5 Natural Deodorants To Protect Your Pits

By on August 27, 2014

Natural Deodorants for Summer

Our Canadian writer recently shared her passion for Coconut Oil deodorant with us. While it works great for her, it doesn’t always work so well for me … in the deep South … in the heat. It’s hot. I mean it’s my legs stick to leather seats, I check my backside for sweat spots, and I stopped doing my hair hot. At the same time, I don’t want to plug my arms up with aluminum and other nasty ingredients. So with that said, I searched and searched for a natural deodorant tough enough to stand up to summer but I wasn’t the only one searching this summer. A Cup of Jo’s own editor Caroline was putting her pits to the test in New York. Here is her journey…

Day 1: Tom’s of Maine Wild Lavender

This doesn’t work. It’s a shame because the wild lavender scent smells so good. But after an hour, the lavender part goes away and it just smells wild. “Hi-don’t-hug-me,” I greeted my friend at dinner, taking great care not to get too close. Throughout the meal, I kept my upper arms glued to my sides, wielding cutlery with just forearms, like a tiny T-Rex. Oh, well. Now we know. Rating: One out of five stars

RemedyBee’s take: I’ve tried Tom’s of Maine before. I used the “Naturally” Dry Antiperspirant in unscented. In this case I have actually used quotation marks correctly. Tom’s of Maine “Naturally” dry contains Aluminum Chlorohydrate. YIKES!

Day 2: Crystal Body Deodorant Stick

Pros: One salt crystal can last up to a year, which means less money spent on deodorant and less waste for the environment. Cons: The part where it doesn’t actually deodorize. I’ve heard that salt crystals have legions of fans…who are you? (Really, I’d love to know.) I suspect this stuff may work for people who naturally smell fine. If that sounds like you, you’re lucky! If not, you probably shouldn’t buy this. Rating: Stars? What stars?

Day 3: Dr. Hauschka Deodorant Fresh

The label says it’s “refreshing and long-lasting.” Only half of that is true. The roll-on liquid does indeed smell fresh, but only for an hour or two. I usually love Dr. Hauschka products, but this didn’t stand up to a sweltering day. “Don’t worry,” said the boyfriend, “I like the way you smell.” That was sweet, but I doubt anyone else would have agreed. While this might be fine for a chillier season, I wouldn’t recommended it, unless you’re willing to carry it everywhere and frequently reapply. Rating: Two out of five stars

RemedyBee’s take: Roll-on deodorant has never been tough enough for me. I tried it once and felt like my pits were like two little pools of sticky. Gross! I’d rather stink.

Day 4: Nourish Organic Deodorant

When I was a freshman in college, I learned a new word: frowzy, which was how my roommate described her underarm condition when it was less than fresh. I thought of that word many times while sporting this deodorant. It didn’t completely fail me, but I always felt, well, frowzy. I would wear this deodorant to read a book. I would not wear it on a run. Final verdict: Just okay. Rating: Three out of five stars

Day 5: LaVanila The Healthy Deodorant

By this point, I was about ready to reach for the clinical-strength Secret. Luckily, LaVanila swooped in to change my mind. It isn’t 100% perfect, but let’s be honest: what deodorant is? This was the winner of the pack, by far. I applied it in the morning and made it through the ENTIRE workday scent-free. I did need a quick touch-up before heading out in the evening, but this is New York in the summertime, so that’s to be expected. So happy to say: Recommended! Rating: Four out of five stars

RemedyBee’s take: While it isn’t 100% natural, the closest thing I’ve found to a natural deodorant that works reasonably well is Arm & Hammer Essentials. It says unscented but it did have a light scent to it, nothing overpowering. Keep in mind that it does contain Triclosan. I also know people who swear by Primal Pit Paste.

What do you swear by?

Caroline’s post can be viewed here.

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