite scent of ANY deodorant I've ever tried.

I highly, highly recommend it!

primally pure deodorant

Meow Meow Tweet, Lavender Baking Soda Free Deodorant Cream:

I have not personally tested this product, but I have heard great things about it so that is why I included it in this review. Also, it is baking soda free which I am sure many will appreciate if you find you are sensitive to that ingredient. 

Update: I've since tried it and LOVE it. I like the sustainable packaging and it works very well and has a lovely scent too.

You can check it out at The Detox Market U.S. here.

You can check it out at The Detox Market Canada here.

If you buy any of the products from the Detox Market Canada website, you can use my code HOLISTICFOODIE10 to save 10% off your order!

Or shop in the U.S. right here!

Well, that sums up my review about natural organic deodorant. It's really important to remember that if you are making the switch to natural deodorant from conventional products, you do need to give yourself time to adjust. It may take up to four weeks for your body to adjust, so be patient. Don't be discouraged if you try something and it doesn't work for you either, there are so many options out there now, so if you do give something a fair try and it doesn't work, move on and try something else. 

The other thing to remember is that your body may go through a detox period. This means, you may think that the product is great at first and then notice an increase in body odor after the first week or so. This is normal, as your body may be sweating more than usual and toxins and chemicals may be released as a result. Refer to my tips above about how to reduce the bacteria that is causing the odor and just be patient. Things will get better, I promise!

Alright, let me know, what questions do you have about natural organic deodorant? What do you want to know? And if you are using natural deodorant, how do you like it?

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Shafia
August 2, 2022
This was delicious!!! It takes some prep time but each portion is packed with flavour! Will definitely make again ❤️
Cristina
July 31, 2022
I made this yesterday and HOLY MOLY it hit the spot!!! It’s been so hot and muggy out here, so I was craving something light, cool, and filling. This recipe did not disappoint. The flavor of the peanut sauce was delicious. It had been a while since I prepared something with such color and flavor, which made eating it that much better. I will definitely make this again and try your other recipes too!! 😍🙏🏻❤️
Jaclyn
July 25, 2022
Hi Henrik! Thanks for letting me know you made them. Depending on the size of your food processor, it can be a lot to pulse all at once, so maybe working in batches is better. I'm glad you liked them and they firmed up for you :) Enjoy the rest!
henrik bechmann
July 25, 2022
Yep, they firmed up nicely. I'm freezing four, and looking forward to having the other four, dressed with sauerkraut, pickles, mustard, vegan mayo, onions, banana chiles, and maybe even ketchup. Yum!
henrik bechmann
July 25, 2022
Well I ended up baking them for 23 minutes (@400F). They're delicious! A bit soft, but I'm hoping they'll firm up when they cool. Texture is good too. Thanks for this!
henrik bechmann
July 24, 2022
Seems like a good and tasty recipe. But I had to add a generous half cup of water to get any kind of movement in the food processor. I substituted flax seeds for hemp (what I had). The mixture was a bit loose because of the water, but still formed nicely into patties. Baking for 15 min at 400F. Looking forward to them!
Jaclyn
July 23, 2022
Hi Roxanne! So for the meatballs photos with feta, I just used regular olive oil. But for the one photo with the red looking oil, that was olive oil mixed with fried green onions and Aleppo pepper. I have that recipe in full on my Instagram account - if you head over there, you'll see it - https://www.instagram.com/p/CbQXM2IlH4L/.
Roxanne
July 21, 2022
Hi! The topping on your whipped feta looked delicious. It appeared to be more than olive oil. Or maybe an infused olive oil? Do you mind sharing that recipe? I can’t wait to make this recipe. Appreciate the tip on room temp feta.
ANYA
July 19, 2022
Make these now! Once you buy your ingredients, this is the easiest recipe to execute...it's so hands off! I started the beef in the instant pot an hour before we wanted to eat and prepped the toppings while all of that was cooking. I used stewing beef and a home-made taco seasoning. I didn't have any beef broth so I used half of a bouillon cube - worked just fine! The enchilada sauce was store bought (Frontera brand) and it was delicious. Highly recommend the Monteray jack cheese - I used some Violife mozzarella that I happened to have at home but I can see how the sharp taste would add to the overall flavour.
Jaclyn
July 18, 2022
Hi Carolyn! I'm so glad you are loving my recipes, thank you so much for taking the time to let me know. I don't provide nutritional information as it doesn't align with my brand or how I personally choose to live my life, having had a disordered relationship to food in the past. I hope you understand :)
Carolyn
July 13, 2022
I love your recipes and have tried them! What would be GREAT is if you could include the nutritional value with calories. It would be beneficial to those of us trying to lose weight. Thank you, Carolyn
Julia
July 11, 2022
Just made this for my family today. I can’t have gluten or dairy but they can and this got a RESOUNDING stamp of approval! Love the simple ingredients and it tasted fabulous! Thanks for such nourishing recipes ❤️ 😊
Chris
July 3, 2022
Thanks for this! I came across this recipe very late in life, at a family meal. I liked it better than my mother's potato salad of my childhood, and better than my sister's which came from her in-laws. DH likes it very much. Win, win, win! Tip: if you don't want to steam up your summer kitchen nor fight the mosquitoes for the grill, pressure cook the potatoes!
MATILDE PAGAN
May 12, 2022
I am on a short vacation and came across this recipe, looking forward in making this. It looks really good. Can’t wait.
Whitney Mullenax
April 22, 2022
I have these cookies in the oven right now (2nd time making them in a few weeks). They are perfection and will be a great gift for some coworkers tomorrow. I made the recipe as is, great texture! I saved some for me too, don't worry ;)
Olivia Garcia
April 15, 2022
I love the ingredients in these recipes… Can’t wait to start them all!!
Anya
April 14, 2022
Don’t sleep on this wing recipe. It is soooo good! I can see this being a staple for game days, casual dinners or honestly…any day. Such a crowd pleaser as well. Oh and please don’t skip the dip. It’s unreal stuff! I was grabbing random things in my kitchen to eat it with once the wings were done.
Christa Campbell
March 28, 2022
The simplest recipe to make a delicious desert! I left out the cacao and just made vanilla coconut flavor and it was heavenly. I plan to add different flavors in the future; cacao with Orange or raspberry essence, vanilla salted, caramel flour de sel- the options are endless. Glad to find a keto friendly treat that can be made easily at home.
Rich
March 24, 2022
When do you add the mushrooms back in the pot?
Heidi
February 13, 2022
These were good! I've been curious to try making a miso dessert for a little while now, but wanted it to be grain free. I've found that almond flour based chocolate chip cookies always have some kind of nut butter, and since I just use peanut butter, it's like a PB cookie. The miso did a great job replacing nut butter and achieved a great, chewy consistency! It's definitely strong, although I'm sure white miso would have been more mild. I used dashi miso, which in hindsight sounds pretty gross.. the cookies were not at all fishy tasting, but just bold and kind of salty/savory. I think next time I'll try a little less miso. I have a tendency to use less sugar than a recipe calls for, but I definitely needed it in this one to balance the miso flavor. I just used regular butter too, not ghee.
Susan Renee Hennings
January 12, 2022
Yes, I like it a lot. Lentils are nutritious and inexpensive.
Carole
January 2, 2022
I’m just learning about adaptogens and trying to incorporate them into my “healthy arsenal”. Thanks for the info!
MAdeleine
December 27, 2021
This is the first cinnamon roll recipe i've actually gotten to work! I let the dough rest in the fridge for 4-5 hours and then rolled and filled it, then let it rest in the fridge over night and it worked great for an early morning bake. I looked through the whole recipe and you never mention what temperature to bake at. It just says "place in your preheated oven to bake" I baked at 350. Also it would be really nice if the caramel sauce recipe was included here. All in all totally delicious, worth the effort, and I will be making this again.