While over the years, I’ve been slowly trying to make my beauty routine more natural and green, deodorant is definitely one of the products I’ve held back on because, well, sounds scary not having one to rely on!
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been using conventional deodorants, from Dove to Secret & I can’t say I really have favorites (except I highly dislike the Secret powder fresh ones). In recent years, I even started using Secret’s Clinical Strength and found it worked quite well, especially in the summer. The big catch: ALL THE CHEMICALS.
Last spring I discovered Soapwalla’s Natural Deodorant Cream, and I must say I was hesitant to try it but figured I had nothing to lose. Some days I would use the natural deodorant, others I would use the chemical one. However, what I soon discovered is that this was NOT the way to go about it. The transition from a chemical to a natural deodorant is one that takes time, patience, and dedication. Because of how our body works, chemical antiperspirants/deodorants actually try to block sweat and can sometimes clog the sweat pores. On the other hand, Soapwalla’s Deodorant is not an antiperspirant at all but rather just a deodorant. The ingredients – natural clays & baking soda, as well as organic lavender, peppermint, sweet orange, bergamot and tea tree essential oils – work to absorb moisture and balance out any bacteria that may cause bad odors, thus not stopping the natural process of sweating, but preventing the build up of bad bacteria and neutralizing smells.
Now, the idea of applying a cream sounds weird, but eventually you get used to it. Mix it around well, then apply a quarter size amount. The best time to apply it is immediately after showering so it works efficiently at preventing bacteria from building up. While adjusting to this idea and process took me a few weeks, I can say that after a solid month of using Soapwalla’s deodorant, I noticed a big difference. The adjustment period was definitely a rough patch, but afterwards there were times when I found I didn’t even need to wear any because the cream had had an overall neutralizing effect. The one downfall that I have faced with Soapwalla’s deodorant cream is that at times the baking soda can be a little irritating, especially after waxing. My recommendation would be a little swipe of coconut oil which is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. Then resume use as usual.
Have you used a natural deodorant? Would you?
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