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Comparison of ozonated deodorant to similar products containing baking soda, magnesium hydroxide or activated charcoal in effectiveness and safety.
The ingredients in your typical supermarket antiperspirant are downright scary. Between the aluminum, parabens, triclosan and synthetic fragrances, it’s no wonder these products are linked to everything from allergies and hormone disruption to breast cancer.
It’s shocking to me how many people still buy them despite the well-established and compelling research against their use.
The trouble is, natural deodorants aren’t a particularly exciting alternative.
First of all, like any natural product, you have to read labels carefully. Some brands that market themselves as “natural” are anything but. While they might not contain parabens or aluminum, they may still contain other dangerous substances. Read the ingredients carefully!
Most natural deodorants that are legitimately nontoxic contain at least some baking soda as an active ingredient.
When I first tried using this type of product, I found they couldn’t be applied after shaving because they burned like crazy!
People with sensitive skin usually can’t use them at all because they irritate no matter when they are applied.
The last straw for me was finding little white clumps of baking soda on my exercise mat after a few seconds of extended child’s pose in yoga class.
So, I switched to a sensitive skin deodorant that contained magnesium hydroxide and activated charcoal instead of baking soda.
I was happy to notice that these products worked better than baking soda-based ones.
However, I was still getting little clumps on my yoga mat. And, the burning still occurred after shaving although it was less than with baking soda-based products.
I also discovered that the magnesium hydroxide in these formulations is suspected by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) to have nano-scale ingredients that can be absorbed into the skin. Hence, this chemical is listed as “fair” and given a 1-4 rating on a scale of 10 for toxicity. (1)
I prefer that all the ingredients in my personal care products be a zero or a 1 on the EWG skin deep database, so, I started looking around for yet another alternative.
What I found was a new type of natural deodorant that uses ozonated oil as the active ingredient. It’s made by the same trusted company that makes ozonated oils recommended by biological dentists for other uses such as flossing teeth.
Ozone is a green substance according to the EWG. It is completely safe for use in personal care products as the active ingredient. (2)
These products are clear liquids that you apply to underarms as an old-fashioned roll-on.
You can choose between unscented ozone deodorant or naturally scented with essential oils.
I’ve been using ozonated deodorant for a couple of months now, and I have to say, that I’ll never go back to a baking soda or magnesium hydroxide based product again.
I can apply it anytime without any irritation even immediately after shaving.
The clear liquid doesn’t stain or clump up on my clothes or end up on my yoga mat.
It also seems to work far better than any other type of natural deodorant I’ve ever used before (and I’ve tried MANY brands over the years).
The only downside of ozone-based deodorant is that it works best if you let it dry a bit before getting dressed. However, I don’t find this particularly inconvenient compared to the alternatives!
Have you tried ozonated deodorant yet? How did you find they compare to other natural deodorants?
Oil stains can easily be removed from fabrics with hydrogen peroxide and maybe a little washing soda.
I tried the ozonated deodorant after reading about it and I find that it is the only deodorant I’ve ever tried that truly works! I was using the magnesium/charcoal one but it really wasn’t that effective for me. LOVE the ozonated stuff!!
I have used several brands w/coconut oil in them. After a while, I notice the pit area of my t-shirts are stiff and white. Its like the coconut oil gets absorbed into the cotton material and it doesn’t wash out. Living in a cooler environment (Pacific NW) perhaps then hardens it. Also, any tips for avoiding the white swipe on the back of your t-shirt when pulling it down over one’s body? I try to be careful and its not to easy anymore to twist my neck around to see if its there. Putting the deodorant on under one’s shirt isn’t easy either. Oh well, don’t think there is a fix for this.
Sarah Pope MGA
I would recommend not using coconut oil for deodorant. The grease marks on your clothing are very difficult to remove.
Thank you so much for sharing Sarah! I’ve been looking for something like this for years! I was using Primal Life Organics (magnesium) deodorant before and I felt like it clogged my pores, when I read your article I immediately put in an order. Been using this ozone deodorant for several days now and I’m amazed how well this ozone deodorant works! One application lasts for 24 hours! And no clogging pores! Thank you!!
I buy my ozone deodorant from Promolife who makes it in house. Promolife sells high quality generators and I also have one. I use ozone gas internally and from head to toe. I wash my clothes with my ozone generator and even clean my organic vegetables with ozone water for it extends the life of produce by double. Needless to say, I love all things ozone. Back to the deodorant, yes, it takes more time to dry and if thats a problem for you, you can always buy ozonated oil and use that under your arms. the only downside to ozone deodorant is after continuous use you ?may? find it slightly drying. I do not shave anywhere so maybe I’ve felt some dryness due to that but I know most people aren’t comfortable going all natural with body hair. Due to clean diet, I don’t need deodorant protection often. I highly recommend ozone deodorant especially if you have armpit issues. Not only is ozone deodorant and ozone oil good for killing stinky bacteria, its also good for you. What deodorant can claim that?
I use one that I love, after years of trying every natural one I could find, but none worked. This one works every time! Pit Balm by a little company in Hawaii. I met the lady who makes this in a hotel lobby in Oahu. Ingredients: Organic Coconut Oil, Sodium Bicarbonate, Arrowroot, Melaleuca, 100% Beeswax. It doesn’t burn after shaving, maybe because of the coconut oil or beeswax? and never clumps. It spreads with your body temperature and disappears quickly. No waiting.
I have found with improvement in my diet, in the later fall thru mid spring at least, I dont need deo. SCORE I do shower daily lol
I live in the arctic of NYS so when I move to Clearwater, Fla soon, that may change! Lol
I have switched to Norwex crystal deodorant and find it works incredibly better than any I have used for years. Do you consider it safe. Only ingredient Ammonium Alum
Sarah Pope MGA
“Alum” is an abbreviation for aluminum. No, I would not recommend using it! Aluminum is possibly the #1 most dangerous ingredient in a deodorant to avoid. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ammonium_aluminium_sulfate
My crystal salt deo is potassium alum. Many alums are safe according to ewg skin deep app. Just scan your barcode on the app and it gives rating. My CRYSTAL stick rates a 1.
Sarah Pope MGA
If you read the EWG database on the concerns for that chemical, it states “bioaccumulative potential” or similar words to that effect. That means aluminum storage in the body. Guess where aluminum collects … the brain. No thanks!!!!