As a Beauty Editor it’s my job to try pretty much every product on the market (poor me, I know). But sometimes it involves trialling not-so-pleasant things like literally burning skin off my face, injecting needles into delicate spots and not washing my hair for a month to ‘see what happens’. This time the experiment wasn’t as brutal in the pain department but it did mean I was that person in the office with really bad BO.
You would’ve seen natural deodorants rolling around the beauty-sphere. They used to just come in paste form but the rise in popularity has seen them become sticks, roll-ons and sprays. Thanks to numerous brands and formulas hitting my desk it was about time I gave them a whirl. I’d read that you need to give your body about a month to get used to it and for it to start working.
Now, I am a sweaty person. I sweat at the gym – hard, I sweat at the beach, I sweat walking from the office to the train station (which is literally a one minute walk). I’m a sweater. So who better to try natural deodorants?
But before we go further, it’s important for you to know that natural deodorants are just that – deodorisers. They work to disguise the smell of body odour and use no-nasty ingredients to sop up sweat. Whereas your usual roll-on works as an antiperspirant, which stops you from sweating altogether. Sweating is a natural detox method that many natural brands believe we shouldn’t stop our bodies from doing, therefor they don’t block the sweat glands and instead use ingredients like bicarb soda, cornstarch and arrowroot to absorb wetness and essential oils like peppermint and lavender to mask odours.
The first week of my journey was eye-opening. I knew I was naturally a sweaty person – I’m talking my back, but I didn’t know how much armpit sweat I could produce because I’d never seen it before. Nice tops were out, and it was t-shirts and blazers for the rest of the week. Not to mention having to reapply a few times a day to deal with the lingering smell that I was realising was coming from me.
The second and third weeks were pretty much the same, but I was getting used to it. I had a routine in place of when to reapply and knew when it would be too risky to go without antiperspirant – like at an outdoor wedding in 25 degree heat, or a night out of drinking and dancing.
A month in and my body was JUST getting used to it. I was still sweating more and I had pretty bad BO. Even my boyfriend thought I was pretty smelly . I had to constantly spritz myself with perfume to make sure I wasn’t offending anyone.
Aside from the fact that I smelt bad for a good month, I felt better knowing that my body was able to detox naturally and I wasn’t putting any potentially harmful chemicals where I shouldn’t. Fast-forward two months and I’ve completely transitioned. I have a rotation of different brands and formulas to suit my schedule – dance floor included. Here’s my top picks:
Harmoni’s Kiss Aloe Lavender and Lime Roll On Deodorant $8.95
Weleda Pomegranate 24h Roll-On Deodorant $16.95
My Aura Organics Bergamot Coconut Lime Deodorant Stick $9
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