More than six in ten British women have never checked for potentially harmful chemicals which could be lurking in their everyday beauty products, according to research from Holland and Barrett.
The report shows we are far more concerned with what we ingest than what we put onto our faces and bodies everyday – even though it can be just as dangerous to our health.
The survey showed only 38 per cent of women have ever checked the ingredients of their make-up and beauty products, but in contrast 88 per cent routinely analyse the ingredients of the food and drinks they buy.
However, the high street health store is leading the way by only stocking items that are free from harmful ingredients.
Lucy Pottinger, Holland & Barrett’s Head of Beauty comments, “As the UK’s biggest natural-beauty retailer we are committed to making the category clear and transparent. Cleaner Beauty commitment means that all beauty products sold in our stores and online are free from parabens and sodium lauryl sulphate. A fact that no other high street retailer can say.”
So if you’re keen to rid your bathroom cabinet of ‘bad’ products that come filled with harmful ingredients, why not start with swapping out your classic deodorant with one of these all natural versions? (And yes they do work and they are NOT as expensive as you think).
Best natural deodorants
Weleda Wild Rose Deodorant
A popular option for anyone looking for a vegan-friendly deodorant that actually will keep the BO at bay.
Packaged in a spritz bottle (no aerosol cans here!), the delicate floral scent is subtle enough not to give you a headache yet strong enough to last all day.
Buy from Holland & Barrett for £12.95.
Neal’s Yard Remedies Lemon & Coriander Deodorant Spray
This all-natural spray from popular organic beauty brand Neal’s Yard Remedies is packed with eight essential oils and cleansing extracts that will keep you dry and smelling fresh all day.
Buy from Ocado for £8
Kiehl’s Superbly Efficient Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant
If you don’t like strong scented body products this uncented deodorant/anti-perspirant from Kiehl’s will be right up your street.
The micro drying molecules in the formula prevent wetness while the blend of linseed extract, orange and lemon keep your skin soft and conditioned.
Buy from Amazon for £16
Soft & Gentle 0% Aluminium Anti-Perspirant Care Roll On
Made with plant extracts instead of aluminium salts, this natural alternative to the classic Soft & Gentle formula is far better for your skin and body but still guarantees 24 hour protection.
Buy from Boots for £2.79
MALIN + GOETZ Eucalyptus Deodorant
Pricier than most natural deodorants on the market, this one is organic, alcohol and aluminium free and contains eucalyptus which is known for its antibacterial properties.
Buy from Space NK for £19.
Aesop Herbal Deodorant
This herbal deodorant from upmarket Australian skincare brand Aesop is made with a special blend of botanical ingredients that will keep underarms fresh.
Buy from Lookfantastic for £23
Kiehl’s Cross-Terrain “24 Hour Strong” Dry Stick
This stick deodorant from Kiehl’ is ideal for anyone who does lots of sports or is very active during the day.
Made with micro molecules that help absorb moisture, this one will combat wetness and leave you feeling fresh.
Buy from Space NK for £15.
Sukin Natural Deodorant
This deodorant is free from aluminium, parabens, sulphates or animal products or derivatives which means it’s a great option for vegans looking for a natural alternative.
Buy from from Holland & Barrett for £8.49
Salt of the Earth Spray Deodorant
This award-winning deodorant is 100% natural and the unscented, unis3x formula stay put for long-lasting protection. And it’s certified vegan.
Buy from Amazon for £3.99
Native Unearthed Deodorant Balm Activated Charcoal
This creamy balm melts onto skin but isn’t greasy and you only need a pea amount for a full day’s protection.
The activated charcoal ingredient absorbs over 1000 times it’s weight in water so you can be confident you’ll stay fresh and dry.
Buy from Amazon for £9.23