Entries Tagged as 'deodorant'

July 8, 2014

natural beauty buff | josh rosebrook, josh rosebrook skin and hair care

It’s not often that you come across a green beauty founder who knows his chops when it comes to both skincare and haircare.

It seems even more rare to find a male green beauty founder who really gets it when it comes to skincare and haircare.

But this stuff is just in Josh Rosebrook’s DNA.

josh rosebrook, josh rosebrook skin and hair care

A budding beauty entrepreneur at age 10,  Josh is one of those founders who uncovered his passions early on and found a way to make it his career — to the benefit of all of us.

He’s made his mark as a hair stylist and green beauty king, counting people such as Olivia Wilde, Sofia Bush, Mila Kunis and Ru Paul (yeah, I said Ru Paul! #legit) as fans, and now, he’s brought that magic touch to skincare — have you tried his Cacao Antioxidant Mask?

The proof that his skincare line is the real deal is in Josh’s skin itself; not very many women, let alone men, have the glow that Josh has.

But if you want to define “real deal” a bit more, just check out the beautiful ingredients he sources for his various oils, toners, cleansers and masks — this isn’t a simple DIY, folks!

The exotic herbal infusions he includes in his collection conjures up images of a beautiful potion-master mixing away some of the most potent ingredients, and I personally can’t wait to get my hands on the serum and accelerator he mentions in his routine below.

But besides the skincare Josh shares in his routine, he digs a little deeper — as many of us in the green beauty world do — and shares his love for supplements; high-quality, durable accessories; and healing crystals that can take us a little beyond what internal and external health care can.

I’m more than thrilled to share the routine green beauty and health must-haves of’s first male “natural beauty buff” — what an example you’ve set, Josh (in so many ways).

Any other male green beauty founders out there care to step up?

As usual, I’ve starred the items I also use and love — and I’m kinda surprised Josh didn’t mention any items from his lovely haircare line! I also like his hairspray.

rms beauty un cover up

*RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up

“This is the best concealer I’ve ever used. The ingredients are incredible and the performance is flawless. This product balances perfectly with the skin and helps moisturize. The “Un” Cover-Up wears all day and blends so well, giving off a natural glow that only a pure, exceptionally formulated product can do! I love this stuff! This goes with me in my handbag everywhere.”


Spirulina Manna

“Spirulina is such an incredible superfood with an unbelievable list of phytonutrients and benefits. I get it at Nature’s Health Food and Cafe when I’m in Palm Springs.”

Temecula County Bee Pollen

Temecula Valley Bee Pollen

“I add this to my green smoothies regularly, and I really feel like that it helps with my seasonal allergies and contains tons of nutrients. Giving your body a small dose of all the local pollen helps the body build up an awareness that the seasonal pollen is not a pathogen.”

“It’s also a whole food powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats and oils, carbohydrates, amino acids and over 5,000 enzymes and coenzymes! The bees are dying in record numbers due to pesticides. Help save the bees! Beyond the incredible health products they create, the bees are crucial to the survival of the ecosystem. Most fruit and grain crops require pollination; without the bees, we are doomed.”

josh rosebrook deep hydrating serum

Josh Rosebrook Deep Hydrating Serum

“I have been addicted to the benefits of my oil serum for years. Nothing on the market is more nutrient-dense, regenerating, moisturizing or hydrating when paired with my Hydrating Accelerator. I selected active herb and plant extracts and oils for their unique, skin-transforming ability and the ultra-powerful synergy they create together. This highly concentrated oil serum is irreplaceable in my life and incredible for all skin types as it absorbs quickly into the skin and is calming, brightening, plumping and protecting.” (Also available on Amazon)

josh rosebrook hydrating accelerator

Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator

“This is a must-have and always in my bag. I am always talking about this crucial step in skin care that is overlooked way too often (right up there with weekly exfoliation.) Hydrators loosen skin tension and deliver vitamin-infused water into the skin. Our moisturizers’ nutrients are then allowed to move deeper into the skin and trap in that hydration, moisturizing our skin. I spritz my face with this a few times a day and lock it in with my Deep Hydrating Serum; fine lines disappear instantly and my skin glows!”

josh rosebrook nutrient day cream

Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream

“I worked on this multi-benefit moisturizer for years to get it perfect. Lightweight, non-sticky and extremely nutrient-dense, the synergy power in the selection of herbs works wonders healing the skin. It brightens and you feel it work, firming your facial skin instantly. The non-nano zinc protection and moisturizing benefits keep my face plump and protected all day. This goes everywhere with me — I am completely obsessed with it.”

josh rosebrook deodorant cream

Josh Rosebrook Deodorant Cream

“I’ve been perfecting this simple deodorant product over the last few months, and I’m really excited about it. I pretty much take it everywhere with me now. It goes on smooth, keeps me dry and the aroma is intoxicating. Not sure when it will be finished and available!”

healing crystals


“The power of crystals can assist and heal us in many ways. Crystals have a higher vibration. Carrying them and meditating with them can help keep your energy up, help boost the immune system and clear your mind and help balance you emotionally. When your mind is clear and calm, if you are sensitive enough, you can feel the energy of crystals. I keep crystals on my nightstand and choose specific ones to carry in my pocket with me and in my handbag wherever I go. I also keep some in my car in the cup holder! When I’m in Palm Springs, I go to Crystal Fantasy on Palm Canyon — they have a great selection.”

jack spade bag

Jack Spade Handbag

“I love Jack Spade’s clean, casual design. I need my bags to be well-made because I tend to fill them up with many things at once. These bags haven’t busted on me yet! I have three Jack Spade bags; brown, black and this blue one.”

warby parker sunglasses

Warby Parker Sunglasses

“I love Warby Parker eyewear.  You select five pairs of eyewear and they send them all to you to try on. You decide over five days what you like and then place your order online. Warby Parker eyewear is understated, chic and just my style.”

May 15, 2014

beauty scoop | meow meow tweet deodorant cream

When you have girlfriends who tell you they can get by without wearing deodorant on some days (what?!) and mortal enemies who swear by just a dab of coconut oil on their underarms (huh?!), you start to think:

1) I must have XXL sweat glands.

2) I am really gross.

3) Oh gawd what’s that smell?!

This is me to a T, and this is why I like to think I’m a pretty tough critic when it comes to natural deodorants.

I do not want to think these things every time I lift my arms!

And this is why when I say that Meow Meow Tweet’s Deodorant Cream blew my mind (armpits?), you should stop everything you’re doing and order a jar right now.

Make that two, summer’s coming.

meow meow tweet deodorant cream

{Meow Meow Tweet sent me a sample of its lavender deodorant cream — which is the (empty) medium size shown in the picture. I purchased a full size Meow Meow Tweet tea tree deodorant cream from Pemberley Jones, and she threw in a travel size of the lavender deodorant cream for me. A full size deodorant cream costs $13 for a 2.4-ounce glass jar.}

Meow Meow Tweet’s Deodorant Cream is a whipped, fluffy, mousse-like cream that is easy to dig your fingers into and massage into your pits.

This is crucial for those of us who count down every minute it takes to get ready and out the door in the morning. I don’t have time to scoop out a hard deodorant and melt it in my hands and apply it!

A little goes a long way, but be sure to get an ample amount to 1) reduce chances for irritation (you need to ensure you’ve mixed the product well and get enough of the good natural oils and shea butter before it settles to the bottom) and 2) cover your entire stinky pit.

Though I mention the potential for irritation above (Meow Meow Tweet’s Deodorant Cream contains stink-fighting baking soda, which a lot of us are sensitive to), I experienced absolutely no redness, chapping or general irritation from this natural deodorant.

Here’s everything that’s inside Meow Meow Tweet’s Deodorant Cream:

Organic virgin coconut oil, organic jojoba oil, organic shea butter, organic arrowroot powder, baking soda (naturally mined), kaolin clay, tea tree OR lavender essential oil

I applied it after shaving in the morning and even twice in a day (as a pre-workout touch-up) and had no issues with irritation.

Major win.

And while I mention I’ve applied Meow Meow Tweet’s Deodorant Cream twice daily before my intense Ashtanga yoga sessions, that’s just a standard precaution I take with any new deodorant I’m testing.

If I can get through an hour and a half sweat session without stink on a doubled-up application day, I then allow myself to just change clothes and go to class the next day without doing a touch up — that’s the major test.

Meow Meow Tweet passed. And this is during 95+ degree yoga sessions, y’all.

(You know when I break out the Arkansas y’all, I’m getting real with it, yes?)

Though I do hate (strong word, I know) applying deodorant cream with my fingers to my pits, I haven’t found many natural stick deodorants that perform as well as the formulations that come in this form.

This is just something green beauty lovers like you and me have become accustomed to, and we’ll need to continually educate the masses about how to use deodorant like this.

(You should have seen the look on my friend Mary’s face when I stayed with her in San Diego and applied my deodorant in front of her.)

So, bottom line, would I repurchase Meow Meow Tweet’s Deodorant Cream?

I think I answer that in line eight or so at the beginning of this post.

Yes! Run, don’t walk, to Meow Meow Tweet’s shop in Brooklyn to getcha some (or just order online via their website or via my girl Pemberley Jones — maybe she’ll hook you up with a fun sample with your order!)

And if you haven’t already, check out my natural beauty buff feature with Meow Meow Tweet co-founder Tara Pelletier!

What are your favorite natural deodorants? How important is texture to you when choosing a natural deodorant? Tell me in the comments section!


April 29, 2014

natural beauty buff | tara pelletier, meow meow tweet

Besides the obvious cat lady connection, Meow Meow Tweet co-founder Tara Pelletier and I seem to have a lot in common.

Like most green beauty-loving people, this Brooklyn-based pixie-bob babe knows that it’s important to treat your insides as well as your outsides to keep your skin happy.

Tara Pelletier of Meow Meow Tweet

{Photo by Danny Rico // Courtesy Meow Meow Tweet}

Her mention of natural remedies that aid both digestion and complexion issues piqued my interest, as it seems those of us with breakout-prone skin tend to have gut issues.

Her mention of random lip balms in every last pocket had me feeling a bit sheepish about my own lip balm addiction (she makes the damn stuff, what’s my excuse?).

She really had me, though, when she mentioned her sweaty-girl tendency and actually offered a solution for how to keep herself feeling fresh.

Time to add a face and body toner to my deskside collection!

see what's inside meow meow tweet co-founder Tara Pelletier's green beauty bag

{Photo by Danny Rico // Courtesy Meow Meow Tweet}

I could go on about how I also have what could be the beginnings of arthritis in my left knee and also carry around an idea book and iPhone, but perhaps that’s a silly conversation to have with Tara herself when I make it up to New York City again (get a peek at the MMT studio via my girl Marcella!).

But we can totally feel free to talk about that and Tara’s picks and more in the comments section.

As always, I’ve starred the products I also use and love.


“I drink the tea and I take the tincture. It’s the only natural remedy I’ve found for my seasonal and cat allergies (yes, I said cat) and for the beginnings of what could be arthritis in my young but cranky right knee.”

*Dr. Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar

“I drink a tablespoon in warm water every other morning. This has greatly helped my digestion and my complexion.”

Anita’s Creamline Coconut Yogurt

“Sorry if you’re not in NYC as it’s only available here, but this vegan yogurt is seriously swoon-worthy. It’s thick and tangy like greek yogurt and made without added sugar.”

Anything from LayerXLayer

“We seriously have almost every style of bag they’ve ever made. Each one is crafted impeccably, sturdy, smartly designed and looks amazing.”

“I literally pulled what was in my Brimfield Bag by LayerXLayer. As you can see, I carry around a lot of unlabeled MMT stuff.”

*Meow Meow Tweet Geranium Basil Face + Body Tonic

“I use this to freshen up when I’m running around. It was a godsend on a recent long flight when I started getting that recycled-air, sticky-skin feeling. I sweat pretty easily, so it’s a good thing to have in my bag when I’m popping between business meetings on foot or on bicycle. I also use it every night after my shower and before moisturizing. I like the geranium basil because it’s complimentary to my combination, blemish-prone skin. (Jeff uses the bergamot vetiver and carries the same miniature size in his identical bag!)”

H. Wood Beauty Mineral Powder Foundation

“I have to admit, I carry this religiously and don’t really use it. When I do, it’s mainly as a concealer (I mix it with a little balm) if I’m going to have my picture taken and I look especially tired or sallow. Generally I don’t wear makeup.”

*Meow Meow Tweet Little Tin of Tea Tree Deodorant Cream

“This tiny little thimble of deo is something that I always have, especially in the summer for bike commutes and hot subway rides. I’ve also used it as a toothpaste in a pinch. Don’t be grossed out!”

Lurk TBPV1

“This is the only product that I use on a regular basis (besides sunscreen and toothpaste) that’s made by someone else. Anne (of Lurk) is a scent-smith, and I’m truly in love with this perfume. This winter, I would put it on my scarf so I could smell it while I was bustling around town. It smells of peppery candied flowers.”

*Random Meow Meow Tweet Lip Balms (two tangerine limes and a cinnamon mint)

“I have lip balms coming out of my ears. One of the benefits of making these things is that you end up with one in every pocket.”

*Badger Sunscreen Lotion

“A great, non-greasy, no-funny-stuff, sunscreen. I have tattoos and don’t like to get caught in a sunny situation without protection for them. I’ve kept my colors pretty vibrant over the years by being rigorous about the SPF. I also make my own sunscreen, but it’s not as travel friendly in a jar — I wear that one on my face.”

*Meow Meow Tweet Relief Balm

One of our oldest recipes but newest launches. This is a vegan “tiger balm.” I use it on my hands, on my knee, as a headache soother and as a lip balm. It’s definitely one of my favorite recipes.”

*Idea Book

“This is where I jot down recipe ideas, write parts of songs, sketch or make random lists. It’s like a practical diary.”

*iPhone 5

“We’re being authentic right? Well, this thing comes with me everywhere and is a large part of my life. For better or worse.”

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.

(And natural mascara reviews and natural sunscreen reviews)

No, you don’t automatically start smelling better.

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

which natural deodorants work best

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 noted these deodorants with an asterisk* in the write-ups below.

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

This 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!

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

Natural Deodorants That Worked for Me and I Will Repurchase

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

*Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant Cream

As you’ll read in my full blog post review, Meow Meow Tweet’s Deodorant Cream takes the cake when it comes to fluffy, easy-to-apply, effective natural deodorants.

It’s another baking soda-based natural deodorant, but I experience zero irritation and absolutely loved the texture and scents available (lavender and tea tree — I have ‘em both!).

While I did get a sample of this to test, I’ve already repurchased it, so I’m not sure whether to add an asterisk here or what. I’ll do so for good measure, but please note that I can’t be clearer when I say THIS STUFF ROCKS and I immediately repurchased it, no questions asked!

I’ve also already asked my local green beauty spa to stock Meow Meow Tweet’s Deodorant Cream so I can get it closer to home, but until then, I’ll keep ordering it online (and hoping I keep getting the cute little travel-size sample tins for weekend getaways).

This truly is one of my top picks within this “will repurchase” section because of its ease of use and effectiveness. Plus, the MMT founders kick ass.

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

*Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant

I can’t rave enough about Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant (you can read my full, in-depth review here). When a natural deodorant can survive SXSW, Ashtanga yoga and keep you stink- and irritation-free, you know you have a winner.

As noted in my full review, though, this deodorant does have a harder consistency that requires a little spoon to dig out the product and then ball it up and massage into your pits. A bit inconvenient, but for something that works so well (and comes in so many inviting scents), it’s negotiable.

You can find the full ingredients lists for the various scents in the full blog post review.

Natural Deodorants That Worked For Me But I Won’t Repurchase

Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve Company Coconut Milk Deodorant

I really, really wanted to love Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve Company Coconut Milk Deodorant.

I purchased it for $10 from my local green spa after being attracted to the USDA organic label and cool label.

It seemed to have all the workings of a good natural deodorant — coconut oil and baking soda are so common — but Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve Company Coconut Milk Deodorant gave me some irritation and was a bit difficult to work into my pits.

It’s not a “hard” deodorant, but it’s not exactly fluffy, either. It’s just somewhere in between, and I’m not sure if the ingredient proportions combined with having to really work it into my pits made for some less-than-pretty pinkness in my pits.

However, it did keep me somewhat fresh throughout the day. I’d say this is a medium-strength natural deodorant as far as odor protection goes, yet it’s strong when it comes to how it can react on your skin.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil; Organic Jojoba Oil; Organic Cornstarch; Baking Soda; Organic Beeswax

*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

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.

*Osmia Organics Deodorant Cream

Though I thought this would be a repeat repurchase for me (yeap, I even noted that in my full review), it just hasn’t been because of the wave of other natural deodorants that have captured my heart and armpits.

I think it came down to the scent; it just wasn’t my favorite, and while it wasn’t bad, I much prefer my citrus and florals. To each her own when it comes to matters of the pits.

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

*Soapwalla Deodorant Cream

As one of the first natural deodorants I tested, Soapwalla probably deserves another go-round on my now-accustomed-to-baking-soda pits.

As noted in my original review, this deodorant cream broke me out in a mad rash, and I know I’m not the only one whose had this reaction to this and other baking soda-based natural deodorants.

However, several of my favorites above have baking soda in them, so either my skin has become a little more aware of how to react to it, or the other companies are using different proportions to keep irritation at ease.

For now, Soapwalla’s Deodorant Cream remains in this “it worked but I won’t buy it again” category even though I’m blatantly contradicting myself and saying that I do need to buy it again to give it another test more than a year later. I think it’s only fair, though it’s hard to get over how painful and red that crazy rash was!

You can read my full thoughts and see the entire ingredients list in my original blog post review.

Zion Health Adama Minerals ClayDry Natural Deodorant in Citrus Blossom

Made from clay and minerals, Zion Health’s natural stick deodorant did a fine job of keeping me somewhat fresh, but I noticed that my pits were super-sensitive to the baking soda-free formula (huh?!).

Perhaps the Kanwa clay was too drying, or the essential oils a bit too strong, but after just a few swipes on my underarms (which were not freshly shaved), my skin would get a bit irritated.

It subsided and never turned into a full-blown rash, but it was enough to give me some pause on how often I could realistically use this super-convenient and effective natural deodorant.

Typically, I’d rotate it in every few days and be fine, but it just didn’t meet my needs for a full day of being itch- and stink-free. Instead, I’ll keep this in my yoga bag for pre-class reapplication, finish out the stick and move on.

Here’s the entire ingredients list:

Kanwa Clay, Calendula Extract, Alpine Lichen Extract, Chamomile Extract, Grapefruit Seed extract, Purified Water, Propanediol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Stearate, Witch Hazel Distillate, Myrrh Gum Extract.

Natural Deodorants That Didn’t Work For Me and I Will Not Repurchase

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

Crystal Body Deodorant Stick

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.

You can find the full ingredients list and the rest of my thoughts in the full blog post review.

*Deodomom Roll-On Natural Deodorant

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.

My good friend Jess (who doesn’t have a filter) never said I stank, but the person I was dating at the time of this original review said I had a musty smell.

That sort of inconsistency, coupled with the lack of a fun scent (it’s just kind of neutral), make this a “OK, but pass” natural deodorant.

You can read the full review and get the full ingredients list here.

Desert Essence Deodorant

Desert Essence’s Deodorant was too sticky and just not strong enough for me.

I’ve had friends tell me they love this natural deodorant, but these are my dainty, petite girlfriends who are made of flowers and fairy dust because good gosh, did I smell after using this.

I could usually start to smell myself by about 3 p.m. when I was testing this natural deodorant!

There was one day when I felt a little fresher while wearing this deodorant — probably because I was wearing a quality, non-sleeveless cotton shirt — so maybe this deodorant could work during the winter when I’m more covered up?

If you’re a very light sweater and just want a little safeguarding and scent, then Desert Essence Lemon Tea Tree deodorant could work for you.

You can read my full thoughts and see the entire ingredients list here.

Every Man Jack Deodorant

You know you’ve hit a stinky low when you resort to trying the natural deodorants marketed to men.

But we all know marketing is BS (says the person who works in marketing), so into the basket this natural deodorant from Every Man Jack went.

And out the window it went when it didn’t keep up with my overworked pits.

There were several days during my testing period that, when the odor protection faded, I was left with a mega BO stench. With my first natural deodorant review, I was never left with a blatant BO smell…just a “musty” stench.

You can read the full review and see the entire ingredients in this post.

*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

*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

Tom’s of Maine Natural Clinically Proven Long Lasting Deodorant in Beautiful Earth

Though I loved the smooth texture as I glided on this Tom’s of Maine natural deodorant, it did absolutely nothing to keep me stink-free or dry.

While I applaud the fact that this particular line from Tom’s of Maine is free of aluminum and propylene glycol (why do other products in the line have these ingredients?!), when it comes down to effectiveness, it just falls short.

However, if you’re one of those not-so-stinky-and-sweaty people, you may be able to get away with this (My male boss says he uses Tom’s. Oh the envy.).

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Propanediol, water, glycerin, sodium stearate, organic aloe leaf juice, zinc ricinoleate, glyceryl laurate, natural fragrance, hops, CO2 extract, vitamin E acetate, organic sunflower seed oil, ascorbic acid

*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

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*.

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!


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