There’s a new kid on the natch-deo block, you guys, and I’m totally crushing.
But instead of the usual review style, I’ve opted for the grossly underused self-interview. Longtime readers may remember when my cofounder Siobhan introduced this format to the site. Well I’m bringing it back!
Let’s begin, shall we?
Q: Thanks for taking the time today. I’ll just jump right in and ask you: What is it about Schmidt’s that stood out from the plethora of natural deodorants popping up on the market?
A: Schmidt’s does a few things things incredibly well. The first is packaging. It’s simple but sophisticated. And, I’m not being a hater, but this category is not exactly known for its elegant packaging design. Also, while you still need to use your finger for application, I like that there’s a small spatula in the jar. It’s just a less messy process.
The second big thing that distinguishes these guys is their scent options. They have really put thought into this! I have their cedar-juniper one because cedar is an all time favorite for me. And it’s so good. But I’m also dying to try lavendar-sage and ylang-ylang… It’s just a really on-point selection.
Lastly, the price is right. Sure, I know the ingredients that go into natural deodorants aren’t expensive, but making products is hard work. These are handmade and the jar is glass—so at $8, I still feel like it’s a great deal.
Q: Wow sounds amazing, but the big question remains: Does it work?
A: Well, the first time I used it I put it straight to the toughest test: my super-sweaty dance-and-boxing class. This class literally leaves me soaking wet every time. And… drum roll… the results really didn’t wow me! I was a bit stinky by the end.
BUT, I realized later that this was user error! Cut back to that spatula for a second. See, I hadn’t read the instructions and thought that I could just use that thing to apply it. Not so. You have to use your fingers, or it won’t spread properly. The heat from your fingers is what does it.
So, subsequently I’ve tested it in a pretty sweaty yoga class and on super hectic work days in LA and SF. SF was really warm when I was there and I was walking around a ton and getting pretty sticky. The results? Really good!
Of course, it’s still a natural deodorant, so sometimes reapplication is necessary.
Q: Back to the finger thing for a second. Have you come across any great natural deodorants where you don’t have to use your fingers?
A: Ya, a friend of mine loves the Aubrey’s roller one. Has anyone here tried it?? I once borrowed it in a pinch and was super impressed but I’d need to give it a longer testing period. Also, Rebecca makes incredible DIY deos that she packages in a deodorant-style applicator. They are so great. Among the most effective I’ve tried… In fact, I keep telling her she needs to turn it into a business, but the lady has a lot on her plate. (And she won’t do anything half-baked!)
Q: Any ingredients people need to be aware of?
Yes, these do contain baking soda and I know many readers have had problems with that. Also, I know some folks are sensitive to certain essential oils… With all the shaving and sweating that happens up there, I think pits are especially tender spots. So be on the lookout for that. That said, I’ve had no bad reaction to it.
Q: Well this is all very exciting. I wonder if any of the readers have tried it?
A: I agree! Let’s ask them.
Have any of you tried Schmidt’s? If not, what’s your most beloved deodorant these days??
Good morning everyone! Meet Andreína and her Alaffia…she is a huge fan of this brand! She also has some great tips–check out her DIY mask recipe. She’s a recent transplant to California, and is certainly making the coast even more lovely with her presence. Read on!
In the shower…
Outside the shower…
Thanks, Andre! Happy to hear you are happy :) Anyone else using Alaffia for the hair? Siobhan reviewed one of their conditioners awhile back here.
Last week we shared with you Well+Good’s take on this new organic deodorant. Regular readers will know that I love Soapwalla’s deodorant cream with the zeal of a convert, but when I met Lisa Wynne Salvatore, the lovely woman behind Pure Pitz who has been in the nontoxic and organic world for 30 years, I developed an instant girl crush on her and was determined to give this puppy a shot.
Since I was almost out of Soapwalla, I decided to test drive it for about 10 days, and see how it fared for me. I’m not an especially stinky person, but it’s hot and sweaty in New York, I do a lot of yoga and I the thought of being stinky or sweatringy really, really bothers me. Here’s how it did:
First of all, I love the smell. It reminds me a little of old Aveda products (in a good way) but is made with all natural essential oils. The odor-fighting baking soda is aluminum-free (naturally!) and the plastic tube is BPA-free. Also, the tube, which is the shape of a lip balm but larger, makes application very easy, as well.
But what about the real-deal road test? It worked well to combat any odor whatsoever, but it doesn’t keep you dry at all. I wasn’t a sweaty mess by any stretch, but I did notice I simply wasn’t as dry as I am with Soapwalla. That said, I highly recommend this one for anyone who is looking to try something new. The smell is just lovely, it works, and the woman behind it is the kind of woman we can totally get behind.
It costs $13 and you can find it at some Whole Foods (check the Pure Pitz link above for exact retailers).
Have you tried it?
Because the search for great natch deodorants is ongoing—and because not everyone has had success with our favorites—we thought we’d share this new review from Well+Good:
When we tested four natural deodorants this past March to see if they would be there for us (and our neighbors) as we sweat our way through power yoga and boot camps, we discovered both stellar options and serious stinkers.
Now, a new deodorant, Pure Pitz, has entered the market just in time for 90-degree outdoor yoga in New York City. We took it for a test run (well, several runs, and to a July 4 BBQ).
Keep reading here. Have any of you tried this brand?
Hilarious image via an earlier post
One of the problems with a blog like ours—where there’s a lot of content but an admittedly imperfect tagging system—is tracking down specific info. As such, readers often write us emails asking questions about things we’ve already covered. So, while we do plan to attack our content organization in the coming months, we thought it would be fun to start a new series based on these inquiries! These will offer you guys some quick roundups, and point you to the right posts if you’re a newbie! Let’s start with an important one…
Deodorant is a topic we’ve covered extensively, both in the book, and here. While at first, this was the hardest products in our arsenal to replace, we now boast better results from a natural brand. You heard us.
One of our first favorites was from Weleda—this convenient little bottle is available at most healthfood stores and if you’re not a heavy sweater (or stinker), it’s a good option.
Then we met Lavanila, and fell for it hard. Sure it costs $18 bucks, but feeling fresh is non-negotiable, and we love the citrus-vanilla smell and the fact that you can find this brand at Sephora. Recently, it came under attack for a certain questionable ingredient—but we still think it’s one of the (much) better options on the market. As we’ve said in the past, one dirty ingredient in an otherwise clean product is not necessarily a deal breaker for us. We understand that there are going to be some missteps in the clean revolution and certain kinds of nitpicking can be counterproductive to change.
That said, there’s a relatively new favorite in town—and this one contains no questionable ingredients and costs a reasonable 10 bucks. Siobhan reviewed it here, and also gave a testimonial on Soapwalla’s site. We can’t say enough good about this stuff. It works. It smells fresh and minty (totally gender-neutral enough for men). It keeps us dry. It lasts. We love it.
We’d also like to add a new one to this list. A while back a company called Bubble and Bee sent us some samples, and by golly—while their overall vibe and packaging seems a little more suited to kids and teens—their Pit Putty works like a charm. Not entirely dissimilar to Soapwalla in texture but with a strong citrus scent, it represents another good and affordable option.
So while we still have some dirty products hanging around in our cabinets, we no longer need to turn to aluminum-filled antiperspirants—even on super hot, sweaty days. Clean or not, what’s deodorant/antiperspirant do you use?