The Natural Deodorant Debacle!

Post by: Jamie Fairbairn, Holistic Nutrition Student & National Level Waterskier

I love the smell of a woman/man’s armpit when they aren’t wearing any deodorant

… haha just kidding. Said no-one EVER!

Summer is HERE and since we’ve been discussing ways to help reboot those New-Years Resolutions, I thought that we should discuss a necessary staple for fellow fitness fanatics – deodorant! Whether you’ve been upping your gym routine or simply enjoying the heat wave that is July in Toronto, I will safely assume your deodorant use has been on the rise as well – tell me I’m not the only sweaty, smelly one this summer?! But I’m happy to announce after months of hunting the perfect deodorant that I may (emphasize the may) not be smelly anymore!


The Search For the Perfect Natural Deodorant

It seems that many products we are purchasing for daily use may have harmful ingredients, or simply some ingredients many people wish to avoid. For example, aluminium compounds, parabens, silica and propylene glycerol are frequently listed in many antiperspirant- deodorant products!!

Luckily, many people are really starting to pay close attention to the labels of their favourite underarm products and opting for the more natural deodorants! You’ll notice that only deodorants which will help block smell, but not clog pores and block perspiration are available in the natural section. So you’re thinking to yourself – how great! I too can buy an all-natural deodorant and feel good about my underarms!… Sigh… Because there’s a catch.

These products often DO NOT WORK! I really hate to be the bearer of bad news, but one simply cannot walk into any old store and pick at random an all natural deodorant and assume it’ll work to block the odour like their old brands would. Trust me on this one – I know because I’ve been on a hunt for the puuuuuurfect, all-natural deodorant for about 6 months now.

I’ve tried:

  • deodorant crystals,
  • men’s deodorant,
  • magnesium oil,
  • kid’s deodorant,
  • women’s deodorant,
  • creams,
  • roll-ons,
  • long-lasting,
  • 24-hour protection,
  • the stick kind …

Absolutely refusing to give into the idea that I have to choose ‘smelly’ or ‘chemically’ I’m over the moon excited to share the one deodorant that has conquered my underarms at last. The stuff is called ‘Truly’s’ and it was truly a lifesaver (hah – get it)!! My coach introduced me to the brand, and I’m happy to report that these are the ingredients:

  • organic coconut oil
  • organic powdered sugar
  • baking soda
  • beeswax

Simple, right?! The downside to the product is you need to apply it with your fingers and that gets a bit goopy compared to other styles. But I’m telling you this stuff worked for me in the Florida heat and it is my top recommendation.

What all-natural deodorant works best for you? I’d love to hear other products you love to keep smelling fresh in the summertime!



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