Enjoy this guest post by Gina M. of New Pi Cedar Rapids:
I put three of New Pi’s natural deodorants to the test, comparing qualities including scent, texture, longevity, and overall effectiveness.
Many people hesitate to opt for a natural product in their hygiene routine because of the stigma that natural products aren’t as effective. Before I squash that myth...
... first take a look at just a few ingredients in an average drugstore deodorant, put in simple terms (or skip to the reviews, no hard feelings!):
Absorbed by the skin; intentionally clogs pores and sweat ducts to prevent perspiring.
Chemical preservatives in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics; have been shown to mimic the activity of estrogen in the body’s cells and disrupt hormonal and other balances.
Cleaning agents, thickeners, and emulsifiers. These synthetic additives are produced by a cheap process that makes harsh ingredients mild. Derived from vegetables, but put through a reaction with a known carcinogen called ethylene oxide (a flammable gas with a somewhat sweet odor, produced in large volumes and used in antifreeze, polyester, insect control, and in sterilization chemicals for medical equipment.)
A controversial antibacterial and antifungal agent found in consumer products including toothpaste, soaps, detergents, and toys, possibly causing disrupted hormonal development. Also used to slow the growth of mildew on a variety of industrial equipment such as conveyor belts and fire hoses.
A colorless, thick additive that serves as a “vehicle” for topical products such as lotions, as well as a “smoothing” additive in processed foods, medications, and electronic cigarettes.
TEA and DEA
Banned from cosmetics in some countries, these compounds are used as thickeners and artificial fragrance in the U.S.
Often labeled as “Red #40" or "Blue #2,” artificial dyes are linked to a number of health risks. Many dyes are banned in some countries, yet remain in processed food and cosmetics in the U.S.
We often overlook the jumble of ingredients in standard hygiene products, but research has shown that the aforementioned ingredients come with many health risks, especially when applied around the body’s lymph nodes.
Sweating is merely our body’s way of expelling toxins and regulating temperature. Perspiring itself is not what creates underarm odor. Odor is produced when sweat comes into contact with the bacteria that live on our skin.
An important note before diving into my findings:
Because the metals and synthetic ingredients in typical drugstore products absorb into the skin, it will take 2 or 3 days for the body to rid itself of them. You can sweat them out (exercise! Take a sauna!) and exfoliate underarms with every shower (try a dry body brush before a shower and/or a loofah/exfoliating bath mitt during the shower). But make sure to try a new deodorant for a minimum of a week before deciding whether it’s right for you.
Jason Deodorant Stick in Soothing Aloe Vera
What they say:
Our deodorant is clinically tested to effectively control odor for all day protection. Zinc Ricinoleate, Corn Starch, and Baking Soda neutralize odor while Grapefruit Seed Extract, known for its antimicrobial properties, helps fight odor-causing bacteria. Aloe Vera and nourishing Vitamin E soften and soothe your underarms.
While this product is very light and fresh-smelling, I found it a little slippery for my preference. It lasted about 6-12 hours depending on my activity level, and left no residue on clothes.
Primal Pit Paste in Lavender (available as a paste in a jar – as shown above – at New Pi Cedar Rapids, or as a deodorant stick at all 3 New Pi stores)
What they say:
Long lasting protection without aluminum that actually neutralizes body odor instead of just "covering it up.” Feel fresh and comfortable from shower to shower. Vegan, biodegradable, and handcrafted with real, natural, and organic ingredients in Austin, Texas.
The lavender scent is very refreshing. I found this to be a surprising value product – a 2 oz. jar will go a long way, as the directions indicate a pea-sized amount, for 120+ uses total. I wasn’t sure how I felt about using a paste, but I actually liked that I could rub any remainder off on my arms or back of my neck for a clean, light, lavender scent. (Although I recommend washing your hands before, say, putting your contacts in.) Also, a jarred deodorant means you’re putting cleanly-washed hands into the paste, rather than rubbing a stick applicator under your arms, which can transfer odor-causing bacteria onto a deodorant stick! The texture is smooth, a little crumbly until rubbed in, and absorbs right away. It leaves no residue on clothes. This was effective from shower to shower, as promised.
Schmidt's Natural Deodorant Stick in Bergamot + Lime
What they say:
Award-winning formula helps neutralize odor naturally with plant-based powders to help absorb wetness without the use of aluminum. Scented with essential oils; no artificial fragrance, and free of aluminum, propylene glycol, parabens & phthalates. Non-greasy, non-sticky feel. Easily absorbed; application requires only a small amount. Certified Vegan and Cruelty-free. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.
The product needs to be warmed for a few seconds under the arm before spreading and then goes on smooth, leaving no residue on clothes. Citrus wouldn’t have been my first choice of scent, but it has definitely grown on me and I now find it invigorating in the morning. (Bergamot is a citrus fruit, a hybrid of a lemon and an orange. It’s the size of an orange, color of a lime, and tastes like a lemon. Try keeping that straight!). Schmidt’s lasted all day, even through a vigorous workout.
It’s a close call between Primal Pit Paste & Schmidt’s
– with Schmidt’s inching out PPP by a percent or two for me. Both smell great, are effective, and last all day. As with any product, find the best option for your own body chemistry, but I will vouch for these!