When I started on my non-toxic beauty mission, one of the first things I found that needed to be changed was deodorant. I never knew the toxic effects that the aluminum in standard antiperspirant deodorants could have on our bodies, and I knew that I should make this one of the first things I switched. I will say, this was easier said than done.
There’s a transition period when switching from antiperspirant to a natural deodorant, as your body is both ridding itself of the toxins you’ve been rubbing into your armpits for years and getting used to actually sweating again. If you’re new to the natural deodorant world, be prepared to sweat. It’s still something I’m getting used to, constantly stressing when my pits feel wet that I’m going to stink. Finally, I’ve found a deodorant that actually works, and keeps the stink at bay, without all the crazy toxins. I thought it would be helpful to review all of the deodorants I’ve tried so far, if you’re lost at a starting point. I will say, I haven’t tried all the options out there, and have listed at the end a few more that I want to try out sometime. If you use a natural deodorant you love, let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear.
Schmidt’s Natural Dedorant in Cedarwood & Juniper (mini size, pot version) // I think this is one of the first ones I tried and I really didn’t like it. However, since I’ve tried a different Schmidt’s scent (we’ll get to that in a minute), I think it’s just the scent I didn’t like. I felt stinky again after a few hours, but I think it was just the woodsy scent of this particular option. It would likely smell great on a guy, or someone whose body chemistry works with these scents better. I could never tell, on my body, if it was sweat or the deodorant. Grade: B+
Primal Pit Paste in Lavender (stick version) // This one is the first stick deodorant I tried, and the gritty texture was difficult to get used to. I love the scent, and this one works okay at keeping the sweat away, though its not as long lasting, or tough against really sweaty situations. (Full disclosure: on a sweat scale of 1-10, I’d put my self at a 7; I’m rather sweaty.) I tried this one in the summertime, which was especially tough. Word to the wise: don’t switch to natural deodorant in July – wait til November. Often, I put this one on at night before bed, if I know I won’t be showering the next morning. Grade: B+
Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla & Vanilla Grapefruit // This deodorant confused me. I first tried the travel size in the original vanilla scent and used it for several months. It did the best job at keeping the stink away of any I’d tried up until that point, so I counted it a winner. I really liked it. So when I went to buy the full size I chose to switch up the scent, opting for vanilla grapefruit. I don’t know what happened, but this deodorant doesn’t work for me anymore. It only lasts a couple hours, and when it wore off, I was stinkier than if I just hadn’t worn any at all. I considered going back to the original scent, but frankly this one isn’t the most natural and non-toxic option out there, and it’s pricey, so it’s not the one for me. Plus, I never really liked the vanilla scent to begin with. Grade: B-
Jason Natural Tea Tree Deodorant // TERRIBLE. Sorry to be so harsh, but I hated this one. I picked it up at a grocery store on the way to my parents house for Christmas, and I had just run out of the first Lavanila stick. I’d heard it was decent, and it was cheap. This made me stink so bad. I was better off not wearing deodorant. I had to wash every shirt and sweater after just one wear, because the armpits would smell so bad, and I was so self conscious at work and even at home that someone would smell me. Grade: F
Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant in Bergamot + Lime // I found my winner! First, the smell of this one is so good – juicy and citrusy and fresh. This comes in a pot and stick; currently I’m using the stick, but I’ve heard the pot lasts a bit longer so I might try that in the future. Like most natural deodorant sticks, it is hard, so you have to warm it on your skin before you can rub it on. This keeps me smell-free all day without having to worry. In the summer, I expect I may need to reapply mid-day just to be safe, but I even had that with traditional antiperspirant deodorants. Grade: A
These are all the ones I’ve tried so far. I have also heard wonderful things about Meow Meow Tweet and Soapwalla, so I’ll try those in the future and update this post. Have you switched to natural deodorant, and if so, what do you think? What’s it been like for you? What works best?