NEW YORK CITY — In a city where personal space is a luxury, smelling clean — or at least not smelling bad — is the least bit of courtesy you can extend to your fellow straphangers.
And because in recent years scientific studies have alleged that traditional antiperspirants contain harmful chemicals that are linked to cancer and Alzheimer's disease, natural deodorants have become a big business.
But they don't always work. Luckily, we've found five that have been field-tested and approved:
Stanley George, the owner of Stanley's Pharmacy, has so much confidence in the deodorant from Meow Meow Tweet that he works out in the morning and then wears the same shirt to work. Not only does it stop body odor, the all-vegan ingredients of baking soda, arrowroot, kaolin clay and coconut oil feels good.
“It just has this moisturizing effect on your underarms rather than leave them feeling dry and itchy,” George said.
The deodorant comes in either lavender or tea tree scent. There's also an option for those allergic to baking soda.
The Aubrey Organics is one of the cleanest on the market, according to Rupa Gurung, the health and beauty buyer at Natural Frontier. The ingredient list includes aloe, lavender, witch hazel and carrot.
The Center, a Pilates studio, started stocking Truly when a client recommended it.
"It has less than five ingredients, a better texture than other natural deodorants and smells like a bake shop,” said the Center's owner, Hallee Altman.
The ingredient list is as follows: organic coconut oil, organic powdered sugar, organic tapioca starch, baking soda and beeswax.
Deodorant Cream from Soapwalla Kitchen
You know a product must be tough if its creation came about in a New York City kitchen. Business owner Rachel Winard uses organic ingredients of a food grade quality that "absorb moisture, inhibit bacteria and ensure a long-lasting and highly effective experience," according to the website.
Lavilin began almost 40 years ago with an underarm deodorant cream. Their line has increased to include roll-ons, a version that promises to last for 48 hours and another formula that claims to keep you stink-free 72 hours. You can pick it up at any Whole Foods store in the city and at various boutique stores.