Natural Deodorant – Does it work?

I have been thinking about trying natural deodorants for a while, but could never bring myself to give up my trusted Nivea roll-on & spray, until, I received a Native Unearthed balm deodorant in my monthly Birchbox. This cruelty free brand has created a balm, with only 6 ingredients, that is meant to stop odour & keep you feeling fresh. I got the coconut & vanilla scented balm and I thought I would use it for 7 days, to see if it works!

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On the website (Native Unearthed) it gives you a full breakdown of ingredients and their purposes.

Bicarbonate of Soda – Neutrilises Odour
Arrow Root – Absorbs Moisture
Shea Butter – Moisturises & Soothes
Coconut Oil – Nourishes skin
Vanilla Essential Oil – Gentle floral finish/soothes skin

You’re meant to take a pea sized amount and rub this in your fingertips. Then you rub /dab this onto your underarm. (This was a little weird for me to do at first) It feels a little bit like a thin moisturizer, that has fine grainy bits. After 30 second’s it feels reasonably dry.

Throughout the week, the weather was so warm! I spent time running around with my nieces, days sat in my office (which doesn’t have air conditioning) & I still smelt like coconut & felt reasonably fresh!

After about 4 days, I did have a little bit of irritation/redness. As I have very sensitive skin, I did think there might be a slight reaction, but this might be worth keeping in mind if you have sensitive skin too.

By day 6, I ended up using some of my usual Nivea deodorant. I had a busy day planned, meeting up friends and going out for Breakfast & tea and I knew I wanted to smell fresh & stay dry all day. I knew I would only get this from using my usual deodorant.

By the end of the week, I was missing that cool/refreshing feeling that a spray deodorant gives you. I did feel a little strange using my fingers to apply the balm & this was trickier than having a ‘quick spray’ to freshen up throughout the day.

Overall, this balm did work and I was really surprised at how well it dealt with the heat of the week. I also enjoyed the fact that I was using a lot less chemicals & realised I could rely on a natural deodorant! I’d definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a more natural alternative!

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