Natural Deodorants: The Long Journey to Find ‘The One’

Soapwalla Deodorant Cream

Soapwalla is another one getting rave reviews worldwide. This deodorant does contain bicarb, so if you have sensitive pits, this may not be the one for you. For everyone else, though, this is another one that lasts a long time as you don’t need to use much each day. Made with superfine vegetable powders and clays, this one uses the essential oils of lavender, sweet orange, bergamot, peppermint and tea tree to create an aluminium free deodorant that lasts all day. This deodorant has a light fresh clean scent, is safe during pregnancy, won’t mark clothes, and absorbs quickly.

Woohoo! Deodorant Paste

With a name like that, you expect good things. Woohoo! start by telling it like it is: to sweat is normal and healthy, and they are here to help you do so, minus the stink. While still containing bicarb, they seem to have nailed a less irritating formula and you’ve got a couple of options: Urban or Wild. Urban is the softer, sweeter of the two, with essential oils of orange, cedarwood, lavender, palmarosa, rose and vanilla. Wild is for the wild ones, the sporty types, the guys, and I guess the more sweaty ones. They’ve boosted its absorbency powers with something called Diatomaceous Earth, and it has a stronger scent thanks to the essential oils of honey myrtle, peru balsam, cedarwood and eucalyptus. Both come in a smaller tester pot, so you can try before you commit to the full-size pot which will keep you going for ages.

Finding the right natural deo for you is a bit of a process, as we all sweat differently. There is a really good range at Oh Natural, with many of them coming in smaller pots so you can try before committing to the full-size version. Personally, I’ve had better luck with these cream/paste deodorants compared the old liquid deodorants, as they do seem more absorbent. You just have to get a bit friendly with your pits – lovingly massaging them each morning after your shower and confidently stepping out into your day, hands held high to the sky.

Hannah Schenker is a freelance writer, editor and regular contributor to The Natural Parent Magazine. She lives with a touch of magic in Golden Bay, New Zealand. 

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