Humans sweat. I seem to sweat more than usual, although it’s hard to compare, having only ever been myself; the assumption comes from the fact that ordinary strength antiperspirant/deodorants don’t really work for me. For that reason, I’ve always been hesitant to try natural alternatives, but since the opportunity came my way, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by one product in particular.
Despite the fact that natural products can really only be deodorants, not antiperspirants, there are two reasons why I’ve made a dedicated attempt to see if they will work for me. The first is that I like to try new things (that one’s simple).
The second is an admission that violates my science-loving inclination. Most clinical antiperspirants contain aluminium, which many people like to avoid as it can be allegedly harmful to one’s health. Aluminium has been previously linked to Alzheimer’s Disease, although there is no sound scientific evidence for this. Whereas ordinarily I would be demanding conclusive evidence before subscribing to such a thought, in this case there is a personal connection. My paternal grandfather suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease, and his health and mental wellbeing has declined over the past ten or more years since his diagnosis, to the point where he is no longer my granddad Tom. His life-long career? Working with aluminium. I know a personal anecdote is tenuous at best, but in this case it is enough for me.
Enough of that! Let’s talk about the deodorants themselves. I’ve got two: the Lush Guv’ner Deodorant Powder (NZ $20.90) and the Soapwalla Deodorant Cream* (NZ $23). Two very different formulas, and the Soapwalla cream is naturally much easier to work with than the Lush loose powder.
In fact, the Lush powder gets a big thumbs down from me, in the one stake that really matters when it comes to deodorants: it doesn’t de-odour. So let’s talk about the Soapwalla one, shall we?
You can order this from Oh Natural if you’re buying in New Zealand, which is handy if you’re a) in a rush for more deodorant or b) are unsure about shipping a natural and preservative-free product internationally. It comes in super cute, compact packaging but you still get 55g, which by the looks of things will last me a good long time.
The product is in a smooth cream form which you just take a little scoop of and rub into your underarm skin. I know jars aren’t the most hygienic of ways to store cosmetics, but the deodorant is full of anti-bacterials like tea tree oil, so I think it’s fine. The other this is if you’ve got long nails, this is going to get all up under them.
Mild inconveniences aside, this is a damn good deodorant. I don’t feel grossly sweaty, and if I do, I don’t feel like I need to go home and hide because I smell bad. It smells nice, herby and a little medicinal when you put it on, but it doesn’t release that smell during the day; it just does its job quietly.
I’m really happy that this worked out for me, for both functional and sentimental reasons.
Have you tried any natural deodorants? Are there any products you avoid for less-than-logical reasons?