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April 15, 2014

beauty scoop | schmidt’s natural deodorant

Something really exciting happened to me this month.

My girl Pamela of Pemberley Jones crowned me the armpit queen (and I guess she launched her online beauty boutique too, no biggie) thanks to the obnoxious number of natural deodorant reviews I have on the blog.

To keep my crown of armpits guarded, I’m bringing you a new natural deodorant review from much-loved Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant, which stood one of the ultimate underarm tests: SXSW.

schmidt's natural deodorant ylang ylang and calendula

{Schmidt’s sent me samples of its natural deodorant to review. A 2-ounce glass jar retails for $9.}

I used Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant for two weeks prior to jetting off to Austin for South by Southwest to ensure I’d have no reactions (my pits can be sensitive to baking soda).

While I was in the clear, I was skeptical of how well Schmidt’s would perform in some Southern heat.

You do not doubt the Schmidt’s.

Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant rocked throughout my time in Austin; I finished up two small samples of Bergamot + Lime (my favorite scent!) and Lavender Sage while I was away from home, and nobody in the great state of Texas complained about me.

That is not normal!

While back at home, I put Schmidt’s through the Ashtanga Yoga test, and I smelled just fine throughout the entire 1.5-hour long sweaty practice.

Again, not normal!

I cannot rave more about this nontoxic, natural deodorant. Not once did I experience any stank or irritation.

I even applied Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant onto freshly shaved pits — surely I’d regret that.

Just fine!

My only critique of Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant is in regard to its consistency.

This isn’t a fluffy, whipped cream-like natural deodorant similar to others on the market; it has a hard, thick feel that requires a little spoon to dig out product.

schmidt's natural deodorant ylang ylang calendula

While that’s not a dealbreaker, it is a little inconvenient.

But again, the whole idea of applying deodorant with your fingers is inconvenient, but I’m over that.

I cannot get over, however, the amazing scent combinations that Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant offers:

Cedarwood + Juniper

Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), Maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) powder, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, Cedrus deodara (Himalayan cedar) essential oil, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Juniperus (juniper) essential oil, Humulus lupulus (hop) extract

Ylang Ylang + Calendula

Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), Maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) powder, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Calendula officinalis (calendula) essential oil, Cananga odorata (ylang-ylang) essential oil, Humulus lupulus (hop) extract

Bergamot + Lime

Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), Maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) powder, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, Citrus bergamia (bergamot) essential oil, Citrus aurantifolia (lime) essential oil, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Humulus lupulus (hop) extract

Lavender + Sage

Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), Maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) powder, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, Salvia sclarea (clary sage) essential oil, Lavandula (lavender) essential oil, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Humulus lupulus (hop) extract


Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), Maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) powder, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Humulus lupulus (hop) extract

Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant is absolutely on my repurchase list. Simply put, it works — and I really like the idea of having limey pits.

Have you tried any natural deodorants from Schmidt’s? What is your go-to natural, nontoxic deodorant? Tell me in the comments section!


October 9, 2013

beauty secrets | the ultimate guide to natural deodorants

A funny thing happens when you start writing natural deodorant reviews.

No, you don’t automatically start smelling better.

You do, however, start realizing all the options on the market.

Since I began my quest for the perfect-for-me natural deodorant, I’ve been fortunate to have companies send me their miracle in a bottle / tube / can / roller for my true, sweaty girl feedback.

I’ve also shelled out plenty of my own money in the search to be stink-free.

Today’s post will be a living, breathing, sweating document of the mini and full reviews of the hits and misses along the natural deodorant road.

I hope it helps you uncover your holy grail of aluminum-free, natural deodorant!

which natural deodorants work best

To recap, I’m extremely sweaty, stinky and could rival a middle school boys’ locker room at the end of the day.

My deodorants go through my typical day (8 a.m commute to work, full work day, arrival home by 6 p.m.) and are often put through a sweaty 1.5-hour Ashtanga challenge to see how they perform in high-humidity and sweaty situations.

I always reapply deodorant before working out or going out, so for a deodorant to pass my “all-day” test, it needs to last from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Natural Deodorants That Work (For Me!)

1. Lavanila Laboratories “The Healthy Deodorant” in Vanilla Grapefruit

This deodorant has been in the natural beauty blogosphere for a while, but I shied away from it because the idea of vanilla on my pits sounded gross.

I was right.

But, somehow the compromise of adding a splash of citrus had me able to take the plunge (I bought it at Sephora), and while vanilla + body odor is quite nasty, this natural deodorant held up for the entire workday, so I really didn’t have to smell that combination!

I experienced very little irritation with this natural deodorant but probably wouldn’t purchase it again.

Don’t get me wrong — it works and is widely available at Sephora and online, but for $14, it’s a bit expensive compared to its competitors that work just as well.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Juice, Water), Propanediol (Corn Derived), Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Sodium Stearate (Coconut Derived), Silica, Carrageenan (Seaweed Derived), Stearyl Behenate (Coconut Derived), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon Peel Oil), Inulin (Artichoke Derived), Saccharomyces Ferment, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide (Sugar Derived), Yeast Beta Glucan, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Valeriana Officinalis Root Extract (Valerian), Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract (Goji Berry), Botanical Fragrance Blend.

2. Pura Vida Nutrition Lavender Tea Tree Deodorant

I picked up Pura Vida Nutrition’s Lavender Tea Tree Deodorant at Green Acres Market in Kansas City. Locally made in Missouri, this natural deodorant has the same application process as popular deodorant creams like Soapwalla and Osmia Organics, but it’s housed in a larger glass jar.

The formula inside, though, is not whipped or buttery like the aforementioned deodorants, but it works well at repelling stink. Because it’s made with shea butter, which can harden easily when mixed with baking soda and corn starch, sometimes I had to (in such an Asian manner) mix Pura Vida with a chop stick to “whip it” and get a pea-sized amount ready for my pits.

It did slightly irritate my pits after a few days of use (I can be a bit sensitive to baking soda in my pits!), but it never broke me out in a horrible rash.

I won’t be repurchasing this deodorant because of the inconvenient application process, but if Pura Vida could figure out how to make it a creamier, smoother texture, I’d be sold on this. It’s only $7.99!

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Unrefined organic shea butter, aluminum-free sodium bicarbonate, organic corn starch, organic cocoa butter, organic jojoba oil, organic sweet almond oil, vitamin E oil (vitamin E & safflower seed oil), and organic essential oils

3. Herbal Magic Roll-On Deodorant in Jasmine

Though I had no business buying a new natural deodorant, when I was shopping at Natural Grocers (a loonnngg time ago), Herbal Magic’s Roll-On Deodorant caught my eye simply because it was jasmine-scented.

I’m a total jasmine whore.

In addition to applying my favorite jasmine essential oils for day, I now had the pleasure of rolling it into my underarms! If this totally boggles your mind (hating on vanilla pits but loving on flower pits?), I’m sorry. I just like jasmine that much.

And I just like this natural deodorant that much!

Besides being sold on the scent, it actually worked, and it was a normal deodorant. No cream, no fuss. Just a wet roller ball that left a clear application of goodness.

Herbal Magic Roll-On Deodorant did require a bit of patience on my end — I’d need to let my pits air dry a bit after application because the roller is super-wet — but it helped me stay stink-free all day, so the extra few minutes in the morning were worth it.

I did get a slight irritation in my pits from this natural deodorant, but nothing that kept me from using it daily for at least 3-4 days straight.

This is definitely a deodorant to repurchase! It costs $6.50 and was at my local Natural Grocers; it’s also easily available via major online retailers.

Here’s the entire ingredients list:

Water, Algae Extract, Aloe Leaf Juice, Witch Hazel, Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Alcohol, Fennel Fruit Extract, Hops Extract, Melissa Leaf Extract, Mistletoe Leaf Extract, Matricaria Flower, Achilliea Millefolium Extract, Grapefruit Seed Extract

4. Nourish Organic Deodorant in Lavender Mint

Nourish Organic has nailed it with this natural deodorant. It’s in a familiar applicator, it smells lovely and it feels good on my pits — no irritation at all.

To speak to how much I trust this natural deodorant, this was the one I had socked away in my clutch at A Night for Green Beauty in NYC — and for those of you who were there, you know how hot and sweaty it was that night! Plus, we were all crazy excited to meet one another, thus the stink-alert at least on my part.

Nourish Organic’s natural deodorant carries the USDA Organic seal (legit!) and feels creamy and soothing as you apply it to your skin. Sometimes, though, it can feel a bit sticky (especially in warmer weather). This didn’t bother me much, though.

Because I’m super-sensitive in the pits, I have learned to shave these caves at night so that I can decrease risk for irritation; unfortunately, sometimes I forget and am desperate, but I’ve never had a reaction to this natural deodorant, even after shaving. Win!

At $7.99 and widely accessible at Whole Foods and other health food store, Nourish Organic Deodorant in Lavender Mint is a holy grail, highly recommended deodorant. It keeps me stink- and irritation-free!

Here’s the entire ingredients list:

Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Organic Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Organic Saccharomyces Ferment, Organic Fragrance

5. Iwilla Remedy I Love My Armpits Natural Deodorant in Baby Powder Scent

Similar in texture to Nourish Organic, Iwilla Remedy’s I Love My Armpits Natural Deodorant in Baby Powder Scent is my second-favorite of this bunch.

It protected me from stink all-day and also never irritated my pits.

I received this natural deodorant as a sample for review and haven’t really seen it around the natural groceries in my area, so the only thing that would keep me from purchasing it on my own is lack of immediate availability. It’s just $10, but to add shipping and an impatient wait time to that … I dunno.

With so many great natural deodorants readily available, it’s hard for me to justify ordering something online — but I can be convinced.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Fractionated coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter, castor oil, arrowroot powder, brown rice flour, bentonite clay, sea clay, neem seed oil, essential oils of bergamot, geranium and ylang ylang

which natural deodorants work best

Natural Deodorants That Didn’t Work (For Me!)

1. GeoDeo Natural Deodorant with Detox Complex, Invisible Solid, Island Scent

I really wanted to love this natural deodorant.

But my longing for love turned sour the same way I did at about 2 p.m. during the work day.

While GeoDeo Natural Deodorant with Detox Complex rolls on clear and smells fruity (the way I suppose an island would smell), I was left wet, sticky and stinky midway through the day.

Besides just not working well for me, it also contains PEG-100 Stearate, an undesirable and unnecessary ingredient.

While I received this natural deodorant as a sample, it’s going into the reject pile (and I’m not really sure if giving rejected deodorant to my friends and coworkers is really welcomed). Sigh.

Here’s the entire ingredients list:

Propanediol (Certified Organic), Water, Glycerin, Sodium Stearate, Saccharomyces Ferment, Zeolite, PEG 100 Stearate, Sucrose Cocoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Bambusa Vulgaris (Bamboo) Extract (Certified Organic), Aloe Barbadensis Extract (Certified Organic), Laminaria Digitata (Icelandic Algae) Extract (Certified Organic), Fragrance

2. Weleda Citrus Deodorant

One word for this natural deodorant: Ouch.

Alcohol is the first ingredient, and sting-inducing citrus oils assaulted my armpits.

I do not recommend this deodorant if you are sensitive!

If you are stinky AND sensitive, this is a double fail. Weleda Citrus Deodorant Spray just got it all wrong for me.

I’m holding onto it for use on my feet during the summer (TMI?), but otherwise, this natural deodorant is useless for me.

I paid $14 for this at Whole Foods and felt too sheepish to return it. So, onto my feet it will go!

Here’s the entire ingredients list:

Alcohol, Water (Aqua), Fragrance (Parfum)*, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Limonene*, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Farnesol*.

3. Bubble and Bee Pit Putty in Geranium and Lime

I’d heard great things about Bubble and Bee’s “Pit Putty” and had high hopes for this USDA Organic deodorant.

Sadly, it pretty much failed me from the get-go.

Though it’s housed in a traditional deodorant stick, upon application (just 1-2 swipes), it crumbles a lot and you still have to rub it in.

It dries to a powder-ish finish and smells fresh, but it’s a white mess on your pits. Forget discreet.

I just couldn’t deal with this natural deodorant on a regular basis. I felt like I wasted a lot of product because of the inevitable crumbling, and I set myself up for embarrassment with the obvious clumping powder in my pits.

I paid nearly $10 for this natural deodorant at Whole Foods, and while I do remember there being a stink-free guarantee to send it back to Bubble and Bee if it didn’t work, it was just too inconvenient. (I can’t imagine having to deal with multiple rounds of shipping costs on deodorant trials that just may not work for me.)

But apparently it works for other people, and I’m impressed by the USDA Organic seal on Bubble and Bee deodorant.

Here’s the entire ingredients list:

Organic arrowroot powder, organic extra virgin coconut oil, organic geranium essential oil, organic lime essential oil

vermont sage organic deodorant

{Vermont Sage sent me a sample of its Organic Deodorant for review. It retails for $9.98 for a 2.5-ounce tube.}

4. Vermont Soap Sage Lime Organic Deodorant

I really, really, really wanted to love this deodorant. It carries the USDA organic seal of approval and has a great unisex scent thanks to the smart combination of sage and lime.

Sadly, though, even in the dead of a supposed sweat-free winter, I could smell myself within a few hours of using this deodorant.

It didn’t do much to kill my musty body odor from a regular day at the office, and the sticky, creamy consistency of Vermont Soap’s Sage Lime Organic Deodorant left me feeling a bit uncomfortable throughout the day — think dry, then wet and stinky and then sticky on repeat throughout the day.

If you’re not a heavy sweater and can usually get away without deodorant (I hate you), this would be a nice supplement. Just not for me.

Here’s the entire ingredients list:

Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Cornstarch, Organic Lime Oil, Organic Sage Oil and Organic Beeswax

stinkbug naturals all natural deodorant

{Stinkbug Naturals sent me samples of its natural deodorant in Tea Tree and Atomic. They retail for $6.99 each for a 2.65-ounce stick. Photos Courtesy Stinkbug Naturals}

5. Stinkbug Naturals All Natural Deodorant

I feel awkward placing Stinkbug Naturals in the “didn’t work for me category.”

While it’s true that this natural deodorant wasn’t a top performer and isn’t one I’d buy myself, I liked that even though it didn’t last me through the day, with just one additional application, it killed stink and had me ready for the second half of my day.

I’ve easily reapplied this deodorant after work before Ashtanga and made it through class without offending anybody.

If Stinkbug Naturals All Natural Deodorant was just a little bit more powerful (we’re talking stink and wetness by about 2 p.m.), it could be a real winner.

Again, if you’re the type who can get away without wearing much deodorant, this is an excellent natural deodorant to look into; it’s housed in a traditional deodorant stick and glides in smooth without any buildup or stickiness.

Here’s the full ingredients list for the Tea Tree deodorant:

Organic Coconut oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Cornstarch, Baking soda, Organic Tea Tree essential oil

If you can believe it, I still have a few more deodorants left to review. I’ll add pictures and mini-reviews to this page and share it when it’s ready! Until then, enjoy reading previous standalone reviews below:

Read more natural deodorant reviews:

Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant

Osmia Organics Deodorant Cream

Soapwalla Deodorant Cream

Crystal Body Deodorant Stick

Every Man Jack Deodorant

Desert Essence Deodorant

Deodomom Roll-On Natural Deodorant

What natural deodorants work for you? Which natural deodorants don’t work for you? Have you tried any of my hits and misses listed here? Tell me in the comments section!


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) 

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!


April 18, 2013

beauty scoop | soapwalla deodorant cream

I really thought I had found the one.

When I tried Soapwalla Deodorant Cream a few months ago, it passed so many of my tests.

soapwalla deodorant cream

{Soapwalla sent me a sample of its deodorant cream to test and review. It retails for $14 for a 2-ounce tub. Photo Courtesy Soapwalla}

  • Handle a stressful, sweaty day at work? Yes.
  • Handle a 90-minute heated Ashtanga class? Yes.
  • Handle a sniff test from the Teacher Man? Yes.

I was ready to proclaim victory in my search for the perfect natural deodorant for me until day four hit.

Hello, big, nasty, red rash.

To be clear about why this surprised me, let me tell you a little about my skin.

  • I’m super-oily, not sensitive at all and have a few dry patches here and there.
  • My armpits get stinky and I’m naturally just a very sweaty girl.
  • I’m not allergic to anything besides strawberries, which I eat anyway (and get this little red bumps on my body … nothing too crazy)

What bugged me about my trial period with Soapwalla wasn’t even that I got a rash after using the one deodorant during my testing time that actually worked.

It was that the rash didn’t even appear until day four!

Typically during test periods you allow 24 hours for a reaction. I was good until 96-hour mark!

I reached out to the Soapwalla Chef, Rachel Winard, to get some feedback on my skin sensitivity. Here’s what she had to say:

“First, I recommend stirring the deodorant really well before you use it again. I wonder if the deodorant cream melted and resolidified, but during the time it was liquefied the clays and powders (which are heavier than the oils) sunk to the bottom of the jar.

Mix the cream for a good 15 seconds before your next use — almost whip it with your finger or a chopstick to really incorporate the ingredients — and try again (and let me know how that works).

99 times out of 100, this solves any irritation issues, as the concentration of the product is recalibrated. This might help explain the intermittent quality of the itch/redness.”

I’m definitely wondering if this is the issue — with homemade deodorants that use powerful natural ingredients, of course they will settle!

I’ve yet to get another jar of Soapwalla (because I want to continue searching through the other natural offerings on the market), but believe me this is still in the back of my mind to re-test.

Rachel also gave these tips for getting the most out of Soapwalla Deodorant Cream:

“Please also try shaving different days from application — sometimes the baking soda and essential oils will irritate the microabrasions that happen when you shave (razors can be pretty violent on delicate armpit skin).

I have asked a few dermatologists about various kinds of skin reactions. One mentioned that a reaction (including redness, dry skin patches and itching) can be caused by excess dried skin getting caught in the pores by the deodorant.

This made sense to me, especially since baking soda acts as its own sort of exfoliant during the day, and I started exfoliating my pits every week, and saw a dramatic improvement almost immediately.

I use a bamboo glove for the pits and a dry brush for my limbs and torso. Please use a very light touch — the skin is delicate and doesn’t need a lot of pressure. Also, please don’t do this when the irritation is at its worst; wait a day or two.”

As I continue my search for the perfect natural deodorant, I haven’t completely ruled out Soapwalla. I’m going to get another jar and follow Rachel’s advice to a T.

(And can we please give a finger snap to Rachel for providing such thorough feedback and advice via email — THAT is customer service!)

I can tell that my skin is particularly sensitive to the baking soda in the formula — I’ve had similar reactions with other baking soda formulas — so I’m going to be sure to mix, mix, mix!

Baking soda is one of the great natural ingredients that keeps odor at bay, so I definitely don’t want to be without it, though Rachel does make custom blended deodorant free of certain ingredients that may cause skin reactions.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Organic Jojoba Oil; Organic Sunflower Oil; Organic Rosehip Seed Oil; Shea Butter; Organic Corn Starch; Baking Soda; Kaolin Clay; Vegan Organic Kosher Glycerin; Custom blend of essential oils, including Organic Lavender; Organic Tea Tree; Sweet Orange; Organic Peppermint; Organic Bergaptene-free Bergamot; Organic Non-GMO Vitamin E

What’s been your experience with natural deodorants and Soapwalla? Have you had similar reactions? Have you taken the steps above to minimize them? Tell me what you know in the comments section!

January 7, 2013

beauty scoop | crystal body deodorant stick

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a natural deodorant review with you.

It’s not that I’ve been keeping anything secret — it’s just that this search for a perfect natural deodorant, well, stinks.

One of the first natural deodorants that actually worked a little better for more than these is Crystal Body Deodorant Stick … but it’s far from perfect.

crystal natural deodorant

At A Glance

Crystal Body Deodorant Stick

Ingredients: Mineral Salt (Potassium Silicate), Ammonium Aluminum

Price: 4.25-ounce stick, $7

Overall Rating (1-5, 5 being best)

EWG Rating



Does Natural Deodorant Work? TMI Details

At first, I was thrilled with the Crystal Body Deodorant Stick.

Though the application process was a bit annoying (you have to wet the crystal — it’s essentially a rock — and then roll it on), the Crystal Body Deodorant Stick was more effective at keeping me odor-free throughout the day than other natural deodorants I tried.

However, like with most other natural deodorants I tested, by about day three or four, the effectiveness wore down, and I found myself with that same musty stench by the end of each work day. And the application process annoyed me even more.

Le sigh.

While I’ve moved on from the Crystal Body Deodorant Stick in my search for the perfect natural deodorant, it’s not just because it doesn’t provide as much odor protection as I like; it’s also because I’m lost as to whether crystal deodorants are even really that natural.

Dr. Mercola notes that while the potassium and ammonium alum ingredients in crystal body deodorants are “natural mineral salts made up of molecules that are too large to be absorbed by your skin,” they aren’t exactly aluminum-free — and isn’t that the very reason we all bend over backwards trying to find safe, natural deodorant?

The natural beauties over at No More Dirty Looks also have a post dedicated to the crystal deodorant conversation, but don’t seem to take a stance on these natural deodorants, either.

As for me? I’ve put away the Crystal Body Deodorant Stick not for the lack of clarity around the safety of the product, but for the lack of power in protecting me against my own stench.

The search continues …

Have you tried any crystal-style natural deodorants? Did they work for you? Where do you stand on the potassium and ammonium alum ingredient issue? Tell me in the comments section!

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