How many of you have made the switch to natural deodorant? Or have been thinking about it? One of the most common questions I get from among my friends that are trying to live a more holistic lifestyle is, “What deodorant are you using?”
For those of you who have made, or have tried to make, the switch from a major brand name antiperspirant to a natural deodorant, you know the reasoning behind this question. There is this tendency to be “hooked” on antiperspirant. It really takes some retraining to officially make the switch to a deodorant.
For those of you a little confused about antiperspirant and deodorant, thinking they are interchangeable words, they are not the same. To know the difference you just have to look at the definition of the words.
- Antiperspirant – a product used to reduce perspiration.
- Deodorant – a product used to mask or hide unpleasant odors.
Antiperspirant is exactly as the name implies, a product that doesn’t allow you to perspire in the area it is applied. Where as deodorant is also as the name implies, a product that covers up odors. Thus deodorant, unlike antiperspirant, is still allowing you to perspire, as your body was designed to, but it’s helping out with the unpleasant odor associated with it.
Sounds a little more natural to use deodorant doesn’t it? There are actually a lot of health arguments out there against the use of antiperspirants. If you are trying to live a more healthful lifestyle, you should consider making the switch to deodorant instead.
Sounds easy enough… Until you actually try to make the switch. It doesn’t usually go as smoothly as you would hope. All of a sudden, when you make the switch to deodorant, you now have these wet underarms that you’ve never had before! You now have to get used to this fact, and honestly, having dry armpits is A LOT NICER.
So I’ve done a little review of some of the top natural deodorants out there to help you along in making the switch, if you are interested. I will be sharing my personal experience with these products. I tried all of these products out for a period of 7 days during our summer months here in California. So hopefully this will be a good representation of how the products perform.
I chose these product based on popularity and reviews from, amazon, local businesses carrying these items, and personal recommendations from friends and family.
So here they are in no specific order…
Primal Pit Paste Stick
With this one I stayed pretty dry and didn’t have any unwanted odor breaking through. The fragrance was nice and not overwhelming.
It was not the greatest texture. A little crumbly and mushy. It also went on too thick. I had to wipe some of it off every time I applied it.
Primal Pit Paste in the Pot
It had a great texture and went on really smooth. It had the same nice fragrance as the stick. I had no unwanted odor and stayed pretty dry.
Dermalogica Environmental Control Deodorant
It has a very masculine fragrance that is overpowering. I was pretty wet under the arms with this one. It did a poor job of controlling odor. A little note here- I have been using this deodorant off and on for a few years, and now I know why. I could never fully make the switch because it was such a bad product. I just never realized until I started making an honest comparison.
Lavalin Deodorant Cream
It doesn’t have to be applied daily.
It is a very thick product. I believe this is one of the reasons why they say it doesn’t need to be applied daily, because it’s so thick. It’s almost impossible to wash off. I had a lot of wetness under the arms with this one. It was not good at controlling odor.
Loved the texture. It spreads easily if you follow the directions. I had no unwanted odor with this one and I stayed pretty dry.
Crystal Body Deodorant Spray
It did a good job protecting from odor.
Goes on very wet. I had to blot the excess away before putting my clothes on over. It did nothing to help with wetness.
Crystal Body Deodorant Solid
Did a good job protecting from odor.
I found it difficult to apply even with following the directions. It did nothing to help with wetness.
Both of these performed almost similar and I’m sure this is due to the very similar ingredient lists they both have. They both have arrowroot powder in them, which does help to absorb some wetness. Nothing like what you will experience from antiperspirant, but noticeable enough to stand out from the other natural deodorants. The only difference between the two that I found was the texture. The Schmidt’s is much thicker.
So here are a few tips on making the switch…
- Try a few brands out before you decide. You may like one more than another. If you only try one you will never know if that better one was out there.
- Give it time. There is definitely a period of acclimation in making the switch.
- Change your thinking. Don’t think of it as an alternative to antiperspirant. It is a different type of product.
- Give yourself some slack. If you are trying to switch but still feel the need to apply your trusty antiperspirant for more heavy duty work, or important events, don’t worry about it. Something is better than nothing.
There you have it. I hope this will help if you are considering making the switch to a natural deodorant!
Do you use a natural deodorant? Do you have a favorite that I haven’t listed here? Maybe you have another tip to make the transition easier? Let me know. It would be great to hear about it!
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