Herbalix deodorants are organic, all-natural products manufactured in Port Ludlow, Washington. They contain no chemicals, parabens, phthalates, petroleum, aluminum or fillers. These are the only deodorant type products that I have found that not only control odor, but also help your body to heal by removing toxins.
I discovered Herbalix deodorants after reading a negative review of their products on Kitchen Stewardship. I had just started using my own homemade deodorant, which was working reasonably well. I contacted Herbalix and offered to try out and review their deodorants. (They've been very patient with me…) They sent me a Detox and a Roseline deodorant, as well as sample sizes for the boys (you have never seen teen/tween boys so excited about deodorant) and a sample of Smart Salve. You can read more in the homemade deodorant link above.
Getting Started with Herbalix Deodorant
I began applying the Detox deodorant faithfully every night, and used the Roseline during the day. The first week, I dropped a couple of pounds, but I can't say it wasn't just a happy coincidence. The odor level was not noticeably different than the odor level using my homemade deodorant (both were acceptable).
The only time I really stank after using the detox deodorant was during the 4th of July weekend when I was forced to eat at a rather disgusting greasy spoon restaurant with family members while traveling. We pulled into the parking lot, and I could smell the rancid oil as soon as I got out of the van. I picked the most benign menu option I could, but the food was terrible. I used the detox deodorant that night, and in the morning I stunk so bad I couldn't stand myself. While gross, a quick shower solved the problem, and I'd rather have the remains of that meal out than in. This to me suggests the detox deodorant was doing its job.
Herbalix Detox Deodorant Healed My Rash
In late June 2011, I developed a red, itchy rash on the inside of my knees and on my ankles. I tried all sorts of topical treatments – plantain salve, kombucha, herbal antibiotic ointment, coconut oil – nothing worked.
Mike from Herbalix suspected that I might have some lymph blockages in my legs causing toxins to back up and reroute around my knees, causing visible inflammation, i.e., a rash. He suggested I put the detox deodorant on my feet at night as well as my armpits. In a couple of days the itch started to fade, and within a week the rash was gone. I continue to use cold rinses in the shower and dry brushing, but I know my circulation is less than optimal. My knees started itching again this winter, so I started up with the detox deodorant on my feet again, and the itching went away.
What are the Herbalix Deodorants Like?
The scents of the products are lightly spicy. The Roseline smells like a rose potpourri, the Tropical Cove smells like a cinnamon/spice blend (the boys though t it smelled good enough to eat), and the No Added Scent still have a very light spicy odor because of the natural ingredients. The detox almost has a little Christmas tree action going on (yes, I'm sitting here typing and sniffing my deodorant tubes). I'll bet I'm smelling the rosemary.
Detox deodorant ingredients are:
Beeswax (Cera flava), *Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), *First Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Olea europaea), * Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus amygdalus dulcis), *Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Shea Butter Sustainable (Butyrospermum parkii), *Coriander (Coriandrum sativum), *Arrowroot (Maranta arundinacea), *Tapioca (Cassava derived), *Olive Leaf (Oleae europaea), *Kelp (Laminaria digitata), *Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), and Herbalix™ Organic Preservative.
Roseline deodorant ingredients are:
Beeswax (Cera flava), *Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), *First Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Olea europaea), Shea Butter Sustainable (Butyrospermum parkii), *Safflower Oil (Carthamus tinctorius), *Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), *Palm Oil (Elaeis oleifera), *Arrowroot (Maranta arundinacea), *Tapioca (Cassava derived), *Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus amygdalus dulcis), *Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Rose Essential Oil(Rose damascena) and Rosewood Essential Oil (Aniba rosaeodora) *Avocado Oil (Persea Americana), *Rosemary Essential Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis), and Herbalix™ Organic Preservative.
As you can see, these products are, for the most part, safe enough to eat, although I wouldn't recommend ingesting large quantities of essential oils and they'd probably taste a little funny. (Just licked an unused container of Roseline. Not much taste at all.)
I find the texture of the Herbalix deodorants to be similar to a hard lotion bar. They are a bit oily rather than pasty like a standard commercial deodorant. It's best if you apply them and wait a few minutes before getting dressed, so that the oils have a bit of time to soak into your skin. With extended use they may produce oil stains on clothing, but I've only found this to be significant the nighttime detox staining my socks and jammies, partly, I'm sure, because I just slapped it on and crawled into bed.
What Makes These Products Different?
As I mentioned above, Herbalix products are formulated to heal, not just act topically. They've been conducting studies using thermographic imaging, and they now have photos demonstrating that their products help remove blockages in breast tissue. Update – View a demonstration of how Herbalix Detox Deodorant was used by a patient to help clear breast cysts.
The products are manufactured in the United States, in a facility with manufacturing equipment that has been specifically refitted to be 100% stainless steel. At no time does the product come in contact with any plastic piping, solder or other potential toxins.
How Do I Know If I Need a Detox Deodorant?
My personal opinion in that nearly everyone could benefit from the use of a detox deodorant. Most people use aluminum based deodorants, and I firmly believe that these are potentially harmful. Studies have found increased levels of aluminum in cancerous breast tissue, and the majority of breast cancers are found in the quadrant of the breast closest to the underarm area. I don't believe these things are a coincidence.
Breakouts in the temple and neck area may indicate a backup of lymphatic fluids directly correlated to blockages in the armpit area. Crystal deodorants, often sold in the natural products areas of stores, still contain aluminum, and may actually be more dangerous than standard deodorants. Michael Fessler explains:
I highly recommend these products and trust this company. I have purchased their deodorants and Smart Salve for my family and for my siblings.
I have become an Herbalix affiliate, which means I receive a small payment if you make a purchase through my link. All opinions expressed here are my own. If you have any questions, leave a comment below or contact Herbalix directly – they also have great customer service. You may also want to check out some of their skincare videos, which explain why they do what they do in a lot more detail. I had no idea that coriander could be used to bond with metals (such as aluminum), or the differences between natural and refined beeswax.
Originally published January 24, 2014, updated October 22, 2015.