How to choose a natural deodorant is probably the subject I get most questions about and since a deodorant is more than vanity, here is what you need to keep in mind when choosing one and the main culprits around natural deodorants.
Yes, they absolutely do.
Here at Reina Organics we take pride at offering some of the very best natural deodorants in the world. This is not only my personal opinion but also the opinion you will find in countless reviews available online, as well as the opinion of people who are not die-hard green fans and have no problem buying a mainstream deodorant.
Having said that, it’s important to point out that unlike the majority of traditional deodorants, natural deodorants are not antiperspirants. Antiperspirants plug your pores so sweat won't come to the surface of the skin and your armpits stay dry. Natural deodorants on the other hand are NOT antiperspirants and they don't plug your sweat glands. They use baking soda and magnesium to neutralize body odor as well as plant powders and waxes to absorb wetness. This means that if you tend to sweat a lot, your armpits will most likely occasionally get wet when using a natural deodorant.
I have selected the crème de la crème of natural deodorants so when you choose a natural deodorant you know you're choosing from the very best. You will most likely have to try a few natural deodorants before you find the one. Don't get discouraged if a famous natural deodorant doesn't work for you. There is no deodorant which makes everyone happy. Nor is there such a beauty product for that matter.
Now that we have cleared the main concern about natural deodorants, let’s move on to actually choosing one.
This is probably the most important thing to keep in mind when choosing a natural deodorant.
Most people have NO problems using deodorants with baking soda (Sodium Bicarbonate), a small percentage though are sensitive to it or experience baking soda sensitivities after months or even years of using a deodorant with baking soda and being perfectly happy with it. Let me clarify that sensitivity to baking soda in a deodorant is not an allergy and it has nothing to do with consuming baking soda orally. This means that while you have no problem eating cakes (made with baking soda), your armpits might disagree with it in the deodorant you use.
Fortunatelly, there are enough baking-soda free option available.
If you know you have a baking soda sensitivity, you might want to consider Schmidt’s Sensitive line or Meow Meow Tweet baking-soda free deodorant creams. The Meow Meow Tweet deodorant sticks are sometimes also a good fit for people sensitive to baking soda because it's in very low concentration in the formula.
The choice basically boils down to cream deodorant which is applied with your fingers or a more tradition form such as stick, roll-on, spray. Although a deodorant cream might sound very messy, it has its advantages. For one, such application works very well for gents with hairy armpits and offers more control over the application process. And some people just like the idea of applying deodorant with their fingers.
Scent is usually where most people get stuck - the original Soapwalla Deodorant Cream or the Citrus one, the lavender bergamot or the lemon eucalyptus Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant Stick, etc. I personally believe that scent should be the factor which has least weight in your choice.
Unlike traditional deodorants which use synthetic fragrances that last all day and more, the chances are big that the only time you would actually smell the scent of your natural deodorant is during and immediately after application. Now don't get me wrong. Scent is important and even if it's for a few minutes a day, we should enjoy it but it's not like you would be smelling a scent you dislike 24/7.
In terms of effectiveness, I have tried pretty much all scents we offer and I barely notice any difference in the performance of the deodorant. The two Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant Sticks work equally well for me, so do all three versions of the sensitive skin line of Schmidt’s, etc.
So unless you really have trouble with a particular scent or have allergies to any of the essential oils, don’t sweat the scent choice too much.
Last but not least, let’s not forget the elephant in the room – the price.
Natural beauty products are often labeled “expensive” and natural deodorants make no exception. I will not be discussing this extensive subject here (but I promise to come back to it in a dedicated article) and I'm not going to argue that natural beauty products are "cheap". I’d like though to share my personal experience with deodorants. A bottle of Dove (€3) lasted me about a month, a full size Schmidt’s deodorant stick (€13-15) lasts me about 3 months and a full size Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant Stick (€24) - so far 5+ months. I opened my first Meow Meow Tweet deodorant stick somewhere in November and I’m still loving it daily.
I hope this quick guide to choosing a natural deodorant has helped you navigate your way through the constantly increasing choice on the market. If you're still not sure which natural deodorant to choose, a travel-size version is a great place to start. This way you can test long enough whether that particular deodorant works for you, whether you're sensitive or allergic to any ingredient, as well as how you're getting along with the scent and if it ticks all the boxes, you can invest in a full-size deodorant.