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4 Tips for Choosing the Best Natural Deodorant for Kids


Making the switch from conventional deodorants to a natural alternative is a worthy endeavor. Many of us have become increasingly aware of the potentially harmful ingredients added to deodorant products in order to its performance. Although research does not show a strong link between cancers and aluminum chloride, the fact remain that many brands are knowingly adding toxic ingredients in personal care products because there are very few standards in place. There are too many natural alternatives available, affording us the option of not settling for deodorants infused with synthetic ingredients.



You’re here because you’re on the hunt for the best natural deodorant for kids. You may already know that our skin absorbs what we put on it, so when choosing a deodorant for your kids, of course you’d want the most natural option.

Well, how do you to choose the best natural deodorant for kids that will not irritate their skin and formulated with kids in mind? 

Look for a deodorant for kids that uses natural ingredients to absorb sweat

 Arrowroot powder on wooden spoon


Since you’re searching for the best natural deodorant for kids,  you should look for a deodorant that had natural ingredients that are plant-based. This results in a product with ingredients you recognize, can pronounce, and trust.

Most conventional deodorants rely on aluminum to block sweat production, which causes toxins to get trapped in the skin. Instead, you want to search for an effective natural alternative. Some of the most effective natural options utilize powders and starches to absorb sweat.

A natural deodorant for kids that uses arrowroot powder is a good choice. Arrowroot powder is a white gluten-free flour or starch that is derived from tropical plants. It is perfect in natural deodorants because it’s non-irritating, moisturizes the skin, and eliminates toxins all while absorbing sweat and keeping the skin dry without clogging pores.

Some other non-irritating natural options are tapioca flour and kaolin clay which work on similar principles.

Look for a natural kids deodorant that contains:

  • Arrowroot powder
  • Tapioca flour
  • Kaolin clay
  • Xanthan gum
  • Potato starch

With one of these ingredients, you’ll know the deodorant can absorb sweat effectively without trapping toxins in the skin.

For a more in-depth discussion of the hidden toxins in your kid’s personal care products, check out this informative article. 

Choose a kids’ deodorant that does not contain baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)

Since you are choosing a natural deodorant for your kids, it’s especially important to look for a formula that will not irritate their skin. Your child’s skin is often more delicate and sensitive than adults, so finding a natural deodorant that does not contain baking soda is key.

Baking soda is a common ingredient in natural deodorant formulas because it neutralizes stronger alkaline properties in the body, like those found in sweat. It is also known for its ability to absorb odors.

The one downside? Baking soda is known to cause skin irritation.

That’s why Tandem deodorant uses magnesium to neutralize odor causing bacteria instead. The use of magnesium is a growing trend in the beauty industry because it offers a wide range of benefits to the skin.

Some of the benefits of magnesium include:

  • Improvement in skin appearance
  • Improvement to skin disorders by lowering cortisol levels
  • Ability to stabilize hormonal imbalances and improve cellular process
  • Protection from skin inflammation
  • Protection from skin irritation
  • Neutralizes odor causing bacteria

Choose a product that has ingredients known to soothe and promote healthy skin. In addition to magnesium, deodorants with ingredients like seed butter and coconut oil are especially nourishing to the skin.

To find a non-irritating natural deodorant, ensure it has:

  • No baking soda
  • No synthetic fragrances
  • No alcohol
  • Only natural fragrances (more on this below!)
  • Contains ingredients good for overall skin health

Make sure your kid’s deodorant has natural antimicrobial properties

 Coconut and Coconut oil used in deodorant recipe


When our body excretes sweat through the pores in our skin, it doesn’t smell at all. Odor develops when sweat is exposed to the bacteria on our skin.

If it’s the bacteria that makes sweat stink, a natural deodorant with natural antimicrobial properties is the most effective because it kills the bacteria on the skin.

What antimicrobial ingredients to look for in natural deodorant?

One ingredient that gets the job done is coconut oil. Coconut oil works to kill bacteria on the skin, reduce inflammation, and helps make the skin smoother by keeping it well hydrated.  Coconut oil has also been shown to help treat eczema and have anti-fungal effects.

Another natural ingredient with antimicrobial properties is broccoli seed oil. Deodorants that contain broccoli seed oil not only eliminate bacteria found in human sebum, but also help keep the skin firm and hydrated, contain vitamin A, omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. These all assist in calming inflammatory skin conditions like eczema.

Some other all-natural antimicrobial alternatives to coconut oil and broccoli seed oil are avocado oil, grape seed oil, jojoba oil, and rose-hip oil. 

Find a deodorant that uses natural fragrances or essential oils

Young girl smelling lavender 

In point two, we briefly mentioned looking for a natural kids’ deodorant without synthetic fragrances because they can be irritating, but let’s dive a little more into the topic of fragrance.

You may find natural deodorants that identify as “natural” but use artificial fragrances that are potentially harmful. Artificial fragrances often contain toxins that are linked to cancer and birth defects. For this reason, it’s imperative to find a deodorant for your kids with natural fragrances. Look for natural deodorant brands that list their ingredients as natural fragrance or essential oils and be skeptical of those listed as proprietary fragrances, fragrance, or parfum.

Furthermore, when it comes to a natural deodorant for kids vs. adults, you want to be mindful of the scent profile. Natural deodorants formulated for kids, like Tandem, take extra time to ensure the natural scent appeals to kids. Other natural deodorants can have scents that are too powerful, mature, or even old-fashioned, leaving your child smelling like a mixed bag of patchouli and musk.

Ready to find the right natural deodorant for your kids?

With these helpful tips, you now know the best choice is a deodorant that:

  • Is free of harsh chemicals and toxins
  • Doesn’t contain skin-irritating ingredients like baking soda or synthetic fragrances
  • Contains other effective ingredient to absorb sweat, such as arrowroot powder
  • Has an odor neutralizing ingredient that’s non-irritating, such as magnesium
  • Has antimicrobial properties from ingredients like coconut oil and broccoli seed oil

At Tandem, we specialize in natural deodorants made exclusively for kids and deliver on each criteria discussed above.

By choosing one of our products, you’ll know you are getting the best in natural deodorants for kids. You can trust the product will work without placing your child at risk. Take a look at what we have to offer!

Have an additional question about choosing a natural deodorant for kids? Another tip to add to the list? Let’s keep the conversation going! Feel free to leave a comment below or contact us directly.

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