Be Natural and Stink-Free

There’s a lot of talk about antiperspirant and it’s possible dangers, which include Alzheimer’s and breast cancer. This is primarily due to its aluminum content, and its application in close proximity to breast tissue, on skin that is shaved often and sometimes nicked.


Is it true? I don’t know. If you Google it, it’s a mixed bag, with most medical sites claiming “no conclusive evidence.” Here’s what I do know about antiperspirant: it stains your clothes, gives you an overly perfumey-chemically smell, is hard to completely remove in the shower, and can lose it’s effectiveness over time.


Over the years as my lifestyle has shifted and my diet become ultra clean, I’ve made an effort to use as many natural based products as possible. I just like natural better. It feels better, smells better, and makes me feel good about what I’m applying to my skin and how it may or may not affect the environment.


I was terrified to stop using antiperspirant! I’m a yoga teacher and Thai yoga massage therapist. Being stinky is not an option, no matter how much of a natural girl I am. But I just wasn’t feeling good about rubbing potentially toxic chemicals into my precious clean-shaven pits.


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After asking around and trying a few different products, I found the perfect combo for me: Herbal Magic Roll-On Deodorant (I like the jasmine and herbal scents) and a spritz of Weleda Wild Rose Deodorant. I smell fresh and clean, and it lasts through yoga class and massage sessions. I do reapply the roll-on a couple times a day, but my clothes are stain free and it rinses right off in the shower, allowing me to go to bed feeling free of toxins and antiperspirant residue.


I recommend this to you because so many women (and men) are afraid to put their Secret away and try something natural. I understand, and there are a lot of products out there that really don’t work. You have to experiment a little and find one that works with your chemistry, but the above has really worked well for me (going on at least 2 years now). Also, Herbal Magic was recommended to me by a man, an attorney no less, so you know he can’t be at the office smelling like a hippy.


Give it a try and let me know how it goes. In the comments below, share any recommendations you have for natural deodorant that works, or anything that’s holding you back from trying it.


Yours in natural body care,



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Published by Sasha Marie Stone

Happiness Engineer at Automattic, work-from-home wellness expert, life coach, and dog mom.

10 thoughts on “Be Natural and Stink-Free

  1. I was just having this conversation with myself. I was in the fence about switching to something natural. After reading this I think I’m going to do it!


  2. I gave up antiperspirants long ago for all the reasons you stated, and I haven’t been able to find a natural alternative that works for me. Tom’s of Maine and others like it leave a sticky feeling and quite honestly don’t smell very good after a few hours. Thanks for the tip… I’ll try it!


  3. Oh very nice to hear of alternatives Sasha. I haven’t used Herbal Magic. I always avoid products with aluminum or aluminum derived ingredients, parabens, talc and propylene glycol. Another requirement for me is that it MUST be cruelty-free, 100% vegetarian, vegan and/or gluten-free. Never antiperspirants!! You need to sweat. And YES I am a pain in the butt 🙂 But anyway I used Kiss My Face and Lavilin for a long time and now I use “Long Lasting Deodorant Stick” by Now Solutions. Great name huh? But I will look into HM. Thanks Sasha!!


  4. So funny, this has been a minor obsession for almost a decade and my absolute obsession for almost two years now. I have found that when I eat really clean (and provided it is not a horribly hot day) straight coconut oil applied under arms seems to do the trick. Problem is that I don’t always eat perfectly clean and have been scared to let go of my chemical laden regular name brand for good. (I also work in a coporate environment and somedays cannot chance hippy smell. 🙂 ) I can’t wait to try the products you have recommended. Thanks Sasha!


  5. I literally was about to text you the other day while I was in Whole Foods scratching my head about what I should purchase. Great post Sash! Thanks!


  6. I found another one I really like. It’s Men’s Stock Natural Dry Herbal Pine Deodorant by Aubrey Organics. I found it at Sprouts, but its also at Vitaminshoppe and Amazon. Ordinarily I don’t particularly like the smell of pine but this is very subtle and attractive. The really cool thing is as you sweat, the scent sort of re-activates. Plus it’s vegan, animal friendly and gluten-free.


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