Back when I first started my blog I used to post a lot more about skincare and makeup and although I still do the occasional posts it’s more along the lines of vintage inspired fashion and lingerie. But today I’m back with a non-pinup related review!
For a few years I’ve been using aluminium free natural deodorants and today I thought I’d share a few reviews of what I’ve been trying.
I made the switch because I was frequently getting sore underarms and I wasn’t sure why. I was getting pretty concerned and was worried it might have something to do with my lymph nodes. I read a lot online about causes and thought trying an aluminium-free deodorant seemed like an easy thing to try. I can safely say that after over 2 years of using aluminium-free deodorant I no longer get the pains which is quite a weight off my shoulders.
One of the fears I had with using natural deodorant is that I would start sweating more as most natural deodorants do not contain any antiperspirant properties. If I’m at the gym or on a very busy shift at work then I do end up with damp underarms but it’s not something I pay a lot of attention to as it’s never very visible and if I’m using the right deodorant there isn’t an odor. Another thing I worried about was the deodorant not actually working and masking any smell. The effectiveness definitely depends on the deodorant but after my body adjusted to natural deodorants (3-4 weeks) then I wasn’t worried about it.
Onto the reviews!
First up is the Lemon & Bergamont deodorant by Sublime Face & Body. I bought this when I went on holiday to Ohakune last year at The Craft Haus. This felt like the perfect little gift to myself to remind me of my trip after it had finished!
Smell: This deodorant smells just like a lemon slice one of my auntie’s used to make for me every time I went to her house. It is such an addictive scent and feels very homey. 9/10
Product: This comes in a paste in a small glass jar which is a bit weighty but easy to carry. To apply this you use a small pea sized amount and rub it into your underarms. It does have a bit of white residue so I would give it a couple of minutes before putting my shirt on and I wipe my hands after using it so it doesn’t transfer. 6/10
Effectiveness: I found this deodorant to be really effective. I used it from when I bought it until I finished the jar off. I didn’t feel the need to substitute in a more heavy-duty chemical deodorant at any point. I did use this throughout winter and spring. 8/10
Sustainability: The glass jar and plastic lid are recyclable but there is a foam insert in the lid which will need to be binned.
Overall: I like this deodorant and I think I’ll be purchasing another soon as I miss it after this review. A nice little deodorant for a vanity. 7.5/10
Next is the Sukin Natural Deodorant. I’ve been using this one for a few years and was the first natural deodorant I tried! I went to a float pod session and they had the whole range of Sukin products to use for showering and I fell in love with the smell.
Smell: I can’t nail down a specific smell for this one but it smells very wonderful and fresh. According to the description it is scented with Tangerine, Mandarin, Lavender and Vanillin. 8/10
Product: This one comes as a spray in a plastic bottle. It produces a nice mist and comes out clear so there’s no residue on clothing. It’s very convenient to take around with you too as it’s lightweight and easy to dispense. 10/10
Effectiveness: Very effective! I can get though a 10hr shift at work in summer without needing to reapply. I also don’t feel too smelly after an intense workout at the gym. 9/10
Sustainability: The main body of the plastic bottle can be recycled but the top pump cannot be.
Overall: This is perhaps the 4-5th bottle I have bought over the past few years and is my go to. It’s also so easy to travel with! 9.5/10
One of my most recent deodorant purchases has been the Ethique Lavender & Vanilla Solid Deodorant. I had a sample of this one from a tester set and knew I had to buy the full size.
Smell: As the name suggests it’s scented with Lavender and Vanilla which is such a delicious combination. It is quite mild and not overpowering though. 7/10
Product: This is a solid deodorant so it comes as a block that you rub onto your skin. The heat of your body and the friction melts the block onto the skin. It comes off colourless and I haven’t noticed any transfer onto clothing. It comes wrapped in a wax paper which I use to hold the block. I’m not really sure how to transport it to the gym so I just keep it sitting on the desk in my room. 5/10
Effectiveness: If I have a particularly busy work shift in summer then I do need to reapply deodorant partway through my shift. Otherwise though it’s great for everyday use and it’s effective for entire days of moderate work. 8/10
Sustainability: The cardboard packaging and paper wrap are both biodegradable/recyclable.
Overall: I really like this and it’s easy to use, it probably wouldn’t be too tricky to find a little container to transport it in. I have noticed that it’s had a slight formulation change which has made it a little more slick. Great 0 waste product though! 7/10
Finally the Fazeek Natural Deodorant Sphere which is made of Pink Himalayan Salt. I spotted this at Shut The Front Door and thought it looked so pretty! Apparently the salt is meant to naturally kill bacteria and odor.
Scent: Being just a big block of salt it doesn’t really have a scent. However when used frequently it does take on the aroma of B/O which is not the most appealing, but this is just because there is nothing else to mask it. N-A/10 ?
Product: It comes with its own perspex stand which it sits on as it’s a bit unwieldly just being a sphere. To apply you wet the sphere and then rub it onto your underarm. It doesn’t produce a lather so you just have to sort of guesstimate how long to apply it. 5/10
Effectiveness: Not much that I’ve noticed. It’s fine if I’m just hanging around at home but I do not trust this for work. If I apply it in the morning by the time I’ve reached work I’ll put some of the Sukin deodorant on because I already start to smell again. 3/10
Sustainability: Cardboard is biodegradable and I believe both it and the plastic stand can be recycled.
Overall: A beautiful piece for display but a rubbish deodorant. 3/10
So there you have it, a little round up of a few natural deodorants I’ve been trying. I already have a few more on my radar so there might be a follow up at some stage! If you haven’t tried natural deodorant and it’s something that interests you then I definitely recommend giving it a go! I’m a convert!
All except the Fazeek have been a hit and I would purchase again, is may just depend on your individual needs and eco friendly/aesthetic preferences. The Ethique and Sukin ones are found in many pharmacies and department stores whereas the Sublime one might have to be bought online as I’m not sure of where stockists are located