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Eight Alternative Deodorants

by Karen Day in Style on 19 November 2009

Whether running to holiday parties or lugging shopping bags from store to store, this time of year has us thinking about how to stay poised in the midst of all of it. To help keep underarms fresh, we've put together a survey of deodorants that one-up your Old Spice with better ingredients, scents and packaging.

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Lavanila Healthy Deodorant
Comprised of completely natural ingredients, Lavanila's Healthy deodorant mixes a long-lasting blend of polysaccharides, anti-oxidants, botanicals and varying essential oils that provide each scent's distinct fragrance. Aluminum-free and 100% recyclable, Lavanila benefits both the body and the environment. From Lavanila for $18.

Nuxe Tonific Deodorant
For anyone that struggles with sensitive skin, Nuxe's Tonific deodorant is a gentle mix of soothing ingredients including bamboo, aloe vera and Mourera Fluviatilis—a moisturizing plant found within nature. Nuxe uses an invigorating unisex scent with a powerful protective composition that keeps both men and women feeling dry longer. From Apothica for $15.

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Fresh Sugar Roll-On Deodorant
Recognizing sugar as a natural antiseptic, the founders of Fresh use the organic ingredient's humectant properties in their Sugar roll-on deodorant. The sugar inhibits odor-causing bacteria, while the lemongrass astringent and witch hazel work as an antiperspirant—the scent makes us want to eat it. Get it online from Fresh for $18.

L'Occitane Verbana Cooling Deodorant
Tense situations increase the need for a deodorant that will keep you both cool and dry. L'Occitane's Verbana Cooling Deodorant not only prevents odor-causing bacteria but the formula provides an "ice cube" effect that refreshes and soothes the skin. It sells from L'Occitane for $16.

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Burt's Bees Herbal Deodorant Spray
Renowned for their natural products, Burt's Bees herbal deodorant allows the body to behave organically while still maintaining a neutralized odor. The spray consists mostly of sage, a plant with inherent soothing properties and believed by some Arab cultures to make users immortal. With a woodsy scent, the deodorant makes a great pick for men. Burt's Bees sells it for $8.

Kiehl's Superbly Efficient Anti-Perspirant and Deodorant
The Hercules of deodorants, Kiehl's superbly efficient antiperspirant and deodorant keeps underarms dry with its powerful combination of aluminum chlorohydrate, propylene glycol and witch hazel. The unscented non-residual cream protects for 24 hours and leaves skin feeling smoother. Pick it up from Kiehl's for $12-16.

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Spa Therapy Vegan Deodorant
Spa Therapy's handmade vegan deodorant allows the body to cool naturally, relieving bodies from a potential buildup of harmful toxins. Free of paraben, alcohol, aluminum and bactericides, the deodorant adds antioxidants, amino acids and protein. Spa Therapy sells it for $8.

Erbaviva Lemon Sage Organic Deodorant
Originally developed for pregnant women and babies, Erbaviva offers a line of organic (at least 99%) products, completely free of harsh chemicals. Their organic deodorant curbs the growth of bacteria without clogging pores while the sage, lemon, patchouli and tea tree oil extracts leave you smelling great. From Erbaviva for $18.

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