Natural Deodorant...thoughts?

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been the girl who used Old Spice or Vanilla scented Secret deodorant. I didn’t really think too much about what was actually in the stuff because a. this girls on a budget and b. I’m not pregnant so why did it matter.

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The older I get the more I’m starting to really think about the products I’m using and what I’m putting into my body. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes I still eat things that I’m ashamed to admit to (cough cough pizza pops cough) however it is fairly easy to look into the products you’re using to figure out what’s in them and if they’re actually harmful.

Deodorant seemed like the right place to start and I tested out a few different varieties throughout my trial process. To be completely honest, when I first started this about a month and a half ago, I really really hated it.

I couldn’t get used to the feeling of sweating without stinking. I was constantly worried that I did in fact stink and should deal with that. Or maybe I did just stink and was blissfully unaware.

Here are a few of the different varieties I tried. I plan to try a couple more that were recommended to me that I’ll list at the bottom along with the ones I discuss below.

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Secret Brand

Okay, so when I first saw this deodorant I thought “wow this is interesting, I haven’t seen a big name brand come out with a natural or aluminum free option” and grabbed a stick at Walmart. It was about $6, so on the cheaper end compared to a lot of other natural or aluminum free brands.

I’ll be honest, I really wanted to love this product. It did the job as far as making me not feel like I’m sweating constantly during the day. However, the smell of the product itself, is AWFUL. Honestly, I really don’t know how to describe it. What comes to mind for me is like, mould and dust. However, I’m not even sure if that’s accurate.

So based on the smell alone, this will 100% not be the product for me. However, if you can stand the smell I’d forsure say it could be a great option.

Schmidts Brand

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This was the first natural deodorant that I tried. I got it at Walmart and I remember it being slightly less expensive then the Secret brand. I honestly liked the product itself, and the smell (this one was a charcoal deodorant). However, I constantly felt like I really stank when I was wearing this product. I work out 2 - 5 times a week depending on the week, and this product just did not seem like it could work for high intensity workouts…because I could fully smell myself. My reasoning could just be a personal preference, and honestly I’ll probably finish the stick and use it for days where I’m just at home or having a more low key day because for the most part I like the product and the scent, however I probably won’t use it in the future for that reason.

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Native Brand

This is a product I’ve seen around for awhile. I knew it was sold at Target and online, and so I asked my boyfriend to get me a couple sticks when he was in the states this past week so I could try it out. This product does have perfume in it, HOWEVER it is by FAR the best of the bunch. The scents are both really nice but subtle and I do not feel like I have to constantly reapply because I’m worried that I smell horrible. My boyfriend got me the cucumber mint (LOVE this) scent and the lavender and rose scent. I’m usually not a huge lavender girl (and tbh neither is he, he hated a lavender hand soap I had once so I was a bit surprised about this scent choice) however the scent is so subtle and fresh it’s not overpowering what so ever.

Like I mentioned, this was 100% my preferred favourite out of the bunch. I’ve been enjoying it so far and have had no skin irritation (some people mentioned skin irritation has been something that could happen with this product, not the case here)

So those are my opinions so far! If I try out any other products I’ll report back, but for now I’ll be sticking with Native brand. Let me know if you have any you think I should try!

Here are the products listed:

Secret

Schmidt’s Charcoal Magnesium

Native

Other products recommended:

Portia Ella deodorants

NOTHING BAD Humble natural deodorant (Winners)

My skin is crying (I wish, because it's so dry)

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Well Winter is here, and my skin is ANGRY.

And by angry I mean insanely dry.

I’ve always had dry skin, however that is heightened by the fact that I’ve chosen to live in the fourth coldest place in the world. (It was once colder then Mars. Look it up.)

Anyways, having such dry skin I’ve kind of become a bit of a product junkie. Anyone else? I’m like a scientist over here trying to find the perfect formulas of products to make sure my skin stays as happy as possible during the winter months.

The struggle is real.

I thought today I’d share a couple of products that I’ve been using lately to try and avoid my skin feeling like sandpaper if you also share this problem and are looking for some suggestions.

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Summer Fridays

I’ve been using Summer Fridays for a couple weeks now and tbh I’m really loving it. I use it probably three evenings a night as my night cream (I’m aware it’s a mask, but you can also use it as a night cream if your skin is dry AF like mine). It’s thick and makes my skin feel great the next morning, and has a nice pepperminty smell. Often I will mix my Summer Fridays with…

Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil

I’m not sure if I should be doing this, however if my skin is feeling particularly dry I will and I’m liking the results so I’m not going to stop now. I’ll squeeze some Summer Fridays onto my hand and use one pump of the Marula oil and combine the two before patting it onto my face. I also use this oil a couple of times a week on my neck and it feels fantastic. This product is a high price, however Sephora had this as an 100 pt perk a couple of weeks ago and I stocked up. A little goes a long way with this product! (Ordinary also has a Marula oil that is like $10)

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment w/ Avocado

I’ve been using this product for awhile now and it always leaves around my eyes feeling really hydrated and refreshed. Although this product is a bit expensive, IT LASTS FOREVER. I mean it when I say it you will have this eye cream for so. long. It’s really thick and patting less then a dime sized amount around the eye area is perfect during your evening routine.

Dr. Jart Ceramindin Cream

This nice thick cream has been my go to during the day. I’ve been enjoying its thick consistency and honestly it does keep my skin hydrated. I’m unsure if I’ll continue to use this day cream forever (no particular reason besides I want one with an SPF (I also use sun screen daily)) but for now I’m enjoying it!

GLOW Watermelon Mask

Buy this. It smells like jolly ranchers and is SO hydrating over night.

The Body Shop Vitamin E night cream

I’ve always had this night cream on hand for years and I love it. It’s good for the nights that you just want to throw on a quick hydrating night cream and hit the hay. The product smells nice and relaxing and for the price it can’t be beat.

Besides The Body Shop cream I was able to get everything at Sephora. What I love about Sephora is they’re always so willing to give you samples so you can go home and try the products a couple of times before purchasing.

Do you have any skin care recommendations!? Comment below!