May 30, 2013

beauty scoop | osmia organics deodorant cream

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.

osmia organics deodorant cream

{Osmia Organics sent me a sample of its new natural deodorant cream for review. It retails for $12 for a 0.9-ounce canister. Photo Courtesy Osmia Organics}

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

Pros

  • Does not contain toxic ingredients
  • Contains extremely moisturizing ingredients
  • Created by a medical doctor
  • Herbal, unisex smell
  • Goes on clear
  • Not sticky

Cons

  • 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!

 

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  • Bailey Blush ♡

    Ive been wanting to try osmia for a while now. This sounds good!

  • Pemberley Jones

    I’m feeling extremely curious about this one now!! I’m adding it to my list! :)

  • Meridith

    It sounds like the application and smell might both be awkward but yeah, I guess there’s no way to know other than to just give it at try.

    • kimberlyloc

      let me know if you do! cream deodorants are pretty popular in the natural space (soapwalla is the best-known!), and i got used to it pretty quickly.

      • Meridith

        ok, i will..just let me get my paycheck! :) soapwalla, is that good? found at sprouts?

        • kimberlyloc

          soapwalla is great, but i got a rash after using it because i’m sensitive to how much baking soda is used in the mix. it’s online-only, i believe.

  • Alexis Danielle

    Can’t wait to see what you think! I finally got my Soapwalla to work for me but would totally try this when that runs out.

    • kimberlyloc

      what did you do to get soapwalla to work better for you?

      • Alexis Danielle

        I use a smaller amount than I used to. I take about a small bean for both underarms. I also skip 1 day about every 7-10 days. Seems to be alright. Haven’t had any irritation =)

  • Dima Al Mahsiri

    Cream deodorants are new for me, do you think I can find similar products in ” Natural Looks” shop, or maybe I should look in the “Body shop”. I didn’t know that there exist organic deodorants either, loool Looks like I have been living on Mars !

    Thanks for sharing this product :)

  • mangomadness

    I like deodorant creams. I’m currently using Mere’s All Natural Naturally Absorbent Deodorant in Lavender, Frankincense & Lime ($11,2 oz, Etsy.com). It’s super effective, non-iritating (despite the fact that it contains baking soda) and smells divine.

    Also, I think that the method of underarm hair removal matters. I use MOOM Organic Hair Remover so I don’t have shaving-related irritation or hyperigmentation that would be exacerbated by the use of a baking soda-based deodorant.

    • kimberlyloc

      Oooh! I love Frankincense. Will have to check this out once I get through my next slew of deodorant samples. You’re probably right about the hair removal. I don’t have patience for sugaring // waxing // depilatories, so I’ve been more cognizant of when I shave. Trying to do it in the evenings so that in the morning post-shower, I don’t have freshly shaved, sensitive skin. So far, so good! Thanks for stopping by :)

  • Ana

    Any experience with Lavilin (www.lavilin.com)? I think is a really great all-natural option. I used to use Tom’s of Maine, but switched over to Lavilin after few years. Way better!





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