Over the last few years, I've been trying to live that healthy’ish lifestyle, really just being more conscious and educated about what we eat and about the things we put on ourselves. Should be easy right? Read, understand and make a few simple changes. Well when it comes to finding a natural deodorant that actually works, NO this was not nearly as easy as I expected and took a long process of trial and error.
Which means trying out ineffective product after slightly less ineffective product, and some of these are expensive! In total I put 7 brands to the test.
I consider things like…. What are the ingredients? How does it smell, and how did I smell after a few hours. Did I like the consistency of the deodorant formula (I prefer a stick)? And then little things like - packaging, fast delivery, marketing messaging. Deodorant decisions are complicated guys - for real!
Here’s what I’ve learned…
If it is antiperspirant - it more than likely contains aluminum. Why is that bad? It temporarily plugs the sweat ducts and prevents you from perspiring. It’s a natural body function - you’re supposed to sweat! And some research studies have suggested that aluminum exposure might increase your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and Breast Cancer. My suggestion is to choose a deodorant product (not an antiperspirant) that omits aluminum (if nothing else, you’ll avoid yellow stains), and steering clear of fragrance and alcohols.
My search kept leading me back to products that include ingredients of baking soda, coconut oil, and zinc oxide or a arrowroot powder. Those have bacteria-busting properties. Sweat actually doesn’t smell, but what happens is yeast or bacteria develops in your armpit, yeah that stuff stinks!
I was recommended by a friend to try Native, ultimately it was my favorite of all, it checked off all my requirements.
✓ Native is an aluminum & paraben free product.
✓ I ordered the Traveler Sampler Pack that allows you to choose 5 travel-size scents ($24). I received Native Coconut & Vanilla, Lavender & Rose, Cucumber & Mint, Lime & Coconut, and Strawberry & Rhubarb. The Coconut and Vanilla Lavender are my top 2 picks.
✓ The Native philosophy is simple- Made in the USA, Comprehensible Ingredients, Safely Eliminate Odors.
✓ Free Shipping & Returns if you are not satisfied.
✓ Lastly and most important - IT WORKS! Well there, I’ve saved you 6 months of trial and error! I must admit, I enjoyed this hunt, but I'm so happy I finally found a safe deodorant that actually works! You must try Native too and let me know what you think. xo