Posted by: Jordan
My armpits, not used to so much attention and scrutiny, have really taken a starring role this year and I think they deserve some recognition. With the end of a year, and a new year beginning, I’d like to take a moment to applaud my armpits in their quest for a superb natural deodorant, as well as do a quick recap of everything I’ve tried. Here, in order of my favorite to my least favorite, is everything my armpits have endured over the past year:
1. Homemade Deodorant Recipe #2 (Deodorant Cream)
This recipe, taking the top spot in this year of natural deodorant testing, came as a true shock to me! I never would have thought that a homemade deodorant would actually work better than anything else I’ve tried. Thanks to How About Orange blog for introducing me to my favorite natural deodorant of 2010! The secret ingredient that I’ve found to be most effective in my natural deodorants (both homemade and commercial) is good old-fashioned baking soda. I love adding some peppermint and rosemary essential oils to my DIY deodorant cream–the result is a deodorant that smells fresh, unisex, and not at all overpowering.
I’ve now tried the unscented version of the Miessence deodorant and I find that the Tahitian Breeze scent seems to aid in masking any late afternoon onsets of odor, which usually isn’t much. Considering this deodorant is pre-made and you don’t have to rub it in with your hands like the homemade deodorant cream mentioned above, this deodorant’s convenience is appealing. However, I’ve found that the homemade recipe seems to outlast Miessence in all-day staying power most of the time.
Combining baking soda with my Thayer’s Rose Witch Hazel Toner makes a simple and effective natural deodorant, especially if you’re wanting to dip your toes into the world of natural deodorant without spending much money, considering most everyone has a box of baking soda lying around. You can simply combine the baking soda with water or a flower water, but I particularly like combining it with the Thayer’s because I like the faint rose scent, and the astringent properties of witch hazel seem to help combat odor.
I have only tried the Grapefruit version of this deodorant. It works fairly well, but after a long day it can need a little refreshing. Also, the ingredients tend to get a little bit questionable with all the “derived from” lingo. And the $18 price point makes this a splurge of a deodorant.
5. Homemade Deodorant Recipe #1 (Deodorant Pucks)
This deodorants holds up to odor really well at first, but I found that after using it for a few weeks, it started to smell a little musty by the end of the day…kind of like a damp basement. Also, it gets more demerits for the slimy feeling you get under your arms once the deodorant melts a bit. Doesn’t make you feel very pretty.
The main drawback for this deodorant, other than not holding up to odors all day, is the $23 price tag. I just find that way too expensive when I’ve found 5 other more effective, cheaper deodorants mentioned above. Sorry, Dr. H, I’m just not sold on it yet. I have however heard from others that the Floral scent seems to work better than the Fresh, but I just don’t know if I’m willing to spend that much on my deodorant.
Unfortunately this 97% natural deodorant didn’t hold up all day, and it feels pretty sticky on. Plus, it’s not 100% natural. I used to keep this deodorant in my desk drawer as an emergency back-up on stressful days, but then I noticed a small pool of water underneath it. Turns out my deodorant was “sweating.”
I didn’t have high hopes for this method, but it surprised me a little. I definitely smelled by late afternoon, but if you’re in a pinch try just dabbing a few swipes of Milk of Magnesia under your arms and you should be ok for about half the day. After that, forget about it.
You know I really hate to say anything bad about my beloved Weleda, but this deodorant simply didn’t work for me, and at $15 it really ought to have at least a few hours of smell-bashing properties. Sadly, that wasn’t the case for me. Perhaps another scent might work better, but judging on this version’s effectiveness, I just haven’t brought myself around to trying any of the others.
Combining vodka with lemon juice and spraying on my underarms was simply a complete waste of a good vodka. I owe my husband an apology for needlessly raiding his liquor cabinet.
**Disqualified: Crystal Body Deodorant Spray
This deodorant actually worked pretty well, but I decided to stop using it after a week because I’m just not certain how I feel about the Potassium Alum in it. And if I’m uncertain about a certain ingredient, it’s just not worth it to me to take the gamble. The goal here is to find a natural deodorant that I also feel good about using, and this one just has a little too much controversy surrounding it.
Has anyone who has been following my year of deodorant searching made any different conclusions, or tried something else that you’re completely in love with? Please share your thoughts! Happy new year, everyone…here’s to a naturally odor-free 2011!