A Guide to Natural Deodorant

Posted on March 02, 2017 | Leave a Comment

It's official: natural deodorant actually works.

Despite the abundance of information surrounding the health risks associated with commercial deodorants, effective natural alternatives have been few and far between.

A range of new natural products have emerged and we've tried and tested each one. 

This article provides our tips on switching to natural deodorant. Continue reading, or use the quick links below to navigate through the article.

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Common Chemicals Found in Deodorants

Aluminium chloride, aluminium zirconium, aluminium chlorohydrate and aluminium hydroxybromide, do these words raise a big red flag in your mind? Well, they should! These commonly used chemicals in antiperspirants not only stain your skin and clothes they are proven to be harmful neurotoxins which studies (Source 1, Source 2, Source 3) have linked with conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer.

What’s worse is that while aluminium is not normally found in our body, using antiperspirants daily can deliver a direct dose of chemicals into your system.

So why on earth do we insist on rubbing these harmful compounds directly into our pores and glands for our body to absorb?


Non-Toxic Deodorant

Deodorants and Antiperspirants Are Not The Same Thing

Despite what people may think, deodorants and antiperspirants quite simply are not the same thing. So, what’s the big difference?

Well on the one hand, antiperspirants use chemical compounds like aluminium salts to block or clog your pores to prevent you from sweating, ultimately altering your body’s normal function.

On the other hand, natural deodorants like the range stocked at Cleanse Skincare are designed to create an environment that prevents the bacteria on your skin from having a wild party and stinking up the joint. Which means your pores and glands are free to breathe, and your body can continue its natural cleansing process.

  Natural Deodorant Facts

Fun Sweaty Facts About Deodorant

Fun Sweaty Fact #1 – Your sweat doesn’t actually smell. What causes BO (body odour) is the bacteria that start munching on proteins in the sweat. They break down the proteins into acids and that’s what smells.

Fun Sweaty Fact #2 – Women have more sweat glands than men. But the men’s are more active and that is why they sweat more.

Fun Sweaty Fact #3 – Stress sweat smells worse than exercise sweat. This is because it comes from different glands where the sweat has a higher percentage of proteins and fats compared to exercise sweat. The bacteria go nuts for the extra protein and fats and gorge on it like its Christmas dinner.

Tips for Switching To Natural Deodorant

Getting accustomed to natural deodorant may take a little bit of adjustment. After years of using toxic brands you may find that it will takes a little while to adjust. But don’t give up! It will get easier and most people report less sweating while using a natural deodorant long term.

Applying deodorant on open skin? That’s a big no-no – this includes skin that has just been shaved. Our tip? Shave at night and then only apply your natural deodorant the next morning.

Staying healthy on the outside, starts with the what you put inside. Try to keep your diet as free from foods with preservatives and make sure you top up on green veggies - you might even find you don’t need much deodorant at all.

If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. You might find that you have to try a range of natural deodorants before you find the one that works for you. But don’t give up, we assure you it’s worth the effort.


Natural Deodorant that works

Will I react to Natural Deodorant?

We have had a handful of reports from customers who develop a rash using deodorant pastes. Sometimes it’s just the Black Chicken Axilla Paste, other times, they’ll react to any of them. There are two potential things that will cause this, despite them being a totally natural formula.

Essential Oils

They are potent and powerful and hard working in these deodorants, but occasionally they can cause sensitive skin to react. The Soapwalla deodorant has a strong formula, which is why it works so well. However, the combo of lavender, tea tree, sweet orange, peppermint, and bergamot can be too much for some noses and some skin. This is why we have also sourced the milder Sensitive skin deodorant stick from Schmidt’s which includes a fragrance-free formula with no essential oils at all.

Bi-carb Soda

This is more likely to be the cause of the skin irritation and unfortunately, it’s a common ingredient in many formulas. It’s really quite rare, but it happens enough that it’s worth knowing about and if you are concerned then patch testing for several days before you end up with two completely itchy armpits. You can either patch test with one of the products, or make a rudimentary paste from some bi-carb, coconut oil and rub it on your skin in the same spot for a few days. If you react to the bi-carb, we suggest you use one of the specially formulated for sensitive skin from Schmidts. They are formulated using magnesium hydroxide to neutralize odour instead of baking soda.


Natural Deodorant Reviews

Ready to make the switch but don’t know where to start? Here’s our top two natural deodorant picks to get your started:

Soapwalla Natural Cream Deodorant

Free from aluminium zirconium and harmful parabens Soapwalla’s range of natural deodorants enjoy a cult following the world over. Made with the highest quality organic and food-grade ingredients Soapwalla’s citrus deodorant cream does not contain the sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, harsh and harmful derivatives, petroleum, or aluminum compounds that are frequently found in commercial antiperspirants,


  • Superfine vegetable powders and clays
  • Odour absorbing essential oils like lavender, peppermint and tea tree oil
  • Easy to apply consistency, absorbs quickly into your skin
  • 100% vegan
  • Petroleum free
  • Animal cruelty free
  • Ideal for all skin types.

See More: Soapwalla's Natural Deodorant Range


Schmidt's Natural Deodorant

With four great scents to choose from including a fragrance-free option for sensitive skin, Schmidt deodorant has gained popularity the world over for its convenience and reliability. It’s no wonder why this humble passion project started by mother and entrepreneur Jamie Schmidt has gone on to become and award-winning product.


Choose from either a bicarb or non-bicarb formula

  • Award-winning formula provides all-day odour protection and wetness protection
  • No reapplying throughout the day
  • Fast-absorbing. Non-greasy, non-sticky feel
  • Free of aluminum, propylene glycol, parabens & phthalates
  • Certified Vegan & Cruelty-free. Gluten-free
  • 100% natural

See more: Schmidt's Natural Deodorant Range



Posted on November 30, 2016 | Posted under Christmas, Christmas gifts, natural + organic skincare boutique, Natural Skincare, nontoxic, Organic Skincare | Leave a Comment


Christmas is just around the corner, so now is the time to get your gifts sorted. Whether it's your office secret santa, stocking stuffers, or a thoughtful gift. We have you covered!


Christmas Stocking Stuffers


1. Kuu Konjac Sponges

An amazing natural way to cleanse. With 4 different types of sponges available there is one for every skin type and every xmas stocking!!


2. S.W Basics Lip Balm

Four amazing flavours of lip balm that nourish your lips without any of the nasty chemicals. You can never have too many lip balms!!


3. Priti NYC Nail Polish

These non toxic nail polishes will brighten up any Christmas stocking.


Christmas Gifts under $50


1. S.W Basics Scrub

This scrub is like desert for your body! Made with only 3 ingredients this scrub exfoliates and moisturises all at the same time.


2. Prada Lab Dark Chocolate Clay Collagen Facial Mask

This luxurious facial mask smells divine and is the perfect christmas gift to help someone relax. A must have for christmas gift for chocolate lovers!!


3. Cultivar Ginger and Wild Orange Body Wash

The perfect gift for those people who have everything.  This refreshing and stimulating wash is great for even the most sensitive skin.


All About Acne

Posted on November 10, 2015 | Posted under Cleanse Skincare, Ingredients to Avoid, Natural, natural + organic skincare boutique, Natural Skincare, nontoxic, Organic, Organic Skincare, skinnyskinny, skinnyskinny anti-acne treatment, skinnyskinny organic daily moisturiser | Leave a Comment

All About Acne is an in-depth look at the roller coaster that a passionate skinnyskinny customer went through to get clear skin! Most of us have been there, but to differing degrees.

Breakouts, blemishes, acne: no matter what you call it, there's no way around it, "problem skin" as it is sometimes referred to can be absolutely exhausting. And for those who suffer from acne, there isn't much that you wouldn't do to see clear skin. I know, I was there before. Years after getting through the monster that is puberty mostly unscathed in terms of acne, my skin took a turn for the worst.

Want to go CLEAN..............??

Posted on September 06, 2015 | Posted under Cleanse Skincare, Ingredients to Avoid, natural + organic skincare boutique, Natural Skincare, Organic, Organic Skincare, Tips and Tricks | Leave a Comment

Do you want to reduce the number of toxic chemicals your body is absorbing?

I couldn’t tell you the number of times we have been asked- "so, I want to use chemical free skincare products, but where do I start, there are so many to choose from?".....


1. Read the labels, do your homework.......

Yes, there are many options to choose from out there in the big wide world of skincare products, and not all of them contain high quality chemical free ingredients. Unfortunately a product can be labelled organic or natural and still contain nasty chemicals, so you really need to carefully examine the ingredients list. There is nothing worse than thinking you are doing the right thing by eliminating nasty chemicals and then ending up just wasting your money!!

Cleanse Skincare has done the tricky work for you and found the best products from around the world. When you purchase something from Cleanse Skincare you can be assured that it does not contain any of the chemicals listed in our “no-go” ingredient list. And believe me, we have a tough policy, we get approached so often to sell brands which look fantastic, but we dig deep, really deep and often one tiny little ingredient will knock them out.


2. Replace your crap filled products as you finish them with new clean products.

In an ideal world we would recommend that you throw all the crap filled products in your makeup bag/ bathroom draw/ handbag in the rubbish bin and start fresh with chemical free products, but not many of us live in that world. So, our suggestion is that as you finished your old products replace them with new non toxic, natural products and slowly convert.

If you are unsure or just want some clarification- shoot us an email, we are always more than happy to help. Same goes if you have a product you just love and we don’t stock it, let us know, chances are others will love it too!

Enjoy xo

Need help choosing your next products

Posted on August 23, 2015 | Posted under Cleanse Skincare, Jacqueline Evans, max green alchemy, natural + organic skincare boutique, Natural Skincare, Organic, Organic Skincare, S.W Basics, skincando, skinnyskinny | 1 Comment


So, you have checked out our online boutique and you are not sure what combination of products to buy. --- Why not start with a cleanser and moisturiser. Here are a few suggestions....

Want to try a little of a lot.. 

Check out the S.W Basics Full Kit or Bestseller Mini Kit.You get to try a:

All these products are packed full of high potency ingredients and contain 5 ingredients or less.


Belly Butter VS Belly Oil

Posted on June 21, 2015 | Posted under Belly Butter, Belly Oil, natural + organic skincare boutique, Natural Skincare, Organic, Organic Skincare, Zoe Organics | Leave a Comment


This amazing post was written by Heather from Zoe Organics.

We are commonly asked to explain the difference between our Belly Oil and Belly Butter. When during the course of pregnancy should they be used? Should they be used together? Can one be used without the other? Which one is best for preventing stretch marks? This post is for all you fabulous mamas who are asking these really great questions!  

Zoe Organics Belly Oil and Belly Butter were created to each serve specific and unique purposes. Both are made up entirely of certified organic ingredients and are waterless, which translates into incredibly concentrated, toxin-free skin care, chock full of beneficial nutrients for your stretching skin. We recommend applying these products from the breasts down to the hips. 

So what IS the main difference between the Belly Oil and Belly Butter? 

For starters, they are made up of very different ingredients and are in different forms. The Belly Oil is an oil serum, packed with omegas that help maintain skin's strength and elasticity as it stretches. This oil is lighter than the Belly Butter and penetrates deeper. Made with virgin grape seed, rose hip seed, pumpkin seed and tamanu oils, it fights stretch marks during pregnancy and helps to reduce redness and inflammation postpartum, if they do appear, which is common in those final stretches of pregnancy. 

The Belly Butter is a rich conditioner, formulated with a really high percentage of organic shea butter. We use a lot of shea butter around here because of its high vitamin and essential fatty acid content, necessary for collagen production. This product is also a home run when it comes to promoting strong, elastic skin during pregnancy and postpartum.

  1. When during the course of pregnancy should I use a Belly Oil or Butter? 

You can start nurturing your skin right away, but most definitely when it begins to stretch. Most women find their breasts are the first thing to change during pregnancy. Don't neglect the hips either. Every woman's body is different. Pay attention to growth and stay moisturized.

  1. Should the Belly Oil and Belly Butter be used together? Or can I use one and not the other?

These products can be used together or separately. You definitely don't have to use both, but you may find it very beneficial to do so! The Belly Oil is lighter and may be preferable during the day as it soaks in faster. The Belly Butter is like a leave in hair treatment or decadent face mask. Apply it at night and let it do its magic while you sleep. Especially wonderful during the 3rd trimester when skin is stretching fast and that dreaded belly itch comes to town. 

  1. Which one is best for preventing stretch marks? 

We wish we could say we have the secret potion to preventing stretch marks, but there are other factors besides topical moisturizers that determine your stretch mark fate. Stretch marks occur when the pressure from stretching is so great that the collagen and elastic fibers give way and small tears occur in the dermal layer of our skin. There is a genetic predisposition component, but we also believe that by nourishing our skin with essential nutrients, we can give our skin the best chance both for prevention and repair. We have designed these two products to do just that.  

  1. If I do end up with stretch marks, what can I do?

Stretch marks are a symbol of the magic that happened within our powerful feminine bodies, but we understand that they can impact how we feel about our appearance too. If you do get stretch marks, we recommend that you use our Belly Oil daily (you can apply the oil directly to the stretch marks several times per day as well) to reduce the appearance of the marks. Because the stretch marks are deep tears below the surface of your skin, they will not go away, but you can improve the appearance of them. It won't happen overnight, but with care, they will fade with time.

We hope this has cleared up a few things, we have so many amazing Zoe Organic products just hop over to our Zoe Organic Tab.

love xo

Keep it Simple - SW Basics Cream - 5 ways

Posted on June 02, 2015 | Posted under Cleanse Skincare, natural + organic skincare boutique, Natural Skincare, Organic, Organic Skincare, S.W Basics | Leave a Comment

It’s an awesome face and body moisturizer, but our bestselling S.W Basics Cream actually lends itself to a variety of unconventional uses. Below, is a break down by S.W Basics giving you 5 surprising ways to use their 3-ingredient, USDA-Certified Organic S.W. staple. 



A Hair Mask

Got dry, brittle locks? Us, too! To remedy it, we’ll take a big dollop of our Cream and apply it thoroughly all over our hair, focusing on our ends. It’s great as an overnight treatment or use it before you head into the sun.

A Sunburn Ointment 

The ultra-moisturizing blend of organic shea butter, organic coconut oil, and organic olive oil in our Cream is great for soothing sensitive, burned skin. Moreover, the antioxidants in both olive and coconut oil can help reduce the redness and damage from sun exposure. Apply liberally on your scorched areas. (Also, did you know shea butter has a natural SPF of 6?)

A Scalp Treatment 

We go to great lengths to ensure our faces and limbs stay hydrated, but what about our scalps? Given they can be exposed to the harshest of personal care products – such as sulfate-filled shampoos – scalps actually need some major TLC. Take the Cream and rub it gently onto your scalp (as though you’re using shampoo), or spot-apply it where needed.

A Bug Bite Healer 

So, you’ve gotten attacked by bugs…and are insanely itchy. The shea butter in our Cream will serve dual purposes here: 

  1. It will assist in reducing inflammation. 
  2. It will help prevent any scarring from your scratch-happy tendencies. 

A Beard Treatment

A scratchy beard’s not-so-great underbelly? Dehydrated, irritated skin. Give your beard (or your man’s beard) a good rub down with our Cream to treat both the hair and the inflamed follicles.


Aren't you amazed?!

Head over to Cleanse now to grab this must have winter product.

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Ditch + Switch - Great Natural Alteratives to Conventional Nasties

Posted on May 04, 2015 | Posted under Bestseller, Cleanse, Cleanse Skincare, Ditch and Switch, Everything Balm, Ingredients to Avoid, natural + organic skincare boutique, Natural Skincare, nontoxic, Organic, Organic Skincare, Zoe Organics | Leave a Comment

Do you want to make the switch over to natural and nontoxic products for you and your family? Are you struggling to know where to start? Or what’s good and what’s bad?

You don’t need to throw everything out all at once, it can be a gradual process as things run out. But just make sure you are making a well informed choice for the next products you purchase.

We are going to start posting regularly with what you can swap in and out of your skincare regime to help take the guess work out of it.

Here's the first one:

Pawpaw ointments SWITCH TO Zoe Organics Everything Balm


Fermented pawpaw is good for you right? Yes, however sadly the most popular pawpaw ointment on the market contains a mere 4% pawpaw. That means the remaining amount is made up of mainly petroleum jelly, but also castor oil and canola oil. They claim it is a ‘safe’ petroleum. Safe petroleum? Sounds like an oxy-moron to me!

The Perfect Bright (nontoxic) Lipstick

Posted on March 23, 2015 | Posted under Bright lips, Cleanse, Cleanse Skincare, Ere Perez, Lipstick, Make up, Natural Make up, Natural Skincare, nontoxic, Organic, Organic Skincare, Studio 78 Paris | Leave a Comment


So, I told you I would let you know when I found a fabulous bright pink lipstick, to replace my favourite but nasty, full of chemicals bright pink lippy. And I have!!!

In fact I have found 2!!

But before I announce my exciting news, have you ever stopped to think about what is actually in your lipstick?

Every day we apply our lippy and then reapply and reapply again. Think about how many times per day you put lipstick on your lips. Now, think about where that lipstick goes, mostly it wears off as we eat and drink.

Studies show that an average woman consumes 2-4 kgs of lipstick over their life time.

Rejuvenate Your Skin with Natural Oils

Posted on September 08, 2014 | Posted under Ambre, Ambre fifteen fresh oils body moisturiser, cleanse skincare, Jojoba 100% Natural Australia Oil, MGA ELEMINI, Natural, natural + organic skincare boutique, oils, S.W Basics, Skin Care, Skin Routine, Skin type, skincando, skincare products, skinnyskinny anti-acne treatment, skinnyskinny Bergamont Organic oil, skinnyskinny chamomile organic body oil, skinnyskinny organic daily moisturiser, why go natural, Winter | 1 Comment

The thought of putting oil on my skin used to totally freak me out. What if I break out with a face full of pimples!!!! Isn’t the idea to reduce the oil on my face not to add more?????

For most of us, our first introduction to oil was negative. Growing up we were told to dry out our skin and reduce the amount of oil our skin produced. “Oil  free” and “reduces oil” were very common terms thrown about in the skincare industry.

Since then research and knowledge about skincare has come a long way and we have learnt to value the benefits that using oils can have on your skin.

We now know that oils have quite the opposite effect and don’t cause breakouts. If we over cleanse and scrub our skin to dry it out and reduced oil build up, it actually has the opposite effect and the skin produces excess sebum to make up for the moisture loss If we use the correct oils to nourish and hydrate our skin our bodies produce less oil and this creates balanced healthy happy skin. So in actual fact your skin needs oil.

At Cleanse Skincare we are always getting questions around our oils so we decided to put the following chart together to help you select the most appropriate oil for you;