Natural deodorant isn’t always rainbows and unicorns.
Seriously, though. When Claudia convinced me to make the switch to natural deodorant, it didn’t go so well for me. (Just read our Native review!) Being that I had only tried one brand, I wasn’t exactly ready to give up on the whole natural deodorant switch. So I ran over to Whole Foods and picked up a stick of Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant (I had heard great things about this one).
The first thing you see when you go on Schmidt’s website is a big headline that reads, “We heard natural deodorant never works so we made one that does.” Um, hello! SOLD!
So what makes this deodorant work? You’ll just have to scroll down to see what I figured out!
Ylang-Ylang + Calendula Ingredients: Maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) powder, Cocos Nucifera (coconut) Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (candelilla) Wax, Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (fractionated coconut oil), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Oil, Tocopherol (vitamin E; sunflower-derived)
Retail Price: $8.99
Time Used: 4 months
Perks: 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed | Vegan | Cruelty-Free | Gluten-Free | No Aluminum | No Propylene Glycol | No Parabens | No Phthalates | No Artificial Fragrance
Trial and Error
To recap, when I used Native, I was sweaty all the time. My skin was irritated. My pits were NOT happy. Apparently, this isn’t abnormal…
When making the switch from toxic to natural deodorant your body goes through a bit of a detox. Since your underarms are no longer being clogged with aluminum (…thank goodness…), you slowly start to release all the built up toxicity. In hindsight, this is great, but I should’ve been more prepared. After a few weeks of letting nature run its course with Native, I knew my issues were more than just the big move to natural deodorant…it had to do with the deodorant itself.
Introducing Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant
As I was getting frustrated with irritated skin that didn’t want to quit, I knew something in Native’s deodorant just wasn’t working for me. So on my next Whole Foods run, I grabbed Schmidt’s Ylang-Ylang and Calendula (I chose this because of Calendula’s anti-inflammatory and healing qualities) deodorant with the hopes it would be my pits’ saving grace!
Now for the rainbows and unicorns:
- I stopped applying deodorant multiple times per day.
- My redness and irritation went away.
- My sweat subsided.
- I smell yummy!
After using this deodorant on a daily basis, I’ve learned that it helps if you warm up the deodorant before putting on your skin. No…I don’t mean put it in the microwave… Just give it a few extra swipes on your underarms to get it nice and warm and you’re good to go! Why? I’m no scientist, but when this solution is warm it spreads easier which makes it easier to get full coverage and complete effectiveness. #winning
Honesty hour! One thing I’ve noticed with Schmidt’s is if I’m in the middle of a super sweaty workout, it’s not as moisture-stopping as some as my old chemical-filled friends. Good news is…even though I sweat a tad more, it still emits a yummy scent of ylang-ylang and calendula!
You may be thinking, “Sam, it’s great that Schmidt’s worked, but what about Native? They’re both natural..shouldn’t they both have worked? What’s the big difference?”
Great question! Aha! Moments always seem to have big answers.
Besides Schmidt’s being the first natural deodorant to actually work for me, the true Aha! Moment came when I compared Schmidt’s and Native side-by-side. First off, Native is $3 more than Schmidt’s. Next, Native has more ingredients than Schmidt’s. Having more ingredients isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it’s what Schmidt’s doesn’t have that Native does: stearyl alcohol.
Duh, duh, duhh…JK. But really, what is stearyl alcohol? Stearyl alcohol can act as an emulsifier and a thickener in products. The great thing about Schmidt’s was that I was able to warm it up a little and spread it around, which in turn, made it more effective for me. I couldn’t do that with Native. If I had to blame someone for that, I’d blame Mr. Stearyl Alcohol for being just a tad too thick.
Thankfully, Schmidt’s has been working just swimmingly for me ever since I made the switch and I’m so happy! Obviously, Schmidt’s will be receiving our CO stamp of approval!
Has anyone else made the switch to natural deodorant? Are you experiencing smooth sailing like Claudia did? Or are you feeling some rough seas like Sam? Tell us below!