Over the past few years, I’ve been slowly switching my body care products to ones with less manufactured chemicals and more naturally occurring and organic ingredients. As a society, we have learned that what we put on our body’s largest organ, will be absorbed into our blood stream and eventually our organs. There have been studies conducted that suggest a link between antiperspirants and deodorants and breast cancer. Notice I did not say these studies have claimed that the ingredients in traditional deodorants and antiperspirants cause cancer. However, the suggestion of multiple studies suggesting there could be a link is enough for me to ditch my traditional aluminum containing antiperspirant and opt for one that has ingredients I can 1) pronounce correctly and 2) are things that are more naturally occurring. To show you just how much our bodies absorb what we put on them, I want to give you an example of an experiment I tried.
While on a run with a friend a few weeks ago, she was telling me a story of when she visited a herbalist for help with recurring digestive issues. To demonstrate how sensitive our bodies are to what we put in and on them, the herbalist stuck a peeled clove of garlic between my friend’s toes. Within 10 minutes she could taste the garlic in her mouth! How crazy is that?! When I got home later that day, I decided to try the experiment for myself.
Sure enough, just about 10 minutes later, I could taste garlic in my mouth. Gross! (I wasn’t grossed out by the taste because I love garlic, but because of just how quickly the junk we put on our skin is absorbed into our bodies). I decided that my next switch to safer hygiene brands would be deodorant. I recalled seeing an advertisement on social media for a company called Schmidt’s Naturals. I went online to read the reviews on multiple websites before deciding this was the one I wanted to try, partly because of the amazing sounding scents they make but also because the ingredients they don’t include like aluminum, propylene glycol and artificial fragrance. Schmidt’s is also vegan, gluten-free and cruelty free and was founded locally here in Portland, Oregon.
Schmidt’s sent me a total of four natural deodorants to try including: Coconut Pineapple for sensitive skin, Tea Tree for sensitive skin, Bergamot + Lime and Rose + Vanilla. Holy moly! Did they smell good! I was super excited to try them out. The first one I applied was the Rose + Vanilla. Never one for super sweet scents, something about it was just the perfect mix of feminine and clean. I kid you not when I say that it had a strong scent-I didn’t apply my usual perfume that day. The deodorant went on a big thick and wet, but dried clear. The product didn’t feel oily or greasy.
About four hours later, I snuck into the bathroom at work and ran my fingers across my armpits; I didn’t feel the slippery, rubbery feeling I often feel with traditional antiperspirants I’ve used in the past. My armpits felt just like they do without deodorant; soft, smooth (if I’ve shaved) and like my skin. The smell was still heavenly and not cloying or perfume-y. The big test was about to come though, as I planned on running the stairs later that day during my lunch.
My short but intense stair workout caused me to sweat pretty heavily, even though I was indoors in the A/C. I did notice I sweat more than normal, but that’s because the deodorant is not an antiperspirant designed to block sweat, but absorb it. Fine by me, as sweating signifies my body is doing what it is designed to do when it’s working. The aluminum salts in traditional antiperspirant plugs up your sweat glands, therefore blocking sweat. If you are into that cool. If you don’t sweat a lot or don’t mind a little moisture, then all-natural deodorant is the way to go. The Rose + Vanilla formula was to be my new medicine cabinet staple.
The next scent I tried was the Coconut Pineapple in Schmidt’s sensitive line. This formula contains magnesium hydroxide which helps curb irritation (the same stuff in many OTC stomach acid reducers). The scent of this stick was much milder and more natural. I liked it, but didn’t feel it had the same staying power as the other one I tried. I felt that I stayed drier, however so I decided to try out the Tea Tree scent in the sensitive formula. This scent was my least favorite because it has that uber clean medicinal smell that tea tree oil has but I do like the formula, so I’ll give it a shot in another scent when I run out.
Last but not least is the scent I describe as “unisex” meaning it isn’t too masculine or feminine. Bergamot + Lime is a fresh and citrusy scent that both my husband and I liked. After I tried it, I gave it to him to use. It just so happened over the last few months the traditional antiperspirant he has used for years caused his under arms to burn and appear inflamed constantly. How on earth (and why, more importantly in my opinion) he continued to use something that caused him pain) was baffling. He was pretty skeptical in trying a natural deodorant because he felt it wouldn’t keep him smelling fresh. Immediately he noticed that his inflamed and sensitive underarm skin didn’t burn when he applied the deodorant but the smell was pleasant. In just a few days, his armpits weren’t red anymore. A few more days after that, I noticed the partially used stick of traditional antiperspirant along with a new, unopened one in the trash. A few more days later, I threw out my own traditional deodorant. You can safely assume that I use natural deodorant now. While I notice just a small increase in sweat under my arms because there isn’t anything plugging up my sweat glands, the arrowroot powder absorbs the wetness and the coconut oil kills odor-causing bacteria.
The only downside to this deodorant compared to traditional antiperspirant is the cost. The average cost of traditional antiperspirant is around $5 while Schmidt’s will cost you $8.99 for their original formula and around $10.99 for their sensitive formulas. However, this is a nominal difference for peace of mind that what you are putting on your body is much healthier safe compared to ingredients in traditional antiperspirants. To locate a store near you where you can purchase Schmidt’s Naturals deodorant or to subscribe and purchase online, visit Schmidt’s Naturals.com.
Tips & Tricks for Wearing Natural Deo.
*For more help on making the transition to natural deodorant easy, visit the Schmidt’s Natural care page.
- Let your body heat warm up the product so that it applies smoothly and not grainy
- Apply once daily to avoid a sticky underarm feeling, caused by buildup of product
- Give it time. Your armpits are used to having its sweat glands blocked and there will be a lot of build-up that needs to get flushed out before your pores can start working and sweating normally again.
Thank you to Schmidt’s Naturals for providing us with samples. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.