I’ve spoken on here about my journey with natural deodorants before, and yes it has been A JOURNEY. I honestly didn’t even really need deodorant at all until a year or two ago ( thanks a whole lot hormonal changes #NOT ) and I knew for 100% sure that I was not going to be putting aluminum & other toxic cancer causing agents that are packed into regular deodorants straight into my glands. This only left one option – test out millions of natural deodorants until I found one I liked!
If you are curious about whether or not the deodorant you are currently using is toxic, or not, I’ve listed out the ingredients to watch out for in this post here.
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So, the thing is, I don’t need deodorant because I sweat a lot, I need it to avoid getting that gross BO smell, especially when I’m stressed out ( I’m sure I can’t be the only one ). My armpits don’t get that wet, sweaty feeling, but sometimes they do get stinky.
The first natural deodorant I tried was TOMS. It worked great for a couple months but then something changed and every time I applied it I would sweat like crazy. It was so weird! So I experimented and on days I didn’t wear it I had no sweat at all, then on days I did wear it, you guessed it, my armpits were like actually sweating. It didn’t stink, so it was doing it’s job in that perspective, but it was making me sweat! Not gonna work LOL.
Next, I tried Schmidt’s.. I was gifted the Lavender + Sage scent from Chris’s mom and LOVED it. However, after using it for a few weeks I began getting this horrific rash in my armpits. I mean horrific. It was bright red, covered my whole underarm area, burned, itched, all my clothes irritated it, I couldn’t shave over it because it was too painful, and my skin literally started to peel off in chunks. I stopped using the deodorant and it took like three months for the rash to completely disappear. I know that is common when first using a natural deodorant because your body is finally able to release the toxins that a toxic deodorant was keeping inside your body, but I have never even used a toxic deodorant so I knew that couldn’t be the cause. I assumed I was just allergic to one of the ingredients, even though they were all all natural. I spoke to Chris’s sister about it and she said the same thing happened to her! So I’m not sure the cause. I did try the unscented version and didn’t get a rash. So I’m guessing it was the scent. Chris uses the Bergamot + Lime scent and he loves it! However, he has gotten a bit of the same kind of rash his sister & I got soooo….. maybe we’re all allergic! He still uses this brand though.
She suggested I try Arm & Hammer Essentials Natural. Total win. It’s very inexpensive, you can buy it anywhere, and it works great. As long as you don’t actually get sweaty…. I would recommend this deodorant to wear to work if you work in an air conditioned space or somewhere where no sweating is involved, because it will last all day and works great, as long as you stay cool.
So, still on the hunt, I searched Amazon and came across the brand Funkless. Not only is the name hilarious, the ingredients are so minimal it’s too good to pass up. I’ve been using it for about three months now and have had zero issues! I love it! No rash, it keeps the stink away, and doesn’t cause weird sweating issues LOL. It’s everything you need, with nothing you don’t. I mean, really though, what more could you ask for in a natural deodorant?
I’ve learned that I just have very sensitive skin and just must plan accordingly. So a fun little hack I’ve learned is that the days I shave my armpits I moisturize them with some Coconut Oil when I get out of the shower and that acts as a moisturizer, it keeps the ingrown hairs away and works just fine as a deodorant for the day! Just one more way Coconut Oil basically saves our lives everyday LOL.
Totally don’t want to jinx it but I think I’ll be able to use this one for awhile! And I’m excited about that!
REMEMBER that these are just my personal experiences and we all have different types of skin and different hormones, so you may react differently to something than I have. SO BY ALL MEANS try every single kind I’ve tried, or not, totally up to you! Just don’t let my experiences scare you away from certain brands. Make sense?
What are some natural deodorants ya’ll would recommend?