These are the best pregnancy safe deodorant brands. Brands that are free from hormone disruptors, parabens, aluminum, phthalates, artificial fragrances, and other ingredients that can be harmful to your health, and the health of your baby.
There are a lot of changes that happen to your body when pregnant. The hormone shifts that happen during pregnancy can cause some women to sweat more than usual. Some women also notice a change in the smell or odour of their sweat when pregnant. With all these changes, having a good smelling deodorant on hand can be so helpful. Deodorants can help keep you smelling good all day so that you never have to worry about your body odors or any excessive sweating.
However, when you are pregnant, there are some ingredients and active ingredients in personal care products that you need to stay away from for health and safety reasons. There are some ingredients in deodorants that can be teratogenic or are unsafe in pregnancy, and there are other ingredients that can be hormone disruptors or even possibly carcinogens that you will want to avoid (even when you aren’t pregnant). With all this in mind I thought it was important to share the ingredients you need to watch for in deodorants, and the best pregnancy safe deodorants for you to choose from.
Pregnancy Safe Deodorant Brands
Before we get into the best deodorant for pregnancy, I thought it was important to quickly review some of the ingredients you want to watch for and avoid in deodorants (both when you are pregnant and when you aren’t pregnant). If you want to do more reading around these ingredients, please see the references at the end of this post.
Ingredients to avoid in deodorant:
It’s been shown that long-term exposure to aluminum from deodorant can lead to the accumulation of aluminum in breast tissue, which may increase the risk of breast cancer. There two main ways that aluminum can do this:
- Aluminum accumulation can lead to alterations in DNA which can contribute to cancer development.
- Aluminum can interfere with estrogen receptors, and estrogen has a well established role in the development of breast cancer.
However, whether or not aluminum in antiperspirants actually leads to breast cancer is still not clear. As there have been very few studies examining this issue. And of the studies that have been done, there have been conflicting results with some showing increased risk, and some not. However, since there are many other safer ingredients that can be used in deodorant instead of aluminum, why bother taking that risk if you don’t need to?
The other issue with aluminum in antiperspirants is that it can clog pores and alter the body’s natural detoxification process (sweating is a way that your body releases toxins. So you don’t want to block this process, especially during pregnancy).
Parabens are preservatives found in many skincare products to help increase their shelf life. In fact, Parabens have weak estrogenic and anti-androgenic activity, meaning that they are hormone disruptors or endocrine disruptors. Hormone disruptors can lead to many health problems. Parabens are linked to breast cancer, skin cancer, decreased sperm counts and infertility. That is why it’s so important to choose a paraben free deodorant. Especially when you are pregnant so you’re developing baby doesn’t get exposed to these hormone disrupting chemicals.
Triclosan is a common antibacterial chemical. Like parabens, tricolasn is also an endocrine disruptor/ It also has been linked to breast cancer. Sadly it’s also bad for the environment because it doesn’t break down. And ends up in our water systems and is also toxic to aquatic life. Fortunately, in 2017, triclosan was banned from soaps. But it is still allowed in other products, including deodorant.
Another class of hormone disrupting chemicals, phthalates are used to help scents and fragrances last longer. If you can still smell your body lotion or shampoo a few hours after using them that is a good sign there are phthalates in that product. Because phthalates are often used in the fragrances that make up a product, they are often not listed on the ingredient list, making it very hard for you to know if your deodorant or other products do contain phthalates. Especially concerning for pregnant women, phthalates can cross the placenta and have been shown to impact fetal development, and “phthalate exposure is associated with a shorter duration of pregnancy. So you’ll want to be sure to avoid any deodorants with phthalates or the word “fragrance” in the ingredient list.
If you look at the ingredient list do you see the words “fragrance”, “parfume” or “scent”? If so that means there are fragrances in that deodorant. The problem with fragrances is that they are trade secrets. This means that a company doesn’t have to disclose any of the ingredients used to create that fragrance. Hidden in that term could be hundreds of chemicals that are harmful to your health, and you don’t get to know what any of them are. Fragrances often contain ingredients that are hormone disruptors (including parabens and phthalates) and they can also contain ingredients that are carcinogens, allergens, airway irritants, neurological-toxins and ingredients linked to infertility, hence why you want to avoid them.
Now that we’ve gone over the ingredients in deodorant that you’ll want to avoid during pregnancy (and all the time really) let’s go over the best and pregnancy safe deodorant brands.
Pregnancy Safe Deodorant Brands
This is my personal favourite pregnancy safe deodorant stick. It neutralizes body odors, absorbs sweat, smells amazing, comes in refillable containers (so it’s also better for the environment) and doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients or harmful chemicals. You buy the initial deodorant, and then simply purchase the refills once your first one runs out. This way it’s better for the environment as it produces less waste. It is free from parabens, phthalates, triclosan and fragrances. In fact, it’s scented with essential oils, which are safe for pregnancy. Also made with shea butter. So it helps nourish and hydrate that sensitive underarm skin.
Beautycounter also checks all their products for contaminants to ensure they are truly safe. Plus it actually works! So if you are like me you might have tried other safe or natural deodorants that didn’t work at all and left you a sweaty mess.
My personal favourite scents of the Beautycounter deodorant are the Coconut and Lavender ones.
My second favourite pregnancy safe deodorant sticks. This is the brand of deodorant I used until I found Beautycounter. The Primally Pure deodorant is also a great option because it’s made with all natural ingredients, is paraben free and only scented with essential oils. Other ingredients in the Primally Pure deodorant include grass-fed tallow, fair trade coconut oil, arrowroot powder, beeswax, kaolin clay (to help detoxify and non-nano zinc oxide (to help soothe irritation).
My favourite scents are the lavender and blue tansy. And if you are sensitive to baking soda or have sensitive skin the baking soda free options are also a great choice.
Native deodorant is one of the more popular and readily available natural deodorant brands. In fact, many grocery stores and drug stores carry the Native deodorant. It’s aluminum free, paraben free, fragrance free and also free of other harmful chemicals. It also comes in many different scents and there are ones for both men and women.
This is a brand that is locally produced in Calgary where I live. So of course, I had to include it here. It is an all-natural deodorant that comes in glass jars or sticks. In addition, you can get refills because these deodorants come in glass and jars. Which cuts down on waste and is better for the environment. Routine deodorant is also free from parabens and other harmful chemicals and comes in many different scents. There is also a baking soda free option for those who are sensitive to baking soda.
I don’t have a discount code for Routine deodorant but you can shop for it here.
Other safe deodorant for pregnant women:
Frequently asked questions:
Is Degree Deodorant safe for pregnancy?
Sadly no. Most of the Degree deodorants contain aluminum which are not safe to use when pregnant. And even though Degree has started making some aluminum free deodorants, they all still contain fragrances. And Degree doesn’t disclose the ingredients used to make their fragrances, so you have no idea what is actually in them. For those reasons I wouldn’t recommend using them during pregnancy (or anytime for that matter).
Is Dove Deodorant safe for pregnancy?
Dove’s deodorants and antiperspirants are not safe for pregnancy. Some of their products contain aluminum which is a big no-no, and all of them contain fragrances (even the ones labelled as “fragrance free”) which is also a big no-no when it comes to pregnancy.
Are crystal deodorants safe in pregnancy?
Crystal deodorants are made with one ingredient, being “potassium alum”. Although this is a naturally occurring mineral salt, you don’t want to use this during pregnancy (or ever in my opinion). These natural crystal deodorant stones do contain aluminum, and it has the potential to be absorbed into the skin so you want to avoid it.
I hope this information was helpful! If you have any questions about the best pregnancy safe deodorant brands please reach out and I would be happy to chat.
Other health information you will like:
- Is there mercury in your mascara?
- Is mineral or chemical sunscreen better?
- How to choose safe cookware
- Are candles toxic?
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