I have a 13 year old boy. He’s a lovely kid – makes me a cup tea when I ask, isn’t embarrassed when I kiss him goodbye in front of his mates, and is generally sweet to his younger brother. But if you’d told me a year ago what a sweaty, smelly TEENAGER he’d turn into (seemingly overnight), I wouldn’t have believed you.
Thank goodness for 808 Dude. I’ve written about this fantastic range before, when I got a bunch of teen boys to test it out for me. I still love it, and most importantly, so do they.
So of course, when the topic of deodorant came up recently with my son and one of his mates, I couldn’t help myself. I’ll admit, I do tend to go into ‘lecture mode’ when I get worked up about something, and deodorant is no exception. They were talking about Lynx. Now the smell of Lynx makes my lungs seize up. Spray it around me and I immediately have trouble breathing. (And no, it’s not because of memories of boyfriends from my teens!)
Anyway, I thought I’d do a smackdown on teen boy deodorants for you, so that you can see exactly why you shouldn’t be buying Lynx for your sons!
808 Dude No More Stinky Pits
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice Organic, Heptyl Glucoside, Zinc Gluconate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Dehydroxyacetate, Juniperus Virginiana (Cedarwood) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil Organic, Cupressus sempervirens (Cypress) Leaf/Stem Oil Organic, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Leaf/Twig Oil Organic, Citrus Reticulata (Mandarin) Oil Organic, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil Organic, Elettaria Cardamomum (Cardamom) Seed Oil Organic, Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood) Oil Organic, Vanilla Planifolia CO2 Extract Organic, Citronellol,* Geraniol,* Linalool,* Limonene (*from essential oils)
The zinc glutonate is the only ingredient that I could find any issues with. EWG Skindeep Database says that there is some evidence of toxicity, but I couldn’t find any information on this anywhere else. It’s listed as a low to moderate hazard, so I’m not too concerned about this. There are a lot of essential oils in this, so it’s worth having a read through to make sure there’s none that will cause sensitivity.
This is a good list of ingredients, though, and it’s certainly one that I recommend.
Price: 70g for $7.95 (Available at Hello Charlie)
Lynx Apollo Deodorant Spray
Ingredients: Alcohol, Butane, Isobutane, Propane, Water, Fragrance, Propylene Glycol, T-Butyl Alcohol
Ingredients list from here. Butane, isobutane and propane are all propellants, designed to get the stuff out of the can. But they’re also irritants. They’re skin and lung irritants, and this is especially concerning when you consider that you’re spraying it on your skin, but also breathing it in as you spray it around.
Propylene glycol is less of a concern, but it’s another skin irritant. And of course fragrance is another big one. It’s not the fragrance itself (otherwise essential oils would be a problem) but the undisclosed ingredients in fragrance.
What concerns me even more about this product is that teenagers are selfconscious. They’re concerned that they smell, so they use way more of this stuff than an adult does. Which means that they ingest more of it.
As a parent, I’ve tried to get into my boys’ heads that as long as they shower every day, wear clean clothes and practice general hygiene, they won’t smell, so they don’t need this stuff. You’d think it would be common sense, wouldn’t you? But teenage boys don’t seem to have a lot of common sense!
Price: 100g for $6.29
Of course, 808 Dude deodorant is not the only good choice for teen boys. My son and his friends like this one because it looks ‘normal’ and they have a horror of being seen to be using organic stuff that mum’s picked out for them. 808 Dude looks cool, so it passes the test.
But if you’re looking for other safe teen deodorants that work, check out my Safer Deodorants Cheat Sheet.
And if you know of any other great teen deodorants, let me know in the comments!