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All-Natural Deodorant For Kids – Is Your Kid Ready?

I would hear all the time “they grow up so fast. One minute they are little and then the next, they are taller than you!" 

It's so true. My adorable, funny, little boy is not so little anymore. He's 12 and he's in an awkward stage. Maybe you’ve seen this stage – his voice is getting deeper and his facial features are not growing at the same pace. He's more emotional, more aware of his appearance, and (bonus for me) has gotten a lot more responsible around the house — leveraging his allowance as a negotiating tool has really helped my cause. (He is currently saving up for a mini motorcycle.)

Another new habit? More showers ... thank goodness!

Just a few months ago I had to bribe, threaten and scream to get this boy to take a bath. Now he willingly wants to take a really long hot shower. He is also willingly wearing his Starling deodorant. His favorite? Force Field. He loves the fresh orange scent, with woodsy fir and sweet vanilla undertones. The combination of those three scents smells so amazing! Our second-most purchased product (after Birthday Cake), it’s loved by kids of all ages (and some adults, too). 

My son started to wear deodorant before he really needed to, at age 10. I thought it was a good way for him to develop good hygiene habits. Some parents ask us “what age should my child start wearing deodorant?” The answer: It depends on the child.

Kids start puberty at different ages, with many girls beginning between 9 and 13 and many boys between 10 and 15, according to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC). Puberty causes undeniable changes in your child, both physically and emotionally. Part of that change is body odor. It's not uncommon for a parent or child to start thinking about deodorant as early as 8, 9, or 10 years old. You may feel that your child is too young for deodorant, but there's no specific age for a child to start using deodorant. Each parent and child have to make a decision based on what they feel is best. If you both decide it’s a good idea, then THAT it is the right time to begin.

Whenever you both feel ready, we’re here!

Starling makes 100% natural plant-based deodorants. Since we are clean, our deodorant doesn’t contain any aluminum or potential toxins (unlike typical drugstore antiperspirants). Some people are unaware of the difference between the two products, but there is a HUGE difference. An antiperspirant is a product that contains aluminum chloride or aluminum zirconium. These block your sweat glands and keep toxins (along with your sweat) from exiting the body. While an antiperspirant can be effective, there are concerns about the potentially harmful side effects of these products.

Our two kids’ deodorants (Birthday Cake and Force Field) contain zinc, baking soda and tapioca starch to absorb sweat and odor. They work just as well as aluminum-based formulas, and they won't block sweat glands.

When your child is getting started with deodorant it's important to be safe … even with an all-natural product! We recommend a patch test before starting use. This is a good idea because your child may have skin sensitivities to natural ingredients. All Starling deodorants are also free of all parabens, synthetic fragrances, phthalates, toxins, gluten, and nuts –making them among the safest and cleanest available.

We hope this information will help you get your kids started off right with Starling's all-natural deodorant. It's safe, effective and proven – kids (and their parents) love it.

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Learn more about transitioning yourself or your child to a clean deodorant here