My first stab at an all-natural deodorant was a crowd favorite: Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant. It worked pretty well in my experience, but more so for making my skin soft and moisturized rather than blocking odor. When it came to nixing B.O. and anti-perspiration, it tended to wear off around six hours in, at which point I’d quickly scurry into the bathroom and reapply.
When I ran out, I was eager to try something new, and I was desperately hoping for better results. My wallet couldn’t argue with a $4 non-aluminum alternative: Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting Deodorant. I had used Tom’s toothpaste before with success, so I had high hopes when I dropped this into my shopping cart.
This stuff applies like a dream. It’s gel-like and smooth, so it glides right onto skin without any of the irritable rubbing that’s so common of natural deodorant sticks. I was thrilled upon first application.
I chose ‘soothing calendula’ because it was a light, natural enough scent to mask any uncovered smell without giving me a headache or making me wrinkle my nose in disgust all day. I was afraid I would regret choosing ‘unscented’ if the formula wasn’t strong enough to properly mask my natural B.O.
According to Tom’s, this deodorant is made with odor-fighting hops and mineral zinc rather than harmful aluminum. As with any natural product, the effectiveness is put at risk whenever you roll the dice on a natural alternative. Just remember, this is ensuring your health and minimizing your risk of breast cancer!
My results were eerily similar to when I tried Lavanila, making me worry that I’ll never find a natural deodorant that lasts a full day. Around five or six hours after my application, I had to reapply to ward off the stink sneaking up on me. Just like before, I had to pack a spare in my purse for emergencies. Even though it advertises as 24-hour coverage on the packaging, it’s only about one-fourth that effective and if you’re a gym rat, you’ll definitely need something stronger. This stuff wore off even faster when I was working out.
As for the other usual side effects of natural deodorant, I didn’t experience any. This didn’t stain my clothes or cause my skin to break out in a rash. It went on and off effortlessly. This deodorant isn’t built for anti-perspiration, so the sweating still happened, but it wasn’t something that really bothered me on a day-to-day basis. There were no sweat stains involved in the testing of this product.
The stick itself lasted longer than Lavanila, almost two full months despite using it about three times a day, and it’s much less expensive. I’ll say it’s definitely a step up on the all-natural deodorant journey, but still nothing I would continue to use on a regular basis. The search continues, I guess!
*Edit: I’ve figured out a way to prolong the effectiveness of this deodorant. If I apply coconut oil under my arms directly out of the shower, let it sink in for about ten minutes and then apply Tom’s, it lasts so much longer without any pesky B.O. slipping in throughout the day!