At about the time I decided to make my crusade into natural deodorant testing, I received an email from the folks at 30SomeWeeks, who specialize in creating toxin-free, hypoallergenic deodorant for pregnant women (I’m not pregnant) and health-conscious people (I am health-conscious).
The 30SomeWeeks team, a husband and wife from New York, kindly offered their natural deodorant, DeodoMom Roll-On, to me for review.
(I also received a sample of their jarred cream deodorant, but I have yet to test it because I’m not as keen on the idea of rubbing deodorant onto my pits with my fingers — but if that’s your thing, the formulation is the same as the roll-on.)
At A Glance
Price: Roll-On Natural Deodorant, $12
Overall Rating (1-5, 5 being best)
- Does not contain aluminum, alcohol, dye, fragrance or parabens
- Unisex scent and packaging (except for actual name of product)
- Minimal packaging
- Convenient roll-on style
- Does not list all ingredients on packaging (lists active ingredient, magnesium hydroxide, and the website says ingredients are magnesium hydroxide, water and “depending on season and availability natural moisturizing or antimicrobial agents may be added”)
- Takes time to dry
- Wet rollerball style and formula leaves you feeling a bit damp
- Odor protection fades at the end of work day
Does Natural Deodorant Work? TMI Details
I tested DeodoMom Roll-On natural deodorant for about four weeks. I put it through twice-a-week, hour-and-a-half Ashtanga yoga classes, 100+ degree Kansas City weather, outdoor events and general, everyday activities.
Not once during my stint did anyone who comes into normal contact with me tell me I stink.
I don’t know if they were just being nice, or if I really did smell just fine, but I did ask. I asked my friend Jess during one the fashion events we attended during the hot, hot heat, and trust me, Jess doesn’t have a filter. She didn’t detect any stank.
However, there were several nights when the teacher man, who I get closer to, obviously, told me I had a musty smell. That was after a hug and a kiss when I got home on a non-yoga day. I did a double-check, and I could smell what he meant upon a closer sniff of myself…but really…it wasn’t until I went
looking sniffing that I found something.
Besides the teacher man’s feedback, I didn’t experience many cons with DeodoMom natural deodorant. The always-damp feeling was something I had to get used to with using a natural deodorant (or any deodorant, as deodorants do not stop sweat the way antiperspirants do). The lack of a fresh, clean smell also forced me to get used to my natural scent (and be more conscious about using a few extra dabs of natural perfume oil every day).
My verdict? Try it if you’re into bare bones essentials that work, but be conscious of the need to reapply and dry your pits to stay comfortable.
Have you tried Deodomom? What niche natural deodorant brands do you recommend? Tell me your thoughts in the comments section.
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