About a year and a half or so ago, I finally made the switch to a natural, non-commercial deodorant. I’ve been using LAVANILA Natural Deodorant, and I generally like it.
For most occasions, it’s just fine. And if I shower daily (which I try to do!), it’s fine. But if it’s a particularly hot and humid day or if I’m doing something that’s stressful, I find that it’s not enough, and I have to revert to a commercial antiperspirant. Boo.
Several weeks ago, Facebook started showing me ads for a natural deodorant that was new to me, Native Natural Deodorant. It is aluminum-free, paraben-free and phthalate-free, and it’s made from natural ingredients including beeswax (so it’s not vegan). After I saw the ad a few times, I checked out the website, and I succumbed.
You can shop the women’s scents or the men’s scents. I honestly do not know if the formulas are the same by gender or if they are different. You can buy the deodorant in:
- the regular size one at a time
- a full size pack of three scents
- a holiday pack of three holiday-oriented scents
- a travel pack of 5 travel sizes in different scents.
There are lots of different fragrances including seasonal scents (autumn scents e.g. Honey Crisp & Cinnamon etc. and Christmasy scents e.g. Candy Cane etc. are available now) as well as unscented. I chose the most popular women’s scent, Coconut & Vanilla, and I love it. Other scents include Lavender & Rose, Pear & Lavender, Lemon Cake, Mistletoe, and more “masculine” scents like Sandalwood & Lemon, Eucalyptus & Mint, and Citrus & Herbal Musk. They all sound good to me. I could smell the Coconut & Vanilla scent when I applied it, but afterwards the scent disappeared.
The deodorant is a solid stick, and it is easy to apply. Though the stick is white, it doesn’t leave any white residue under my arms or on my clothing. Yay.
So far (I’ve been using it once a day for 2 weeks or so and I wore it to a party on Saturday night) it has been effective for me, more effective than LAVANILA. It kept both wetness and odor away. By the next morning after using LAVANILA, I definitely needed to take a shower because of underarm odor. When I use Native, I don’t smell the next morning. That’s a big deal to me.
I wondered how Native deodorant works since it doesn’t use the chemicals that commercial products do. The folks at Native select natural ingredients that do the trick: “baking soda to neutralize odors, arrowroot powder to absorb moisture and acidophilus to eliminate odor-causing fungi, yeast, and bacteria.”
The full size deodorant of 2.65 oz. is priced at $12. The multipack contains 3 full size deodorants and is priced at $30, and the travel size 5 pack that contains Coconut & Vanilla, Lavender & Rose, Eucalyptus & Mint, Unscented, and Citrus & Herbal Musk is $24. Native provides free shipping and returns. After I finished purchasing, the website offered me a travel size (0.35 oz.) for $3 and I decided to go for it. Also, I found a coupon online so I save another dollar or two. While it is more expensive than commercial deodorants, I find the peace of mind using a natural deodorant to be worth it.
Because I like Native deodorant so much, I thought I better see how other people feel about it in case I am just lucky in getting great results. Native has thousands of customer reviews on their site, and the vast majority rated it 5 stars – the average rating is 4.7. I sought out the negatives from the reviews, and the major complaint was that it didn’t glide on. Well, it doesn’t glide like a gel does, but I found that once you “break it in”, the stick does glide on quite smoothly for me. One woman reported that it built up on her bra under the arms. I wear my bras two or three times (and not on consecutive days) before washing them, and so far, I have not detected any buildup. Also, no buildup on my blouses or tops.
If you have been considering switching from a commercial deodorant or antiperspirant because of concerns over the ingredients, or if you have been disappointed in the effectiveness of LAVANILA or other natural brand, I suggest giving Native Deodorant a try. Check out the Native Deodorant website, and see if you think it might suit you. BTW, if you decide to purchase a Native Deodorant and you do it by clicking on my referral link, you and I will both get a free mini deodorant 😉
Ingredients: shea butter, jojoba Oil, beeswax, baking soda, vitamin E, vegetable preservatives, acidophilus, coconut oil, maldextrin, probiotics, castor bean oil, stearyl alcohol, fractionated coconut oil, arrowroot powder.
Have you tried Native Natural Deodorant yet? Or do you have another brand that you like?