What is up with pregnancy BO? No matter how much you wash and spritz, you just can’t shake that musty scent. You haven’t smelled this rancid since you were a teen. Whether it’s the hormonal changes (probably), the increased sweating (definitely) or just your own heightened sense of smell, you Have. To. Do. Something. Now.
But lady, this is not the time to turn to the toxic stuff. We know, we know. You’ve been down this road of natural deodorants before. You’ve sworn off aluminum, artificial fragrances and baking soda. You’ve researched the online reviews for the best natural deodorants, but come to find that they’re all quite mixed. You’ve ordered a few to try. But when the slightest amount of sweat formed on your body as you waited on a steaming subway platform, you realized that you reeked. So you gave up, went back to the drugstore and bought another regular antiperspirant and deodorant. But…not this time. Not during pregnancy, not when every toxin counts, for you and that growing baby.
Finding a natural deodorant that actually works for your body chemistry is unfortunately all about trial and error. What works for one person’s body won’t necessarily work for another, and you may have strange reactions when trying out new ones. When you’re pregnant, it can become even more of a challenge because not only do you need to avoid a lot of the ingredients that come in standard deodorant, but also many in natural deodorants as well. Since so much changes in your body when you are pregnant, you could possibly have a bad reaction to baking soda, a common ingredient in natural deodorants. I once had my armpits straight-up turn BLACK and then start to peel while trying a new deodorant that had baking soda.
Unfortunately, I’m not going to make your life particularly easier because you just need to try them until you find one that works for you. But here is a list of effective, affordable, natural deodorants without PEG 20, propylene glycol, triclosan, or synthetic fragrances that you can try in your darkest deodorant hour.