What constitutes being the best deodorant?

The best deodorant needs to be:

A safe deodorant that actually works

A safe deodorant that is fertility friendly

A safe deodorant that is pregnancy friendly

A safe deodorant that does not cause hormone imbalances

A safe deodorant that does not have synthetic fragrances

A safe deodorant that does not clog your pores (making it more difficult for your body to detoxify – directly impacting your lymphatic drainage system)

A safe deodorant that is affordable

Is there is a deodorant that measures up to all these that I have not compared, feel free to submit a picture of the ingredients (or send me a link the the listed ingredients on their site) for me to double-check and inform others about too!

Before I delve into comparing 4 popular deodorants (from the US, UK and Europe), please note that I created another article listing some nasty toxic ingredients that you are to avoid in all your personal care/bathroom products (see here) so I won’t list those ingredients here.

 

For now, let’s get to the bottom of some popular deodorants and compare to see which ones are best. (Listed in alphabetical order):

 

Aesop Roll-On Deodorant Ingredients & Verdict

Made in Australia

Hailed as being beneficial for not having alcohol (meaning no sting).

It comes in a glass container which is s big plus, less exposure to xeno-oestrogens

It is the least effective out of all four deodorants (one to only use in the winter months).

In addition to coming last for effectiveness it also came in as the most expensive.

It has the following ingredients (in order of most ingredients to least) and my translations in CAPS and I have highlighted in bold the ingredients I personally avoid:

Water (Aqua)

Coco-Caprylate – CAN MOISTURISE AND BALANCE PH OF SKIN

Glycerin – GLYCERINE

Ceteareth-20 – A TOXIC ALLERGEN THAT CAN ENHANCE THE SKIN’S ABSORPTION OF OTHER POTENTIALLY HARMFUL INGREDIENTS WITHIN THE PRODUCT

Zinc ricinoleate – USUALLY IT IS DERIVED FROM CASTOR OIL SEES Ricinus communis AND COMBINED WITH ZINC OXIDE (METALLIC ZINC)

Cetearyl Alcohol – FAT DERIVED ALCOHOL (FATTY ALCOHOL)

Sorbitan Stearate – SYNTHETIC WAX

Candelilla/Jojoba/Rice Bran Polyglyceryl-3 Esters – A NATURAL BLEND OF  “candelilla wax, jojoba seed wax, and rice bran wax” THAT FUNCTIONS AS A STABILISER AND EMULSIFIER

Glyceryl Stearate – DERIVED FROM PALM OIL, VEGETABLE OIL OR SOY OIL (NON OF WHICH ARE FERTILITY FRIENDLY) AND ACTS AS A LUBRICANT 

Bisabolol – THE PRIMARY COMPONENT OF CHAMOMILE ESSENTIAL OIL (NATURALLY DERIVED)

Phenoxyethanol – NOT SAFE TO INHALE

Polysorbate 20 – LINKED TO DEVELOPMENTAL AND REPRODUCTIVE TOXICITY. READ MORE HERE…

Benzyl Alcohol BELONGS TO A GROUP OF DRUGS CALLED PEDICULICIDES WHICH IS A MEDICATION USED TO SUFFOCATE HEAD LICE

  • LISTED AS “ONE OF THE 8 MOST HARMFUL TOXINS IN SKIN CARE” (ACCORDING TO ORGAID) BECAUSE IT CAN CAUSE INFLAMMATION AND STRPS THE SKIN OF ITS NATURAL PROTECTION 

Microcrystalline Cellulose – REFINED WOOD PULP

Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate – NATURAL FOOD GRADE EMULSIFIER

Pelargonium Graveolens Extract – GERANIUM EXTRACT

Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil

Fusanus Spicatus Wood Oil

Sodium Gluconate – NATURAL, NON-TOXIC SALT PRODUCED FROM FERMENTING GLUCOSE

Xanthan Gum

Pogostemon Cablin Oil – PATCHOULI

Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil – EUCALYPTUS

Ethylhexylglycerin – A WEAK SYNTHEIT PRESERVATIVE

Wasabia Japonica Root Powder

Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Oil – CLOVE

Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil – TEA TREE

Cellulose Gum

Vetiveria Zizanoides Root Oil

Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Seed Oil

Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil

Sodium benzoate – E211THE WORST E-NUMBER ON THE PLANET (KNOWN TO ME)

  • A KNOWN CARCINOGEN (MEANING IT IS KNOWN TO CAUSE CANCER AND ANYTHING THAT CAUSES CANCER IS LINKED TO CAUSING FERTILITY ISSUES)
  • LINKED TO CAUSE DNA DAMAGE
  • KNOWN TO CAUSE MITOCHONDRIAL DAMAGE
  • IF PREGNANT MUM’S CONSUME IT, SCIENTIFIC TESTS HAVE SHOWN THERE’S BEEN DAMAGE TO THE DEVELOPING BABY
  • ALTHOUGH MOST OF THESE HEALTH HAZARDS ARE LINKED TO CONSUMPTION OF THIS TOXIC E-NUMBER, WHATEVER YOU APPLY TO YOUR SKIN GOES DIRECTLY INTO YOUR BLOOD STREAM
  • READ THE SCIENCE FOR MORE SHOCKING FACTS HERE…

Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract

Lactic Acid

Potassium Sorbate – A CHEMICAL PRESERVATIVE

Tocopherol – VITAMIN E

Linalool – CAN CAUSE ECZEMA IN SOME PEOPLE AND CAN ALSO IMPACT YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM IF YOU ARE ALLERGIC TO IT

Citronellol – A NATURAL ACYCLIC MONOERPENOID THAT OCCURS IN CITRONELLA (BUT IS NOT CITRONELLA). A MODIFIED TYPE OF TERPENE

Geraniol – CLASSIFIED AS A ‘MONOTERPENOID’ ALCOHOL. ITS PRIMARILY FOUND IN CITRONELLA OIL, PALMAROSA OIL, ROSE OIL

Eugenol – THE MAJOR COMPONENT OF CLOVE OIL

Farnesol – A PERFUME INGREDIENT FOUND IN NATURE AND ALSO MANUFACTURED SYNTHETICALLY. KNOWN TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH ALLERGIES AND CONTACT DERMATITIS

Citral, d-Limonene – OIL EXTRACTED FROM CITRUS FRUIT PEEL

Dr Organic Lavender Deodorant Ingredients & Verdict

Made in the US

Rated 2nd best for effectiveness and best on price.

However, it is stored in plastic.

Hailed by third-party companies like the Think Dirty App as Dr Organics ‘cleanest deodorant’ in the Dr Organic’s range… But is it clean enough?

It has the following ingredients (in order of most ingredients to least) and my translations in CAPS and I have highlighted in bold the ingredients I personally avoid:

Aloe barbadensis leaf juice – ALOE VERA

Aqua – WATER

Zinc ricinoleate – USUALLY IT IS DERIVED FROM CASTOR OIL SEES Ricinus communis AND COMBINED WITH ZINC OXIDE (METALLIC ZINC)

Triethyl citrate – AN ESTER OF CITRIC ACID WHICH UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE IS DERIVED FROM TOXIC MOULD WHICH IS HARMFUL

Lauryl glucoside – PART OF THE ‘GLUCOSIDES’ CLASS OF INGREDIENTS THAT ARE MADE BY BONDING THE BASE GROUP WITH A SUGAR. (NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH SLS’S AS THERE IS NO SULPHURIC ACID).

Polyglyceryl-2-dipolyhydroxystearate – Poly = many. Glyceryl = glycerine.  LOTS OF GLICERINE MOLECULES JOINED TOGETHER. REGARDING THE REST OF THE COMPONENTS AS W HOLE: NO STUDIES IN ‘PUBMED’ HAVE BEEN DONE ON THE TOXICITY OF THIS CHEMICAL

Glycerin – GLYCERINE

Cetearyl alcohol – SAFE FORM OF ALCOHOL THAT CAN CAUSE STINGING

Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) flower oil – LAVENDER FRAGRANCE OR ESSENTIAL OIL?? TOO VAGUE, HOPING IT’S AN ESSENTIAL OIL BUT WITH THIS PRODUCT BEING SO CHEAP, I HAVE MY DOUBTS

Glyceryl caprylate – GLYCERINE AND CAPRYLIC ACID

Sodium bicarbonate – BAKING SODA

Polyglyceryl-3 stearate – ONLY DEEMED SAFE IN COSMETICS IN VERY SMALL AMOUNTS

Sodium stearoyl lactylate – FDA APPROVED FOOD ADDITIVE

Isocetyl palmitate – SYNTHETIC SKIN CONDITIONER

Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) flower extract – LAVENDER EXTRACT

Cetraria islandica (Icelandic moss) extract

Glycyrrhetinic acid – THE MAJOR ACTIVE CONSTITUENT IN LIQUORICE ROOT

Tocopherol – VITAMIN E

Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil

Chondrus crispus (Carrageenan) extract

Xanthan gum

Sodium phytate – CAN INCREASE NATURAL KILLER CELLS, HELPFUL IF YOU HAVE CANCER BUT NOT FOR FERTILITY OR PREGNANCY

Sodium benzoate – E211THE WORST E-NUMBER ON THE PLANET (KNOWN TO ME)

  • A KNOWN CARCINOGEN (MEANING IT IS KNOWN TO CAUSE CANCER AND ANYTHING THAT CAUSES CANCER IS LINKED TO CAUSING FERTILITY ISSUES)
  • KNOWN TO CAUSE DNA DAMAGE
  • LINKED TO CAUSE MITOCHONDRIAL DAMAGE
  • IF PREGNANT MUM’S CONSUME IT, SCIENTIFIC TESTS HAVE SHOWN THERE’S BEEN DAMAGE TO THE DEVELOPING BABY
  • ALTHOUGH MOST OF THESE HEALTH HAZARDS ARE LINKED TO CONSUMPTION OF THIS TOXIC E-NUMBER, WHATEVER YOU APPLY TO YOUR SKIN GOES DIRECTLY INTO YOUR BLOOD STREAM
  • READ THE SCIENCE FOR MORE SHOCKING FACTS HERE…

Potassium sorbate – A CHEMICAL PRESERVATIVE

Citric acidIF FROM AN EXPENSIVE SOURCE IT IS A SAFE/NATURAL PRESERVATIVE. HOWEVER, AS THIS IS A CHEAP PRODUCT TO BUY I’D SAY IT IS DERIVED FROM TOXIC MOULD

Coumarin – A CHEMICALLY SYNTHESISED COMPOUND THAT BELONGS TO THE ‘HETEROCYCLIC’ CLASS OF ORGANIC COMPOUNDS

Limonene – OIL EXTRACTED FROM CITRUS FRUIT PEEL

Geraniol – CLASSIFIED AS A ‘MONOTERPENOID’ ALCOHOL. ITS PRIMARILY FOUND IN CITRONELLA OIL, PALMAROSA OIL, ROSE OIL

Linalool – CAN CAUSE ECZEMA IN SOME PEOPLE AND CAN ALSO IMPACT YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM IF YOU ARE ALLERGIC TO IT

 

Neal’s Yard Rose & Geranium Deodorant Ingredients & Verdict

Made in the UK

Has a delicious floral scent (from essential oils – which I love!)

It is organic and in a miron glass bottle (to keep radiation and light from ruining the ingredients.

Is the second best value (second cheapest).

It has the following ingredients (in order of most ingredients to least) and my translations in CAPS and I have highlighted in bold the ingredients I personally avoid:

Aqua/Water

Triethyl Citrate – AN ESTER OF CITRIC ACID (E NUMBER E1505) USED TO STABILISE FOAM 

Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Powder

Shikimic Acid – AN ORGANIC ACID

Glyceryl Caprylate – GLYCERINE AND CAPRILIC ACID

Glycerin – GLYCERINE

Lysolecithin – A COMMON EMOLLIENT TO MAKE SKIN FEEL SMOOTH

Sclerotium Gum

Xanthan Gum

Pullulan – ANTI-AGING POLYMER THAT TIGHTENS SKIN

Phenethyl Alcohol – A FRAGRANCE AND PRESERVATIVE THAT HAS NEVER BEEN ASSESS FOR SAFETY.

  • ANIMAL STUDIES HAVE SHOWN IT TO CAUSE SKIN IRRITATION (EVEN AT LOW DOSES)
  • LINKED TO EFFECTING THE BRAIN
  • LINKED TO EFFECTING THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
  • LINKED TO EFFECTING THE REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM
  • READ MORE FOR DETAILS…

Potassium Sorbate – A CHEMICAL ADDITIVE

Sodium Anisate – A PRESERVATIVE

Acacia Senegal Gum

Silica – SAND

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*

Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil*

Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil*

Pogostemon Cablin Leaf Oil*

Cananga Odorata Flower Oil

Commiphora Confusa Resin Oil

Boswellia Neglecta Resin Oil – FRANKINCENSE RESIN

Rosa Damascena Flower Oil*

Limonene –  OIL EXTRACTED FROM CITRUS FRUIT PEEL

Citronellol – A NATURAL ACYCLIC MONOERPENOID THAT OCCURS IN CITRONELLA (BUT IS NOT CITRONELLA). A MODIFIED TYPE OF TERPENE

Geraniol – CLASSIFIED AS A ‘MONOTERPENOID’ ALCOHOL. ITS PRIMARILY FOUND IN CITRONELLA OIL, PALMAROSA OIL, ROSE OIL

Linalool – CAN CAUSE ECZEMA IN SOME PEOPLE AND CAN ALSO IMPACT YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM IF YOU ARE ALLERGIC TO IT

Benzyl Benzoate – KNOWN AS A HUMAN TOXIN AND ALLERGEN: AN IMMUNE SYSTEM TOXIN AND ALLERGEN

Eugenol – CHEMICAL COMPOUND EXTRACTED FROM CLOVE AND OR CINNAMON

Benzyl Salicylate – A FRAGRANCE ADDITIVE

Citral – NATURALLY OCCURING SCENT FROM LEMON GRASS

Farnesol – A PERFUME INGREDIENT FOUND IN NATURE AND ALSO MANUFACTURED SYNTHETICALLY. KNOWN TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH ALLERGIES AND CONTACT DERMATITIS

*ORGANIC. **ORGANIC ORIGIN FROM ESSENTIAL OILS.

 

 

Ringanna Fresh Deodorant Ingredients & Verdict

Made in EU

A clear winner!!

It is the most effective out of all these four popular deodorants.

The third cheapest (or second most expensive, depending how you look at it, but as it is half the price of Aesop’s and you get 2.5x the amount it is a good value deodorant).

This cream deodorant feels very clean to touch and apply to your arm pits.

The fragrance is extremely subtle, in fact I don’t even notice it, which means it doesn’t compete with essential oils that I like to wear as a replacement to perfume.

What I love about this product is:

* states the ingredients from controlled organic cultivation

** means it is made using organic ingredients

All ingredients are 100 % natural and they explain all the scientific terms(!)

31.4 % of all ingredients are from “controlled organic cultivation” certified by Ecocert Greenlife in accordance with the COSMOS Standard

Aqua (water)

Sesamum indicum seed oil* (sesame oil)

Sodium bicarbonate (deodorising agent)

Polyglyceryl-3 sorbityl linseedate (natural emulsifier based on linseed oil)

Citrus aurantium dulcis fruit water* (sweet orange water)

Zinc oxide (antimicrobial agent)

Propanediol (natural moisturising agent)

Lippia citriodora flower/leaf/stem water* (refreshing lemon verbena hydrolate)

Butyrospermum parkii butter* (nurturing shea butter)

Brassica campestris/aleurites fordii oil copolymer (natural compound from rapeseed and tung oil)

Copernicia cerifera cera/Copernicia cerifera (carnauba)

Wax (consistency-enhancing carnauba wax)

Diatomaceous earth (moisture-absorbing siliceous earth)

Boswellia serrata gum (extract from Indian frankincense)

Hydrolysed walnut extract (polyphenol-rich walnut extract)

Rosmarinus officinalis leaf extract* (antioxidant rosemary extract)

Isostearyl alcohol (skin-nurturing)

Tocopherol (vitamin E)

Magnesium sulphate (Epsom salt)

Citric acid

Alcohol** (undenatured alcohol)

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