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Natural deodorants and our other top health products

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Joanna Evans rounds up new and noteworthy finds in the world of natural health, beauty, home and wellness

3 of the best natural deodorants 

Standard deodorants and antiperspirants are usually full of potentially harmful ingredients like parabens, artificial fragrances and aluminum. Thankfully, there’s an ever-increasing array of
100 percent natural deodorants, free of aluminum and other nasties. Here’s our pick of the best. 

Earth Conscious 

Lavender & Tea Tree Deo Tin, £7 (2.12 oz/60 g) 

www.earthconscious.co.uk

Earth Conscious deodorants come in six fragrances, as well as an unscented version, and are available in a tin, a cardboard stick applicator or as a bare bar (no plastic packaging here). We love this Lavender & Tea Tree variety, which is a gentle but hardworking blend of organic shea butter, coconut oil and arrowroot powder with sodium bicarbonate and essential oils of antibacterial tea tree and soothing lavender. 

 

The Natural Deodorant Co 

Gentle Deodorant Cream Unscented, £12.50 (about $18; 1.94 oz/55 g) 

US: www.naturisimo.com 
UK: www.naturaldeoco.com 

If your skin can’t tolerate essential oils or sodium bicarbonate, this one’s for you. The creamy formula uses magnesium oxide to deodorize, white clay and arrowroot to help keep you dry and coconut oil and shea butter to leave skin feeling soft and moisturized. It’s easy to apply, comes in a glass jar, and 11 scented versions—all 100 percent vegan—are also available. 


 

Soapwalla 

Deodorant Creme, Citrus, $18/£18 (2.01 oz/57 g)

US: www.soapwalla.com
UK: www.contentbeautywellbeing.com 

Freshen up with this zingy deodorant cream, featuring essential oils of lemongrass, lime, grapefruit, bergamot and may chang, which tackles body odor and bacteria as well as smelling great. The base is a blend of moisture-absorbing corn starch and clay, odor-eliminating sodium bicarbonate, soothing oils of rosehip, sunflower and jojoba seeds, plus rich and creamy shea butter. ‘Sensitive,’ ‘Original’ and travel-sized versions are also available.  


 

Brain booster 

Good Health Naturally, Brain Power, $40/£29.95 (6 fl oz/180 mL) 

US:  www.goodhealthusa.com 

UK:  www.goodhealthnaturally.com 

‘Lockdown brain’ is a thing. According to experts like Mark Newey, leading psychotherapist and founder of mental wellness education platform, www.headucate.me, months of social isolation with little to stimulate the brain can lead to a drop in cognition, with problems like forgetting things or struggling to think clearly. 


So what can you do to try and wake up a foggy brain? Besides reconnecting with friends and family and trying new things as restrictions ease, nootropics, or ‘smart pills’ could help give your brain a boost (see the May 2021 issue of WDDTY). One such supplement on our radar right now is Brain Power by Good Health Naturally, a liposomal formula that combines the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin, the key active component of turmeric, and resveratrol, a plant compound found in grapes and berries. ‘Liposomal’ means the nutrients are delivered in tiny fat-like particles rather than tablets, capsules or powder, which is said to give superior absorption.  


The liquid formula, which can be added to water or juice, is made with only natural and non-GMO ingredients and is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. 


 

Plant power 

Weleda, Prickly Pear Cactus range , from $23.99/£14.95  

www.weleda.co.uk 

Natural health and beauty brand Weleda has just launched a new skincare range featuring four hydrating heroes for the face and eyes. The Prickly Pear Cactus range (dubbed the Sheer Hydration range in the US) includes a facial cream, a facial lotion, an eye gel and a facial mist, all of which contain a 100 percent natural and sustainably sourced extract of organic prickly pear cactus from Mexico—a plant bursting with moisture-rich mucilage that allows it to thrive even in an extreme climate. We’re fans of the eye gel, which also contains aloe vera juice and cucumber extract to revive and refresh the delicate under-eye area. 


 

Oil change 

Pai, The Light Fantastic, $74/£44
(1.01 fl oz/30 mL) 

US: www.paiskincare.us 
UK: www.paiskincare.com 

This potent ceramide face oil is a new addition to Pai’s brilliant collection of natural and organic skincare products. Designed to calm, smooth and strengthen stressed-out skin, the non-greasy formula is a combination of sunflower, safflower, kukui, grape and plum oils, extracts of schisandra, cocoa and chamomile, and ceramides from wheat seeds. Ceramides, fats found naturally in the skin, are a popular anti-aging ingredient; they help to reinforce the skin’s moisture barrier against dehydration or irritation and have a natural plumping effect. The product is 85 percent organic, 100 percent natural and suitable for all skin types. 


 

Just spray it 

Sterimar, Stop & Protect Allergy Response, $17.98/£8.38  (0.68 fl oz/20 mL)

US: www.amazon.com

UK: amazon.co.uk 

If you’re looking for a drug-free solution to your hay fever, try this nasal spray by Sterimar. It’s a 100 percent natural solution of mineral-rich seawater, purified water plus added manganese and calcium that’s said to quickly put a stop to symptoms like a runny nose and watery eyes, as well as help protect against future allergic reactions. It works by neutralizing existing allergens in the nose and forming a protective, invisible film to prevent future allergens from coming into contact with the nasal cavity. In fact, a five-month study of 60 hay fever sufferers found it to be effective at reducing allergic episodes and improving quality of life.1 It can be used as often as needed and is safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women and children ages three years and up. 


 

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