3 Paraben-Free deodorants

There has been much talk in recent years of the dangers of parabens in cosmetics and toiletries. But why are they included in cosmetics, and what is the problem with them? Parabens are preservatives and are used to extend the shelf life of a product. However, there are suggestions that parabens may be linked with serious health problems, and they are known to cause sensitivity and dermatitis in some people. Consequently, some consumers prefer to avoid products containing parabens, especially deodorants.

Fortunately, there are a number of brands producing paraben-free deodorants, so you’ll have no worries about sweating! Many companies that offer natural cosmetics and toiletries include at least one paraben-free deodorant in their range. You may find brands like Tom’s of Maine, Burt’s Bees or Weleda in your local health food store. But there are also plenty of online choices if you don’t have a store near you selling natural products, want a wider variety of products and brands to choose from, or want to do a lot of research into ingredients before buying.

Green Tidings is a Californian brand that specialises in natural deodorants. You can choose from lavender or unscented in two different sizes (the smaller size is handy for saving space when you’re travelling). The products are made from all-natural organic ingredients such as baking soda, coconut oil, and shea butter. They don’t contain parabens, gluten, aluminium and other chemicals, and as a bonus are suitable for vegans and not tested on animals (with certification by the well-known Leaping Bunny logo). This is great news for anyone trying to live an ethical lifestyle.

If you like a wide range of deodorants to choose from, and get bored with the same fragrance every time, then long-established American brand Arm & Hammer is sure to have the deodorant to suit. The majority come in solid form, but there are also sprays and a gel. If you’re into sports or have a physical job, you’ll find several maximum-strength deodorants to keep you fresh. All products contain their own baking soda, a common ingredient in natural deodorants, as well as natural plant extracts. But you won’t find aluminium, parabens, or any ingredients derived from animals.

Is it not just parabens that are worrying you? There’s a growing concern about ingredients derived from petrochemicals such as mineral oil, sulphates, and phthalates. Lavanila avoids all of these and more, replacing them with all-natural ingredients like aloe and corn starch. If you’re bored of the usual fragrances, try their Vanilla passion fruit or Vanilla blackberry. You can only order directly from them if you’re in the US or Canada, but if you’re in Europe you can buy from other sellers via platforms such as Amazon.