Wednesday, November 16, 2011

What is the Best Natural Deodorant?

As I explained in my article In the Pits: The Great Deodorant Debate, traditional deodorants often contain dangerous chemical compounds that are known estrogen mimics. Because of the possibility that these deodorants could lead to cancer, I switched to natural deodorant about a year ago. I have now tried two different brands that are much safer than traditional deodorants: Crystal Roll-on and Tom's of Maine. Here are my observations about each:

Crystal                                                            Tom's
Pros: Works well as an antiperspirant,             Pros: Scented varieties smell great,
Long lasting, Rated 0 on Ewg Skin                  Cheaper than Crystal,Doesn't dry out skin,
Deep Database.                                              Has responsible packaging and
                                                                      company commitments to
                                                                      community service.

Cons: About $1 more expensive than              Cons: Doesn't work as well as Crystal
Tom's, Takes a minute to dry after                  as an antiperspirant, Doesn't last as long,
application, Can be drying to skin.                   Rated higher (2) on the
                                                                      Ewg Skin Deep Database.

Conclusion: While Tom's of Maine is a wonderful company that is making a true positive difference for the environment, Crystal Roll On works better and contains safer ingredients. I highly recommend Crystal.


  1. It's so hard to find a safe deodorant. I've tried many too. Thanks for sharing that so many deodorants have toxic chemicals. I wrote about it too.

    Careful with the crystal deodorants-they could contain aluminum-the very ingredient that we are trying to avoid.

  2. Hi ..

    Really a wonderful sharing..
    less expensive and much safer as compared to other to deodorant..

    james smith…
    natural deodorant

  3. I've tried both of these deodorants, to no avail unfortunately. Been using Lavilin for the past 6 months, and so far it is doing the job.