For the longest time, we’ve wanted to make the change to a natural deodorant, but finding natural deodorants that actually work has always been a mission in itself. When one of our friends, Meagan (Makeup By Meags) made the switch to using only natural products, I went to her for advice. But to be honest, I didn’t have much hope in finding one that was going to work for me.
Why go natural? Traditional deodorants have a bad rep. The theory that aluminium in deodorants is linked to breast cancer, is the one that’s made me make the change. I’m not about to go totally chemical-free (unless Colourpop start going all natural hahaha), but I’ve decided to try and introduce more natural alternatives into my beauty regime.
Black Chicken Axilla Deodorant Paste – RRP: $23.00 NZD
When I first asked Meagan about natural deodorants, the Black Chicken Axilla Deodorant Paste is the one she recommended. Handmade in Australia, it is designed to neutralise odours quickly and last all day. After just one use, I was pretty damn impressed. In the past I’ve found natural deodorants to last a couple hours at best, but this really does last all day. It passed the gym test with flying colours, and even held up in 28 degree days. Not only does it stop odour completely, but it doesn’t leave you feeling sticky or sweaty either. Love!
To use, you take a pea-sized amount and massage it into the armpit. Once applied it is completely invisible, and doesn’t seem to stain clothing at all. The thing Camille and I both noticed after a couple days was how soft the skin felt after using it. The Black Chicken Axilla Deodorant Paste was actually moisturising the skin.
I couldn’t believe how much I was loving it, but then I developed a sensitivity sodium bicarbonate – one of the main ingredients. My armpits started to turn red, and although they weren’t itchy, they looked really irritated. Disappointed, I contacted Meagan again (who actually had a similar reaction) and also contacted the lovely team at Vanilla Bloom to see if they had any suggestions for me.
Don’t be scared off though, both Camille and my boyfriend haven’t had any reaction at all to Black Chicken and continue to use and love it. I’ve come to realise that I can use it on the odd day, but any longer than that and I get irritated again. So on days I know I’m going to be exceptionally sweaty, it’s still one I reach for.
Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant For Sensitive Skin – Geranium – RRP: $26.75 NZD
Both Meagan and the team at Vanilla Bloom suggested I try the Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant Sensitive Skin range, and raved about the Geranium scent in particular. Unlike the Black Chicken one, this isn’t a paste but comes in a stick. It is completely natural and formulated without sodium bicarbonate. It’s ideal for those of us who develop a sensitivity to other natural deodorants on the market, but still want something that actually works.
After my experience with Black Chicken, I was worried that this wouldn’t work as well for the odour, but it really does. The geranium scent is one I think would appeal to quite a lot of people, and while I personally find it quite strong – there is no denying how effective it is. If I apply this in the morning, it lasts all day – and just like the Black Chicken one, it’s actually moisturising my armpit area. I don’t think my armpits have felt this smooth ever before!
We’ve had some really hot days up here, with temperatures still between 25-28 degrees, and the Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant for Sensitive Skin hasn’t let me down once. I never have to worry about odour, or feel the need to reapply. And there is no sticky or sweaty feeling while using this. I love it!
When I started looking for natural deodorants that actually work, I didn’t expect to find 2 that not only work incredibly well – but are actually better than their chemical-filled counterparts. Regular deodorants didn’t last on me, and I would have to reapply them 2 or 3 times throughout the day. Sure, regular deodorants smell good, and it might take you a few days to adjust to the scent of the natural ones, but trust me when I say it’s worth it. Camille and I have both declared that we are never looking back, and will continue to choose natural deodorants over regular ones every time.
You can find both of these online at Vanilla Bloom. If you spend over $59, then shipping is free – and trust me, once you see all the goodies on their site, that won’t be hard to do.
Have you tried any natural deodorants before? Have you found natural deodorants that actually work?
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