Best Deodorants for Kids

Best Deodorants for Kids

What are the best deodorants for kids?

As children start growing into young adults they go through huge hormonal and physical changes. Their bodies change shape, their skin changes, they begin to grow underarm hair and they start sweating! Combine the physical changes with that fact that their hormones and emotions are all over the place and you can be in for a bumpy ride.

Sweat and body odour can be embarrassing for children (well for all of us really). Finding a natural, gentle, safe deodorant can be a real help in helping kids feel confident and in control of their rapidly changing bodies. Additionally, natural deodorants are often paraben free, cruelty free and plastic free.

Feeling overwhelmed? Fear not, the right deodorant is out there and we're here to help you find one that can keep your child's body odor in check.

What age to children start needing deodorant?

Using deodorant is pretty normal for teenagers but some children will start developing body odour at a much younger age, and it's not uncommon for kids to start getting a bit stinky as young as 8 or 9. The last thing you want to be worrying about is your child's odor!

Body odour from sweat happens when bacteria start breaking down the sweat. It's not the sweat itself that smells, so encouraging more regular washing can help control odour, and you can keep the smell in check between baths by using a deodorant rather than needing to use an antiperspirant at a young age- or ever for that matter, since there are benefits to all from using aluminium free deodorants.

The good news is that there are plenty of gentle, natural deodorants that are safe for children. So you and your kids can decide when the time is right without worrying about chemicals or other nasties being applied to the skin. When buying deodorant for children, there are a few things to consider.

Can children use a normal deodorant?

Deodorant for kids is a tricky thing to work out. While there is no scientific evidence stating children shouldn't use a regular deodorant, some research suggests that antiperspirant use may be linked to increased risk of some cancers and alzheimers. Parents naturally worry about the harsh chemicals found in roll on deodorant containing aluminum salts , sticks that are both a deodorant and antiperspirant and eco- unfriendly sprays too. When looking at skin products for children, you want a reliable deodorant safe for active kids.

Choosing natural products for your child's skin can help set your mind at ease. The best natural deodorant for kids is one that is, ideally, made from all natural ingredients, organic ingredients, and free from aluminium, parabens, synthetic fragrance, phthalates and propylene glycol. You may also wish to avoid essential oils and baking soda for younger kids, but this is down to preference.

What are the benefits of using a natural deodorants for kids?

Aside from the fact that most natural deodorant products tend to be eco friendly, paraben free, vegan and cruelty free too, they are generally enriched with natural ingredients that are mild and kind to young skin. You can buy them in various formats, with the most popular option for kids deodorant being a roll on formula. Unlike traditional deodorants, an all natural deodorant tends not to leave the same sticky residue you get with liquid roll on deodorant. They also don't tend to stain clothing like traditional deodorants do.

You can still choose a fresh scent too, but natural deodorant often uses essential oils such as tea tree oil, rather than artificial fragrances that can be harsh on kid's skin. Alternatively, opt for an unscented deodorant if you know that your child is prone to allergic reaction or has very sensitive skin.

Gentle deodorant ingredients such as shea butter, aloe vera, coconut oil and vitamin e give the added benefit of nurturing all skin types.

Most importantly though, natural deodorant is a great at combating body odor and the perfect first deodorant. When it's time for your little one to start wearing deodorant, you want to know that their skin is exposed to gentle, natural ingredients free from artificial fragrances. A natural deodorant will work in harmony to combat natural perspiration, without blocking up your child's sweat glands. Excessive sweating is kept under control with ingredients such as antimicrobial arrowroot powder, while essential oils give fragrance and antibacterial affects, and baking soda fights body odor.

Which deodorants are best for kids

The best deodorants for children and pre-teens will be gentle and natural, working in harmony with their body to keep them feeling dry, fresh and confident.

We don't advocate the use of antiperspirants for children. We feel that interrupting the body's natural functions isn't a great idea at any age and that our bodies should be celebrated, even the mucky yucky bits.

However, expecting your hormonal teenager to be down with being the smelly kid with sweat patches under their arms all in the name of body positivity is going to be a tough sell.

So we think the best deodorants for children (and grown-ups actually) are those that allow the body to work but keep you dry and smelling fresh at the same time. And thanks to the fact that they won't have been using antiperspirants for years there's no detox period to deal with either.

Broadly speaking natural deodorants are available as sprays, creams or sticks (similar to a roll-on). And you can choose one with a fragrance or opt for fragrance-free. For younger children, you may prefer a fragrance-free option and older teenagers will likely want to choose their own fresh scent. Broadly speaking, the best deodorant is the one that works effectively to prevent excess perspiration, gives long lasting protection and protects your child's sensitive skin.

Even natural deodorants can cause a reaction in delicate underarm skin so you may wish to start with a fragrance-free formula without sodium bicarbonate, to begin with, although there's no reason why children shouldn't use any of our natural deodorants. Another ingredient to watch for if your child does have a reaction would be shea butter. You can do a patch test if concerned!

What deodorant is best for teenagers?

If you're thinking about a natural deodorant for your teenager, you will need to involve them in the process. If their body has become accustomed to using a traditional antiperspirant, you may well find that they need to detox and will undergo a transition period when they make the swap. This can be tricky at such a sensitive time when hormones are often all over the place!

We would recommend any of our natural deodorants they find appealing- unless they are particularly sensitive, in which case you can opt for one of our "sensitive" options. Our lavender deodorants tend to be the most popular!

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