Tandem – A Deodorant Made Exclusively for Kids | A Review

Tandem – A Deodorant Made Exclusively for Kids | A Review

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I live in a small town in North Carolina and since I have started my blog, Instagram and Pinterest pages, I wanted to connect with small businesses who are trying to make the best clean nontoxic products not just for their families but for OUR families too!

I came across Tandem, a deodorant for kids one town over and thought, WHAT?

Do the kids need it?

As a mom of a 2.5-year-old daughter – not yet!

One day though she will either ask for it or I will buy it for her since she is showing interest in soccer and gymnastics – and oh yes she will need it especially in hot and steamy summer days of North Carolina!

As a first time mom with a daughter who had eczema and at the moment has multiple nut allergies, finding “clean” products that don’t create a whirlpool of issues it’s hard – it really is!

Are you going to amazon and read reviews? Or stand in the Target idles and read the ingredients of every deodorant targeted to kids?

Well, let me tell you that for someone who is into reading labels with a magnifying glass (mostly so I don’t miss anything with my 20/20 vision) it’s a hard and a daunting task! Before we dive into why I think Tandem deodorant is a good choice, not only for kids but adults too, here is what you must know about popular brand deodorant: they are TOXIC!

I found you a popular brand deodorant that can cause harm and interfere with your kid’s hormones and be disruptive to their endocrine system. YES, it’s true! Allow me to elaborate.

Here is the Lady Speed Stick, a teen deodorant, and the top 3 ingredients I found on the Think Dirty app:



This F-word can contain up to 3,000 chemicals that are hidden in ONE ingredient!

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) continues to point out that a very large number of chemical compounds can be included in a wide variety of consumer products, including personal care products and cosmetics, and the manufacturers do not have to disclose what they are. Many of these mystery ingredients are most certainly harmful to your health.

Also at the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, they tested products back in 2010 and found several allergens and hormone-disrupting chemicals in fragrance.

FDA allows companies to hide behind the idea that certain formulations are

“trade secrets” and do not legally need to be disclosed!! This is a concept originally codified in the 1966 Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA). Read about it here on the FDA site

The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) lists 3,059 materials that are reported as being used in fragrance compounds. Of these 3,059 ingredients, some have evidence linking them to health effects including cancer, reproductive toxicity, allergies and sensitivities.

RELATED BLOG POST: The 3 P’s: Parfum, Paraben and Phthalates

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Aluminum Zirconium

Conventional deodorants and antiperspirants do contain Aluminum compounds such as Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex Gly and Aluminum Chlorohydrate. These compounds plug the sweat ducts and stop or limit the release of sweat.

Unfortunately, aluminum can be absorbed deep into the skin with serious consequences. One of the biggest dangers, in my opinion, is that it can interfere with the function of estrogen receptors. This could explain why clinical studies found a disproportionately high incidence of breast cancer in the upper outer quadrant of the breast which is the part closest to the underarm.

NOW some studies suggest there are NO links between aluminum and breast cancer but based on my research, I do not use aluminum-based deodorants and I wouldn’t want my daughter to use it either – there are SO MANY natural, clean, and non-toxic products on the market that can be used instead and will get the job done – for me until there are CLEAR unbiased studies that clearly shows there are zero dangers, aluminum-free deodorant it is.

PEG-8 Distearate

PEGs are typically followed by a number indicating how many units of Ethylene Glycol they contain, for example, PEG-4 or PEG-100; the lower the number, the more easily the compound is absorbed into the skin.

I LOVE the Think Dirty app and I use it on a daily basis as a guide. I do however think that the PEG compounds should have been rated higher on their database as being more toxic. And this is why:

According to a study published in the International Journal of Toxicology, PEGs (including PEG-8 Laurate) can contain harmful impurities, including:

Ethylene Oxide, known to increase the incidences of uterine and breast cancers and leukemia and brain cancer according to experimental results reported by the National Toxicology Program;

1,4-dioxane, a known carcinogen

PAHs, known to increase the risk of breast cancer; lead; iron; and arsenic. Read more

While carcinogenic contaminants are the primary concern, PEG compounds themselves show some evidence of genotoxicity. Also, PEG functions as a “penetration enhancer,” increasing the permeability of the skin to allow greater absorption of the product — including harmful ingredients.

If you love to read about toxic ingredients, here is the Dirty Dozen ingredients investigated in Dr. Suzuki’s survey of chemicals – PEGs are on page 10.

Another thing I noticed is that on Amazon this Lady Stick deodorant for teens contains no ingredients list anywhere on their page! It gets advertised as: “All day extra effective protection formulated to leave no white residue on the skin and newest fun and fresh fragrance.” (The F-word!!)

Suggestion: If you see fragrance on the label please do not read any further and do not buy, that’s what I do.


Tandem – A Deodorant for Kids

Tandem Kids Deodorant has no aluminum, baking soda, parabens, phthalates, or glycol.

All-natural plant-based ingredients you can actually pronounce!

It’s also vegan and cruelty-free.

What caught my attention while reading the ingredients at their site was the broccoli seed oil – say what?

I know!!

It was the first time I had seen such ingredients in the deodorant and me being a research queen, I crawled through the web for a day and found interesting information!

Broccoli Seed Oil

I guess after years of eating broccoli we can have it in our deodorants AND we can tell our kids that!

Broccoli seed oil is made by cold-pressing the tiny seeds of broccoli sprouts. Broccoli sprouts are how the adult vegetable we all know as broccoli starts out. They typically only grow for about four or five days before they’re harvested. These sprouts may be small, but they are mighty. Broccoli sprouts are said to contain up to 80-100 times more of the antioxidant than broccoli. Here is the study to keep you busy.

Benefits of broccoli see oil are:

Anti-inflammatory: Broccoli seed oil contains Arachidonic Acid, an omega-6 fatty acid that can help reduce inflammatory skin conditions such as dermatitis, rosacea, and psoriasis

Shiny Hair: Broccoli seed oil has a unique blend of essential fatty acids with up to 50% Erucic acid, an omega-9 fatty acid that helps impart shine on the hair similar to the type derived from silicone-filled hair products.

Sealing Oil: It’s absorbed easily into the hair and forms a protective barrier; keeping moisture in longer. This makes broccoli seed oil an excellent sealing oil.

Antioxidant: You can add a few drops to your sunscreen. Due to its powerful antioxidant content, it can protect the skin from free radical damage and prevent premature aging of the skin.

Moisturizes & Nourishes: Broccoli seed oil is full of vitamin C, making it a great skin-nourishing oil. It will help your skin glow and look radiant. Add a few drops to your daily moisturizer.

Cell Renewal & Regeneration: It contains a significant amount of vitamin A (retinol), a fat-soluble vitamin that plays a vital role in cell regeneration and maintaining clear and healthy skin.

The fact that nontoxic deodorants can be made, one might think, why can’t all companies do that?



Other ingredients listed for Tandem deodorant and what I found about each.

Arrowroot Powder: It’s a very absorbent substance that is very similar to corn starch. It serves as both a medium for absorbing sweat and as a thickening agent for deodorant pastes and sticks. By itself, this powder isn’t great at killing bacteria, so it is usually mixed with potent anti bacterial essential or vegetable oils like coconut, lavender, or sage. It also has many other health benefits you can read on Draxe.com

Coconut Oil: One of my favorite oils and remember, it just fixes everything! Coconut oil in deodorants can help neutralize the smell by ridding your underarms of the odor-causing bacteria. It’s also moisturizing and protecting against irritation. Here is a study about coconut for you to read on your idle hours!

Magnesium Hydroxide: This is a safe and naturally occurring compound used, at a pharmaceutical grade, in natural deodorant products as an alternative to aluminum, baking soda and other ingredients that are potentially irritating, ineffective, or hazardous.

Candelilla Wax: It is known to be an effective binding agent that easily fuses ingredients. This emulsifying property mainly helps water and oil constituents to bind together with a smooth uniformity. Candelilla Wax is known to offer hydrating properties and easily spread over the skin’s surface. Bored? Read about it all here for some interesting facts!


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Mango Seed Butter: Considered to be India’s “King of Fruits,” the Mangifera indica botanical – better known as the Mango Tree – yields a fruit containing the source of the emollient known as Mango Butter. The main chemical constituents of Mango Butter are: Oleic Acid, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Arachidic Acid, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E. If you want to read more here is the link. AND if you want to buy yourself some Mango Butter, here I found some great products on Amazon.

Diheptyl Succinate: It is 100% vegetable derived, biodegradable emollient, derived from castor oil. It is many times considered as an alternative to silicone-based products. It is a lightweight, the resultant product comes with a non-greasy feel. See the details here

Capryloyl Glycerin / Sebacic Copolymer: Generally used for hair and skin conditioning and protection. Often used in natural products and there are no known harmful effects from this ingredient. It has conditioning and protection qualities for hair care and skincare products. It is generally not considered harmful in any way.

Maltodextrin: It can be used in personal care products in several ways: as an absorbent, a binder, or a skin conditioner. In deodorant products, it is used as the binder. See the EWG Skin Deep Rating

Natural Fragrance: These oils are also made in a laboratory but rather than being made from synthetic materials they are created by isolating one of the natural aromatic components from a complex scent such as that of an orange or rose. These single scents are called isolates. A natural isolate is a single chemical, isolated from a plant that has a smell. It is a part of something real rather than man-made from another material.  The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) allows an ingredient to be called natural ONLY if it is plant-derived. Interested to read more? Find it here.


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The Review

Scents Available |

Girls: Lavender + Coconut, Stone Fruit + Coconut & Unscented

Boys: Lemon + Mint, Orange + Mint & Unscented

Scents We Tried | I tried the Inspiring (Lavender & Coconut) for girls and my husband tried the Ambitious (Orange & Mint) for boys

Price | $10 @ 2.5 oz (Originally $13)

Our Review | Effective? Yes indeed, and my husband also agrees! I love how moisturizing this deodorant is. The scent is delightful and not too overwhelming, very subtle and well blended. My skin in my armpits just feels soft without really being wet or too oily. I only applied it once and it worked all day. It has an interesting scent that you don’t usually find in deodorants, and I’m pleased with the freshness of it. My husband was surprised at how long the protection lasted and said that he kept thinking about the Broccoli Seed Oil under his arms AND the fact that it was working!

Overall I have found a favorite deodorant not just for my husband and me, but also for my daughter who will be using this in her teen years! And did I mention NONTOXIC? I’m an avid reader of ingredient labels and Tandem deodorant is #GreenifyApproved☺️

I love supporting small businesses, especially the ones that are creating clean non-toxic products, those who are setting an example!

Interested to see who is behind this company?

Read about the founder and CEO of Tandem, here is Russell’s story:

After serving 10 years in the U.S. Air Force and as a former Healthcare Administrator, I decided to change career paths after learning about the public health risks associated with using personal care products. As a father of two, manufacturing safe and natural personal care products for kids was my way of making a difference. I decided to make deodorants my first initiative after discovering my 8-year-old daughter was experiencing body odor for the first time. I thought to myself, “My daughter’s body was too vulnerable to the synthetic chemicals found in conventional deodorants; many of them contain toxins with known hormone disrupters and I did not want to take unnecessary risks”. 

I am striving to improve the public’s awareness of the ingredients found in personal care products, as well as give other parents a safe alternative when tackling their kid’s body odor. In the next 5 years, I would like to offer more risk-free products for kids, such as soap, sunscreen, and body spray.

Small business owners are truly passionate about what they do. They want to change the world no matter how small the impact and are daring enough to try.

Enter your email for a chance to win a free deodorant stick on Tandem Deodorant website

As always,

Read product labels,

Know your ingredients,

AND stay safe!


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