For three weeks I traded in my armor clinical strength antiperspirant for three natural deodorants and conducted a “sweat-off”. I tested each brand for a week at a time, applying it once in the morning and measuring how it performed against my lifestyle. Performance = combating odour and overall freshness. My lifestyle = manning this blog during the day and typically enduring a high-intensity workout. My intention was to debunk the presumption that all natural deodorants “stink” and finally make the switch for good.
natural deodorant sweat test review
soapwalla deodorant cream
overall sweat test rating: 8/10
pros: scent, overall performance
cons: application, price
I knew I had a winner when I stopped feeling the need to apologize in advance to everyone around me. After a workday and sweat session I had a few (brave) friends do a sniff test and I got the thumbs up all around. I loved the lavender-peppermint-tea tree scent (sensitive noses beware, it is quite strong). The price is a little steep and it did take me a while to get over the application of the product – you have to apply it like you would a moisturizer (they’re serious when they use the term ‘cream’). Regardless, this would be my go to recommendation for anyone serious about going natural.
kiss my face – active life (lavender)
overall sweat test rating: 5/10
pros: application, price
What I loved most about this deodorant was that the application didn’t require any additional instruction (up against the other brands I tried this really did set it apart). For the most part it held up during the day to day although I do remember leaving one particularly warm meeting room in a bit of a sweat (pun intended). I also found the “lavender” scent to be a little strong and sort of smelt like a glue stick. If you’re willing to reapply for your workout and you’re looking for something easy and affordable then I’d recommend this deodorant as a decent option.
crystal body deodorant
overall sweat test rating: 3/10
pros: hypoallergenic, price
cons: application, overall performance
This one felt like I was wearing nothing at all and not in the good way. From application to performance this deodorant was my least favourite. In order to activate the “rock” you have to moisten it with water first (which dripped onto the clothes I was wearing - ugh). I wasn’t very confident that I’d transferred any product to my underarms and by the end of each day I was pretty certain I hadn’t. What it does have going for it is that it’s hypoallergenic and fragrance-free making it a good option for those with sensitive skin. If it does work for you, it also lasts up to a year so you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck. Overall if you’re an active person like me than this probably won’t hold up to your liking.
Finding a good deodorant (and making a recommendation for that matter) can be tricky since everyone reacts to formulas differently. While this test did prove to me that there are some great options out there, it made me realize there was a much bigger question I had to ask. Was I ready and willing to switch from an antiperspirant to a deodorant? Smelling fresh and staying dry are important to me and these options (for the most part) undelivered when it came to the latter. Anyone know of a natural stick that combats both these issues?