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Dear reader, now is the time to switch to natural deodorant

Natural deodorants are a tricky one. In theory they’re a good shout, especially if you’re looking to move to a more natural beauty routine. In practice though, they can be a bit stinky, can’t they?

Plenty of people tempted by natural deodorants have thus far avoided making the switch, thanks to the notorious transition period, which requires sweating out the pong for two to four weeks.

A key difference between natural formulas and standard drugstore antiperspirants is the use of aluminium. Effectively, aluminium salts help to plug sweat glands to curb us sweating altogether. But aside from the fact that sweating is a natural bodily function that’s essential for flushing out toxins, aluminium has been accused in recent years of being linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s. Scientists say there’s very little evidence to support this, but even so, more people have been swayed towards going au natural.

The problem is eau natural (that’s your natural scent folks), can be kind of unpleasant. Especially at the start. Since natural deodorants don’t contain aluminium, they won’t make us sweat less. Instead they work by neutralising the smell. Sweat itself doesn’t smell, it’s the bacteria that grows on perspiration that makes us whiff. And there’s a lot of bacteria bottled up behind all that aluminium we’ve been applying for years, so when you open the flood gates, which is effectively what switching to natural does, you can expect a brief surplus of pong.

The good news is, now that we’re all in isolation, we can weather the whiff without subjecting others, excluding our housemates, to our armpit stink. And if (no judgement) you’ve been skipping the odd wash here and there, it’ll hardly make a difference anyway.

Another silver lining, is there are steps we can take to mitigate the smell and carry us through to the transition. Those who have proudly gone before us have reported back on the situation – and they’ve thrown us a few tips, too. Namely, a clay mask applied to your pits will give you two-to-three days pong free. It works in much the same way as it does with pores by drawing out impurities. Then once you’re out the other side, your body should adjust. The smell should peter out – neutralised by your new natural deodorant, while baking soda and arrowroot powder will work to mop up any sweat rather than plugging it all together.

As for which natural deodorant to pick, a plethora of beauty brands have been coming up with all-natural alternatives. From Aurelia’s sell-out creamy solution, to Aesop’s cutting-edge oily formula, there’s no shortage of clean, effective deodorants to provide you with long-lasting freshness.

To save you sweating the small stuff, we’ve gone ahead and done the dirty work.

Here are the natural deodorants

La Roche-Posay Sensitive Skin Roll On Deodorant, £7.50, La Roche-Posay
This is a game-changer for the most sensitive of skin types. It sits invisible on the skin whilst absorbing the underarm’s natural wetness, and the soft consistency leaves your pits gorgeously soft. We’re sold.

Kiehl’s Antiperspirant & Deodorant Cream, £15, Kiehl’s
Kiehl’s micro-sized drying molecules will carry from you day-to-night, while the infusion of orange and lemon will leave skin feeling soft and fresh. Say goodbye to clammy armpits.

Aesop Deodorant, £23, Feel Unique
Aesop has fast become one of the most desirable skincare brands due to their award-winning formulas and delicious Insta-worthy packaging so we had high hopes for their deodorant and boy, did it deliver. The spray nozzle allows for easy application and the eleven essential oils conceal underarm odour with a zingy citrus smell. The 50ml bottle is perfect to chuck in your bag when travelling or on the go.

Weleda Sage Deodrant, £9.95, Look Fantastic
Weleda’s liquid deodorant is a little messy on application but it dries quickly and sits invisible on the skin. While we wouldn’t recommend using it on a hectic day when you’re rushing around or doing high-intensity exercise, it provides a lovely, lightweight formula for a lazy summer’s day.

Schmidt’s Rose + Vanilla Deodorant Stick, £15, Amazon
We gave Schmidt’s 100% natural, vegan formula a trial run on a scorching hot day in the Mediterranean and have never looked back. Its gorgeous rose and vanilla blend effectively masks underarm odour and leaves the skin feeling super soft and conditioned.

Aurelia Botanical Cream Deodorant, £18, Aurelia Skincare
I’ve tried every natural deodorant under the sun and Aurelia’s cream-to-powder formula comes out on top every time. It genuinely does the trick. The calming blend of lavender and bergamot smells gorgeous and its lightweight, hydrating formula absorbs your bodies natural perspiration, rather than blocking it. It’s an award winner for a reason.

Salt of the Earth Lavender Vanilla Spray Deodorant, £5.99, Holland & Barrett
If your main concern with natural deodorant is a sticky formula then Salt of the Earth is the brand for you. Its refreshing, super lightweight deodorising spray is easily absorbed and smells heavenly, though it doesn’t last for hours. They also offer a refill service which uses 60% less plastic than buying each bottle individually. Saving your pits and the planet – win, win.