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I will be the first to admit: I am a sweaty girl. Always have been. It’s gross, I know. For as long as I can remember, I have loaded up on the “industrial strength” deodorant — anything that would prevent the mortifying sweat rings that would magically appear, every day, without fail. It got to the point that I didn’t care what was in the formula: if someone claimed it worked miracles, I was going to try it.
As I’ve gotten older, though, I’ve become more conscious of the products I use and the chemicals they may contain — especially within the products I use on a daily basis. Over the last few years, you may have read reports on aluminum-based antiperspirants and their link to breast cancer or Alzheimer’s. Now, whether such reports are fact or fiction– I have no idea. Truthfully, I’m sure there is a lot more research that needs to be done before anyone can say a true causal link exists.
Regardless, I like the idea of using all-natural products wherever I can — just because it feels good. There’s just so much crap out there today, and I like to know what I’m putting in or on my body (am I turning into one of THOSE??).
With my underarms constantly working on hyperdrive, I take my deodorant very seriously. I have used each of these natural products for at least a week in order to give them a true test run. Some I love, some not so much…
Lafes Deodorant Stick in Lavender — I loved the texture of this gel deodorant. It glides on easy and has the most amazing lavender scent. It’s a local company (Austin, TX) and is made with essential oils, aloe vera, baking soda, among other natural ingredients. While I love the scent, it just couldn’t keep up with me for the entire day. I had to reapply after 4 hours, BUT they donate 1% of their profits to breast cancer prevention, which is great. I’m definitely going to check out their other products.
Earth Science in Mint Rosemary — This was an interesting scent combo that I loved. I’m a sucker for mint anything (especially body wash). The texture of this product was a bit tough. It took a few days for the stick to soften up and become easy to roll on. Unfortunately, it, too, failed to keep up with me all day. Even after reapplying, I felt a bit musty. I really wanted to like this one– its ingredient list reads like a recipe with such ingredients like rosemary, sage, lavender, and ginger. I’m afraid my sweat glands are just a bit too aggressive for this one.
The Honest Company Bergamot Sage Spray Deodorant — I was pleasantly surprised by this one! I’ve never tried a spray before, other than an aerosol deodorant. I felt like I was spraying a facial tonic on my underarms (it contains witch hazel, which must be why). BUT! It works. I feel only a tiny bit of moisture, yet I feel so fresh and clean — no musty scent. This one is definitely my favorite and I am still using it today. I find myself spraying it on other areas just because I love the scent so much…
Schmidt’s Deodorant in Lavender + Sage — This deodorant has amazing reviews on Amazon and elsewhere, and I really wanted it to work for me. Unfortunately, I am sensitive to one of the ingredients and my underarms became red and splotchy (I have super sensitive skin, though). The glass jar comes with a spatula, which requires that you scoop out a pea-sized portion of the paste, warm it between your fingers, and directly rub it on. I wouldn’t recommend applying this right after shaving, as it may cause irritation. I gave this deodorant two separate attempts (one week each), but I couldn’t avoid the redness. If you don’t have sensitive skin, I would definitely try this one, though.
Malin + Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant — I’m a huge fan of Malin + Goetz, especially their packaging (so minimalistic). This deodorant works GREAT. So much so, that I use it as my “high performance” deodorant (ha!). No, seriously, this is what I wear when working out or spending the afternoon outdoors. The eucalyptus scent is fresh, not girly at all. Even my husband uses it each day. It IS the priciest one of the bunch, but well worth the investment (if you’re as serious about dry underarms as I am).
And there you have it! Even though I’ve found a couple that I love, I’m always itching to try new products. Have you tried and loved any new natural products lately? Let me know and add it to the comments!