Today at a baby shower the subject of deodorant came up — perfect timing for two reasons. First, it’s going to be over 100 degrees this week in the Los Angeles area (so they say), and second, when you’re pregnant or nursing, the subject of deodorant becomes an important one — if you’re a woman who wants to avoid adding any unnecessary chemicals to your body or exposing your little one to them. My sister is one of these people, which is why when someone asked me if I knew of any great deodorants that don’t contain things like aluminum and parabens, I had an answer.
You see, when my sister was nursing, she didn’t want to wear deodorant because her baby’s head was always so close to her armpits, and she didn’t want any of the ingredients commonly found in traditional deodorants to transfer on to her child’s precious, new-to-the-world skin. But, she also admitted that she smelled rather goat-like without her deodorant, and that it was starting to make her a bit nauseous. Lucky for her, I had just started testing a natural deodorant that I was kinda digging, which was surprising because it was the first of its kind that I thought actually worked well and smelled fabulous. Now, it was no Secret Clinical Strength, but it did perform well through everyday activities. That deodorant is LaVanila Laboratories The Healthy Deodorant in Pure Vanilla, $18 (it comes in five other lovely scents as well). I was nice enough to discontinue use of it and ship it off to my sister. She immediately started wearing it and felt confident knowing that she wasn’t exposing herself or her baby to petrochemicals, phthalates, synthetic dyes, sulfates, aluminum or parabens. And, it totally cured her of the livestock smell she had been putting up with. So needless to say, this was the answer I gave today at the shower.
Now, if $18 seems absurd to spend on a deodorant, here are a few other natural deodorants that are formulated without aluminum or parabens that might be more within your budget. I plan to try them, too.
Weleda Wild Rose Deodorant Spray, $8.30 (on Amazon)
Do you have a favorite natural deodorant? Or perhaps another natural beauty product you love? Tell me about it by commenting on this post.