Let’s get stinky. After finding out what is in my deodorant and repercussions of wearing a chemically-infused deodorant, I decided to make the switch to natural deodorant. The process has been a long, drawn-out series of events, but I’ve eventually fond the one that works for me – halleluiah. But just because one works for me, doesn’t mean that it will necessarily work for you. Not to be gross, but all of our PHs are different based on what we eat and how our body breaks it down. So here are my honest reviews of 8
Why Should I Switch to a Natural Deodorant?
First thing is first, you’re probably wondering what the heck is wrong with your current deodorant. I used to be an avid Dove fan (before I found out about the chemicals and the animal testing). I mean it smelt lovely and it kept me dry- all things you want from your deodorant.
Most people switch to aluminum-free, natural deodorant because:
- There is a possible link between antiperspirant and breast cancer. Several scientists have suggested that there is a link between breast cancer and antiperspirants. The idea behind it is antiperspirant’s block sweat from escaping (Cancer.Gov).
- Others also suggest aluminum creates a coating on the skin near the breasts and creates estrogen-like side effects. Although these hypotheses have been stated there is limited research (Cancer.Gov).
- Conflicting reports state there may be a link between aluminum and Alzheimers. Aluminum has been studied over the past 40 years but has conflicting reports on whether or not it may be causing harm. (Alzheimer’s Society Canada).
Since my family has a history of Alzheimer’s, I decided to play it safe and start to remove aluminum out of my life. Also, I find it very interesting that we are blocking our body’s natural reaction to cool itself down. Something about that just seems odd to me. To play it safe, I made the simple switch.
Eucalyptus Lemon: The container of this deodorant is really cool because it is made out of cardboard. You can apply it by pushing up the bottom of the container (like a push-pop). The doodles are very cute on the container. When you first put the deodorant on it smells nice, but the lemon makes you smell sour the entire day. Not something that I particularly want my pits smelling like. It would be a lovely smell if it did not have the lemon.
Grapefruit Jar: Out of all of the natural deodorant’s this one is by far the strangest. Instead of rubbing on a stick of deodorant, you rub your fingers inside this little jar and then apply it with your fingers. It’s very strange at first and definitely takes a long time to get used to. The grapefruit was nice when you put it on at first and then the smell starts to annoy you throughout the day.
Lavanila – Vanilla Coconut and Vanilla & Earth
Vanilla Coconut: I eyed this deodorant at Sephora for months until I decided I should switch to natural deodorant. I purchased this expensive ($14) deodorant online and was ready to start trying it once it arrived in the mail. It smells awful. The only way I could describe it is literal playdough. It smells like you just built a giant tower out of 5 tons of playdough with 3 third graders.
Vanilla & Earth: After the playdough situation, I decided to try Lavanila once more. I mean could all their deodorants really be that bad? They recently released Vanilla + Earth which includes patchouli in the notes. Basically, I thought that was a smack in the face because I recently had become obsessed with patchouli. It smells nice but also like cheap, old lady perfume. Nonetheless, I tried it and did not mind the scent for very long. This deodorant works… but needs to be reapplied 2-3 times a day. Moving on…
Lily of the Valley: This smells like your typical deodorant commercial. Full of happiness, butterflies, and weird people sniffing your pits. Yeah, maybe it’s just the commercials I see. It smells amazing but for some reason, it just didn’t work for me. I constantly felt like I needed to reapply throughout the day. I really think we just weren’t a match made to be.
Rose + Vanilla: I might need to rethink my stance of Lavanila’s Vanilla Coconut being the worst smelling deodorant. This smells literally gave me headache’s it was so strong. Some natural deodorants purposely have a strong smell to cover up any gross smells you have. That isn’t what you want in a deodorant. You want one that will actually help on the job, not just cover up the mess. Avoid this one at all costs.
Natural Powder: Okay, okay. If you’re reading the level carefully, you’ll notice this one is NOT a natural deodorant. So why did I include this in my list? Well, one is because I want to show how sneaky some companies are and two is because they have a natural fragrance. If you’re making a slow transition into a more natural deodorant this can be a “gateway drug”. At least I know it was for me. It still contains aluminum
Cucumber & Mint: I saved the best for last. If you made it this far, yes, this is the winning natural deodorant. This one smells fresh and clean and lasts all day. Typically, I apply in the morning and then maybe once before Orangetheory just because it is a very strenuous class. You can find Native products at Target or shop online!
Coconut & Vanilla: I also use this one just because it equally smells amazing. This is the one I usually keep in my work bag just in case I feel like I need a little touch up throughout the day. But I admit, I’m usually good throughout the day. (I prefer Cucumber & Mint over Coconut & Vanilla).
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Do you use natural deodorant? What do you use? Let me know in the comments down