Do Greenies Really Stink?

According to recent US studies, people who gravitate towards the colour green, are usually the ones that “don’t smell so fresh”. Apparently it’s because most people who like green, are environment conscious, and thus try to “save the planet” by wearing no deodorant. Hmm.., a little imaginative if you ask me, but is there truth behind it?

Do Greenies need to go “au natural” to avoid bad chemicals, or are there other alternatives?

For women it’s quite difficult to find the right balance between sensitive and effective. You need something delicate enough to use after shaving/waxing, but it also needs to be effective against sweat and odour.

One thing we as Greenies will need to accept, is that we won’t be able to find a potent anti-perspirant with green/organic credentials. There are studies that show that most chemicals used to block the sweat glands (like Aluminium chloride) are not 100% safe to use in the long run. There has been much controversy about this subject. What I say, is if there is a little doubt about the safety of a product, just skip it altogether!

The best you can do, is make sure your armpits are well-cleansed and use a product which neutralises odour, instead of masking it or blocking sweat glands. Many essential oils (like Clary Sage) have sweat reducing properties and will not completely stop sweat but will significantly reduce the amount of sweat produced. Also keep in mind that the effectiveness of deodorant also varies from person to person as our body chemistry differs.


Here are some of the natural deo’s I have tried and loved:

Pure Beginnings Eco roll on – Forest

The forest eco roll on is a revitalizing deodorant with a distinctive smell of spearmint that keeps you feeling fresh all day. Most importantly it is free of aluminium, parabens, synthetic fragrances and animal products. The geranium scent in this product is addictive! (I love geranium) It really is effective, and kept me fresh all day. One warning for sensitive skins though, you might want to wait a bit after shaving before putting this on, as I experienced a bit of burning.

The deodorant is perfect for men, women and teenagers.


The Victorian Garden Lavender & Aloe Roll-On

This traditionally fragranced Lavender deodorant offers safe & effective protection without recourse to modern day petrochemical ingredients such as propylene glycol, parabens and aluminium. This soft-smelling deo is surprisingly efficient! It can be used as much as you like and it’s even safe to put on after shaving, no burn! The other variety, Lemongrass & Sandalwood Roll-On, is also a favourite with men.




Jozi Organics Ivory Roll-On

This natural deodorant has a vanilla scent blending organic patchouli, Ylang Ylang & Spearmint essential oils. This gentle and effective deodorant is made from plant derived organic ingredients with absolutely no nasties. The main smell for me is Spearmint, so it makes you smell really fresh. I can also use it directly after shaving.





Want to try making your own natural deo? Try this easy recipe:

½ teaspoon witch hazel

2 rounded teaspoons of baking soda

1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin (for texture and for a smooth skin)

2 teaspoon aloe vera gel (soothing, hydrating and for texture)

1 drop of Essential palmarosa oil

1 drop of Essential tea tree oil

1 drop of Essential cypress oil

Mix well, until you have a smooth texture, and pour into an old (or new) roll-on bottle. Shake well before each use. This is a little liquid as a texture, so make sure to keep the roll-on ball upward when applying or you risk having some dripping.


If you have tried any natural deodorants lately, please let me know what your experience was!


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