Now that summer is in full swing (OK, the weather is still kind of wonky here in Kansas City), my search for a natural deodorant is getting super serious.
If you can imagine how smelly and gross I feel in the winter, amplify that by like a billion when the humid, 100+ degree Midwestern summers roll around and I’m on high stink alert.
Luckily, I think my search is coming to a close. I have a handful of natural deodorants that I’m really loving right now, and while none of them is perfect, these few I’ll be sharing with you in the coming weeks get super dang close.
At A Glance
Osmia Organics Deodorant Cream
Ingredients: organic shea butter, organic tapioca starch, organic jojoba oil, sodium bicarbonate, fuller’s earth clay, organic tamanu oil, organic vegetable glycerin, and a proprietary blend of certified organic and wild-harvested essential oils
Price: 0.90-ounce canister, $12
Overall Rating (1-5, 5 being best) 4.5/5
EWG Rating : n/a
- Does not contain toxic ingredients
- Contains extremely moisturizing ingredients
- Created by a medical doctor
- Herbal, unisex smell
- Goes on clear
- Not sticky
- Odor protection fades at the end of the work day
- Application process isn’t convenient
- Some may not like the smell
- Those sensitive to baking soda may experience slight irritation
Does Natural Deodorant Work? TMI Details
When Sarah Villafranco, the founder of Osmia Organics, told me she was developing a new deodorant cream, I was on her like a hawk for a sample.
She knows a little too much about me and my stinky armpits, and we even shared a few DMs on Twitter when she checked in on my underarms during my testing period.
“Sitting here writing a press release for the deodorant and wondering about your pits. How are they??”
I’m happy to report that my pits have been just fine while on the OODC (I just made that up), experiencing minor irritation only in the fine creases of my pits but nothing spectacularly uncomfortable or unsightly.
After my experience with another popular deodorant cream on the market, I’m also a little more aware of my shaving habits (don’t apply natural deodorants that contain a good amount of baking soda to your pits post-shave!) and am a little more generous with my application.
Osmia Organics packs in a ton of moisturizing ingredients (shea butter being the No. 1 ingredient!), and adding a little additional cream to your pits keeps them well-moisturized and protected from both odor and irritation.
One thing I will point out about this deodorant: It’s not really pretty. The color is a sort of brown-green-gray hue that looks funny in the canister and on your fingers, but I’ve never had any issues with clothing discoloration or the like. I just laugh at it every time I open it, and it kind of makes me happy.
OK, a second thing I will point out about this deodorant is the smell. You will either love it or hate it or tolerate it. I’m a bit on the fence with it. It’s very herbal and “green” smelling. Definitely a clean, almost nutty smell that would work for men or women, but I can’t quite place the scent.
I’m thinking it’s the tamanu oil that gives it this scent — and with that said, I’d rather smell like earthy tamanu oil than my own stank.
If you’re wondering about how this natural deodorant cream feels, imagine something somewhat similar to Soapwalla, but with a creamier, softer touch that is easier to mix and feels truly like a luscious moisturizing cream as you apply.
All in all, I love this natural deodorant and will be placing regular orders for it. While no, it doesn’t last through my 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. work day plus commute, my former toxic deodorant didn’t either, and like I told Sarah:
“I think that’s normal for natural and I would always reapply if I were to go back out. Unless I were hanging with people who also stank.”
Have you tried Osmia Organics Deodorant Cream? What do you think about cream deodorants? Tell me in the comments section!