The thought of heading to the gym with ONLY natural deodorant on may be one of the most anxiety ridden situations fitness fanatics have ever experienced. “Is this really going to work? Wait, is that me – Surely that cannot be me!” But no matter how daunting navigating the weights section with natural deodorant is, using them is something that everyone should consider because keeping your skincare clean is just as important as keeping you diet clean too!
The benefits of using natural deodorants over typical ones is similar to the effect of using any kind of organic and natural skin care – you’re not piling on synthetics and chemicals onto your body and you don’t have to worry about the effects said chemicals might have.
You’ve probably seen thousands of articles linking antiperspirants and deodorants to breast cancer and claiming they are bad for your skin and while the debate is still up in the air, we don’t think it can hurt to go au natural. Some of the best ingredients to look for in natural deodorants to help keep you feeling fresh are witch hazel, essential oils (we love peppermint!), mineral salts, and coconut oil (is there anything coconut oil doesn’t do?)
We’ve rounded up our favourite natural deodorants that are perfect for gym bunnies so you won’t have to do the “pretend to stretch but discreetly check if your deodorant is still working” move!
Soapwalla is completely different from your regular application of deo, but if you don’t have any issue applying deodorant with your fingers, then give this one a go! It is all-natural and utilizes superfine vegetable powders and clay, as well as lavender, peppermint and tea tree essential oils to absorb moisture, inhibit bacteria and has a long lasting effect. Although, it isn’t an antiperspirant so we would suggest keeping this one reserved for yoga rather than marathon training.
If you are looking for something stronger, then we suggest using the Lavanila Sport Luxe Deodorant! Their SmartSport and Beta-Glucan Technoology combined, wicks away moisture and breaks down sweat molecules all while nourishing your skin with ingredients like rosemary, sage, and Japanese green tea! Not to mention you will smell fresh as a daisy with the blend of white Jasmine, honeydew, green apple, and vanilla!
Combining 8 different essential oils, this deodorant from Neal’s Yard cleanses odor causing bacteria from your underarms and is formulated without any aluminum which is found in many commercial deodorants in order to block pores to stop sweat. But our bodies are meant to sweat and we like to show how hard we are working and thankfully we can do so without having to smell like we are! With the fresh lemon scent, it feels like we’re in the lemon groves in Sorrento rather than sitting on the spin bike!
words by Nadia Liu