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I contemplated it for years. On one hand I didn’t love the idea of potentially harmful ingredients in my deodorant. On the other hand, I didn’t want to stink. Finally I had heard stories about those who loved it, but then broke out in an extremely uncomfortable rash. About 6 weeks ago, I decided to put my fears to rest and just give it a shot. I started by placing an order for Native Deodorant. I thought this would be a good opportunity to share what I learned as well as some tips for the transition.
Is regular deodorant dangerous?
I’ll be honest. In all my research leading up to the switch, I struggled to find enough evidence in either direction. On one hand there were articles that claimed that the aluminum used to reduce perspiration was a potential carcinogen. On the other hand there was the sentiment that MILLIONS of people use antiperspirant and deodorant daily for YEARS and if it was carcinogenic, there would be higher instances of lymphoma and breast cancer. At the end of the day, I took that the stance that I take for nearly everything… The chemicals can’t be great for you. If there is a better alternative available that works as well, then why not try it? Enter Native Deodorant.
What is Native Deodorant Like?
I’d be lying if I said it was just like regular deodorant. For one, you are knocking the antiperspirant out of the equation. If you expecting to have perfectly dry underarms all day, you may end up disappointed. While I don’t have sweat pouring out of my pits, they are a bit tacky. Kinda like using a roll on versus a solid. It did take some getting used to, but I think I was over it a week or so in. The coverage is a bit thicker, but it’s not staining my clothing like Secret Clinical Strength did. Best of all? It works better in my opinion. With the Secret, sometimes I felt a bit stinky, not BO stinky, but not quite the same smell of freshly applied deodorant. The smell of Native Deodorant stays consistent. There are a wide variety of fragrances available. My favorites are Coconut Vanilla, Lychee + Goji Berry & Matcha (Matcha and Goji Berry are both limited edition scents, so stock up while you can here).
How was the transition to Native Deodorant?
For me, it was SUPER easy. I did not experience the detox period that many talk about. It could be because I’m not a very sweaty person, but I did try to head it off a bit as well. I had the famous Amazon Aztec Healing Clay on hand. Since clay is known to draw out impurities, I used that a couple times (mixed with water, not Apple Cider Vinegar as instructed – I was worried about the vinegar on shaved armpits). Later at Sephora, I did notice that they have a Mask by Lavanila for an underarm detox. It’s pricey though and I’m not sure it would be any more effective. I also use a charcoal bar as my primary soap. The Herbivore Charcoal Bar is my favorite and the best balance between cost and efficacy.
Does natural deodorant cause irritation?
I think the biggest complaint about natural deodorant is that some people end up with painful, stinging rashes in their armpits. I was pretty worried about that and was very hesitant to use after shaving. A number of people in our Facebook Group mentioned that it was a reaction to baking soda. If you have experienced this in the past with other brands or you are worried about sensitive skin, the Native Deodorant Sensitive line is baking soda free. Several members have reported back that using the sensitive formulation has resolved prior issues. If you are interested in giving the Native Sensitive formulation a go, you can check it out here.
Why Native Deodorant?
There are several different natural deodorants on the market including other leading brands like Schmidts and Primal Pit Paste. One of the reasons why I waited so long to try is because they had some really terrible reviews. A friend suggested Native and I was much happier with the reviews I saw on the site. The Coconut Vanilla scent was appealing to me, so I gave it a go. The fact that they have free returns sealed the deal. There was nothing to lose.