Leaving Anti-Perspirant Behind with Type A Deodorant

If you run hard, you probably sweat hard. Personally, my body is quite adept at utilizing its cooling mechanism. I run, I sweat. I workout, I sweat. I play, I sweat. And, let’s be honest. I don’t sweat like a girl. In light of that, I am pretty serious about my deodorant. When given the opportunity to try out type:A Deodorant, I was all in. This deodorant was the 2019 Beauty Editors’ Pick for InStyle and has many rave reviews. Type: A is aluminum free and “crafted to be 100% non-toxic using only naturally derived or safe synthetic ingredients.”

I’ll be honest, in the past I’ve never really understood the appeal of natural deodorants. I’ve tried one or two before and it felt like I was just putting on deodorant because I was supposed to, but without any benefit. While type: A isn’t completely natural, all of its active ingredients are natural, and the purpose for every single ingredient is listed on their website. The more I learned about this product, the more intrigued I became. But, more on that topic later.

Dollops of type: A squeezing out of the application tube.

At first glance you’ll notice that this doesn’t look like the deodorant you are used to. It comes in a tube and looks more like a container for lotion. To use, you squeeze the tube until 3 small dollops appear and then you apply. Initially I really didn’t know how much to apply, so there was some trial and error as I learned how much was needed. What I’ve discovered is that it’s probably less than you think! The texture of this deodorant is interesting. It actually feels really smooth and creamy and seemed almost like I was putting a thick lotion on my armpits. I tried both The Achiever – Ocean Mint and The Visionary – Clean Crisp Citron and decided I must be more of a Visionary, according to type: A. To me, The Achiever (Ocean Mint) was more of a masculine scent, although, according to the website, The Visionary was the scent they designed to be more gender neutral. There is also one other scent that type: A makes called The Dreamer – White Floral Linen. If you have ultra-sensitive skin, like my husband, you may need to try The Minimalist, which is fragrance- and essential oil-free.

As for how well it worked, this is where I learned a lot. At first it seemed to hold up quite well to my active lifestyle. Although, I did have moments where I felt sweatier than usual and then the deodorant seemed to kick in and dry me out again. It was kind of strange, but when I checked out how it works on the website what I found out was pretty much what I was experiencing:

type:A is a glycerin-based formula. When glycerin comes into contact with moisture (i.e. your sweat) it sucks it up like a sponge. Plus, glycerin helps your skin stay soft and smooth. The active ingredients are released little by little, each time you sweat, mimicking a time-release effect. The formula acts like an invisible shield on your skin, waiting patiently to defeat odor and sweat as it happens.

After using type:A for several days it seemed like maybe it wasn’t working as well, as I seemed to have a bit more odor than usual. That’s where my research led me to learn about the big difference between deodorant and anti-perspirant. Anti-perspirant actually plugs your sweat ducts to prevent you from sweating as much. Obviously, I’ve never delved into the what and why of what I put under my arms before. Since I had been using an anti-perspirant, my armpits had to go through a bit of an adjustment period – referred to by some as a detox – during which time my body had to adjust to my unplugged ducts. Surprisingly, after a couple of days my disturbingly stronger pit odor had mellowed out and was back to “normal”. I’ll be honest, it was a close call. I almost gave up on type: A too soon.

As for the function of type: A beyond keeping odor and sweat at bay, there are a few other things I really liked about this product. 1) Because it is a cream, it kind of soaks into the skin and I didn’t ever experience that awkward phenomenon of deodorant balls forming under my arms. Admit it, you know what I’m talking about! 2) The cream also made it so I didn’t end up with white marks all over my clothes. One time I did apply too much and it was like getting lotion on my shirt, but I was able to wipe it off easily with a wet cloth and there was no white evidence that it had ever made contact.

So, what’s the difference between type: A and other natural deodorants? Here’s what they have to say about their product:

type:A has been developed to be 100% safe, powered by natural active ingredients. But it is not trying to be all-natural. Also, our deodorant comes in a tube. When we set out to create a smarter deodorant formula, the best way to deliver our sweat-activated technology was in a cream form. And we felt that our specific tube was the fastest, easiest, cleanest way to apply a deodorant cream.

Another way we’re different is our patent-pending sweat activated formula. This helps create a time-release effect for the active ingredients, which allows for long-lasting odor and wetness protection.

Most importantly, we believe deodorant shouldn’t hurt. Other natural deodorants made with baking soda can have a rough, sandpapery texture which can be very irritating on delicate underarm skin. With our sweat-activated technology, ingredients like baking soda are used minimally and suspended in soothing glycerin – they aren’t just scraped across your skin when you apply the deodorant.

Overall, I’ve been quite impressed with type: A. In fact, I’m actually choosing it over my other deodorant now. I would highly recommend you try type: A. If you are switching over from an anti-perspirant, be patient and give it a little extra time. I think you’ll be quite pleased with the results. I certainly have been!

Company: Type A


  • Full size deodorants (2.8 oz) – $10
  • The Signature Trio (3 scents – full size) – $27
  • The Visionary Travel Duo (2 – 1.2 oz)- $14
  • Subscribe and save 5% and get free shipping on a 2 pack

More About Type A:

When we set out to raise the bar on ‘natural’ deodorants, we asked ourselves, what does this mean? Paying attention to every detail. Overachieving expectations. And never settling for mediocre product performance. So naturally, we called ourselves type:A. By making safe + high-performance deodorant, type:A is on a mission to help people lead healthier lives without sacrifice and to help bring #cleanbeauty to the mainstream.

Thank you to type: A for providing us with some sample deodorants. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

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