Warmer months means warmer pits and sweat. Sexy! I’ve long been a lover of my Dove deodorant because it keeps me dry and fresh. So why fix it if ain’t broke? Well, after reading more about all the chemicals used to keep my underarms baby fresh, I came to realize that it’s all pretty nasty stuff. Not to mention the yellow pit stains (from the aluminum reacting to laundry detergent), is just down right annoying. So to help eliminate some of the “bad stuff” in my routine and save my white shirts, I decided to take 5 more natural and aluminum free deodorants for a test drive and see if any were worth keeping. I still haven’t thrown out my Dove, but I did manage to find a couple I liked enough to make the switch.
Kiss My Face Liquid Rock Deodorant in Cucumber Green Tea
This deodorant is easy to find and cheap…score! Or so I thought. Despite my high hopes, my first beef with this deodorant is the scent. Whoever thought green tea and cucumbers worked well is crazy. For the 5 minutes it worked, I smelled like an old lady tea party. I was relieved when the scent wore off but as a deodorant, this one was an epic fail.
EO Organic Deodorant Vetiver
EO Organic deodorant had me at “all day cool”. The promise of cold underarms seemed like an amazing feat and I was going to try it regardless of the outcome. Well the first hour was amazing. I can’t say the same for the rest of the day. And while the spray seemed like a good idea, it’s impractical because it sprays everywhere. This deodorant is perfect for people that drive to work, take an elevator, and sit at a desk all day. If you even plan on rolling over in your sleep, forget it..you’ll sweat and smell. Pass.
Tom’s of Main Long Lasting Natural Deodorant in Wild Lavender
I have to admit, I didn’t have high hopes for this deodorant. I tried their regular stick years ago and was unimpressed. While this newer one was definitely better then the old, I was still not too happy. The lavender scent didn’t last more then a few hours and while I wasn’t super smelly, I wasn’t that fresh either. This got an “eh” rating. I’d use it in a pinch but wouldn’t rely on it to get me through a hot day and a busy toddler.
Lavilin Roll-on Deodorant
I was skeptical about this deodorant, especially with the “up to 72 hours” written on the front. But I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. Minus the fact that I smelled like a high school boy (the scent isn’t very feminine), it lasted all day and I even forgot that I was wearing deodorant – a good thing. The fact that I can buy this at Whole Foods is a major bonus, but it takes a close second to my favorite, below.
Le Couvent des Minimes Everyday Deodorant with Alum Stone
I was instantly won over by the scent of this deodorant. It’s citrusy but not overpowering and I was crossing my fingers that it would hold up throughout the day. I tested it through a pilates class and an energetic 14 month old and was still smelling orange oil by bedtime. Woot! My underarms are thankful, as are my nostrils (and everyone else’s for that matter). And I’m just thankful I didn’t have to take this experiment much further.