Battle of the Natural Deodorants~Cause Moms Don’t Have Time to Stink

Battle of the Natural Deodorants

If you follow my blog you know that I try to eliminate as many chemicals as possible from my home and my beauty routine. I want products that are safe but also work. If the product doesn’t work I don’t have time for it.

I have been on the hunt for an aluminum free deodorant for a while. I have tried a couple of brands but tossed them in the trash after a single day’s use. It never failed. In just a few hours after application I began to smell a bit funky. I don’t want to smell funky. I compromised with using Tom’s of Maine with Aluminum. It was free of most chemicals except the one I really wanted to be rid of, but at least I didn’t have flies buzzing around me while I used it.

Then suddenly I had two new deodorants show up. I have been an Honest customer for some time. I use a great deal of their household and personal care products. I purchase these at my own expense, though if they wanted to sponsor me by magically having free products show up on my doorstep I would happily except. So, when they sent me an email announcing their new deodorant I added one to my next bundle and couldn’t wait to get it.

While waiting for the UPS man to bring me my shipment I happened to go strolling through Sephora and what should my eyes fall upon but another all natural deodorant that I had never tried before. Since products at Sephora can be rather expensive and I wasn’t sure if I would like it I purchased a sample sized version so I could really test it out.

I have now used each brand for two days and here is what I found.

Honest HandThe Honest Deodorant comes as a liquid in a 4 ounce spray pump. It costs $8.95 to buy it on its own but the cost goes down to $6 something  if you purchase it in a “bundle.”  The bottle is made well and the pump has a good feel to it. The fragrance is Bergamot Sage. I can’t lie, the scent is earthy and a bit strong when you first apply but it does fade after a while.

This product has witch hazel in it, and I applied it onto freshly shaven underarms. It stung when I first put in on. The second day there was no sting.

As I went through my day doing household tasks and teaching I never did smell or become sweaty under my arms. Would this product keep you stink free if you were working in the garden or at a spin class, I don’t know, but for day to day wear it did its job.

My one complaint is that because it is a liquid once it dries it is gone completely and oddly I felt too dry under my arms, as in when I raised and lowered my arms the skin stuck to itself. After a lifetime of wearing solids I guess I am used to a feeling of smoothness that comes from the solid being smeared on.

Lavanilla HandLavanilla Pure Vanilla comes in two sizes, travel and full, and also comes in several scents. I only tested the pure vanilla scent. To purchase a full size solid you get 1.7 ounces for $14. There is no denying that this deodorant is twice the price for half as much.

However, for me this deodorant was the clear winner. Just like the Honest one it is free of petrochemicals, phthalates, propylene glycol, silicone, dyes, sulfates, and parabens. It is also free of the big one, aluminum.

The natural fragrance of the vanilla by far smells better than the bergamot sage. After two days use I was stink free at bedtime. For me what really made this one the winner was that it is a solid.  With just a few swipes I had my creamy silkiness under my arms that I am used too.

On my next trip to Sephora I have every intention of buying a full sized version of this and putting the travel size one away for my next vacation.

If you want to learn more about these products just click on the pictures to be redirected. I hope this review helped you!

~Tina
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Comments

  1. Excellent! I have been through the same ordeal, never finding one that works, even the one that said trust us this one works. LoL. I will have to try this one out!

    • I hope it works for you. I know PH levels and hormones and all of that plays a role. It is frustrating when what works for one doesn’t work for someone else. I was shocked when both of these actually did work.

  2. I use Kiss My Face. which is aluminum free and works okay. I’ve been looking for another option though. I’m getting the honest one in my bundle this month. The scent was a turn off for me (just based on the description on the honest page – sage and bergamot are manly scents in my opinion) but I thought i’d give it a shot. I use to use Tom’s of Maine aluminum free and it worked fine for me (I don’t really sweat much anyway) but then they added zinc to it…and I’m apparently allergic to zinc (along with the aluminum and the artificial fragrances in normal deodorant…..I knew I was allergic to the aluminum and fragrances since they gave me bleeding rashes under my arms but I had no idea about the zinc until tom’s added it). My underarms started itching and the skin was peeling. So, since then i’ve been looking for a new kind to use (for a while I just didn’t use any because I couldn’t find anything without the zinc). I like the Kiss My Face ok…but it isn’t the best. It doesn’t last at all. I’m hoping the Honest works for me and that they add some new scent options soon.

    • I have never heard of Kiss My Face. I will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing and I hope the Honest works better for you.

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