For the past several years I have been on a search for a natural deodorant. Unfortunately my experiences with many different brands have not been positive. Just to clarify, natural deodorants do not contain antiperspirants, so basically you can still sweat (although, if working correctly, the deodorant should still reduce odor). Aluminum (which is also a neurotoxin) is an ingredient that is used to prevent you from sweating, but this has been linked to many negative health effects (Cancer, Alzheimer’s). I don’t sweat easily, but with some brands that I tried, I felt very wet and sticky and sometimes I just plain STUNK. Not pleasant. I’d switch back to regular deodorant for a while and then read something else about the cancer-causing ingredients in regular deodorant and start looking for a new product to try. Here I’m going to run down what I’ve tried and what product is finally working for me!
Tom’s of Maine
Tom’s is a pretty well-respected brand of more natural products and my mom had told me they worked for her. So I went out and got two of them to try – one was unscented and the other was calendula scent. The products boast having no aluminum, no animal testing, no artificial colors, flavors, fragrance or preservatives, and having natural 24-hour odor protection. Well, these were just gross. The calendula scent smelled like body odor in my opinion. The product glided on nicely but I always felt wet and sticky even when I wasn’t perspiring. And if I did sweat, I smelled, so the 24-hour odor protection was a crock of sh*& in my experience.
My husband suggested Crystal. This product also boasts of no aluminum, and also is hypoallergenic, fragrance and paraben free. It comes in a spray, a roll on or a stick. I did use this one for a while, but overall did not enjoy it. I still felt sticky and wet a lot so it wasn’t very comfortable for me to wear. However, with this one I did not smell, which was an improvement over my experience with Tom’s.
I heard about a brand called Lavanila that is sold on Sephora. It did have good reviews, so I picked one up, even though it was pretty pricey ($14) for a deodorant! I picked the pure vanilla scent (they have several to choose from) and this brand also prides itself on being all natural, aluminum free, and no parabens. I couldn’t get past the smell of this. I love vanilla in general, but this deodorant stank on me! I kept smelling it on myself and didn’t like it. Now I was reaching a maximum frustration level. This was a higher end product and I expected a higher end result, but that was not the case. Maybe my expectations were too high for a natural deodorant product.
Recently I heard about a brand called Schmidt’s that’s available on Amazon. I picked up the Lavender + Sage scent. This brand also promises no aluminum, no propylene glycol and no artificial fragrance. It is certified vegan, cruelty- free and gluten-free. Can I just say that FINALLY my search is OVER! This product works for me! It does not leave me feeling wet or sticky and I smell good! It’s the closest feeling to real deodorant that I’ve experienced in a natural product! The only thing that I had to get used to is to warm the product a bit with my finger before swiping in the underarm area. It is a little harder in texture than the other products I’ve tried. But this has been the answer to my prayers!
Another product that deserves an honorable mention are the Pacifica deodorant wipes. These are great to freshen up after the gym or on the go. Because they are individual wipes, they aren’t practical for everyday use but before I found Schmidt’s this was the only natural product that I enjoyed using.
I know that choosing a personal care product like deodorant is an individual experience, and that some of the products that did not work for me might work great for you. I just know that, overall, finding a natural product in this category has been a long and frustrating process for me personally, and if you are also struggling, then maybe one of these products can mark the end of your search. If you’ve found a great product that I haven’t mentioned here, I’d love to hear about it!
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