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Natural Deodorants: Do They Work?

Natural Deodorants: Do They Work?
October 31, 2014 4 minute read

Since becoming pregnant I’ve taken a good hard look at my entire stock of beauty products. Along with my body oils, nail polishes, and shampoos, my deodorants have been put under the microscope. I’ve always wanted to be that girl who could get away with an herb based deodorant but I wasn’t confident that I could give up my heavy-duty antiperspirant. But when you’re sharing your body with someone else you find the motivation and determination you need to review the scary world of natural deodorants.

The thing about testing out natural deodorants is that you sometimes find yourself in a smelly situation – literally. It seriously seems like some of them are trying to make you smell worse, not better. The scariest part about going au natural is that you realize how good the conventional deodorants and antiperspirants are. The thing about the chemicals responsible for their effectiveness (aluminum chlorohydrate, phthalates, BHT, triclosan and talc) is that we don’t know enough about what the long term effects are, and what we do know certainly isn’t good.  So I say if it’s possible to avoid them without stinking 24/7 then it’s worth it (whether you’re pregnant or not). Here’s my list of tested natural deodorants!

“Don’t Hug Me”

1. Toms of Maine Long Lasting Deodorant, “Long Lasting” sounds promising right? I thought so. I actually tried this deodorant while living in New York earlier this summer, and it was awful. I mean really, really, really awful. I didn’t even make it to the subway (two minutes from my apartment) before I could smell my…well I don’t even know what it was because it wasn’t your typical body odor. I was mortified that this product was even allowed to be called a deodorant at all. It certainly does not use its odor-fighting hops and zinc to provide 24-hour odor protection to help keep you feeling fresh throughout the day.

2. EO Organic Deodorant in Lavender, This was the second natural deodorant I tested, and I made the mistake of trying it out at a shoot. Some people find this an effective natural deodorant, and while it lasted longer than the good ‘ol Toms, it left me feeling really bad for the poor stylist changing me all day. I tried to reapply after lunch, as I brought it with me just in case – that just made things worse. I threw this product out as soon as I got home and almost gave up on my search for the natural deodorant.

“High Five”

1. Weleda Wild Rose Deodorant, This deodorant does contain alcohol, but if you’re good with that you’ll find a high quality deodorant in this baby. I tested this product throughout about 10 weeks of my pregnancy and found it pretty much lasted me through the day. It doesn’t mask odor, but it does work with your natural scent – I love that about this deodorant. It has a luxurious floral aroma, and the organic rose leaf extract that causes this scent has mildly astringent properties that refresh and tone your skin while cleansing away impurities. The only reason it’s not my favourite is because you’ll need to reapply during a particularly rigorous day. The nice thing is that it doesn’t smell bad when it starts to fade, it just needs a second spritz post-workout.

“Fist Pumping All Day”

1. Soapwalla Deodorant Cream, $14. If I’d written this post 4 weeks ago I probably would have said that natural deodorants come close to your typical antiperspirants. But I’ve been beyond obsessed with this little pot of magic ever since it arrived on my doorstep (I had to order it to Vancouver from their website). I will admit that it’s a bit strange to dip your fingers into your deodorant and then rub it over your armpits. Then you’ll find that trying to close the pot with deodorant all over your hands (because you can’t just use one hand to apply) is definitely a challenge. But it’s all worth it guys, this is the holy grail product of the natural deodorant world. Soapwalla uses superfine vegetable powders and clays, as well as lavender, peppermint and tea tree essential oils (mmm) to absorb moisture, inhibit bacteria, and ensure a long-lasting and highly effective experience. It’s seriously a dream, it lasts almost more than 24 hours and absorbs incredibly fast for something so creamy. It even got me through a workout without reapplying. I also rest easy knowing that this product is the best of the best for a pregnant woman as it uses the highest quality organic and food grade ingredients. Horray!


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