Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Great Deodorant Debate: What Really Works

If you've tried natural deodorants, you're probably thinking, "don't even try to sell me, lady - they do not work". Trust me, I know the struggle is real. I've tried so many different brands and the longevity of performance is frustrating. Finding one that performs like it's chemically laden counterpart is like a mission to the moon via tricycle, but I just couldn't give up the thought of putting chemicals in my armpits, especially while breast feeding. So, I did the dirty work for you - and so did my husband, because he'd be the first to let me know when one wasn't hacking it. Sorry, babe.

Here are my Top Picks (out of about 25 tried and tested):
*It's good to note these aren't antiperspirants, because keeping your body from sweating isn't at all natural, but controling the bacteria that comes with it is... so you'll still probably sweat, you just won't smell as bad, if at ALL. And it will take time for your body chemistry to adjust to these products, so give them a solid week before you make a decision on your personal favorite.

DIY

The most success that I've had through this whole journey was making my own. I know that's not realistic for everyone, but it was very much worth it for me (and the 10 friends I gifted the left overs to). For some reason the recipe I chose (and doctored) really worked for my body, and the body of those friends. Only one reacted with a rash, but a few of us have discovered, you cannot use these items on broken skin... so not right after shaving or you will be sorry.




I started with the recipe from Wellness Mama. I mean how can you beat this simple list of ingredients?! Due to wanting more of a solid to put in a stick, I adjusted the ratios. The harder you want it to form, the less creamy/liquidy product you'd use. This is something I tinkered with. I'd fill my tubes and if they didn't set as desired, I'd just roll them back into the melting pot and try again with more BS and AR - so this may not be exact. Also worth noting, this is not chemically stable, so keep it in a cool, dry place. Gently swipe or blot on, it's very creamy (and moisturizing). Pop it in the fridge to reset, airtravel works with a mini ice pack. You can make these in tins or jars if you don't mind putting your fingers in it (or purchase premade from Vines Apothecary).

  • 2T Coconut Oil
  • 2T Organic Shea Butter
  • 6T Aluminum-Free Baking Soda
  • 6T Organic Arrowroot
  • Essential Oils


Ambre Blends Natural Deodorant




Love, love, love. If you want to skip item #1, bet on this one. With 4 distinct scents to choose from (based from natural essences) and no icky chemicals, you really can't go wrong here. I'm currently using Solace, which is sort of manly, but I used to wear mens cologne, so I like that musky, comforting factor. Others are very warm, inviting, and feminine - such a luxe product. Besides the fantastic fragrant experience of it all, this stuff really lasts. Really. It's a very smooth application and incredibly soothing. On my first run through I used one swipe per side (a little goes a long way) and it provided me at least 8 hours of day wear and then I slept in it and still didn't smell upon waking! I found no irritation and am continually impressed with this product and I cannot get over the scent!


Honorable Mention

EcoTan



This scent is addicting - delictable coconut, so refreshing. I want it to last allllll day (because you all know by now that their tanning products are off the charts amazing!), but I get about 6 hours out of it, on light duty, and then need to reapply. But for cooler days, days without a workout or after a nightly shower, this product does a wonderful job and much better than any of those big box store found natural impostors!


Let me know if you have any questions on the DIY process, or on any other natural options, I've really tried about 25 at this point and am happy to help guide!

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