When you make the decision to be more concerned about what is in your everyday products , you also start to look at your body care. Deodorant is probably the first thing that you look at.
All its takes is a simple google search to see what you are slathering on your pitts and how its bad for you. The main thing you will discover that is bad for you is “Aluminum” . This actually contracts your pores so they dont open thus resulting in you “not sweating” or actually it decreases the amount of sweat . The aluminum actually goes into your system through your lymph nodes that are located .. yep in your armpits! Its the auxiliary lymph nodes. See how its all connected?
So I decided to try a natural deodorant, let me tell you “Deodorant” and “Antiperspirant” are two different things. Deodorant simply kills the bacteria and keeps you smelling good. You still sweat though. Anti-Antiperspirant or Antiperspirant/Deodorant stops your glands from sweating and makes you smell good.
I gave up my use of Dove and Suave deodorant , both which I’ve used for years. To sweat more but smell less. lol
I went with Schmidt’s Deodorant for the fact that I seen so many great reviews and lets be honest “Lavender & Sage” just sounded so amazing scent wise to me. Time for the review !
Product: Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant in Lavender and Sage
Price : $4.99
Where to Buy: Target, and any other shopping store as well as online
Size: 2.65 ounce – Your standard size of deodorant
Ingredients: In order according to label- Arrowroot powder,coconut oil, candelilla wax,shea butter,baking soda,fractionated coconut oil, jojoba seed oil,lavender essential oil, clary sage essential oil,vitamin E: sunflower derived
- Smell is amazing and long lasting ( even after some major sweating sessions)
- Natural – just look at the ingredients
- Your pits will have smoother skin, just think you are slathering on coconut and shea butter
- long lasting – after an 8 hour work day I still smell good
- You know what your putting into your system.
- Baking soda is not the top ingredient ( baking soda can be irritating to the under arm skin )
- Natural deodorant can be better for those with sensitive skin, Schmidt makes many varieties .
- There is a learning curve meaning- dont just slather on, its oil and you only need to apply a small amount.
- You will sweat! – Yet this actually natural and should happen. Sweating cools our body and also releases toxins the lymph nodes processed. Its something to get used to and can cause some issue. Continue reading below
- Higher price – Higher price yet these are natural ingredients not cheap chemicals
- The change can be frustrating with all the sweating but its worth it.
- You wont feel dry most likely, which is different, you will simply feel your skin
My Truth :
I was excited to use this deodorant, it smelled good and its natural. The first day I applied it too much, I was so used to swiping 2-3 times, I ignored the directions to apply a small amount. I noticed the first day I sweated , like I dont think I actually noticed it before. I felt the wetness on my skin and felt sweat and probably oil dripping . I ended up patting dry a couple times. When I got home I noticed some redness under my arms and started thinking my skin was sensitive. After a week of trying my underarms were really irritated and I was contemplating on switching back – yes i was but After further research I discovered it was one or two things – too much baking soda in the product or sweat. I figured it was sweat and not the baking soda since the amount in the deodorant is not high ( the first five ingredients in something is what the highest amounts are) .
I admit I struggled pretty much the first month, I was sweating which was fine with me, but keeping my skin from getting irritated was a big issue for me . Its actually a pretty normal thing for many who switch over. I will also say this all happened in the month of August. I had some good days and then I also had some bad days.
What I did wrong: I always applied too much, I admit it. I kept thinking if i add more then it will help more. Not the case. I think it attributed to the problem, besides the arrowroot powder there is coconut and shea butter, those two have a low melting point and melt on contact so more oil = more wetness.
I also didn’t let the stick melt to my skin when first applying. Place the stick to your skin for a moment then glide on gently a small amount. So i also suspect the amount was patchy since I didn’t always do that.
What I did right: I showered every evening to clean my irritated area and didn’t apply more after. I let my underarms breathe during the night and even on weekends at home. This promoted healing. I also applied a little coconut oil and lavender essential oil at night sometimes too to help promote healing , some nights I also use neosporin for really red skin. I also patted my underarms when needed throughout the day.
Why am I still using the product : I noticed with climate change – its September and cooler ,I do not sweat as much. I have not had an issue with sweating too much and my underarms are now healed and look good everyday. I know during summer months there might be an issue and Im still working on trying to stick with my natural deodorant. I enjoy using a natural product that works .
Well that’s it! That’s my good, bad and the truth, Im still using it and loving it, I go by the directions and I have had better success. Its important that we know what we are putting into our systems especially an area that is so sensitive and goes right into our blood streams and body.
What are your thoughts? Leave them below!