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Modern Hippies Don’t Need to Stink

May 10, 2018
Brittany Leonor

Modern Hippies Don’t Need to Stink

Fun fact: I don’t like wearing deodorant. This is a huge change from not even 10 years ago when I was determined to never experience a drop of sweat and  bought all the clinical strength (and even some men’s) deodorants I could get my hands on. But after I started on my natural wellness journey, the concept of deodorant started to creep me out.

Like, sweating is natural. It’s our body’s way of detoxing so why would we stop it by filling our pores (that are so close to our lymphatic system and breasts) with aluminium and other nasties? Doesn’t make too much sense.

So yes, I don’t like wearing deodorant, but I also don’t like to stink. Enter the world of all-natural deodorant. Over the years I’ve tried everrrrrything. I even made my own deodorant for a while but got lazy and missed using a stick. (I wash my hands a lot during the getting ready process and having to add one more wash in after I hand-applied the paste was just annoying. Other than that, homemade was actually 💯👌🏾).

Here are a few picks that I would recommend if you’re looking to make the switch or want to try a new clean option. Oh also, I’m super sensitive to baking soda (even the non-bleached kind) so if you’ve got delicate pits too, lemme help you out.

  1. Meow Meow Tweet Baking Soda Free deodorant in Grapefruit: This is my current love. I don’t usually like fruity scents, but this is subtle enough and just smells fresh. I don’t smell like a teenage boy at the end of the day and it doesn’t irritate me at all. The product can sometimes get too stiff and hard to apply, so I like to blast it with a blow dryer for 2 seconds before swiping on. It’s a little pricey, but worth it IMO. Bonus: the packaging is biodegradable. They thought of everything.
  2. Alaffia Coconut Reishi Charcoal Deodorant in Refreshing Coconut: I picked this up at Whole Foods because charcoal, duh. I like it because it smells like coconut and aloe, was inexpensive compared to most other options and had stink-combative ferments. This worked well for me, but only for half of the day. I switched to the Meow Meow Tweet and occasionally go back to this when I feel like being adventurous. Apparently my body needed the variety because now when i use it, it works all day. Bottom line: I like to keep this around for more chill days so I don’t blow through more expensive options too quickly.
  3. Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant: This stuff works. Maybe not *the cleanest* (ingredient list has a lot of ‘plant-derived’ items which always makes me skeptical), but it is free of aluminum and other chemicals. I like the plain old vanilla (again, not a huge sweet scent fan) and the travel size is sold at Sephora which is good if you don’t have time to order it online.
  4. Schmidt’s Naturals Cedarwood + Juniper Deodorant Stick: Finally, a scent I am obsessed with. It’s woodsy and sexy, actually lasts all day like a semi perfume situation but doesn’t make me feel like I’m wearing a Bath & Body Works spray. Also, it’s not too expensive and lasts a long time. Only issue: it does have baking soda in it. I was able to use this for a while before my underarms were all ‘ummmm, no thanks’ and I was forced to switch (secretly scratching your pits in public is not a good I hear…). If you’re not sensitive, I highly recommend this. If Schmidt’s comes out with a baking soda-free version, I’ll buy at least 12.

Side note #1: I used Tom’s of Maine deodorant (and toothpaste) years ago but stopped when they got bought by Colgate-Palmolive. It’s still sold at health food stores like nothing happened, so just a little info if that’s important to ya.

Side note #2: Whole Foods takes returns on body items for 7 days with a receipt. I hate that the product goes to waste, but it is helpful if you’re trying to find a good fit.

Now that I’ve spilled my secrets, tell me which natural deodorant you’re a fan of. Have you used any of these? What should I try next? Let’s be stink-free together!



*Above links are affiliate, but all opinions are my own and these are all items I've purchased myself. Illustration inspo from Wildfox Couture.