A New Guard in Town
Let's face it. In the past, trying a 'natural' deodorant was a total crap shoot. You might smell like a rose at breakfast but by lunch you might be wishing you could re-shower. Thankfully, we are in a new age of personal hygiene products. It is becoming easier and easier to find clean/green products and to avoid the nasties. (Check out the key toxic ingredients in deodorants to avoid here.) There are a myriad to choose from so how do you decide? To give you a head start, I've tried and tested deodorants that will keep you fresh all day without resorting to toxic, cancer causing ingredients.
Schmidt's was my first venture into the world of natural deodorants way back when.
The original Schmidt's deodorants come in glass jars. Great for not using plastic but you do have to use your fingers to apply. If you are trying out different natural deodorants you'd better get used to that. The newer formulas come in a traditional stick form. The formulas for jar vs stick are different so make sure to try both if one doesn't work for you.
I love that they come in lots of great aromas and most of them only use essential oils for those aromas. Stay away from the Rose variations if you want the aroma to be only essential oil based.
Schmidt's Natural Deodorant comes in Sensitive formulas (without sodium bicarbonate aka Baking Soda that people are often sensitive to) and the original formulas. The Sensitive formulas are a bit creamier than the original so they spread nicely. Ingredients such as arrowroot powder help to absorb moisture so it keeps you pretty dry without using aluminum (see my post on Ingredients to Avoid in Deodorants for more info).
So far I've tried all of the original (Bergamot+Lime, Cedarwood + Juniper, Lavender + Sage, Unscented, Ylang Ylang + Vanilla) and they all work brilliantly. Make sure to apply sparingly to lessen the risk of irritation.
Currently, I am really loving the Sensitive formula in Tea Tree. It is not as 'dry' feeling as the original formulas but I love the smell! Tea Tree is also anti-bacterial and anti-fungal so it makes total sense to use as a deodorant.
I also tried the Sensitive formula in Geranium. It works well but the aroma really reminds me of natural bug repellant. I'll stick with the Tea Tree for summer!
This is one of the most economical natural deodorants that really works so it's a great one to start out with if you are venturing into synthetic chemical and aluminum free deodorants.
Score your own Schmidt's Natural Deodorant Here!
Prairie Bloom Body Care Deodorant (in Bliss or Fresh)
Prairie Bloom deodorant is 100% organic and sodium bicarbonate free. The formula includes odor eliminating ingredients such as Magnesium Chloride and diatomaceous earth which are both great for sensitive skin. Arrowroot powder absorbs moisture as well to keep you dry.
I really enjoyed the Fresh - aroma. It was super refreshing after a hot shower with peppermint and lavender essential oils. This deodorant kept me smelling great, kept me dry, and I love that it was formulated with such care from it's founder. Make sure to snag yours here at the Prairie Bloom website.
Agent Nateur Holi Rose Deodorant
Fatco Women's Stank Stop Deodorant
What caught my eye? Unlike the above deodorants, Stank Stops ingredient differentiation came down to Tallow. This animal fat comes from organic, grass-fed cows so it is not suitable for vegans/anyone avoiding animal based ingredients. Tallow is rich in Vitamins A, E, D, and K which are important for healthy skin. Even though they do use animal fats, they are invested in making sure the animals are humanely treated and cared for. Fatco uses a "Nose to Tail" philosophy for sourcing their tallow which means they endorse using every part of a cow and to be mindful and appreciative of what the animals offer. Waste not want not.
This was by far the creamiest deodorant I've ever tried. It spread on incredibly easily, was immensely smooth, and not one bit of irritation. I did feel that my natural body smell started to revive around the 20 hour mark but otherwise it did the job nicely. The lavender and clary sage essential oils used smell fabulous and also contain antibacterial, anti fungal, and detoxifying agents. It spread like warm butter (no exaggeration)!
Overall, this was a nice deodorant. I loved how soft and moisturizing the cream was and I think this would be amazing for people prone to irritations. However, I will probably stick to one of the other products I've tried simply because I felt like I was stink-free for slightly longer with them.
Check it out at Fatco.com !
Have You Tried any Ah-Mazing natural deodorants? Please share!
Hello! My name is Elizabeth and I am the professional holistic esthetician/licensed massage therapist turned skin care blogger here! I am a southern girl with two little ones at home and a full time job running my boutique spa. I am passionate about holistic/organic skin care, wellness, clean foods, and discovering new ways, services, and products to help you age well and healthily. Welcome!
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