There’s a couple names for this smell. Musky. Frowzy. Funky. Whatever you want to call it, there’s no mistaking it. Body odor is literally the worse. I think I should preface this by saying without antiperspirants, I’m sort of a mess. I can be sitting around not doing much but still sweating my butt off. It’s frustrating and something I’m very self conscious about. I’ve also been weary of trying natural deodorants because I didn’t think they’d do me justice but I’m low key on this quest to live a more healthier life. What’s the point of eating all natural everything if I’m just going to rub aluminum and other no-no’s on my body?
Most traditional drugstore deodorants contain aluminum and other parabens that have been linked to cancer, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. Although these findings are all inconclusive, it’s enough to make me want to back away and find a more natural alternative. (*Disclaimer: This blog receives no payment or other compensation for advertising/reviews. All product was purchased by me.) Without further ado, here’s the deodorants I tried so you don’t have to.
Tom’s Of Maine Wild Lavender Deodorant $4.99
This is the first natural deodorant I’ve ever tried. It doesn’t work but damn it I wanted it to. Everyday for a week I applied this sucker hoping that maybe my body just had to adjust to a natural alternative. It also didn’t really smell like lavender to me either. After an hour of wearing this, I smelled like a musky flower and shied away from lifting my arms up in fear of someone else noticing. (Twenty four hour protection where?!) I also didn’t keep my receipt so I was out of $5 and still smelly. Rating 0/10 does not recommend, not even for my worst enemy.
Nubian Heritage Coconut Papaya 24 Hour Deodorant $6.99
I wanted to like this one so bad. Nubian Heritage is black owned and I’m all about supporting black businesses. Unfortunately, after wearing this for maybe 25 minutes, my arm pits were really irritated. They were so irritated that I rushed to the bathroom and tried to wash it off in the sink. When I went to return it, the clerk at the store told me that sort of irritation usually happens if you have freshly shaved armpits. I actually don’t shave under my arms very often so I’m not sure what that was about. Nubian Heritage has a bar of soap with the same scent and it is absolutely fabulous. I’ll keep buying that but this deodorant gets a no from me. Rating 4/10 but I think maybe I just have sensitive armpits? Take my experience with a grain of salt.
Schmidt’s Natural Fragrance Free Deodorant Jar $10.99
I’ve only been using this one for a week and a half, but I feel like it might be a winner. Schmidt’s is interesting because it’s literally a paste in a jar that you scoop up with a cute little spatula. You warm it between your fingers, smear it on your underarms, and you’re good to go! It takes a little trial and error though. There was one day where I smelled a hint of funk coming through but I’m pretty sure it’s because I wasn’t applying enough. Now I do the recommended pea size amount and I’m left smelling fresh all day. I even smelled fine after running three miles. Rating 9/10 I wish the application process was easier but it works! ( *update: Schmidts now has a deodorant stick!)
Jason Purifying Tea Tree Deodorant Stick $9.99
This one wasn’t terrible. The label says “clinically tested and all day odor protection” but one of those statements simply isn’t true. To be fair, without antiperspirants, I’m a very stinky girl; the kind you don’t take home to mother (unless I’ve showered and have my Secret powder fresh in tow.) Anyhow, it was really nice to apply and I made it through most of my day at work without smelling too bad. I just know if I amped up the activity, it wouldn’t make it. This is good for days when you’re just running a couple errands or laying in bed watching Netflix aka not doing much. Rating 6/10 doesn’t work well enough for me but I’m also smelly so *shrugs*
I’ve read cool things about taking chlorophyll to deodorize the body. Have you ever dabbled in the natural deodorant realm? Tried any I didn’t mention? I’d love to hear. – XO