One of the first items I switched out when I was getting into natural and organic beauty, was deodorant. Being such a personal item, it took me some time to settle on a product and method of application that worked for me. I hope to help you bypass some of the hard work by offering up a comparison of three natural deodorant creams.
At the beginning of my search, I went through four different natural deodorants which were either sprays or roll-ons. I didn’t have much luck with these, they either smelled like B.O. straight out of the bottle or did absolutely nothing to mask the smell once applied.
After almost giving up I stumbled upon deodorant creams and pastes. “Eww, what?” I hear you say. I must admit, a paste sounded weird to me too but I was willing to try it in the name of smelling good, naturally. How do you use a deodorant cream or paste? Easy. You scoop out a pea sized amount (per armpit) with your finger and simply rub it in.
When switching from an anti-perspirant to a natural deodorant your body might need two to three weeks to adjust. You will also notice that natural deodorants reduce the wetness factor but don’t completely dry out your armpits. This takes some getting used to but it’s worth it, I promise! I recommend trying a sample size first if you can, after all we are all different and some people are sweatier than others.
Black Chicken Remedies Axilla Deodorant Paste
The first deodorant paste that I tried was from Australia’s Black Chicken Remedies.
Smell: Unisex, fresh, clean and minty.
Texture: Fairly creamy and warms up easily. It can get a little bit harder in cold weather but it’s still workable.
Pong Factor: 2/5. By the end of a regular day at the office, I do smell a little bit.
Size: 75g in a plastic tub (you can buy a smaller trial size too).
Buy it at: Black Chicken Remedies
Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant, Bergamot and Lime (Jar)
Schmidt’s is a widely available, award-winning deodorant range from the USA. I picked up the Lime and Bergamot Jar deodorant from my local health food shop.
Smell: Unisex, very fresh and citrusy. I really like the smell of this one.
Texture: Crumbly. So much so that it comes with its own little plastic spatula. It does warm up eventually if you rub it between your fingers but I find it hard to work with especially in cold weather as it just doesn’t soften that easily.
Pong Factor: 1/5. It certainly works, if you can look past the application.
Size: 56g in a glass jar
Buy it at: iHerb, many other online retailers or your local health food store.
Erica Brooke Him & Her Double Strength Deodorant Creme
Eric Brooke is a boutique Australian brand and aside from skincare, they have a nice range of deodorant creams to choose from.
Smell: Unisex, peppermint-y and fresh.
Texture: Very smooth and creamy, more so than Axilla. You don’t have to warm it up between your fingers before applying and it melts into the skin easily.
Pong Factor: 0/5. At the end of a regular work day I can’t smell a trace of B.O.
Size: 70g in a glass jar (you can buy a smaller trial size too).
Buy it at: The Beauty Edit
My favourite pick of the three is definitely the Erica Brooke Him & Her Double Strength Deodorant Creme. It does a great job of keeping the smell at bay and it’s a lovely consistency. If you decide to try the double strength formula and you’ve never used deodorants with sodium bicarbonate, it is recommended that you grab the sample size first or start off with the regular version.
If you want to read a very comprehensive comparison of natural deodorants head over to Reviews.com to read their The Best Natural Deodorant report where they compare a whopping 23 different deodorants, mostly from US brands, some which are available in Australia too.
I’d love to know if you’ve made the switch to a natural deodorant and how the transition was for you. Leave me a comment below or send me an email.
Next week: The brand that started my love affair with skincare.