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The Search for an All-Natural Deodorant that Works

19 Feb

UPDATE: I found it! I found the natural deodorant that works!
No point in going on and on: Bali Secrets
I haven’t smelled the smells as that’s brand new (!) but I can tell you IT WORKS. And I have recommended it to others who say the same!
The search is over.

Well well well! Haven’t posted here in awhile! And this is actually a bit of a cross-post, as it also pertains to my breast cancer situation.

Since before my diagnosis, I have been searching for a more “natural” antiperspirant/deodorant. This is a hard search for me. I tend to hyperhidrosis in my pits (oh my god there’s a SOCIETY for this!) and have ever since I was a kid – I used Certain Dri as  a teenager and young adult (on the recommendation of my doctor), and while I can assure you it works like nothing else, I can’t say how good it is for you, so I phased out of that. Nonetheless, I don’t like the feeling or the look of big sweat patches in my pits, so that’s problem one. Problem two is that, along with sh!t and bleach, body odor is one of my top three least favorite smells. So I need to find a product that can manage both excessive sweat and ANY odor, and that has been hard.

Schmidt’s was the first product that was recommended to me. They have a bunch of different scents, and I have heard rave reviews from everyone – I have actually had two lovely people, Chelsea and Gretchen, gift it to me! I tried it first last summer, which may not have been fair – it was pretty sweltering, and the sweat factor was at the max. I sweated through it in half a day and was stinking by afternoon. So I gave up on it fairly quickly and vowed to try it again in the fall, which I then forgot to do.

My sister sent me another pot after my chemo started, so I remembered to try again. This time, it seemed to work better, but I did get a rash. However, I don’t know if this is because of the actual product or because of skin sensitivity due to chemo, so I may give it another go when the chemo is over. Or I may not, because frankly, I am not thrilled about the application process. You get out of the shower with nice clean hands, then have to scoop it out of the jar, semi-hard, warm it up between your hands, apply it, and wash your hands. That’s a little more time than I have to spare with two small kids, but who knows.

I tried a bunch of other brands not worth mentioning because they seemed to do nothing. Then recently I tried True Natural Roll-On Deodorant with 24-hour performance. Um, no. It worked fairly well, I do have to give it that. I did sweat through it, though maybe a “normal” sweater wouldn’t, but I still stank by the end of the day. (In my case, this is around a 7am application and end of the day is around 8pm.) So I sniff at their claim of “24-hour protection,” which may be true if you’re comatose or a couch potato. But if you’re active – and I’m not saying working out, lord knows I don’t do that, but lead a moderately active life – it does NOT last 24 hours. That said, it smells very pleasant, and perhaps with a mid-day reapply it might be a keeper. I haven’t thrown it away.

Most recently and so far at the top of my list is Rinse deOdor Stick, which much to my chagrin is not available at Amazon – I found it at Fireworks here in Seattle. It’s very firm but comes in a push up style applicator, so no hands involved. It has more or less completely controlled my sweat, although there is some breakthrough body odor by the end of the day – less than with the True, BUT if I don’t reapply late in the day/before bed, I know I will be pretty stinky in the morning.

A friend of mine, Dawn, has told me that a friend of HERS has recommended Meow Meow Tweet, which I have not yet tried, but see is also a “hand application” situation, so I am not chomping at the bit to buy it.

Have you tried any natural deodorants? Have any suggestions? Want to join the International Hyperhidrosis Society with me? Please comment below.