I’ve tried making the switch to natural deodorant. So. Many. Times.
But I’ve never found a natural product that works for me.
Some people make a seamless switch from conventional deodorant (which is loaded with questionable ingredients.
Others (me) end up scrubbing their armpits into an irritable mess, trying to smell nice for more than half an hour, and eventually switch back to chemical deodorants.
Why bother to switch to natural deodorant?
I’m not a doctor or a chemist. But to me, smearing chemical products on my underarms has never made sense.
I already use natural shampoo, makeup, cosmetics and household cleaners. So why would I put a harsh chemical deodorant on such an important part of my body?
Because I hate to smell!
Does natural deodorant work?
Yes and no. Here’s my take on it.
It was with a sense of resignation that I embarked, once again, on the pit-product-switch.
I tried salt-based deodorants (again). I tried roll-ons (again). I tried the creamy white stuff that smooshes all over my clothes (again).
I was smelly. I felt sticky. I was washing my underarms more than once a day.
I switched back to my standard brand, temporarily defeated (again).
After a bit of research, I decided to order some samples from the Natural Deodorant Co.
I was cautiously optimistic, but became disappointed once again.
Their Active Orange + Bergamot Deodorant Balm smelled great, but didn’t really work at first.
I tried their Clean Deodorant Balm for Men – the sample pot I had bought for my husband, and it all changed. It smelled great and worked so well that I ordered samples of all the Clean Balm varieties.
At first, I was cranky that the men’s deodorant worked better than the Active variety. Are women not allowed to smell? But then I realised that the men’s version was a Clean Balm. Turns out, all the Clean Balm varieties work awesomely for me.
My pits felt drier than they had with the natural roll-ons I’d been using (which left my underarms feeling unpleasantly wet), and I smelled great!
I found that after a few months of using natural deodorants, the effectiveness increased and my underarms were fresh, even after exercise or a hectic day. I could use the Active Balm for tolerable results, but I much preferred the Clean Balm varieties, which worked better for me and smelled great.
But my success was short-lived.
This deodorant gives me a rash. No doubt about it. I’ve switched back and forth several times – each time, the rash comes back after two days.
Would I recommend switching to natural deodorant?
Definitely! Don’t let my failure put you off – it’s still worth trying to make the switch. I’ve been trying and failing to switch for years, but I’m in the minority.
If you do switch, be prepared for a few things:
- Your underarms will feel a bit wet
- They’re likely to get worse before they get better
- Your new deodorant will be more expensive
- Application will not be what you’re used to
My friend Katy from Wild Rose Holistics advised me to go without any deodorant as often as possible, and to give my underarms a good rub to get things moving, as well as occasional breaks from shaving. But they still got worse before they got better.
Is natural deodorant more expensive?
Naturals do tend to be more expensive, which makes sense. They’re produced with better ingredients and more sustainable packaging – on a smaller scale. No mysteries there.
Natural Deodorant Co. products come in a glass jar. I love the logo and the packaging in general – especially because it’s not going to end up in landfill like a plastic roll-on bottle.
A 60g jar of the Natural Deodorant Co.’s Clean Balm is £11 plus postage (postage is free on orders of more than £30), which is a far cry from the £1.99 I’m used to paying. Still, one pot lasts about two months. Best of all, you can buy the little sample pots to test the deodorant for yourself – and choose your favourite scent.
Have I noticed a difference?
Last week I accidentally went to work without any deodorant on. I was convinced, as I wended my long way to Bath from deep, dark Somerset, that I would need to dash to the shop at lunchtime to buy some of the hated synthetic stuff.
But after a while, I forgot about my pits. By the end of the day, I hadn’t thought of them (or smelled them) once.
I would never have been able to last a day without deodorant before. And I don’t think I could have done it without the Natural Deo Co., even though, in the end, their products weren’t for me.