I’ve spent this year trying out several different kinds of natural deodorant brands – and the final reviews are in. Although I was hesitant at first to shell out the money for deodorant that I wasn’t quite sure would even work at all…I must say I’ve been pleasantly surprised with most of my experiences. And that’s saying something, considering the heat we’re dealing with in Texas right now…and the fact that I currently don’t have AC in my car. Let’s just say I’ve been needing all the deodorant I can get!
One thing that I do wish I’d been told before making the switch to natural deodorant is that many people go through a bit of an adjustment phase; mainstream deodorant is made with a lot of chemicals that your body gets kind of used to having around, and the first few weeks of using a less toxic brand can leave you smelling a bit worse for wear. But it didn’t take too long before my body had adjusted to the new stuff, and I wasn’t having to reapply throughout the day.
Also, many natural deodorants rely on baking soda as an ingredient; however, if you have sensitive skin, you might not react too well. My first natural deodorant attempt, Schmidt’s Rose + Vanilla, left my poor armpits covered in a baking soda induced rash. But the good news is that if you, like me, are sensitive to baking soda, there are still many options available. You’ll just need to read ingredient lists.
Scent: Jasmine & Cedar (seasonal scent)
Pros: No skin irritation, and the product applied very smoothly. Some of Native’s deodorants do have baking soda, but many do not – just be sure to check if you need to. Target does carry travel sizes of Native deodorant, so this is a great brand to try without needing to invest in a full stick!
Cons: This particular scent, while smelling great initially, kind of devolved into a slightly weed-smelling concoction by the end of a sweaty day. I really loved this brand, but would definitely try a different scent next time.
Scent: Big Dipper (Bergamot + Lavender + Vetiver)
Pros: Honestly, this company is pretty great. It’s subscription based, and they start you out with a kit that contains one deodorant case, and one deodorant pod in the scent of your choice. Then, you set the timing of when you’ll need more, and they just send you more deodorant pods. This saves lots of plastic from being wasted, since your case is reusable!
Besides the move towards eco-friendliness, the deodorant worked very well too. I liked the Big Dipper scent, but will probably try some of their other scents too since they all look pretty fun.
Cons: If you don’t like receiving your deodorant in the mail, this one probably isn’t for you – you’ll have to be on top of things and set up your personalized shipments. The consistency of the deodorant is also very soft, and can occasionally get a bit messy.
Scent: Coconut Pineapple (Sensitive Skin Formula)
Pros: Although my first experience with Schmidt’s deodorant wasn’t that great, they do have a sensitive skin line that doesn’t contain baking soda. So I decided to give it a try, and no rash! I really like this Coconut Pineapple scent too – it’s very fresh and summer-y!
Cons: Schmidt’s sensitive skin line is slightly more expensive than their regular line…it’s obviously worth it for me to avoid the baking soda, but does cost a couple extra bucks. Thankfully, I was able to find this stick at TJ Maxx, so it was only five dollars. (Pro Tip: stores like TJ Maxx and Marshalls have actually been carrying a lot of natural deodorants for a few bucks off the prices you’d find at Target. Definitely check them out if you’re wanting to save some $$).
Have you made the switch to a natural deodorant? Do you have a favorite brand that wasn’t listed here? Drop me a comment! And may the rest of your summer be full of great scents and less sweat.