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When it comes to chemicals in personal care products, we've learned a whole lot — that is, there's still a lot to learn.
But if you're hoping to reduce your exposure, you may want to know more about the all-natural trend popularized by celebrities like Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz. And when it comes to this trend, one product in particular, deodorant, comes under much scrutiny.
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:
- 1. Do try this at home.
We can easily recall those “raise your hand if you’re sure” commercials, in which the woman is so confident her deodorant works that she shoots her arm up with pride. But when it comes to natural deodorant, we recommend testing it out in a more, let's say, personal setting.
Between running errands, working out, chasing after children and more, you may find the weekends to be the perfect time to experiment. 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 pressure.
- 2. Keep an open mind.
A very common misconception about natural deodorant is that it won't work if you have strong body odor. While this might have been the case in the past, there are some amazing new solutions on the market that give commercial deodorant a run for its money.
The only way to know for sure is to give it a shot.
- 3. Try, try and try again.
Just as moisturizers work differently on every skin type, not all natural deodorants will work for everyone. Keep trying until you find your match, and be willing to switch to a different brand if it isn't working out.
Our favorite natural deodorants:
- Kopari Aluminum-Free Deodorant, $14, Amazon
This aluminum-free deodorant is a favorite among natural-beauty lovers. Fans say that it smells great, goes on smooth and isn't sticky.
- 2. Underarmed for Women and Men Natural Deodorant, $16, Amazon
These organic deodorant sticks are handmade and have no parabens or synthetic fragrances. They go on clear and invisible and get their scents from essential oils, like lavender and eucalyptus.
- 3. Bali Secrets Natural Deodorant, $15, Amazon
This vegan roll-on deodorant, made in Bali, has natural ingredients like seaweed extract and mineral salt that help reduce the bacteria that creates body odor.
- 4. Korres Equisetum 24-Hour Deodorant, $19, Dermstore
The hypoallergenic formula in this deodorant is great for sensitive skin. And it offers 24-hour protection!
- 5. Primal Pit Paste All Natural Lavender Deodorant, $11, Amazon
This cruelty-free deodorant has ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil and extra Candelilla wax so you can take it wherever you go without worrying about it losing its consistency in the heat.
- 6. Ursa Major Hoppin' Fresh Deodorant, $18, Dermstore
With ingredients like aloe vera and hops, this non-staining deodorant will soothe your skin, absorb excess moisture and neutralize bad odors.
This article was originally published on Feb. 15, 2016 on TODAY.com.