Hey lovelies! I can’t believe that it’s June already, time is totally flying by. Today’s post is all about how and why I switched to natural deodorant (& why you should too!)
I was introduced into natural deodorant a few months ago, shortly after I transitioned into cruelty free beauty. I was looking for an alternative to the deodorant/antiperspirant that I was using from Degree, but I didn’t only change because I wanted something cruelty free – I realized how BAD antiperspirants are for you. Not to mention, I would always get gray marks on my light colored shirts from the antiperspirant which was really irritating because I ruined so many shirts. I decided to do some research and stumbled upon Schmidt’s natural deodorants, when I first found them, they only had one type of formula that included baking soda (which unfortunately made my arms irritated and I got a rash so stopped using it). They have two different formulas now, one for sensitive skin & their original. You can get the original formula in stick form or in a jar, and the sensitive formula in a stick. (For whatever reason, you get more product in the sensitive formula?)
Before we go any further, I want to compare ingredients between the two different deodorants (although one is an antiperspirant/deodorant – you get the point…)
Here are the ingredients of the old antiperspirant I used to use by Degree (Degree MotionSense in Fresh Energy, to be exact). This product scores a 9 on the carcinogenic meter (or dirty meter) in the Think Dirty app. There’s polyethylene in it, which is a non biodegradable micro plastic, so basically micro beads which they are now banning. (Why is this in my deodorant…?) BHT is also shown on the left and has been linked to endocrine dysfunction, tumor promotion and organ system toxicity…oh boy. I could go on, but I won’t. It’s actually quite frightening to find out what’s in your beauty products or what the products score on the dirty meter in Think Dirty (so I do recommend that you download it!) Not to mention, I can barely pronounce some of these ingredients. ((All information about these ingredients came straight from the Think Dirty app, so if something is not right, I apologize.))
Here are the ingredients for the Geranium Sensitive stick. If I looked at this right, there’s only one ingredient that the two have in common, which is “fractionated coconut oil” (according to Schmidt’s). I’m very pleased that it’s aluminum free and free of parabens (which is something I look out for). These ingredients also sound more friendly (especially since they added common words to help identify what’s in their products!)
So I guess to really sum up why I switched to natural deodorant, is that in my opinion it’s better for you AND it works. I feel like there’s a concern for people that a natural deodorant won’t work for them and won’t keep them dry, but I do highly recommend Schmidt’s. If you have sensitive skin like I do, I would recommend the sensitive formula. Geranium is a gorgeous scent too, or you can grab Tea Tree or the fragrance free version (you won’t be disappointed). I would also like to point out, that I am a pretty heavy sweater and sometimes the Degree antiperspirant didn’t work extremely well for me, but Schmidt’s does a pretty damn good job at keeping me dry.
Are you wanting to switch to natural deodorant? Let me know! If you have any questions, I’ll do my best to answer them to the best of my ability 🙂
Thanks for reading!
Disclaimer: I purchased both of these Schmidt’s deodorants with my own money. I am not being paid, sponsored or asked to do this post, I just wanted to share my experience and opinions!