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{"id":556253544521,"title":"Native Deodorant Review: Why It's The Healthiest Deodorant","created_at":"2022-03-01T10:32:50-05:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Native Deodorant Review: Why It's The Healthiest Deodorant\",\n \"keywords\": \"native, native deodorant, native deodorant review, native deodorant reviews, native body wash reviews, native shampoo reviews, native toothpaste reviews\",\n \"description\": \"Our MD and research team review the ingredients in Native Deodorant based on medical research. 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The brand suggests their deodorant is healthier due to its naturally derived ingredients.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll review the ingredients in Native Deodorant based on published medical research to determine if it truly is healthier than commercial options, and whether or not we recommend the brand.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIs Regular Deodorant Unhealthy?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBefore we can determine if Native is a healthier option, it’s worthwhile to review the ingredients in a popular commercial deodorant for comparison.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOld Spice is one of the most popular men’s deodorant brands, and we’ve highlighted the ingredients list from the first deodorant that they feature on their site, called “Swagger Deodorant”, below:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Old_Spice_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1646150371\" alt=\"Old Spice deodorant ingredients list\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIt contains an artificial dye called \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eBlue 1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/23026007\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ehas been shown\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e in medical research to cause hypersensitivity reactions. The researchers examined a variety of artificial dyes used in foods and cosmetics and suggested that every one be replaced with safer alternatives due to health concerns.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOld Spice also contains \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003efragrance\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, a broad descriptor term which encompasses a wide variety of chemicals. Some of the compounds used to make fragrance are safe and some are not; without the manufacturer publishing exactly what chemicals are used there’s no way for consumers to determine their safety.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSome chemicals used to make fragrance were found toxic in \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/9577937\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ean animal study\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the Environmental \u0026amp; Occupational Health journal.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThere’s also seemingly a lack of ingredients effective for controlling odor in the Old Spice product. Here are a description of the ingredients from an expanded version of the label: dissolving agent, water, solvent, surfactant, fragrance, emulsifier, skin conditioning agent, chelating agent, colorant.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIt appears the product only works by masking the scent with artificial fragrance rather than actually including effective ingredients for controlling and reducing body odor.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eNative Deodorant Ingredient Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eNative sells a variety of different scented deodorants, but they also offer an unscented version which is the one we would recommend for health reasons.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAll of the ingredients in the unscented version of Native Deodorant are natural and non-toxic.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eNative contains the probiotic \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e\u003ci\u003elactobacillus acidophilus\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which is a novel choice for a deodorant but seems to be effective. While this type of probiotic hasn’t yet been studied in deodorant products specifically, a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/17532736\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical study\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e found that it significantly reduced odor to negative in all patients when applied topically for bacterial vaginosis.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAnother effective active ingredient in Native is coconut oil, which has \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/32602684\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003edocumented\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e antibacterial and antifungal effects.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eSodium bicarbonate\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, or baking soda, is another safe and non-toxic ingredient for natural odor control. It’s used in commercial settings for exactly this purpose, and makes sense as an ingredient inclusion in a natural deodorant.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eShea butter\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is included as a skin moisturizer, and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC5933397\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ehas proven benefits\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e for that effect. The linked study found that a shea butter moisturizer was effective for patients with sensitive skin.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall we would recommend this deodorant, and it’s the best deodorant formulation we’ve reviewed yet. Lume had a decent formulation but fewer effective ingredients and made questionable research claims.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eNative Deodorant unscented has several ingredients with efficacy proven by medical studies, ahd contains no toxic or questionable filler ingredients. We find it to be significantly safer and healthier than the Old Spice commercial deodorant used as a comparison, and also more likely to be effective given that we couldn’t identify one single ingredient for odor-blocking in the Old Spice deodorant (nor did the company suggest one existed on their ingredient label).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eNative also provides an option for purchasing their deodorant in plastic-free packaging, which we would strongly recommend for environmental reasons. The cost and size is exactly the same, as are the ingredients. We’re actually unsure why they still actively sell the plastic version if they already have a plastic-free version that’s the same product.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eOther Native Products\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDeodorant is by far the most popular Native product, but we figured it would be useful to review a few of Native’s other products in a more rapid-fire style.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3 style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eNative Bar Soap\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe unscented option has a similar formulation to their deodorant. More skin hydrating ingredients such as \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eglycerin\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which makes sense for a soap product. We like the continued inclusion of coconut oil in Native’s products; its antifungal, antibacterial and skin-moisturizing effects make it a great option for personal care products. We would recommend this product.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3 style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eNative Sunscreen\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe main active ingredient in Native sunscreen is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ezinc oxide\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which is a physical sunscreen compound without the potential endocrine-disrupting effects of oxybenzone, which is in many commercial sunscreen brands.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eZinc oxide \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/30444533\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ehas been proven\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e in a medical review to be effective at blocking UV damage, non-toxic and better for the environment than chemical sunscreens.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAll of the additional ingredients are safe and non-toxic, and we would recommend this sunscreen.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3 style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eNative Hair Products\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eUnfortunately, all of Native’s hair products contain fragrance so we can’t recommend them. They also contain the preservative \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003esodium benzoate\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which while relatively non-toxic, we typically recommend avoiding because of \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/11766131\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003equestionable sensitivity reactions\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and because there are plenty of hair products with no preservatives \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3 style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eNative Toothpaste\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eNative’s fluoride-free toothpaste contains a healthier formulation than commercial toothpastes. The charcoal option is better-formulated than the wild mint option, as it’s free of \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003etitanium dioxide\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, an additive which has possible adverse effects on the immune system due to its toxicity as documented by \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/33379217\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical research\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe vast majority of commercial toothpaste contains titanium dioxide as well, so Native isn’t alone in this regard, but their charcoal toothpaste formulations are free of it.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe whitening agent in Native’s fluoride-free charcoal toothpaste is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ehydrated silica\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC5777417\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eproven effective\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e for that purpose.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall we find Native’s fluoride-free charcoal toothpaste to be significantly healthier than commercial products, and would recommend it from a health perspective. It may provide less whitening effect than commercial toothpastes with multiple whitening agents, so it’s up to consumers to weigh the health vs. cosmetic benefits when making a purchase decision.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eNative makes well-formulated personal care products that are mostly free of any toxic additives. Their unscented deodorant is the most effective and safe deodorant product we’ve reviewed to date, and we would strongly recommend it.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eTheir bar soap and sunscreen are similarly well-formulated, with effective and non-toxic natural ingredients. We don’t recommend Native hair products but we do recommend their fluoride-free charcoal toothpaste (from a health perspective).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIt’s clear that Native reviewed the medical research on various natural compounds before formulating their products, and we look forward to seeing more personal care products companies in the future which can meet this bar of safety and efficacy.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2022-03-01T11:58:41-05:00","updated_at":"2022-03-01T11:58:41-05:00","summary_html":"We review the ingredients in Native Deodorant based on medical research. We explain why we find it to be the healthiest deodorant brand, and review the formulation of their other popular products as well.","template_suffix":"","handle":"native-deodorant-review","tags":"_related:deodorant, _related:personal-care-products"}

Native Deodorant Review: Why It's The Healthiest Deodorant

Native Deodorant Review: Why It's The Healthiest Deodorant


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Native is one of the most popular eCommerce deodorant brands, right up there with Lume and Dr. Squatch. The brand suggests their deodorant is healthier due to its naturally derived ingredients.

In this article we’ll review the ingredients in Native Deodorant based on published medical research to determine if it truly is healthier than commercial options, and whether or not we recommend the brand.

Is Regular Deodorant Unhealthy?

Before we can determine if Native is a healthier option, it’s worthwhile to review the ingredients in a popular commercial deodorant for comparison.

Old Spice is one of the most popular men’s deodorant brands, and we’ve highlighted the ingredients list from the first deodorant that they feature on their site, called “Swagger Deodorant”, below:

Old Spice deodorant ingredients list

It contains an artificial dye called Blue 1, which has been shown in medical research to cause hypersensitivity reactions. The researchers examined a variety of artificial dyes used in foods and cosmetics and suggested that every one be replaced with safer alternatives due to health concerns.

Old Spice also contains fragrance, a broad descriptor term which encompasses a wide variety of chemicals. Some of the compounds used to make fragrance are safe and some are not; without the manufacturer publishing exactly what chemicals are used there’s no way for consumers to determine their safety.

Some chemicals used to make fragrance were found toxic in an animal study published in the Environmental & Occupational Health journal.

There’s also seemingly a lack of ingredients effective for controlling odor in the Old Spice product. Here are a description of the ingredients from an expanded version of the label: dissolving agent, water, solvent, surfactant, fragrance, emulsifier, skin conditioning agent, chelating agent, colorant.

It appears the product only works by masking the scent with artificial fragrance rather than actually including effective ingredients for controlling and reducing body odor.

Native Deodorant Ingredient Review

Native sells a variety of different scented deodorants, but they also offer an unscented version which is the one we would recommend for health reasons.

All of the ingredients in the unscented version of Native Deodorant are natural and non-toxic.

Native contains the probiotic lactobacillus acidophilus, which is a novel choice for a deodorant but seems to be effective. While this type of probiotic hasn’t yet been studied in deodorant products specifically, a medical study found that it significantly reduced odor to negative in all patients when applied topically for bacterial vaginosis.

Another effective active ingredient in Native is coconut oil, which has documented antibacterial and antifungal effects.

Sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda, is another safe and non-toxic ingredient for natural odor control. It’s used in commercial settings for exactly this purpose, and makes sense as an ingredient inclusion in a natural deodorant.

Shea butter is included as a skin moisturizer, and has proven benefits for that effect. The linked study found that a shea butter moisturizer was effective for patients with sensitive skin.

Overall we would recommend this deodorant, and it’s the best deodorant formulation we’ve reviewed yet. Lume had a decent formulation but fewer effective ingredients and made questionable research claims.

Native Deodorant unscented has several ingredients with efficacy proven by medical studies, ahd contains no toxic or questionable filler ingredients. We find it to be significantly safer and healthier than the Old Spice commercial deodorant used as a comparison, and also more likely to be effective given that we couldn’t identify one single ingredient for odor-blocking in the Old Spice deodorant (nor did the company suggest one existed on their ingredient label).

Native also provides an option for purchasing their deodorant in plastic-free packaging, which we would strongly recommend for environmental reasons. The cost and size is exactly the same, as are the ingredients. We’re actually unsure why they still actively sell the plastic version if they already have a plastic-free version that’s the same product.

Other Native Products

Deodorant is by far the most popular Native product, but we figured it would be useful to review a few of Native’s other products in a more rapid-fire style.

Native Bar Soap

The unscented option has a similar formulation to their deodorant. More skin hydrating ingredients such as glycerin, which makes sense for a soap product. We like the continued inclusion of coconut oil in Native’s products; its antifungal, antibacterial and skin-moisturizing effects make it a great option for personal care products. We would recommend this product.

Native Sunscreen

The main active ingredient in Native sunscreen is zinc oxide, which is a physical sunscreen compound without the potential endocrine-disrupting effects of oxybenzone, which is in many commercial sunscreen brands.

Zinc oxide has been proven in a medical review to be effective at blocking UV damage, non-toxic and better for the environment than chemical sunscreens.

All of the additional ingredients are safe and non-toxic, and we would recommend this sunscreen.

Native Hair Products

Unfortunately, all of Native’s hair products contain fragrance so we can’t recommend them. They also contain the preservative sodium benzoate, which while relatively non-toxic, we typically recommend avoiding because of questionable sensitivity reactions and because there are plenty of hair products with no preservatives 

Native Toothpaste

Native’s fluoride-free toothpaste contains a healthier formulation than commercial toothpastes. The charcoal option is better-formulated than the wild mint option, as it’s free of titanium dioxide, an additive which has possible adverse effects on the immune system due to its toxicity as documented by medical research.

The vast majority of commercial toothpaste contains titanium dioxide as well, so Native isn’t alone in this regard, but their charcoal toothpaste formulations are free of it.

The whitening agent in Native’s fluoride-free charcoal toothpaste is hydrated silica, which is proven effective for that purpose.

Overall we find Native’s fluoride-free charcoal toothpaste to be significantly healthier than commercial products, and would recommend it from a health perspective. It may provide less whitening effect than commercial toothpastes with multiple whitening agents, so it’s up to consumers to weigh the health vs. cosmetic benefits when making a purchase decision.

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Conclusion

Native makes well-formulated personal care products that are mostly free of any toxic additives. Their unscented deodorant is the most effective and safe deodorant product we’ve reviewed to date, and we would strongly recommend it.

Their bar soap and sunscreen are similarly well-formulated, with effective and non-toxic natural ingredients. We don’t recommend Native hair products but we do recommend their fluoride-free charcoal toothpaste (from a health perspective).

It’s clear that Native reviewed the medical research on various natural compounds before formulating their products, and we look forward to seeing more personal care products companies in the future which can meet this bar of safety and efficacy.





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