Since the first post, I’ve had some time to experiment with different brands of deodorants and I’m happy to report that I’ve had success with three more all-natural deodorants.
This wasn’t explained in my first post, but I think it needs to be said now. Most of my life, I’ve had issues with commercial-brand antiperspirants wearing off. I was never a big sweater so sweat stains or wetness weren’t a problem for me, but odor was. For whatever reason, even the strongest formulas would wear off midday and I’d have to reapply. I am NOTORIOUS among my family for two things: 1.) pouring the milk in my bowl before the cereal and 2.) carrying deodorant with me wherever I go. Since I’ve made the switch to natural deodorants, I haven’t had to reapply at any point throughout the day. Weirdly, I still carry deodorant in my purse because…old habits die hard (I’ve been doing this since I was twelve). BUT! I never need to use it. And that’s huge.
Now I’m not saying that my experience is typical. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. But I do know that if you are an antiperspirant-loving lady, but you’d like to give these here a try, you’ll have to allow for some time (two to three weeks, at least!) for your body to adjust to the new ingredients. You might find that within the first week of trying a new deodorant, you’re much sweatier and perhaps smellier, but this is to be expected. Your body is detoxing. These are deodorants, not antiperspirants, so they are not going to block your sweat glands (nor should they) like the aluminum in a stick of Degree or Dove would. But trust me, work through it! Just know that eventually, your body will catch up and pretty soon you’ll be chucking the yuck-filled stuff and replacing those with ingredients you actually recognize and trust. It took about three weeks for my body to fully adjust. Sometimes, I was uncomfortably sweaty, but after using the new deodorant for a while, the sweating subsided considerably. If you want more tips on how to make the switch as painlessly as possible, read this.
Pros: Very long-lasting. Has a mild, lavender scent. Available on Amazon and Amazon Prime. Vegan and cruelty-free.
Cons: The texture is a tad bit gritty and a little too soft to be in a tube. Sometimes, if I press too hard while applying, some of the product will smear on the sides of the tube. It can get a little messy. The formula is a tad bit thick so some residue may cling in the creases of the armpits. All that said, these are not dealbreakers for me and I will continue to use regularly (just maybe not with tank tops).
Pros: Very long-lasting. Creamy, smooth texture. Has a subtle lavender scent. Easy to apply with your fingers. Dries quickly and almost clear. Available on Amazon for about $11 which puts this at the cheapest price of the three. You can also order on their website for a few bucks less but free shipping is only awarded to those spending over $49. Vegan and cruelty free.
Cons: None that I’ve experienced!
Pros: Very similar (or almost identical) to Primal Pit Paste, in terms of texture, effectiveness, scent, longevity and ease of use. Available in a few stores around the U.S. Vegan and cruelty-free.
Cons: It’s also available on the Meow Meow Tweet website, which charges for shipping fees. Other than that, there’s nothing negative I can say about the actual product.
As with any skin product I recommend, it’s always smart to read the ingredient list and spot-test before using, just to check for irritation or allergic reactions.