April 16th, 2015

Top Picks: Safe Deodorants for Teens

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Today’s the day. My 5th grader is watching the 5th grade puberty movie at school.

Having two older brothers who also viewed this rite of passage, I know the video is no big deal. I’m pretty much an open book when it comes to this information, so hopefully there won’t be much new information passed along to him.

But there’s always one big takeaway for the kids. And it’s not what you would think.

The video stresses over and over that the boys should start wearing deodorant. There is also mention of antiperspirant.

Both of my older children came home after watching the movie and let me know that needed to start wearing deodorant IMMEDIATLY.

Deodorant and Antiperspirant

I’m not so sure I agree with that takeaway. Not every 5th grader needs deodorant. And no 5th grader should be wearing antiperspirant. As we all know, kids develop at different rates. There might be some kids out there who have begun puberty and are offensively smelly. Deodorant is a good option in this case. But it really comes down to personal choice, not a video mandating that they wear it.

We need to provide education about deodorant and antiperspirant

Conventional deodorants and antiperspirants contain controversial aluminum and their ingredient list is long and filled with other suspicious chemicals that I don’t want on my body and I certainly don’t want on my teen’s developing body.

We are a culture obsessed with smelling pretty.  Take a stroll down the deodorant isle at any supermarket and the options are endless. A recent poll of over 500 parents revealed that approximately 50% of children ages 4 to 11 are using deodorant by age 11.

Don’t Buy Into Those Super Smelly Deodorants

You know what brands I’m talking about. They seem to be the go-to brands for many teen boys. Many of the highly scented deodorants contain synthetic fragrances that are made up of literally hundreds of chemicals, including hormone-disrupting phthalates, and other ingredients that have been associated with cancer. And they stink!

Say no to antiperspirants

Aluminum-based compounds are the active ingredients in antiperspirants and they block the sweat glands to keep sweat from getting to the skin’s surface. Some scientists have claimed that using the aluminum-based compounds in antiperspirants may be a risk factor for the development of breast cancer and/or Alzheimer’s. If you are determined to use a product use a safe deodorant,not antiperspirant.

Safe Deodorant Options

Yes, you can make your own deodorant, but if you aren’t a DIY type of person here are a few product suggestions for safe deodorants:

      • Tom’s of Maine – I’ve been using this brand for years and there are no artificial colors, or fragrances or preservatives, although it does contain propylene glycol, which is a petroleum derivative.This brand is simple to find at many retailers and comes in a variety of mild fragrances.
      • Nourish Organic Deodorant – This organic deodorant comes in lavender mint or vanilla almond– good enough to eat! It’s also free of parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, artificial fragrances, preservatives, silicones, propylene glycol, mineral oils, sulfates, synthetic dyes, triclosan, EDTA and aluminum.
      • Primal Pit Paste Natural Deodorant Stick –  I really like this brand. The deodorant goes on smoothly and doesn’t leave a white film. It comes in a variety of scents, including unscented. There’s no bad stuff in this deodorant: NO Aluminum, NO Parabens, NO Toxic Chemicals, NO Fragrances, NO Corn, NO Gluten, NO GMOs.
      • Miessence Roll-on Deodorant – Another certified organic deodorant with a fantastic ingredient list. This deodorant also scored well on the Skin Deep site.

Don’t forget to read your labels and find a deodorant that works for you. Not only will each of these deodorants work well for your teens, but they’ll work for everyone!

What’s your go-to brand for deodorant?

 


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38 Responses to “Top Picks: Safe Deodorants for Teens”

  1. Did I ever give you a sample of http://www.piperwai.com?

  2. Great advice, many people do not realize how back antiperspirants are for you (adult or child). I am not ready for my kids to grow up and have to deal with this issue.
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  3. Great topic – I’ve been meaning to cover this too! My 4th grader is starting to stink but I’m not quite ready to make him wear deodorant yet. Seems too young! Personally I like cream deodorants but I don’t think my boys would want to mess with that. Tom’s is a good option.
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  4. We are dealing with this in my house. We have a history of Alzheimer’s in the family and I am concerned. However, the natural deodorants have NOT worked for my teenage son and he is embarrassed to be sweating in class. He is using a traditional deodorant right now but I continue to buy natural brands for him to try out and he skips deodorant on the weekends occasionally. THe natural ones work for my daughter so far and we are using either Toms of Main or ?? I forget the other one but seems to work find for her.

  5. My husband has liked using the rock: http://www.eco-novice.com/2012/03/natural-deodorant-that-works-for-my.html
    It took me many years to get him off of Old Spice. From what I understand, the aluminum in that is different and not toxic. EWG rates them well. I don’t really think anyone should be using antiperspirant. Plus it stains all your shirts yellow.
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  6. You haven’t Paige. Would love to try it…or let me kids give it a try. Thanks.

  7. Leigh – get ready for 5th grade! Everyone gets to see the puberty movie, unless you opt out. My son was sent home today with deodorant and antiperspirant.

  8. Micaela – my kids definitely stink after playing sports. They take showers! Easy fix rather than exposing them to deodorant at such a young age.

  9. Hi Diane, I know that some of the “natural” deodorants don’t always work for everyone. I can understand as a teen it would be mortifying to sweat and stink. Keep trying and hopefully he’ll find something that works for him. Let me know when he does!

  10. Hi Betsy, EWG is a great guide when looking for deodorants. Happy to hear your hubby made the switch from Old Spice. I think it takes a while to find a deodorant that works for each of us.

  11. Ooh these are great. I’m partial to the one I make myself and to Schmidt’s, but I’m always on the lookout for new natural deodorants to try.

  12. Thank you for this! My 10 (almost 11) year old girl doesn’t need deodorant yet, although I know she has many friends that have been using it for a couple of years. I was wondering what type to get her. I grew up on Secret and never gave it a second thought until recently. But like always, we sometimes care more about what we do for our kids than what we do/did for ourselves.
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  13. My teen and I both use Celadon Road deodorant. It hasn’t been out very long but I have tried many deodorants and this is the one for us! It is made with all Organic Ingredients. At first it was strange to get use to because of the coconut oil in it but it protects with out blocking pores and I know all the ingredients are safe for us!! Being with the company I may be a bit partial but honestly if I do not like something I will not promote it!! You can look it up online if you want at http://www.myceladonroad.com/jillstover
    I am more than happy to have anyone review the product as well.

  14. Oh, I am so not ready to have this conversation with my kids–plus, they are too little, but I appreciate that now, I’m prepared! Thanks for the great intel, Lori!

  15. My kids are still a bit young for this conversation, though I’m sure it’ll be here before I know it. This is a huge concern for me, a decades-long antiperspirant user. Just because I’m using it (and shouldn’t) doesn’t mean I want them to follow suit. This is a great list to keep on the back burner until then. Thanks!

  16. I seem to be the odd one out in this conversation I ,my hubby, my kids and my grankids do not or never have used deodorant we just wash regularly. New sweat does not smell only stale sweat. I should know I worked in a gym for 20 years

  17. This is very realistic.I will share this to my friends who have teenager. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Good point Chris-best bet is to use no deodorant at all. This was really written for those who feel compelled to use it because they do smell.

  19. Hey Lori! I just watched your ABC video on BPA – awesome.. thankyou for getting out there and taking such a stand. As for this whole ‘must wear deodorant’ thing for our young people how absolutely insane! We really do live in a strange, strange world. I’m a huge fan of Miessence products – they’re an Australian company.. where I’m from! Thanks for this great post – I’ll be back.
    Luke Shavak recently posted..Miessence Cosmetics & MakeupMy Profile

  20. Hi Luke, I’m familiar with Miessence- I have a friend who is a rep. Yes, the deodorant thing is a bit crazy. Deodorant is OK, it’s the antiperspirant that really makes me insane. That stuff is toxic.

  21. Ava Anderson Non Toxic is the Safest out there. Comes in spray or a stick form.

  22. I love NYR Organic Spray deodorants. They are made with certified organic ingredients and without the harmful chemical nasties by a 33 yr old company out of the UK (but are available in the US). Two deodorants are sold..Lavender & Aloe and Lemon & Coriander.

  23. My 13 year old son plays hockey and we have tried many natural deodorants and none of them work by the time he is done practice or a game. In fact, it is embarrassing and unbearable for him, He is insisting on using something stronger. Any ideas??

  24. Hi Toni, 13 is such a tough age! Especially when you’re dealing with sweat and stink. I bought my son a few different options and I’m letting him try them all right now. Deodorants work very differently on varying bodies. I really like Primal Pit Paste in the stick and some of the Tom’s scented deodorants. Hopefully he’ll find something that works for him.

  25. I’m so happy to see this issue being discussed with a slant towards the younger kids. They are so susceptible to pressure as their bodies are changing and they are trying to fit in. To have the adults in their lives help them establish healthy habits instead of potentially damaging ones is so great! Those super smelly spray deodorants marketed for boys (starts with an A) make me think of nothing but hormone disruption. Not to mention most girls like the smell of just clean skin, not boy-drowned-in-perfume.
    I’m proud to be able to offer some additional clean deodorant options as a formulator and brand owner. 🙂 My company, Blissoma, worked for years on our deodorant recipes. We have several aromatic sprays that are totally baking soda free and scented only with essential oils. They are vegan and 100% natural. Then we also have an extra strength unscented stick that we call Scentless Stick. For the folks that do tend to get more odiferous (thinking the young men as well) the stick is absolutely what I’d go with. It is very effective and doesn’t cause the skin irritation that many baking soda deodorants are known for.
    http://www.blissoma.com/Scentless-Stick-Solid-Natural-Deodorant_p_118.html
    Thank you for helping educate on this topic!

  26. Thank you for sharing Julie. Your product sounds wonderful.

  27. […] is mention that kids this age should start wearing deodorant. There was also mention of using an antiperspirant, which is not safe for any […]

  28. I love Herban Cowboy Vegan Certified for deodorant. Fav is Forest even for women http://www.herbancowboy.com/

  29. Thanks for the insight and the recommendations. Will try to get my girls to make the switch! Since they aren’t old enough to drive themselves to the store and buy what they want it should be easy!

  30. You’re welcome Pam. Good luck making the switch. I’m curious to hear how it goes!

  31. Will you add ZERO deodorant to the recommendations? We will be happy to send you a sample, and it’s PERFECT for kids. (try Bropocalypse for boys :)) Zerocares.com Thanks!

  32. I would love to add it. Can you send me a link Todd? I’ll have to try it and check out the ingredient list first!

  33. Hi Lori! Great article. Deodorant is the #1 toxic body product we should be concerned about, especially when it comes to our precious children. Which is why my family LOVES Poofy Organics Max Deo. USDA Certified Organic, & EXCELLENT for kids. Please check them out here: https://sweetmelissas.poofyorganics.com/search.aspx?searchterms=deodorant

  34. Hi Melissa, I’ve tried Poofy Organics in the past. I didn’t realize they had a deodorant. Thanks for sharing the info.

  35. Hi Lori, your site was just flagged for favorites… Couldn’t read all responses, did anyone mention Raw, Unfiltered, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar? I use a 50/50 mixture…

  36. i use milk of magnesia original . apply it with a reusable cosmetic sponge. both last along time. i think magnesium is a safer substance than aluminum.

  37. Interesting, Judy. I’ve never heard of this used as deodorant. I’m not sure my teen would be willing!

  38. We love Real Purity Natural Roll On Deodorant. It has over 400 5 stars from reviewers. Really works!

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