Going Natural: Deodorant Edition

Today’s topic: natural deodorant. The argument for natural (non-toxic) deodorants is mostly based on aluminum. Deodorants and antiperspirants typically go hand in hand and aluminum (or aluminum salts) is the active ingredient in most, if not all, antiperspirants. It’s the ingredient that keeps you dry. Aluminum in antiperspirants has raised concerns for its potential link to numerous diseases, from breast cancer to Alzheimer’s. Parabens and phthalates are among the other questionable ingredients that are cause for concern.

Obviously it’s a good thing that aluminum keeps you dry, but it does this by (temporarily) trapping sweat inside the sweat glands. The long-term risks of consistent exposure to aluminum are not yet conclusive, but there is research available that suggests genotoxic effects and supports the breast cancer links. However, the argument against natural deodorants is that without the aluminum and synthetic fragrances, they’re all terrible and useless. Also compelling.

I’m no Gwyneth, but I do try to incorporate natural products into my life wherever I can because I truly do believe that it’s beneficial. With that being said, I won’t use a product if it sucks just because it’s natural. When I heard the legend herself, Jean Godfrey-June, declare Schmidt’s Naturals Deodorant the best natural deodorant on the market, I had to try it.

Schmidt’s formula claims to effectively neutralize odour, help absorb wetness with plant-based powders, feel great on skin, and smell amazing without any artificial fragrances. It’s worth mentioning before continuing with this review that I wouldn’t consider myself to be an overly sweaty or overly smelly person. Before trying Schmidt’s, I was using whatever Secret or Dove stick I liked the smell of but I don’t require any clinical strength.

I ordered two Schmidt’s sticks, Rose & Vanilla and Ylang-Ylang & Calendula. The packaging is cute and applies like any regular deodorant stick. Both smelled good, however the Rose & Vanilla is quite strong for me. The Ylang-Ylang is a lighter, fresh scent that I prefer slightly more. In terms of neutralizing odour throughout the day, it works on application and while I find that the scent of the stick does fade throughout the day, odour remains neutralized all day so as a deodorant, it definitely works. In terms of sweat control, it’s does an okay job. The company does not claim to be an antiperspirant, but a deodorant that will absorb some wetness and it does that. If you sweat a lot, you’re probably better off exploring other options but if you don’t sweat a ton, this absorbs enough that it works. They’re $8.99 each, but it is a larger stick than most so you do get that bang for your buck and they do have sensitive skin options and jar formulas as well.

I do like this brand a lot. I think it works quite a bit better than most other natural-brand deodorants and I think it’s a really good option if you’re being “health conscious” in searching for natural products. However, if you require clinical strength in either the wetness or the odour departments, I don’t think it’s for you. I like the products and what the company stands for, they also have really good customer service, so concluding this review: would recommend.

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