Girl Smarts 'The only natural deodorant that actually keeps me sweat-free​'

It's a miracle​!

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I’m from the Texas Panhandle, or the “cowboy part of Texas” as I like to describe it.

Growing up, the words “natural” and “organic” weren’t ones that people used a lot...unless to describe the smells when passing a feedlot. So, needless to say, I was late to the green party. But once I started switching out a peel here or switching in an oil there, I found it to be a cinch.

With one exception: deodorant. Usually when someone wants to go green, it’s the last thing to go. That's because traditional antiperspirants keep you from sweating, explains dermatologist Mona Gohara, M.D. and that means bye, bye sweat stains. And while the aluminum in antiperspirants (which is what reduces sweat) can irritate your skin, and antiperspirants themselves contain ingredients that can lead to false positives on mammograms (yikes!), I kept using them, because I couldn't find a natural alternative that worked as well to prevent moisture.

And then one day, I stumbled upon Native Deodorant ($12, nativedeodorant.com) in the beauty closet and my whole world changed. Seriously, I swipe it on once a day and for the rest of the day, I stay dry and fresh. It has a fractionated coconut oil base, so when it goes on, it feels really moisturizing. Arrowroot powder and baking soda sop up moisture and obliterate the odors. And it’s free of phalates, parabens, and aluminum.

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Oh, and did I mention the scents are to die for? I now have a deodorant "fragrance library." Depending on my mood or what I’m wearing, I can pick a scent that will be uplifting (grapefruit and bergamot!), sweet (coconut and vanilla!) or even fresh (cucumber & mint!).

If you want to try out a natural deodorant, I can’t recommend enough that you start with this one.

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