When I first started wearing deodorant, my skin had a terrible reaction to it. My underarms itched uncontrollably, and I couldn't satisfy the itch. My mom tried to help me find a good natural deodorant, I tried Crystal and Tom's, and while the itch subsided, nothing performed quite as well.
Eventually, I switched back to Teen Spirit (remember that stuff?), and my body adjusted. Fast forward 15 years, however, and we're back at the start, itchy and uncomfortable. I used Dove deodorant for years without issue, but one day the itch returned. Switching to prescription-strength worked for quite some time until suddenly I started to sweat through it. I never even needed extra strength deodorant for the body odor factor, so why did I sweat through it now?
This all made me feel like something wasn't right. I started to research natural deodorant options, but my experience as a pre-teen held me back. It wasn't until Native Deodorant offered to send me a complimentary stick of deodorant to review that I really considered it.
When brands offer to send me free product for review, I don't accept unless it's something I could see myself using and enjoying. Otherwise, what's the point? With this offer, it was more than switching to a new deodorant. It entailed dedicating myself to potentially days of sweating through my clothes, days of smelling, and days of feeling self conscious. I ultimately took the leap because I didn't want my fear to get in the way of finding my perfect product that could potentially cure my underarm itch permanently.
What's the difference between natural deodorant and traditional deodorant?
Natural deodorants are free of chemicals that are potentially harmful to you, like aluminum zirconium. There's plenty of debate about whether this ingredient is bad, and the ingredient was actually banned in the U.S. for some time in the 70s. What's so special about this ingredient? It prevents you from sweating.
Your sweat as it's released from your body doesn't smell. It's once it dries down and has a reaction with your body that it stinks. Aluminum zirconium is an antiperspirant that prevents you from perspiring altogether.
Natural deodorant is simply deodorant, not antiperspirant. It works to absorb sweat and prevent odor but never prevent sweat.
Does natural deodorant work as well as traditional deodorant?
These items aren't apples to apples, so you're going to notice some differences. Native advises you to allow your body up to two weeks to adjust. You may experience wetness at first, you may product more or less sweat, who knows! I certainly sweat through my Native deodorant several times in the first week.
Since then, I've sweat through it a handful of times when I was outdoors in the sun or running around more than usual, but body odor has never been an issue. If I do a quick sniff test at the end of the day, all I smell is the deodorant's scent.
At the end of the day, this stuff really works! In other reviews I've read, everyone is just as happy and pleased as I am, with a touch of shock as well, because we've all had very similar experiences with other natural deodorants that simply don't do the job. I think it's worth it to make the switch. The deodorant is very affordable, and it lasts a long, long time. You'll never know until you try!
I made the switch, I'm committed to the natural deodorant life now, and I don't plan on going back. I have the coconut & vanilla scent as well as the limited edition rosé scent they released this summer. Native sent me my first stick to test for the blog, but on my own I purchased my second stick, which I hope speaks to my love for this stuff!
How long does it work?
I find that this is perfect for an 8-hour work day. If I go out to dinner after work, I reapply.
Do you have to wet Native deodorant to apply like some other natural deodorants?
Nope! Just apply straight from the stick.
More tips for Native natural deodorant.
- Apply on clean skin to remove excess oils and bacteria as you make the transition. I find this to be important ever day, not just during the transition. Applying this on top of old deodorant or unclean skin just doesn't work with this.
- Less is more. When you apply too much it crumbles under your arms during the day. You don't need much! Two or three swipes is plenty. It doesn't feel like a lot because of the consistency of the stick, but it is.
- If you see excess deodorant under your arms rub it in. I didn't think of this myself, it was on a tip card from Native, but it's really smart! It will moisturize your skin and give your more sweat protection, like reapplying.
- Be consistent. When you commit to making the switch, don't flip flop back and forth between your old stuff and your new stuff.
Native deodorant is $12 and is paraben-free, talc-free, aluminum-free, and cruelty-free. Have more questions? Leave them in the comments below and I'll add them in!