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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

"Do I Smell Funny?" Natural Deodorant Challenge


This week, intrepid Cup of Jo editor Caroline was tasked with trying five natural deodorants and rating them on a scale of one to five. Here's her diary...
Let's face it: "Awesome Natural Deodorant" is basically an oxymoron. But many standard formulas contain harsh chemicals and potentially harmful ingredients. So this past week, I slathered on five natural formulas, then went about my life—in hot, humid NYC—to see what worked and what didn't...

Day 1: Tom's of Maine Wild Lavender
This doesn't work. It's a shame because the wild lavender scent smells so good. But after an hour, the lavender part goes away and it just smells wild. "Hi-don't-hug-me," I greeted my friend at dinner, taking great care not to get too close. Throughout the meal, I kept my upper arms glued to my sides, wielding cutlery with just forearms, like a tiny T-Rex. Oh, well. Now we know. Rating: One out of five stars

Day 2: Crystal Body Deodorant Stick
Pros: One salt crystal can last up to a year, which means less money spent on deodorant and less waste for the environment. Cons: The part where it doesn't actually deodorize. I've heard that salt crystals have legions of fans...who are you? (Really, I'd love to know.) I suspect this stuff may work for people who naturally smell fine. If that sounds like you, you're lucky! If not, you probably shouldn't buy this. Rating: Stars? What stars?

Day 3: Dr. Hauschka Deodorant Fresh
The label says it's "refreshing and long-lasting." Only half of that is true. The roll-on liquid does indeed smell fresh, but only for an hour or two. I usually love Dr. Hauschka products, but this didn't stand up to a sweltering day. "Don't worry," said the boyfriend, "I like the way you smell." That was sweet, but I doubt anyone else would have agreed. While this might be fine for a chillier season, I wouldn't recommended it, unless you're willing to carry it everywhere and frequently reapply. Rating: Two out of five stars

Day 4: Nourish Organic Deodorant
When I was a freshman in college, I learned a new word: frowzy, which was how my roommate described her underarm condition when it was less than fresh. I thought of that word many times while sporting this deodorant. It didn't completely fail me, but I always felt, well, frowzy. I would wear this deodorant to read a book. I would not wear it on a run. Final verdict: Just okay. Rating: Three out of five stars

Day 5: LaVanila The Healthy Deodorant
By this point, I was about ready to reach for the clinical-strength Secret. Luckily, LaVanila swooped in to change my mind. It isn't 100% perfect, but let's be honest: what deodorant is? This was the winner of the pack, by far. I applied it in the morning and made it through the ENTIRE workday scent-free. I did need a quick touch-up before heading out in the evening, but this is New York in the summertime, so that's to be expected. So happy to say: Recommended! Rating: Four out of five stars

Do you wear natural deodorant? Do you have a great recommendation that we didn't try? If so, we'd love to hear!

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skoeze said...

i've just started using this, and i love it!

https://extranet.securefreedom.com/Ava/Shopping/ShoppingCart_Detail.asp?PriceID=2919&Cat=&Qty=1

SJH said...

Soapwalla deodorant cream (can buy it on etsy and in some stores) is fantastic! I'm on my fifteenth jar and it still works! I've also been branching out and trying meow meow tweets's deodorant cream too and that seem so to work so far!

Meghan Dowell said...

For the last year I've been searching to a natural deodorant that works. My findings were the same as above, until I tried Schmidt's. http://schmidts-deodorant.myshopify.com/

Life.Changer.

rebeccacloyd.com said...

I wear Toms Long Lasting and love it - I do think you have to wear it for a sustained period of time to see if your body chemistry will adjust (at least, I think that's what happened to me!). I switched because I was tired of the aluminum in my deodorant making my white shirts yellow.

For the first week I was definitely self conscious (with good reason) but after a week or so I've noticed I don't smell any more - I swipe it on in the morning and feel fresh all day. I'm eating all of the same things, exercising the same amount, and spending plenty of time in the humidity outside.

Anyone else experience this change as well when switching to natural deodorant?

Mary DeNardo said...

Ditto soapwalla! Works great! http://soapwallakitchen.com/products/deodorant-cream

Fred said...

I'm a huge fan of Burts Bees Herbal Outdoor Deodorant (http://www.burtsbees.com/Herbal-Deodorant/131-111,default,pd.html).
It smells like pine trees and sage. A totally unisex scent so me and my husband share it! I like that it doesn't stop my body from sweating but keeps me smelling great.

Unknown said...

I have your solution! I happened upon this post on the lovely babyccino kids blog just over a year ago and have been using this deodorant recipe ever since, with ASTONISHING results. I am surprised it hasn't been more widely circulated. I always add a few drops of lavender and tea tree essential oil to the batch. Here is the link:

http://babyccinokids.com/blog/?s=Natural+deodorant+&x=-965&y=-223

Jesse said...

thanks for writing about this, i've been using mitchum for years and i'm SO sick of it! next time i get a sephora gift card, lavanilla is going in the cart!

http://semiweeklyeats.blogspot.com/2014/07/weekend-recap.html

Alyssa Gapske said...

I've tried, but I'm having a hard time quitting my Secret. Just can't quit...

seabirdfly said...

I use Le Couvent des Minimes Eau des Minimes Everyday Deodorant and I LOVE IT! It smells so fresh all day long. I highly recommend it!! :)

http://www.amazon.com/Le-Couvent-Minimes-Everyday-Deodorant/dp/B00AAEM4L4/ref=pd_bia_nav_t_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=0CHGRS7QWAR3P6DNYFEK

Arika Schienbein said...

I wanted to comment that I was a little bit nervous when I heard you were bringing on a staff member, but I have been pleasantly surprised with Caroline's pieces! I really enjoy them! Keep up the great work, Joanna! (and Caroline!)

KKat79 said...

I'm all for natural deodorant, but repeating the myth that it is linked with Alzheimer's disease and breast cancer is irresponsible. These claims have no basis in fact, and reputable scientific research will tell you the same. These are tragic diseases and the insinuation that scientists are all too dumb (or are amoral and in the pocket of Big Deodorant) to figure the link out is insulting.

Joan said...

I totally agree with Meghan. Schmidt's is the best natural deodorant I've tried, and I've tried A LOT.

Karelys Beltran Davis said...

I am deodorant fan even with all the chemicals. I'm thinking I should chuck it in winter and just use it in summer. But I do take chlorophyll and I'm not much of a meat eater. Some weeks I get on this super natural person wagon and don't even shave my legs. Depending on what's going on inside me I don't smell like much even if I'm sweaty from cleaning the house with no AC. I'm not joking when I say I get in the natural person wagon!

So I think that even if you easily sweat a lot the smell part has more to do with your insides and the fabrics you wear. So take note of that.

Sammie Brooke said...

Haven't tried it, but my coworker swears by Primal Pit Paste - hilariously gross name, but apparently it works for both her and her husband!

Allison said...

I've had good luck with Leaves of Trees! http://leavesoftrees.com/collections/deodorant

Kipin Alexander said...

I actually make my own deo with coconut oil, corn starch, baking soda, lavendar and lemongrass oils and it works better than anything else I've ever tried!

Kendall said...

Ha! I have tried SO many natural deodorants and all with similar results. The one I found that actually works is Primal Pit Paste -- it sounds a little off-putting but it actually works. Also a good friend of mine said her grandma told her once that back in the day their solution was to use baking soda as well. This product is actually pretty pricey but I found a DIY online that used the same ingredients and made my own. I'm thrilled with how it works and you can craft your own scent.

Unknown said...

I would HIGHLY recommend Purely Great, a natural cream deodorant made in Canada (but it ships to the States!): http://m.purelygreat.com/

I discovered this after a fruitless journey through other natural deodorant brands. (Lavanila mostly worked too but its fragrance was too strong for me.) This one is available in a scent-free option and actually works for me for a full day with no reapplying(even in hot summer weather).

Kate said...

I love the soapwalla, but I don't love how i have to dip in and apply it with my fingers! (also makes it awkward to use in the locker room). has anyone developed a better application? Or do you just deal with washing your hands after?

Alexa said...

I have tried 3 of the 5 brands mentioned here and none of them worked for me, but I LOVE Soapwalla Deodorant Cream! Seriously, I cannot sing its praises loud enough. It's made only of vegetable clays, lavender, peppermint, and tea tree oil—and it works like magic! I'm never looking back.

marion said...

I've also been using Soapwalla deodorant cream for a while and LOVE it. It's the only natural deodorant I've tried that actually works. Pricey, but so worth it. You can order it online or there are a few places in NYC that sell it in store.

http://soapwallakitchen.com/products/deodorant-cream

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Kristin Barbour said...

I use Life Stinks, works really well in hot/humid Chicago as well.
http://www.duggansisters.com/lifestinks/

Colleen said...

Fat & the Moon deoderant - the best! Have used for over a year and never smell, even in sweaty NYC summers. No touch ups needed. Ingredients: beeswax, organic coconut oil, aluminum free baking soda, organic arrowroot starch, organic black pepper essential oil, organic bergamot essential oil, organic clary sage essential oil, organic tea tree oil, organic grapefruit essential oil

https://www.etsy.com/listing/90767331/deodorant-cream-2oz?ref=shop_home_feat_2

kmkenned said...

My husband and I both use Geodeo in Ocean scent and love it! They also have a more feminine scent called Island, but the Ocean isn't overwhelmingly masculine. It really works — like 5-mile-run-in-the-sun works!

http://www.vitacost.com/geodeo-natural-deodorant-stick-with-detox-complex-ocean-2-3-oz-1?csrc=GPF-PA-Beauty%20%26%20Personal%20Care-732168921827&ci_gpa=pla&ci_kw=&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=732168921827&gclid=CN3c5bej2b8CFQgKaQod-E4A-A

lesbonsbonsdesraisons said...

Malin and Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant is pretty great, especially if you aren't into flowery or sweet scents. While a little pricey, it also lasts forever. I made the switch from a standard deodorant a few months ago, and I will say that it takes awhile for your body to adjust. Either that or I'm just used to smelling kind of rank now ;)

emily sandall said...

north coast organics is the best! their lavender scent sticks with you all day. the texture is different than most organic ones out there, but it's a fabulous product made in chicago!

Jane said...

I found that Greek brand Korres' deodorant EQUISETUM which is aluminum salts free works well for me..

Chrissy said...

I'm not totally sure if this counts, but it definitely doesn't contain all the nasty stuff that a lot of other deodorants do. The Citrus Verbena Deodorant from L'Occitane - I LOVE it and it lasts all day... http://usa.loccitane.com/citrus-verbena-stick-deodorant,82,1,29475,435982.htm

thatsdanamite said...

I switched to miessence a year ago and have never looked back. I did make my husband sniff my armpits every day for the first month or two to make sure it worked.

brooklynash said...

i really like biotherm's deo-pure. but it's crazy expensive and i can only get it when i travel internationally in the duty free!

http://www.cosmeticsnow.com/iteminfo/biotherm-deo-pure-natural-protect-24-hours-deodorant-care-roll-on-75ml?ad_type=pla&target_id=34864474716&ad_id=41704317591&gclid=CIKpgYyl2b8CFctzMgodozYAPw

Chrissy said...

I'm not totally sure if this counts, but it definitely doesn't contain all the nasty stuff that a lot of other deodorants do. The Citrus Verbena Deodorant from L'Occitane - I LOVE it and it lasts all day... http://usa.loccitane.com/citrus-verbena-stick-deodorant,82,1,29475,435982.htm

Antoinette Inghram said...

I have been making my own deodorant for a couple of years now and LOVE IT. It works like a charm, and is all natural. The recipe is all over the web, but here is:
1/2 cup coconut oil
4 tbs baking soda
4 tbs of arrowroot
about 12-15 shakes of grapefruit essential oil
You may have to play with the amount of coconut oil to get the consistency you want. Store it in an airtight container. Enjoy!

Amy Kitch said...

This was just the post I've unknowingly been waiting for! I just moved to Toronto from London and the humidity here is killing me! I've been researching natural alternatives, but a comparison post is just what I needed. Thanks for saving us some time and money Caroline. :)

courtney said...

Another vote for Soapwalla! It really works, even in humid midwestern summers.

Erica McCarthy said...

HI Joanna and Caroline!

Have you ever heard of Herban Cowboy's Deodorant? It actually works wonderfully.

I found it via Kris Carr's youtube experiment with 7 different deodorants and this one came up 1st! It's great and comes in mens and womens scents. I find it at whole foods :)

lindsey lou said...

soapwalla!!!!
it is the best!!!

Lily said...

I found that when switching to natural deodorant, it did take my body a bit of time to get used to not wearing traditional deodorant and antiperspirant. It's not an overnight switch that worked. I first soaked and exfoliated all that old stuff off. Then, I used only rubbing alcohol for a week, repeating several times a day. (It's what patients use that are going through radiation treatment) Then, the natural stuff worked much better. I have had GREAT luck with Primal Pit Paste and Tom's lemongrass deodorant! Both have lovely scents too!

Amy @ The American-Made Guide to Life said...

I like the Tom's Apricot. I agree that it does need to get re-applied on really hot days, but it does work for me. I would, however, like to try the Soapwalla deodorant cream.

http://americanmadeguidetolife.blogspot.com/

Gina said...

Well... I'm the one who naturally smells fine. I switched to salt crystal three years ago and I never looked back. Before that, I tried Jason's tea tree stick deodorant and did nothing for me. I workout everyday and no one at the gym will ever notice my smell. For me, salt crystal is the perfect deodorant. It has no scent, it's completely natural, it doesn't stain my clothes, the effects last 24 h or more (on me), it's antimicrobial and it doesn't sting when you apply it post-waxing, it lasts a year and it's incredibly cheap. In three years I've used three salt crystals. The only cons, for me, are that you have to wet the crystal before applying (so, you cannot reapply everywhere. But... I've never had to reapply!) and that it's a little fragile. At the end of the year of usage, the crystal is so tiny that may scape from your hands and crash into millions little crystals... But I'm a BIG fan anyway.

Joanna Goddard said...

Antoinette, i LOVE that your make your own! that is so awesome.

JeanneW said...

Love the honest review, thank you!! "Stars? What Stars?!" Bah!!

Anne said...

I've used arm & hammer's natural deodorant for a couple of years now and swear by it. I live in Texas, so I know all about heat & sweat! It uses baking soda and plant extracts as a natural deodorizer. I used to use this brand Queen Helene that smelled like Mint Juleps and really liked it but it's harder to find. I love the smell! Here's a link: http://www.drvita.com/product/queen-helene-deodorant-stick-mint-julep-2.7-oz/9019

Joanna Goddard said...

gina, alex loves the salt crystal deodorant, too. he has been wearing it every day for years and years and i've never noticed him smelling! it works for him, he swears by it.

Jillian said...

So glad you covered this topic, I was just considering purchasing Tom's this past weekend, but glad I didn't! I'll definitely be trying some of these suggested options from other readers!

Maywyn Studio said...

Great post. Thank you
I think a deodorant's ability to work on one's body also depends on diet, and whether or not the person is regularly taking vitamins and minerals because if you are, then your perspiration might have a stronger more pure/pungent human/animal-where's the dead racoon scent.

Crystals work better for me sans vits and mins than brand name deodorants. I have to leave it upside down for moisture to drip off or else crystals form.
Toms I give 3.25 stars.
The others mentioned...I'll try for sure.

Tamra said...

I use natural deodorant! Fat and the Moon deodorant paste is the best (I read an article that Kristin Bell is obsessed with this stuff too). I've used multiple natural deodorants and stopped trying new ones after using this one. I also have to say that when I switched to natural deodorant, I sweat more at first, probably my body sweating out those deodorant chemical toxins. So, there is an adjustment phase, but after that I hardly sweat and I never get stinky odor. (My sister totally agreed with me on an adjustment period when switching too, so I don't think I'm crazy!)
Keep trying and give it some time! It's so worth it to ditch the toxic chemicals!

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Elin Sellers said...

I tried a similar challenge with little success--but then I made my own deodorant with coconut oil, baking soda, some potato starch, and tea tree oil. It worked successfully and much better than any "natural" alternatives I tried even in the sweltering summer heat and overbearing humidity of (near the gulf coast) Texas! Although I've since altered the recipe to include less baking soda and some cocoa butter since my skin is incredibly sensitive.

Rebecca Hohlenwerger said...

Caroline, which scent did you use from LaVanilla?

Sirena said...

This post cracked me up! I had such a similar experience- tried many many brands including Tom's which I really wanted to love, Dr. hauschka which is so pricey and Martha Stewart herself recommends, and I loved La Vanila! It's a great deodorant. Side note: it did not work when I was pregnant (which is when I wanted an all natural deodorant the most but was least tolerant to smelling bad!).

Sirena said...

But definitely psyched to try a few of the recommendations here.

Gina said...

I'm glad he loves it! I didn't hear about a man loving salt crystal (I can imagine why)!! I forgot to say I think there's a direct relation between eating clean and smelling nice... My vegetarian friends smell better than the ones who eat junk food! (I'm not vegetarian!)

Sirena said...

I've also been wanting to try the all natural homemade deodorant that Clotilde at Chocolate and Zucchini uses too. She also has a travel version.

http://chocolateandzucchini.com/recipes/other-recipes/homemade-natural-deodorant-recipe/

Julie Arthur // alonewithmytea.blogspot.com said...

I love the crystal deodorant. It works so well for me. Of course it lets you swear. Sweating is what is supposed to happen. Sweating is healthy. But it completely deodorizes me. I love it.

rawketstarling said...

I play roller derby in Austin, Texas, and I swear by my deodorant crystal! Which should tell you something about it's strength! I have a fairly distinct odor when I don't wear it, but as soon as i swipe it on, I don't give it a second thought. I think part of wearing a more natural deodorant is accepting that you are going to smell like a human being--we do NOT naturally smell like flowers or baby powder or the ocean--so i think a slight adjustment in your mindset might have yielded different ratings. Personally, I'm willing to forgo smelling like the rainforest in order to keep chemicals off my skin. I'm really intrigued by the thought of making my own too, I just have to find the time :)
BTW, i love these testing series. Thanks for being our guinea pig, caroline!

ariana k. macpherson said...

I have used the Guv'ner deodorant powder from Lush and found it REALLY works better than anything else I have ever tried. No smell and feel dry for ages, and the bottle is small enough to take it with you in your handbag :)

Kim said...

This was so funny. Tiny T-rex arms..lol
My mom used to use the crystal deodorant and I remember a long time ago she came home from work in tears because her boss pulled her into his office and told her there had been complaints about her body odor. It didn't work for her either. I felt so bad for her that day!

Barbara said...

Weleda Sage deodorante works beautifully.

Bridge said...

I love Weleda's spray deodorants. They all smell great but the citrus is my favorite and they can be used as room and body spray too!

Laura said...

Earth Science Mint Rosemary (or Lavender Tea Tree) work well for me.

Annie said...

Primal Pit Paste!!! It works! I know a lot of people that make their own, based on similar ingredients (baking soda is the key).

Julie said...

Glad to see a post like this, but I don't think one day is sufficient for a trial. Most of the time your body chemistry needs to adjust to the change. I switched to natural deodorant a few year ago and it took several weeks for my body to adjust. I'm currently using Lavilin which only needs to be applied every 3-4 days. So far so good!

Kim said...

I agree on the Soapwalla Deod Cream - works amazingly well for not being an antiperspirant. I recently switched and am very happy!

melipowell said...

This post is perfect - having just recently switched over I can add another to list of ones that don't work - Jason's it was a definitely hi! don't hug!! and I am now trying kiss my face sport and that seems to be doing the trick at least you feel like to you don't have to pin your arms to your sides.

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ale norris said...

i've used lavanila for about a year now and am so happy with it! i was never really happy w/ any other deodorant, so i was really pleasantly surprised with this one. also, i live in austin, tx so deodorant is reeeally meaningful down here, ya know?

Lindsey Balbierz said...

HA! 'I would wear this deodorant to read a book.' I almost laughed out loud at work. Caroline you're so funny!

mariel said...

DeodoMom is the only natural deoderant / anti-perspirant that works for my sensitive skin. And I can't stop singing it's praises - it's the bomb!
http://amzn.to/1ubRdN4

LaToya said...

Believe it or not. Lemon juice from an acutal lemon. Just squeeze it into a spray bottle and spritz the underarm. It will not keep you from sweating but you will be free from odor. Side note you might develop a rash because of the acidity of pure lemons try adding distilled water for an evenly mixture. How much water you add is up to you.

Joanna Goddard said...

oh interesting, julie! i hadn't thought about that. good point.

Katherine Clancy said...

I am another gal who makes her own! I use the non-aluminum baking soda, arrow root powder, and organic coconut oil recipe. I've also found that over the years (3) of using this natural deodorant, my underarms don't smell as much as they used to and I rarely even use the natural stuff! Then again, I live in Seattle...not NYC. Less humid and more hippie ;)

Joanna Goddard said...

oh my goodness, kim, how MORTIFYING. your poor mom!

Hannah said...

This made me laugh because I've tried them all too, Tom's, the Crystal, JĀSÖN, etc.....For the last year I've been using Soapwalla Cream Deodorant and it is THE BEST!!!! It actually works. I found it took a week for my body to adjust, and since then it has worked like a charm. I just bought my second tub and I highly recommend it.

http://soapwallakitchen.com/products/deodorant-cream

Joanna Goddard said...

that is such an awesome tip, latoya!!! thanks for all these great comments and suggestions, as always:) xoxo

Marta said...

The best natural deodorant I've used is Leave of Trees. (http://leavesoftrees.com/collections/deodorant) It comes in a tube that your rub into your armpits - I use the tangerine lavender blend. I also like the Toms calendula scent...it's a little musky so it masks stinkiness a bit better (but usually requires a reapplication at noon).

Seven2Seven8 said...

I had the same experience with Tom's. Lovely...for an hour, then disaster.

Make your own! I promise it is cheaper and easier than anything else, and it works well. Even mix of baking soda and either corn starch or arrowroot powder, with enough coconut oil (unrefined, organic)to blend everything together, and you're all set. Advance tips:

1. a few drops of olive oil make it more spreadable and keep it from getting too hard in cold air (a/c, December). EVOO should be added very sparingly.

2. Essential oils mean you can make any scent you want! Tea tree and lavender with a drop or two of peppermint is my favorite combo.

lisaathome.com said...

soapwalla is where it's at! the best as far as i'm concerned, although important to consider it's a little pricey and some folks have reactions (read: red rash on underarms).

SmartBear said...

I did the SAME experiment with similar results. A friend finally gave me a sample of the Primal Pit Paste. HOLY SMOKES! It works! As for the folks who are insulted by the "false claims"...the chemicals used are endocrine disruptors and are BANNED in most other countries. I have been using Secret CLINICAL strength forever and now have switched to Primal Pit Paste. Unscented. Took the dog to the dog park, jumped on the trampoline with the kid...no sweat. REALLY.

face said...

So I use this bizarre/awesome deodorant called Lavalin (http://www.allstarhealth.com/de_p_ref/12664/pla12664/NOW_Lavilin_-_Underarm_Deodorant_Cream.htm?utm_source=google&utm_medium=GPS&utm_campaign=12664&gclid=CjwKEAjwl7ieBRCK2rCtqcCS7jESJACZKQFKhIVdMZm_GOfFXB1wjXdF-eaZviqcEbEZR5ZB4qjLLxoCeRrw_wcB) you apply it once a WEEK! it is awesome, and smells so mild/fresh. I highly recommend it.

Meadow said...

I tried a natural deodorant once, and it gave me a horrible rash that took ages to go away. I will stick with tried and tested synthetics, thanks. I think people way overreact when it comes to using stuff that isn't natural. Natural doesn't automatically mean good, people. "May be linked to X scary disease" lol... so can pretty much anything in life, unfortunately. You can chain smoke and live to be 90 or be a vegetarian who bikes to work and dies of cancer at 35. Life is a crapshoot. I think eating fairly healthy is more important than worrying about your deodorant.

Lee Taylor-Penn said...

I actually don't wear deodorant! When I stopped wearing it a few years ago, I swear that my body readjusted after a few weeks. Now I think my underarms smell about the same with or without deo.

emma summer said...

I recently did a similar review and Soapwalla's cream came out on top for me. Lots of people told me they lived the crystal, too, which, like you, I don't understand...

http://www.yourfonderheart.com/2014/06/the-great-deodorant-debate.html

Unknown said...

Thank god for this post!! I'm Desert Essence Tea Tree now, but only after Tom's failed me so badly. Desert Essence is an improvement, but I'm trying soapwalla next.

charlotte1119 said...

i'm joining the chorus for soapwalla. it does actually work -- exactly as well as the bad stuff. it's GREAT.

Meg said...

I'm on the Primal Pit Paste bandwagon as well. It's a life-changer. Someday I hope to not be so lazy and make it myself (it is basically the babyccino recipe). I'm excited to try schmidt's (because when you sweat like me, you get excited about the prospect of deodorant that actually works)!

Sue said...

Hi. L'Occitane's Eaux des Baux. Free of parabens etc. It's really for men, but it smells great...

Lashley said...

Love all these recs! Will have to do some more research. I see the best results from Thai Crystal Spray, but it's not perfect. I'll be doing some more investigating!

Momofthree said...

I'm a crystal fan. It works just perfectly for me. It probably helps that when I was pregnant I stopped using deodorant all together (I was working from home so I wasn't offending anyone). Then when I needed to go back to deodorant it was like my body had adjusted and I was as stinky anymore. So the crystal was great.
If I have to do anything (once or twice a month) that I know will be extra stressful...like film a wedding. I break out the Secret.

Kimberley said...

I like Soapwalla. Funny post. Love the blog.

Elisabeth said...

Thanks for the reviews! Just so you know... aluminium has been proven not to cause alzheimer's. The lab where my dad works (he is a biophysicist) does related research and he said that this is one of the common misconceptions about Alzheimer's that has been disproven, but still lingers on anyway. Made me feel better about my deodorant/antiperspirant.

gardeninggrl said...

I just started using Schmidt's natural deodorant in the lavender sage scent. Not only did it last all day yesterday, but it made it through my 5 a.m. workout, as well. I'm totally sold on the stuff.

http://www.amazon.com/Schmidts-Natural-Deodorant-Lavender-Sage/dp/B00D2KW68Y/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1405292898&sr=8-10&keywords=all+natural+deodorant

Mona said...

I've used Arm & Hammer Essentials for years..
http://www.armandhammer.com/personal-care/antiperspirants-deodorants/Products/arm-and-hammer-essentials-solid-deodorant-fresh.aspx

Erin said...

This is something I've spent years trying to figure out. The answer for me? SOAPWALLA. The first few days feel like you're smearing cake frosting on your pits. But then it's amazing. (LaVanila is the next best, but can't compare...)

Rebecca said...

That's too bad that you didn't like Tom's. I've recently switched to natural, after doing some research, and I'm loving Tom's (lemongrass) and finding it to be really effective for me!

Joanna Goddard said...

elisabeth, thank you! that is great to hear.

Christina said...

I've been on the natural deodorant journey for 3-4 years so I've tried many but now I use Herban Cowboy. It's a line primarily for men, but they have a small women line. It actually works! http://www.herbancowboy.com


- Christina www.cityloveee.blogspot.com

Unknown said...

A tip for the crystal stick is to wash your underarms with an antibacterial body wash like dial before applying. The crystal works by stopping bacterial growth which is what causes underarms to smell. So if your underarms aren't completely clean then you won't benefit from the Crystal at all.

Carol said...

Dr. Mist - hands down! (I mean, arms up!)

Amanda aka MamaRobot said...

Surprised to hear you weren't a fan of Tom's - that's my go-to deodorant. Even after the gym I still smell like lavender.

Jackie said...

I've been using Arm and Hammer Essentials in unscented. It's not advertised as natural and it's in the men's section at drugstores, but it is aluminum and paraben free. It works well for me, but I live in the Bay Area so I don't know how it'll hold up in a place with hot humid weather. I would love to see it reviewed along with ones mentioned by other readers.

Mary said...

I've used the crystal rocks for years now and love them. That said, I'm not a big sweater, so guess that's why it works for me.

Mimi said...

Best one I've tried is Soapwalla! Smells great and lasts. Love it!

Denise Pacurar said...

I've used Tom's and also love the smell but agree, it is not a long lasting deodorant at all! I need to try the cream!

Britney Jennings said...

I love this! I read this blog everyday ( read evavarydaey because I'm from the south) and love to read these product reviews. I imagine in my head Caroline and I would be great friends in person. Thanks for being awesome!

Rachel Linge said...

Hello! I've been using natural deodorant (the crystal) for about a year and a half now. Let me preface my review with the fact that I am a stinky woman, I do not naturally smell nice! I think the key to making the crystal work is that you must have clean armpits before applying. I know that sounds like common sense but I know a lot of people who just wake up and slap some regular deodorant on and smell fine for the rest of the day. The crystal doesn't work that way, you have to be squeaky clean with no odor before you put it on because it will not kill existing odor, but it will keep odor at bay for the rest of your day. The second thing is it takes a little bit of time each morning. I wet the crystal and go over my armpits (in a much wider circle than you would regular deodorant, think up almost to arms/breast areas) like a dozen or so times. However, I don't rewet the crystal a dozen times, maybe only twice but I just keep working it in a circle for like a good 60 seconds. In other words be liberal with it. I should also say most of the crystals are unscented, so I do notice that I smell, not like b.o. necessarily, but just I smell like myself (?) at the end of the day, not powder-fresh or lavender. But I actually think its a nice smell, like your body's natural odor without the horrible b.o.

kathryn miller said...

soapwalla is definitely the way to go! my husband and i both use it and we're completely sold.

it appears to be a bit pricey, especially for those of us who live in canada, but a single jar will last FOREVER! (we're talking two people using it every day for 6 months).

is it weird to give your friends deodorant for christmas?

hooleywithaz said...

you should try the tom's brand antiperspirant/deoderant. it actually has antiperspirant properties, versus just scented properties, and after looking for(and failing to find) men's natural antiperspirant/deoderant, my husband now uses that and loves it. it keeps him dry and smelling fresh (and he's a sweaty man!)

Rachel said...

Another vote for Soapwalla deodorant cream! Having to apply a cream with my fingers was SO weird for the first few days, but aside from that, it honestly works better than my chemically-laden deodorant.

shilpishilpi said...

I think this is a misleading experiment due to a HUGE flaw: natural deodorants really only work once the antiperspirant is purged from your body. I made the switch myself about two years ago. Here what happened to me: For two weeks after stopping antiperspirant, I emit a very, very strange smell and the natural stuff did nothing to stop the river. Then, all of a sudden, my sweat glands seemed to calm down, and the natural stuff began working like a dream. I wear Dr. Haushkas and haven't had so much as an armpit stain since then.

I always thought i was a "big sweater" since a day without antiperspirant was a disaster. Now, skipping a day of deodorant is no big deal.

Lindsey said...

I use LaVanilla and really love it. The key with any natural deodorant is apply often. Keep a small travel size of LaVanilla in your purse and you're all set.

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Kristina said...

I use the crystal, too! The trick is definitely in being clean when you apply it. I use it right after I shower in the morning. On days when I shower and then wait a while then apply it, it doesn't work the same. You have to be 100% odor free when applying for it to work.

Cheryl@Swill / myswill.com said...

Thank you for this!! I am always on the lookout for a good natural deodorant and am leery of spending one more dime on the quest. I wondered about LaVanilla but could not bear the thought of another disappointment. Now I am going to give it a try!

kelseyk said...

I love- can't live without. Benedetta, The Best Deodorant.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002IVDABA/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i02?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Tamar said...

I have been using this Ontario-made one that i believe ships to the States: http://pennylaneorganics.com
Next on my list to try is Purely Great.
Sometimes though (shhh) i just use coconut oil to give my skin a break. Also, like many others, i initially had an awful detox period (at least a month!) where nothing worked.

Stephanie W said...

I agree completely about needing a bit of a trial period to allow your body chemistry to adjust before deciding whether it works for you. I have tried several different natural brands and felt that the first 4-5 days I was definitely a bit smellier and sweatier than normal but evened out after some time and had success with the odor control. My only issue is that all of the natural brands that work really well have baking soda in them (like Schmidt's, which worked amazingly and smelled so good!) and it turns out my skin is extremely sensitive to baking soda after a month or so of use. My skin got so red and inflamed, almost like a chemical burn. I have yet to find a natural brand that is effective and gentle :(

Erin said...

When I saw this in my reader I thought "I'm going to click over, she's going to hate everything and then choose soapwalla." It's the best, hands-down, you won't need anything else. Weird to apply with your hands, but it works (even in DC humidity) so you'll get over it.

dolceandgabriella said...

My roommate uses the salt crystal deodorant in our un-air conditioned room. When I found out, I was naturally very concerned, but she always smells great. Perhaps it really does work for some people.

I'm glad to know that there are some natural deodorants that work--it's definitely good to know--but let's be honest, I love me some lavender fresh. The cloying scent gives me reassurance that I don't have a scent...

Love, Gigi
Dolce and Gabriella

sage m said...

What a helpful post! I have only tried using the Tom's out of the types you tried. I then used coconut oil and tea tree oil that I mixed up myself - mildly effective during any season except summer because coconut oil has a melting point at around 70 degrees! Then I made my own using arrowroot, baking soda, coconut oil, and tea tree oil an it was a mess to apply. THEN I tried primal pit paste and it actually works. I only bought it about a month ago and I've been amazed by how well it works. I do find that it begins to lose it's effectiveness in the evening hours, but that works for me. I think next time I might try to extra strength because I think it might last longer. It goes on comfortable and comes in a glass pot, which is love because it's less plastic. I'd highly recommend it and everything is non-gmo and organic. It is THE most natural and effective deodorant I've found.

mandy said...

Primal Pit paste is a good option if you're not sensitive to baking soda. It worked REALLY well odor wise for me, but I had to discontinue using it becuase it really irritated my skin. They have a "light" (less baking soda) version and one that doesn't have any at all, but neither worked for me.

I've started using LaVanila and LOVE it. It doesn't work quite as well as Primal Pit paste, but I can through the day without application, even through my gym class.

Hothouse Blossom said...

I am not a hippy. Let's just get that straight. But I do love natural stuff. I am more Aveda than Nag Champa. I have used Kiss My Face roll-on for ten years! I use the Patchouli kind. It smells like sweet, wet dirt without the musky part of patchouli. It's like $4 from Whole Foods! I had to get used to the wet roll-on thing, but now I couldn't live without it. I think it works better scary deodorant. I wear it to the gym.

Nicole said...

I use Eco Tan deodorant and love it! It's a brand from Australia and it's so amazing and smells like coconut.

ragu said...

Kiss My Face Lavendar– It's a strange name, but this deodorant stands up to Louisiana's summer heat.

Lauren Lund said...

Ditto what others have said about Soapwalla... took me a bit longer to adjust, but now it works great. Usually do that in the morning and Lavanilla as needed thru the day. Agree with what was posted about the awkward Soapwalla hand-application in locker rooms. SO wish they made a stick form!!

kloc! said...

I went on a trial-and-error journey of trying natural deodorants and ended up sticking with Lavanila. I like the regular vanilla version but I just ordered the Vanilla and Passion Fruit scent for fun.

Kind of expensive at $14 a pop but it's the only one that seems to work with my body chemistry. I do have to reapply at the very end of the day. Honestly, I don't mind either of these things since it means I'm not slathering on chemicals and it's totally saving my laundry. You'd be amazed how conventional antiperspirants can build up in your clothes and eventually ruin them.

Rebekah R said...

I hate Tom's of Maine deodorant too-- honestly, not a big fan of their products. It's nice that they are "natural" I guess but they just don't work.

Me, I make my own deodorant using this recipe: not always with the beeswax, though, and with even more essential oils than called for!

http://becomingpeculiar.com/homemade-summer-deodorant-that-wont-melt-in-your-cupboard/

Sophia Mellein said...

Posts like these and the Motherhood series are awesome! I love the new editor. Thanks :-)

Hothouse Blossom said...

Oh yeah! Arm and Hammer is my #2. It's pretty good. Kinda sticky. Crystals hurt me pits. It's sad, because the most expensive ones at WF smell soooo wonderful! But they don't work... : (

Cambria said...

The best natural deodorants hands down: Soapwalla Deodorant Cream and the Coconut Silk Cream deodorants from Chagrin Valley.

Unknown said...

Full disclosure: I work at Weleda, but I honestly LOVE our natural deodorants, especially the Wild Rose Deo. I've been using it for five years now and I'll never go back to conventional. On hot summer days or at a wedding, I pack the travel size in my purse for quick touch-ups, but most of the time, I don't even need it. As some others have mentioned before, there is definitely a transition period when you switch to natural deodorant. Our bodies are supposed to sweat! It's natural - it's part of the detox process. When you use conventional deodorant with antiperspirant, you trap all of those toxins inside. You have to give your body time to adjust, time to sweat out everything that's trapped inside. After a week or two, you should notice that the natural deodorants are working better than you ever expected they would - and your body is healthier! Not to mention all the things like parabens you are not putting into your skin. I find that people are very quick to give harsh reviews to natural deodorants without giving them time to work. That said, you do have to find the one that works best with your body chemistry because everyone is different.

goodnightstars said...

I make my own deodorant! I use this recipe:
http://www.thankyourbody.com/homemade-deodorant/

I use peppermint oil in mine and it works great! It's strictly deodorant, not an antiperspirant, but I'm happy knowing that I'm not exposing myself to harmful toxins.

Kate @ Savour Fare said...

EarthScience Liken Plant deodorant in herbal smell. I love the smell. It doesn't work quite as well as the regular stuff, but it's the best one I've tried.

Ana Sofia said...

lavanilla sounds great, ill have to try it :)


Ana X

anasofiachic.blogspot.co.uk

Mita Rosas said...

I've been using the salt crystal deodorant for about three years and while I don't know if body chemistry actually changes I really do believe it needs a period of time for your body to adjust to it. I'd say it took one to three months for my body to adjust. Most days the crystal has me covered for 24 hours, sometimes there is a slight funk within a few hours and time and again I will go through a period of real natural smelling underarms although never as bad as it would be if I go completely natural.

What I've really wondered is how much body odor is affected by what we eat, women's hormones that cycle throughout the month, and perhaps even climate because since I've moved to Isle Royale there has been a definite shift toward strong smelling underarms. I've heard that in many Asian countries no one wears deodorant and they smell as fresh as can be.

jka said...

I've tried so many natural types of deodorant and have found that plain baking soda works the best! I just rub some on straight out the box every morning and no more odor, but be careful, I've read it can be irritating to some.

Natalie Sheridan said...

I have tried several brands of natural deodorants and my favorite is the Crystal roll-on in Chamomile: http://www.amazon.com/Crystal-Essence-Chamomile-Body-Deodorant/dp/B0027CH02A (the plain crystal failed for me too). I do carry one in my purse to reapply if needed, but I much prefer that to using regular deodorant. The La Vanilla smells amazing but felt sticky on me. I have also tried Weleda's spray deodorant, which smells fresh and bright when applied, but doesn't last as long as the Crystal (and it's in a glass bottle).

Also, it might be helpful to know that it takes a while for your body to get used to a natural deodorant. You need to use it for at least a few weeks to see how your body chemistry adjusts, especially if you just quit the regular stuff. Now that I haven't used regular deodorant for about two years, I find that I don't smell nearly as bad and I don't sweat as much. Another plus is that most brands are clear, so you don't have to deal with white marks and stains on your clothes.

Victoria said...

I LOVE Økologi!! Best all natural deodorant I have every used. Keeps me smelling fresh in an AZ summer

https://www.etsy.com/shop/Okologibotanik

Lion March said...

This is the only one I have found that works! It has been life changing for me ! http://bit.ly/1yXb3dN

Erin Riley said...

Here's another vote for making your own deodorant. I make a coconut oil version similar to those already posted, and I get to choose the oils I put in - lately neroli and lavendar. It works so well my husband uses it. Seriously! I give a sample to all of my friends because I can't figure out why this isn't common knowledge. It only takes me 5 minutes to make, yo! I'd love for Caroline to do a second attempt at this challenge with one or two home made versions. I used to use Kiss My Face Liquid Rock for years, but I wanted to switch it up, and I'm glad I did. I even use it on my (unfortunately sweaty) feet when I wear my flats without socks in the summer.

LindseyWatts said...

I just barely started using soapwalla and I really love it. When I'm doing really vigorous activity I notice I still perspire a bit, but it really does the trick as far as covering up smell.

Jodi said...

I looooved Soapwalla but unfortunately I am one of the folks that gets a horrible rash from it. It does work amazingly well if you aren't reactive! I switched to Piperwai which is also lovely, natural, and a small business.

Margo Lane said...

I've tried so many natural deodorants over the years and it's rare to find one that works. But after plenty of testing, I now have two standbys that I alternate between: Lafes Natural Body Care Deodorant in Lavendar, and Pit Stick, from the Etsy shop ShineMakes. They work really well!

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/190940236/new-all-natural-clean-skin-line-pit?ref=shop_home_active_23

http://www.amazon.ca/Hemp-Roll--Deodorant-Lavender-3-Brand/dp/B0045PC67G/ref=sr_1_22?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1406051721&sr=1-22&keywords=lafes+deodorant

tyler said...

I JUST started using Lavanila last week, and it is AMAZING! Very timely post for me - glad to know its probably the best one out there!

Grace Twedt said...

You should try kiss my face natural deoderant! It smells great. I use the cucumber green tea.
http://www.kissmyface.com/body/grid/natural-deodorants

Olivia said...

I actually use that exact Crystal deodorant, but only on days when I wear sleeveless things or black and do not want deodorant marks. It definitely does not keep things dry for say a hot summer day or a workout, but for days when I just go to work, I find that it does a pretty good job of keeping me dry...so antiperspirant might be a better description.

Katrina said...

I find the toms works great for me! It sort of smells like fruit loops, though, which I don't love. Lately I've been using a mixture of coconut oil and lavender essential oil for lotion and bug bite cream (Mosquitos love me!) and I heard a swipe of coconut oil can act as deodorant so I applied this mixture... Amazing! I don't have a lot of natural smell anyway and generally skip deodorant, but it is 115 where I am now so I do everyone a favor and apply the coconut/lavender after my morning shower. I smell and feel fresh (and bug free! ) all day :)

SarahJo said...

From my experience and what I've read about switching to more natural products is you need to give your body time to adjust. Like with natural shampoos, because your hair my be used to the harsher chemicals of salon or drugstore brands that strip your hair and cause the oils to over-compensate you have to allow a period of weeks to have the PH of your hair return to a more natural state. That means living with less that clean-looking hair even after a shower.

I'm thinking that's the same with natural deodorants. I would be interested in a longer running review of the products to see how they work after the body adjusts. I have not been brave enough to try natural deodorants myself, but have loved natural shampoos/conditioners in the past.

Elizabeth Lease said...

I normally don't wear deodorant...but I just purchased Primal Pit Paste for the husband. They have several scents and an unscented one. It's organic and doesn't have any chemicals in the ingredients!

gster said...

Ooh this is great! I'm totally going to look through the comments for good ones. Right now I use Kiss My Face Liquid Rock and it's pretty darn good.
~Gaia

Gabriela A said...

I've tried a ton of natural deodorants and they always work for about an hour. The best of the stick deodorants, in my opinion, is the lavender one by Kiss My Face. I recently purchased the Meow Meow Tweet cream deodorant however and this one works amazingly well! You can buy it on their website and a couple of stores carry the line as well :)

pleinvanity.com said...

This is weird because I just posted about my favorite natural deodorants today! The top 3 that I really love are from Meow Meow Tweet (a lovely brand from Brooklyn), Schmidt's Deodorant, and Green Body Deodorant (a great natural stick deodorant). I highly recommend them all, especially if you are transitioning to natural deodorants. Check out my post for more: My Natural Deodorant Picks
-Kasey from Plein Vanity

Carmen Varner said...

I've been trying to use more natural products & find that I'm slightly disappointed as well. I believe this is because we are so spoiled by the gross chemicals we put in & around our body, that we are shocked & unhappy when natural ingredients can't do the same. Still, I'd rather go natural. :] // itsCarmen.com ☼

Suzy Q said...

Thanks for this interesting post. I have to say I disagree though with the Toms of Maine results. We have been using that deodorant for several years and it has always worked great! I'm sad to see it got such a low rating!

Bethanne said...

Thank you for this post! I have tried the Crystal body stick, and of course, Toms. Sadly neither work for me (at all!) But I hate the thought of using an antiperspirant so much that I have resorted to using Men's deodorant, because it is aluminum-free. My friend swears by rubbing a lime wedge under her arm once a day!!

Tristen said...

A drop of tea tree oil in each armpit : )

May not be good for those with sensitive skin but it's the only "natural" thing I've tried that works!

claudie said...

baking soda sounds wierd but really works well doesn't smell but you sometimes needs couple of weeks to adjust.

Morgan Beauregard said...

I switched to natural deodorant about 6 months Natural for Her by Herban Cowboy. It lasts me all day, but I always reapply if I have plans in the evening. I agree with the other comments that it took my body some time to adjust, I find that I sweat much less than I used to.

glittercoatedlenses said...

What a fantastic blog post! i'm obsessed with Tom's but sometimes I find that it doesn't last as long as it should and I have to reapply, but it's still so much better than secret or any of the other brands that contain aluminum.

-Glitter Coated Lenses <3

Kelly Ramstack said...

Kiss My Face All Natural Liquid Rock Roll-On deodorant has been working for me. I think everyone will need to try different ones until they find something that works for them because everyone's body chemistry is different.

Rebecca Thompson said...

Great post! I have tried Toms all natural deodorant and could not agree more that it does not work.

Brandilyn said...

I've also used that Tom's natural deodorant, and not only did it not work, it made my armpits looks like a peeling sunburn. Gross. I LOVE the Burt's Bees spray-on one. I usually reapply in the late afternoon, but of all the natural deodorants I've tried, it's the winner by far. It even works better than some regular deodorants I've tried!

lisacline said...

try LIFE STINKS all natural deodorant powder! it works AMAZING - even my husband uses it and is wow'ed. i am totally sold on this stuff and recommend it to EVERYONE.

http://www.duggansisters.com/lifestinks/

Shelley Musleh said...

yayyyy! I noticed my deodorant (classic powder scented dove) was simply not cutting it anymore. This happens to me where my body kind of adapts to a product and it stops working. So I set out to find a natural product that works...and so far I haven't found one that is right for me. this couldn't have come at a better time and I'm gonna give the last one you mentioned a try. Thanks!

Carolanne said...

This is a favourite of mine: http://zionhealth.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=18_95&product_id=67

It works really well for me. I tried many of the brands on your list and I completely agree... most are not worth it.

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Kate M. said...

I've recently been trying out Lush's T'eo Deodorant Bar. It doesn't help much with sweat but it smells quite nice, and is totally natural. It can get a bit messy, but so far I really like it.

You can find it here:
http://www.lushusa.com/T%27eo/00433,en_US,pd.html#start=2

Evelyn L said...

So disappointing that none were all that great:( BUT! I have found one...and am in love with it.

http://www.schmidtsdeodorant.com

Comes in fragrance free or many other fragrances (mm lavender..). The only downside is the application -- you use a small stick to scoop, warm it up between your fingers and apply with your index finger. But I swear by it, and I can honestly tell you I am NOT one of those naturally BO free women!

Kate said...

Please please please do a round 2 and include this: http://bestdeodorantever.com/

SKF said...

I love this post. I have tried to go the natural route and just assumed that equaled stinky. Glad to have some new options to try.

oliviajamie said...

I just JUST was talking about this dilemma with my sisters-in law. Perfect timing! Thanks!

Aimee said...

As someone who has a not-so-fresh natural state (especially when breastfeeding, does anyone else notice that? and also with caffeine) but also a family history of breast cancer I tried all the natural deodorants. None of them worked for me. MY favorite and most long-lasting is an easy homemade recipe. 1/4 C coconut oil, 2 T baking soda and a few drops of tea tree and lavender orange or grapefruit oil. I keep it in a mason jar, but I have friends who put it in an old deodorant container. You can even put it in the fridge for an extra chill. I apply in the morning after the shower, and never need to reapply until the next morning unless I shower in the afternoon. Seriously! Amazing! I see others have also talked about making their own! I highly recommend it!

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Caitlyn Mitchell said...

Haha, I love this post! I use Tom's and my husband never ceases to remind me how "fresh" I smell at the end of the day. It's endearing, right?

Ashley Cauthen said...

I have been antiperspirant free since 2007. I used nothing but oils for years. I smelled some and always sweat but once you get use to it it's fine. I used burts bees and liked that but it was more of a masculine smell than i would like, but it worked well. i started using thai crystal spray and really have liked that and plan to stick with it til i run out.

Meredith said...

Aww, darn. I've already tried LaVanilla and it did NOT work for me--at all! Although reading the comments here, maybe I should try to stick with it for a couple of weeks to see if it gets better. But when I've used LaVanilla before, I sweat like I have rivers under my arms, and feel like I totally stink :( My boyfriend only uses deodorant (not antiperspirant) and he smells fine. Wish that were the case for me!

bookmarks & wanderlust said...

Okay, while it may not be entirely natural, I love the La Roche Posay deodorant for sensitive skin. Alcohol, aluminum and paraben free and I only need to put it on once a day. Won't be trusting this for my wedding day, though...

Amber Leigh said...

Earth Science deodorant is the best !! Sells at Whole Foods.

Eliza Lewis said...

Here is my question: can you smell BO on yourself or only other people? I sometimes forget to wear deodorant but I don't smell anything on myself. I've never really smelled BO on myself as I do on others. Does this mean I don't have it or just that your nose is used to your own scent and , therefore, can't pick it up?

Eliza Lewis said...

Here is my question: can you smell BO on yourself or only other people? I sometimes forget to wear deodorant but I don't smell anything on myself. I've never really smelled BO on myself as I do on others. Does this mean I don't have it or just that your nose is used to your own scent and , therefore, can't pick it up?

Susan Magnolia said...

I have been using a stick from the Deodorant Shop http://www.thedeodorantshop.com/ and I really love it. At first I did not like the texture since it felt a little sticky. I was so used to the mainstream smooth texture. I chose the sandalwood and it is a really nice scent.

I have heard nothing but rave reviews about Soapwalla's cream and I am tempted to make my own just to try it out since the recipe is so simple. ^_^

Susan Magnolia said...

I tried the Weleda spray for a while but would have to apply twice a day to not smell bad. I kept it around as a body refresher though. ^_^

Joanna Goddard said...

eliza, that is a good question! i'm pretty positive you can smell it on yourself (i have:) maybe you're one of those people who just don't really smell!

Shannon Olson said...

Ages ago my mom had told me how bad deodorant is for you (she had read it somewhere) so we went out and got the toms and the crystal to try. I remember wearing it for about 5 min before my armpits were sweaty and stinky! we eventually went back to normal deodorant, some things are worth the risk lol.

Ginny said...

Make your own!! I've been doing it for almost a year now and I'll never go back to buying. I use a recipe that combines coconut oil, arrow root powder, baking soda, and tea tree oil. It's not the best anti perspirant (but a little bit of sweat is good for you!), but I've never had any issue with odor! You should give it a try!

JS LC said...

This one works! (But don't try the stick version - it does NOT work ;)

http://www.realpurity.com/deodorant.html

mkd. said...

Definitely, definitely, definitely Primal Pit Paste. I've tried them all- this is the ONLY one that does it for me!

Kristen said...

Your body takes about a month to detox from using regular deodorant - so really this should have been an experiment AFTER a month to see what works. After my horrible detox period, at least it was winter(!), I found and really like Primal Pit Paste.

Gilbert Contreras said...

Plain Jane Lorraine is a good one!! I found it works best!

http://plainjanelorraine.squarespace.com/

thanks!

Miss May said...

I literally make my own deodorant and I've gotta say, it is the best stuff ever. 5/5 hands down, swear on my mothers life. It last forever and only consists of 3 ingredients. I used to work at an organic food store and one of my customers shared it with me. She was so adamant and serious that I just had to try it. Everyone in line did actually..so anyway you only need a quarter of baking soda and arrowroot powder and 6 tsp of coconut oil. Natural and just of so wonder. Feel free to add essential oils like vanilla or lavender but idk I just couldn't be bothered. I wear it everyday and it never ever fails. When I don't put it on I'm freaking out inside my head all day and I too walk aroun like a t-Rex all day. I smell bad naturally. There I admit it.

Unknown said...

I have been experimenting like you, and thought I'd found the perfect solution in Schmidt's (like Meghan). I love love love this product but had to stop using it b/c of my terrible reaction to the baking soda in it: my armpits went all itchy, skin darkened, and swollen (probably from the scratching). I tried 3 of the natural scents (taking month long breaks in between). All of them resulted in the same heartbreak.

Anne said...

I started using Lavanilla after reading about Erica's beauty uniform and have loved it. Agree with the four star review! I had been using arm & hammer and would give that 3 stars.

Laura Touhey said...

this is hilarious, caroline!

Sarah said...

Equal parts coconut oil and baking soda. Mix until it forms a paste. Rub a little on and it works great! I make a batch and store it in a little container for months. Cheap, easy and it works!

The House Project said...

Caroline was your college roommate Jamaican? If so the term is frownzy. Great use of the word...it made me smile.

Southern Fried History said...

I also recommend LifeStinks! I discovered it when I lived in Chicago and it now keeps me dry and fresh through the hot Georgia summers.

www.duggansisters.com/lifestinks/

I also recommend that you give your body a few weeks to let it adjust to being deodorant-free. I haven't used it 3 years and now I can go a few days without my LifeStinks and still be ok.

mle jean said...

I've been making my own and it works so well, friends are asking me to make it for them too. Its easy but messy, as in put it on after you are completely dressed otherwise it might leave white streaks.
Equal parts baking soda and corn starch with coconut oil. Play with the amount of coconut oil you want depending on how dry or wet you prefer.

Quinntiki said...

LOVE the candid armpit talk. So refreshing (pun intended). Ever since I turned 27 something about my skin changed and I cannot tolerate regular deodorants. I've been on a warpath trying all the natural ones, and am still not satisfied. It's great to get all these recommendations (and warnings) from the post and comments. Thanks!

Celeste said...

I may have to try the LaVanilla! Looking for a natural alternative to my Degree deodorant that might give me cancer, but for now just helps me smell good.

My cousin and my sister both use baking soda for deodorant and swear by it (we were not blessed with odor-neutral genes). My cousin adds a drop of an essential oil, I think lavender, to hers. I guess you just brush it on?

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