Armpits. Now that’s a word I never thought I’d write on my blog…but that’s what we’re doing today, talking about armpits. Specifically, sweaty armpits. I know, even better! But hey, it’s natural, right?! We all sweat, we have to, but sometimes you gotta keep it under control! That’s where deodorant comes in!
Let’s get all TMI up in here for a minute…I’m an excessive sweater…not like a big cardigan that your grandma knit for you, but sweat-er…person who sweats…you feel me. Like anti-perspirants ain’t got nothing on me! They don’t work so it’s always been mostly about odor control for me. I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m not good about using “healthy” beauty products. I love my makeup, scented lotions, etc…but I know it’s really important.
After my breast scare last fall, I feel a bit more conscious of things like deodorant because the chemicals can affect breast health, as well as many other things. I was on the hunt for a “natural” deodorant, fully expecting to hate them all and live my life stinking to high heaven. I found Schmidt’s Ylang Ylang Calendula formula, because I love Calendula and it’s skin benefits, plus the scent was intoxicating! And shock…I loved it and it helped me sweat WAY less! The problem? It’s way to harsh for my skin. It got to the point where it literally burned my skin. My armpits were discolored and in pain and I thought it would never go away, but it worked so well, I just continued using it. The pain got so severe that I had to quit and go back to regular deodorant. The baking soda and other ingredients in natural deodorants, not just Schmidt’s, can be really irritating for sensitive skin because the ingredients are pretty harsh, but are also what makes them work. Schmidt’s now has a sensitive formula, which I’ve yet to try, but I’ve found something else I really love!
I came across Native deodorant on Instagram, initially. You can check out their website here. They have great reviews and they have a sensitive formula with a mild scent I was eager to try! I actually had a coupon code and ordered via their website. It’s on the pricier end at $12 a stick, but completely worth it, in my opinion. I think I paid $10 with my coupon. And just to add, this review is ENTIRELY my own doing. I purchased the deodorant myself and am in NO WAY sponsored by Native. You will notice the website links I’ve provided are referral links, but that’s because I can can get a free travel-size Native if a friend purchases based on my referral! I need that baby deodorant so bad! They also offer subscriptions, which is nice because you can guarantee you’re never stuck without deodorant and stinky pits!
It came fairly quickly and I immediately tore open the box to smell it and it was heavenly! I have the cotton and lily scent. I started using it right away and oh…em…gee…it’s amazing! It’s also aluminum and paraben free. The sensitive formula doesn’t burn my skin and the deodorant itself is very soft. I find that some natural deodorants are often very hard and flaky. Not this one! And it actually works very well! I still sweat, but it’s minimal. I had a ton of people on Instagram ask my opinions on it, that’s why I decided to feature it here, and the number one question was “do I still stink through it?” and for the most part, no. I did find one or two days when it was hot and we were outside doing things with the kids, I noticed a bit of a smell, but it wasn’t that bad. I simply reapplied, if needed. The crazy thing though, is that the odor is much less noticeable than it is with regular deodorants, like I just smell less overall, likely because I’m not layering chemicals over it that don’t allow the pits to breathe! They also offer free shipping on every order and free returns if you don’t like it, which is wonderful!
I feel like this is getting really gross, so I’ll just end with how much I love Native deodorant! I haven’t tried their standard formulas, since I’m not really excited about burning my pits off again, but the sensitive formula is awesome! If you’re in the market for a natural deodorant, give Native a try!