When it comes to chemicals in personal care products, we've learned a whole lot. Namely, that there's still a lot to learn.
But if you're hoping to reduce your exposure, you may like to hear about a trend that's gaining momentum. Popularized by celebrities like Jessica Alba and Cameron Diaz, this trend offers an alternative to women who are looking to live a more natural lifestyle.
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Of course, not all natural deodorants are created equally. That's why we've done the work for you to find the best brands to try (and some tricks of the trade)!
Here's what to know when shopping for natural deodorant, and our top three picks for formulas that will stop the sweat in its tracks.
1. Do try this at home.
While it can feel exciting to try new things, trying out a brand-new deodorant is can also make even the most daring person a bit nervous.
We can easily recall those, "raise your hand if you're sure" commercials, where the woman was so confident her deodorant worked that she shot her arm up with pride. But when it comes to natural deodorant, we recommend testing it out in a more personal setting.
Between running errands, working out, chasing after your children and more, the weekends might be the perfect time. Each of those scenarios will put your deodorant to the test, but won't leave you feeling embarrassed if it doesn't hold up under the pressure.
2.- Keep an open mind.
A very common misconception about natural deodorant is it won't work if you have strong body odor. While there may have been some validity to that notion in the past, there are some amazing new solutions on the market that give commercial deodorant a run for its money!
You might be surprised to learn that those who would have sworn natural deodorant would never be an option have come to find themselves pleasantly surprised! The only way to know for sure is to give it a shot.
3. Try, try again.
After testing out several natural deodorants, we can say with certainty that the quote, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again" most definitely applies.
Just as moisturizers work differently on every skin type, not all natural deodorants will work for you. Keep trying until you find your match and be willing to switch to a different brand if it isn't working out.
Here are our top three favorite natural deodorants worth giving a try!
Kiss My Face Natural Deodorant Liquid Rock Roll-On, $5.99, kissmyface.com
Natural for Her by Herban Cowboy Deodorant, $5.79, Drugstore.com
Green Tidings All Natural Deodorant (*Extra Strength, All Day Protection), $14.99, Amazon.com
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This article was originally published on Feb. 15. 2016 on TODAY.com.