Deodorizing with Charcoal

Recently I received this sample sized Cleo Coco Charcoal Deodorant in a subscription box. Normally i would give a deodorant a much longer trial, but as it is a sample size and after just a short time of use the amount of product is being rapidly depleted.

First a little mention of size. The size above is 0.56 oz. The full sized version is actually 2.5 oz. The full size is also $18 which does make it more expensive than a product like Native. As a comparison a full sized Native Deodorant is 2.65 oz and costs $13. Since Native is the natural deodorant that I lean into it is the one I use for comparisons. In case you are wondering.

The Cleo Coco Charcoal deodorant I have is unscented. The company does make various scents, many of which I find interesting. While I think it would be fun to try them out, I am not upset with an unscented version. And this Charcoal deodorant has absolutely no scent to it.

Which is nice for an unscented product.

light gray and comes with a cap to keep it from drying out, much like the Milk Makeup Products

I know that sounds strange but sometimes unscented can mean the company didn’t add any scent and just let the product smell like it’s ingredients. This has zero scent. Their description is…

A natural deodorant that works in harmony with your body’s chemistry to detoxify impurities and neutralize odor at its root—without aluminum and disruptive synthetics. Our unique formulation of activated charcoal, plant-based powders, clay, and essential oils glides on clear, creating a sensorial experience that only Mother Nature could provide. Silky-smooth on the skin and scented with blissful botanical notes.

I found my time wearing this deodorant to be very interesting. First there is the wearing it during the normal course of the day. In the photo I have put the deodorant on my arm as it was much easier to take a photo. You can see the charcoal doesn’t turn anything gray or black, but that the deodorant does leave a waxy looking strip on the skin.

This waxiness wasn’t that much different from any other deodorant that I have tried, natural or otherwise. And while I worked at my desk and around the house, with occasional forays into the garden, the deodorant behaved well. It felt just like any other deodorant, it had no scent and it kept me from stinking. I had no irritation and no real problem with any sort of staining on the underarms of my shirts.

light color and slightly waxy on the skin but no major difference from regular deodorant until there is a lot of sweat

The real test for the deodorant was on my walks. We haven’t been below 85 degrees and 80%+ humidity where I live for months. Any shirt I walk in is going to have sweat stains. So to be fair, it doesn’t matter what deodorant i wear on my walks right now, my shirt is getting soaked. It is why I have the summer sacrifice t-shirt collection. Once the weather breaks in October there will be a mass clear out of shirts that have given their all for my summer wear. Their colors will be significantly faded and even if the sweat stains have washed out the material will still look grungy when clean. The shirts will be repurposed, but no longer worn.

So in the sweat stain department this Cleo Coco deodorant performed just the same as any other product I have ever used in the summer under my arms. It also blocked any form of scent from rising. I in no way stank while I was wearing this deodorant. It is very good at odor control. However, the feel of the deodorant changed as I wore it on my walks. When I was sweating profusely, the product felt more waxy and somehow sticky.

It wasn’t Velcro skin to skin sticky but there was a noticeable stickiness to the product. It still worked well and it stayed on the skin without staining the shirt noticeable, but I didn’t like the feel. I don’t know if it was the inclusion of the clay (bentonite), the charcoal, the beeswax or some strange combination of the three (or even something else) but once I reached a certain sweat density it became slightly sticky even though it continued to work.

The end result is that this is a good deodorant. it does exactly what it claims, even if it is on the pricier side. And when I was working at my desk and going about my day, it was a fantastic product. It is only when it came to my workouts that things changed. it still worked as it should, but I found the feel of it on my skin unpleasant. I would consider using this Cleo Coco Charcoal deodorant as an every day deodorant, but I think I would have to switch to a different product when I knew I was going to be sweating a lot. Even then, I have to give them credit, it was only a textural issue. No matter what, the deodorant kept working.



Reviving with Aromatheraphy Associates

This little bottle of golden colored oil arrived in my July Birchbox last month. It is Aromatherapy’s Revive Morning Bath and Shower Oil. According to the brand’s website…

Start each day as you mean to go on. Our award-winning Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil harnesses the invigorating lift of Juniper Berry and Neroli coupled with hangover and late night banishing Grapefruit essential oils. Bathe or shower in its reviving aromas to shrug off lethargy and jump into the day.

Aromatherapy Associates sounds like a brand I may have tried before, but when I looked on their website none of their products looked familiar to me. I believe they are the brand that is being featured in the Cohorted Subscription box in September, so possibly that is why they sound so familiar. Or it could be just one of those names.

amount used in one application

However when I read over the instructions I was surprised to find that while as a bath oil this does go into the bath water. When used as a shower oil, you apply it onto the skin before taking a shower. Now this might possibly be something everyone knows about, but I confess it was new to me. I have used body oils post shower, but never pre.

To test this I decided to try first with the pre shower application and then in the bath. After I applied it to my skin pre shower I took a picture of the bottle to show how much was used.

I was actually surprised by how little was actually necessary. While the oil did make my skin a little on the shiny side, it is over all a dry feeling oil. I was worried that i would apply it and then my hands would be too slick to turn the handles in the shower. They were not. The oil absorbed easily and while my skin was shiny, my hands weren’t greasy or slippery.

The oil itself has a sharp scent, which I suppose is good for waking up and Reviving as the name implies. It has an almost pine like scent with back notes of citrus. It was quite potent when I applied it, but once I stepped into the shower the scent faded. The water beaded up on my skin as I bathed but by the time I was finished with my shower, the oil was either absorbed or washed off. The scent was completely gone and my skin felt really soft and nourished. I didn’t need a body lotion when i stepped out of the shower. If you are someone who routinely forgets body lotions post shower, this might be a good solution for you.

I also tried this in the bath, While it works well as a bath oil and leaves a little bit more of a scent behind, I am not a fan. My skin was just as soft as when I used it in the shower. For me though I take baths in the night and this scent simply didn’t work for that. I don’t know anyone who takes baths in the morning, but if you do then this could work for you. As for me I definitely prefer it as a pre shower body oil and will use the last remaining drops of it for that. I would consider purchasing this Aromatherapy Associated Bath and Shower oil, but I might also look at some other scents so that I would also be able to use it in the bath. It is a great product, I just don’t like it at night.

FORK & MELON fine cleansing wash

Rub a dub dub it’s Foamie in the Tub

This bar of Foamie Shower Body bar came in a subscription box and even though I usually don’t get all that excited about a bar of soap, I have to say I was excited to try this one out. There were two reasons for my excitement.

The first was scent based. Even as I opened the subscription box, the scent wafted up to me. Once the box containing the soap was lifted out and opened the scent was even stronger. The scent was papaya and it smelled delicious. It also smelled like a wonderful summery bath time scent.

In the summer everyone seems to go for watermelon, strawberry or coconut. I know, they are popular scents and this is their season to shine. But after a while it can be a bit much. This papaya scented soap is lightly fruity and slightly sweet and very much a summery scent. I think because I have had so much watermelon and coconut in my products lately, I was extra thrilled by the scent.

textured side

And while this scent is strong in the bar and after a shower does tend to leave the bathroom smelling a bit papaya esque, the scent does fade fairly quickly from the skin so as intense as the scent is in both the box and the shower, it doesn’t really linger as more than a slight scent on the skin. And even that you pretty much have to press your nose against your arm to smell it.

It was a nice aroma for the post shower bathroom though.

The shower body bar from Foamie does lather well and rinse away clean. I do like that it has a Ribbon to hang the soap from a hook in the bathroom (My shampoo caddy has one at the bottom which was perfect.) I like this because one of the reasons I am usually not a big fan of soap in the shower (I generally use a body wash) is because I absolutely hate that soft gunky mush on the bottom of the bar of soap where it has been sitting against something.

reaching the end

Even if you don’t have somewhere to hang this, then there is less gunky surface as the bottom of the bar is textured instead of flat.

The other reason I was excited to see this bar of soap was because it is a papaya and oat milk bar. My babydoll has allergies that occasionally cause him to break out in red skin irrigations when he comes in contact with certain types of mold and things. The antihistamines take down a lot of it but sometimes his skin remains irritated and oat milk based soaps have a good soothing effect on his skin.

wears fairly evenly in the shower, the use after this the soap broke free of the cord

Admittedly he doesn’t like a lot of the scents that oat milk soap tends to come in, so it is always a quest to stock up each summer. He liked the scent of this and it is also why I only tried the soap a couple of times to see how it performed (foams well and rinses clean, leaves little scent behind) and then turned the soap over to him.

He really liked using and loved the formula. His one complaint is that the bar didn’t last as long as some of his other bar soaps. As you can see it is nearly gone. His one suggestion was to make it a little bigger so it would last longer, otherwise he loved it. I think he was a bit surprised that he liked it as he thought the scent was over the top fruity. However he was pleased the scent faded and the oat milk took down his skin irritations. If t was just a little bit bigger, he would have been thrilled. I suspect, we will be getting this bar again in the near future as he asked me to look into whatever other scents they have. I think he’s hoping for something in a spruce. I don’t think they have that, but they do have mint, so perhaps that will be getting a try in a shower soon. Over all this Foamie Shower Body Bar was a winner.

Trying out the Dollar Shave Club

I know it has been a while, but in my quest to find a shaving subscription service, I have once again tried a new one. The reason it took me so long was because I had a drawer full of disposable razors to get through, so I would try a service, see how I thought about it, and then use up a few of the disposables.  Then I’d feel guilty about the waste and try a different service.

Thus far I have felt a bit like Goldilocks.  Each shaving service had highs and lows, but none of them was just right.

This time around I am trying out the Dollar Shave Club.  I’ve whittled down my disposable razor collection and so I decided to take advantage of the $5 starter kit.  I’ve been seeing these advertisements pretty much anytime I have gone on line in the past few weeks. 

They are nothing if not persistent.

And $5 didn’t seem like a bad price to pay to try the subscription out.  Plus, in addition to trying out the razor itself, there is the opportunity to try out other products along with it.   So I ordered the Dollar Shave club starter pack. 

The starter pack comes with one reusable razor handle, two blades in a plastic container and three travel size squeeze tubes: Prep Scrub, Shave Butter and Post Shave Dew.

So let’s break it down.

First, the handle. It is metal with texturized rubber grips.  For me this is fantastic.  I really like the metal handles over the plastic ones as I find them more durable.  The previous metal handle I tried (All Girl Shave Club) was beautiful and sleek of design, bit with no texture to the handle, it easily slid out of my hands.  This fits comfortable in the hand and the texturized rubber bits keep it from sliding out of the hand.

Next, the blades. There are six blades on each razor head.  I really like the multiple blades.  Even the disposable razors I have come with at least two and while six may not be necessary, I like more than one blade so I am fine with the potential excess. And it did give my legs a good shave. As important as the blade itself is the fit of the blade to the handle.  I know this sounds a little strange, but stick with me a moment. 

One advantage reusable razors have over disposable ones (other than the lack of waste) is that the head of the razor is maneuverable.  It isn’t in one fixed position. (I know some disposables bend as well, but then we lean back towards the waste issue). Which as my legs are not one straight line, but bend and twist, I like the maneuverability. 

As I learned with one of the subscription services (Flamingo) there can be too much maneuverability in a razor head.  With those the blade just moved around too much for me to get a good shave.  It was too floppy. While this blade does shift, it doesn’t shift too much and I was able to get a really good shave. 

Normally, as the point of the shave service is to get a razor handle and reusable blades, I would stop there, but they did include three products with the razor for me (or any subscriber) to try. So before I break down the price and the package, I’ll cover them.

The first is the prep scrub.  It is essentially a body scrub to exfoliate dead skin prior to shaving so that a closer shave can be achieved.  I have to say that while I tend to use body scrubs, I don’t tend to use them before I shave.  I’m not sure why that never occurred to me. I will say I like the idea. As long as you get all the exfoliate off of the skin before actually deploying the razor as I’m betting it will end up dinging the blade.

And the Prep scrub included in the box is okay.  It is simply a fine grained body scrub.  It smells a bit like medicinal soap, the kind my grandfather kept around to deal with poison ivy. I don’t know what scent that was officially, but that is what this prep scrub smells like. It isn’t my favorite choice, but the scent fades almost immediately so it isn’t much of a concern.  

I know they have other scents available, but the truth is, I have better body scrubs.  Or at least ones I like using more.  This just seems a bit generic.  Personally, I would use the body scrubs I already have over this one.  I am however pleased to have learned to use a scrub prior to shaving.  While I won’t be purchasing this Prep Scrub, I will be using the method.

Next, is the shave butter. The scent is vaguely rosemary infused. Which is fine.  It is on the medicinal side of herbal, but I don’t mind it.  And again the scent is light enough that it fades once it is applied.  I think they also sell other scents as well.  Butter is not the term I would use with this product.  It is thin and liquid and applies more like a gel moisturizer. It looks like snot to be honest. 

I prefer a thicker formula, partially because I like seeing the path of the razor so that I know I didn’t miss a spot.  I know that isn’t why you use shave gel/cream/butter but it is something I like.  It did an excellent job preventing irritation and razor burn (which is more of its job) but I simply prefer a thicker formula so I will not be purchasing this in the future. That’s more of a personal choice than a critique. It worked well, just isn’t for me. Of the three though, it was my favorite.

The third tube of product was the Post Shave Dew.  I’ll go ahead and confess that I didn’t like it.  Like its compatriots, it has a slightly medicinal scent to it that fades rather quickly.  It is a thin body lotion that again looks like snot. I have plenty of other body lotions that I prefer both in scent, consistency and performance.  I did use this one and it was non-irritating on freshly shaved legs and underarms, however I always use a body lotion when I get out of the shower and I have never had any irritation issues with the creams I routinely use. If you do get skin irritation from using a body lotion right after shaving your legs, then this might be for you. It is not for me.

So while the tubes of products over all weren’t for me, the point is still the razor and quite frankly I loved it.  The subscription basically sends you eight blades each time you renew.  You can add other products to the package (Like the three I tested with the trial box) but those will add on to your cost.  You can renew as little or as often as you like.  They have a monthly, quarterly and six month option to the subscription.  They will also e-mail you three days before they charge you so you can decide if you need the shipment or want to change the date. 

Each shipment of eight blades is $21.95 (that is the total with tax and shipping). Which basically breaks it down into about $2.75 per blade. Which is not a terribly bad price. As a contrast, a three pack of Venus disposable razors (my most consistent disposable razor purchase) is $6.99 which is $2.33 per razor. Clearly if you add more onto the package the price increases, but if I were to keep the subscription, I wouldn’t be adding any of the other items I’ve tried. So I would still end up with the $21.95 (The blades are actually listed as $20 with the $1.95 as the tax with zero S&H if you want the full breakdown).

At the moment, the Dollar Shave Club has provided the best razor handle and blades from any of the subscriptions I’ve tried.  There are still a couple of services that I haven’t tried, but at the moment, this is the one to beat. I really like the maneuverability of the head and the rubberized grips of the metal handle. I did not drop it in the shower even once as I tested it out, despite my hands being somewhat slick. I think the blades are a decent price and I really like the flexibility of the subscription itself.  If I don’t need the blades I can just postpone/reschedule my shipment with one simple click. Which will allow me to eiter clear out the last of the disposables from my drawer or test out the other subscriptions before fully committing. There are still a couple of subscriptions I want to test out so I will postpone any refills sent my way for the time being, but not cancel the subscription. To be honest though, I think I may have actually found a winner.


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Library of Flowers Honeycomb Hand Cream

I know I often complain about getting hand creams in subscription boxes, but the truth is, there are often just so many of them and a lot of them are relatively indistinguishable. 

I do use a lot of hand cream, more now than I used to because of all of the hand washing, so the complaints are mostly because I often feel as though I am stockpiling.  I dislike feeling like a hoarder or the thought that product might go to waste because I just didn’t get to it in time.

However, the Library of Flowers Honeycomb hand cream is not only one I enjoy, it is one I often think of in much the same way as I think of a perfume. The tube of cream retails for $20 and while the cream itself is in a painterly metal tube, the tube comes in a lovely decorative box.  

And yes I did buy a second tube for myself as you’ll see in the photo below.  I also bought a couple as gifts at the same time and figured since I liked it so much I would go ahead and add a second one for me into the cart.  It is a hand cream I enjoy enough that I know I will use it.  And the pretty boxes made it ideal for quick gifting. 

While I work alone, my darling dearest supervises a couple of people, two of whom are women in their fifties.  Because they work with archival materials they were constantly washing and sterilizing hands even before the pandemic, so hand cream was always going to be a good gift. (There are often complains about the industrial type lotion they keep at the office). This was pretty enough to serve as a gift and appropriate (especially this year) as a small office gift. Especially since they both know me and knew I picked it out as well as it being a general theme in their office.

But now that I’ve told you I like it enough to repurchase and to gift, let’s look at the official description

Cast of Characters: Top: Sugared Fig, Middle: Ambrosia Honey, Bottom: Royal Bee Blossom

Description
Divinely creamy. Sublimely scented & irresistibly soft: sweet, silky joy is at hand! Specially crafted to dissolve quickly into skin, generous amounts of Cocoa Butter & extra-conditioning Shea Butter deliver deep hydration to parched skin. A replenishing pick-me-up, restorative Macadamia Nut and healing Avocado Oil infuse this unique formula with superior soothing power.

Key Ingredients: Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Macadamia Nut Oil, Avocado Oil, Elderflower Extract.

Do you see what I mean?  The description reads very much like a perfume.  And to be honest when I use this cream, I specifically don’t wear perfume.  Given the ingredients I would be surprised if it didn’t absorb well and make the skin silky smooth. 

And it does absorb well and quickly.  The cream has a light texture and isn’t heavy even though it performs like a heavy duty cream. I think the oils tend to lighten up the butters. Admittedly, that is just my theory and one gleaned more from baking rather than product production. Regardless, it is a lightweight texture.

It is really good on dry rough spots and overwashed hands. Even though it is fragranced, I had no irritation from the fragrance on my over washed hands. I have also found that I can apply this on my legs for a hit of moisture and if I start with the legs and then apply it on my hands and arms then I have no problem pulling on a pair of leggings because the cream will have completely absorbed.

The second (new) tube next to the one in use

That’s sort of my test for quick absorption. Sometimes leggings or tight jeans will stick if pulled on over just lotion-ed limbs.  If I start with the legs, then moisturize the hands and arms there wasn’t a sticking problem.

The scent is lightly floral and slightly sweet with lightly earthy back notes. To be honest it smells like Royal Bee Blossom, Honey and Fig. Which shouldn’t surprise as it is exactly what is listed in the description.

Truth in advertising, what a concept!

The green scent of the fig actually balances out the flower and the honey so that the scent is sweet without being cloying.

While the scent comes on a bit strong when it is first applied.  After a moment or two it fades back so that you really only smell it if you lift your hand to your nose. Basically, as the cream absorbs into the skin, the scent fades. It remains present throughout the day, but it is a close to the skin sort of scent.

Of the multitude of creams that have come my way recently this is definitely in the top five and currently one of only two that I have reordered (The Cake Milk Made is the second in case you are wondering). I am very happy to have this hand cream around.



Going Native for the Holidays

Holiday scents can be tricky beasts. On one hand you have a delightfully seasonal aroma. On the other you have the precipice of stink that can either be cloyingly sweet or nose searingly spicy. I remember a body spray one year that more or less made me feel like gingerbread men were coming to smother me with bags of powdered cinnamon in my sleep. That is the danger of leaning towards the savory instead of the sweet side.

However I needed to make a Target run and low and behold there were the bins of holiday products at the end of the aisle. I actually was there to pick up some Olay Body wash, which I did, but I also picked up these two. One of which is now causing the Olay Body wash to wait patiently for me to get around to it. It is my standard for body washes at the moment as far as the drug store goes. For comparison sake the Olay body wash is regulartly $7.99)

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Because I started with the Native Body Wash and set Olay to the side. While I have recently been using the Native deodorant, this is my first experience with their body wash. It was the candy cane that got me. what can I say, I love peppermint. And this is the one time of year I get to gorge my senses with it. So I figured what a good time to test out Native’s Body wash. (In all fairness if I had passed an end cap with almost any brand’s Candy Cane scented Body Wash I would probably have picked it up and decided it was the right time to test it out.

And don’t worry, my display photos were taken over the sink, not in the shower. While I’m pretty sure I could easily get a G rated photo of the body wash at work I am equally certain the camera would come to a watery end. And yes, that is my Daily Concepts scrubber you see. It came in a Look Fantastic Box a while ago and I now have replacements in the linen closet so that it can be immediately replaced when the time is right. I have fallen in love with it.

But what about the body wash?

It comes out clear rather than creamy and as you can see in the photo, lathers quite well. The lathering agent is Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate in case you are wondering and they do use coconut oil in their mix, so those with coconut allergies should be aware. The one issue I came across with Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate is that it is a penetration enhancer so it can help your skin absorb other ingredients.They do leave out the sulfates and parabens though so most of what it is enhancing is not bad for you. It is also the ingredient that gathers up all the dirt and oil from your skin and drags it towards the drain.

In using this body wash I felt clean, but my skin was not stripped. It was soft and nourished and my shower smelled like a peppermint stick. It was slightly sweet but not in a sticky sort of way that disrupts the feeling of clean (which is a fine line that a lot of holiday products miss) and it was very pepperminty. However, as minty fresh as the shower smelled, there was no lingering scent on the skin. The scent was washed down the drain with the bubbles. I got out of the shower, dried off and sniffed my arm.

Nothing but clean skin.

Which is fine as it doesn’t interfere with the scents of other products. It is essentially a shower experience. I would imagine all of the other scents of body wash from the brand have a similar feature, which is nice to know since so many of them appeal to me but aren’t scents I would want to wear throughout the day. To be honest my one regret is that I bought the trial size and not the full sized bottle. Although I honestly didn’t see the full sized bottles of the candy cane scent. I’m hoping I was just a little too early for the full holiday display and that there will be the big bottles soon. All full sized body washes are $8. The Native site offers a subscription service that delivers your favorite products every three months (you can change out the scents) and the price drops down to $6. Which I think is a fair price. Especially as body wash and deodorant are still products that I go to the store for. This year that list has dwindled down significantly.

size comparison between travel and full

But speaking of deodorant, I also tried out the Sugar Cookie scented Deodorant when I picked up the Body Wash. It is the same nice formula that all of their deodorants are and it does smell like a sugar cookie when you sniff the product. The scent fades almost immediately so that you aren’t wafting sugar cookie scent around. To be honest, this is one of those products I am glad I got the travel size. It is large enough to last the month and then it will be gone. I can’t see myself wanting to keep it around longer than a month so I am perfectly happy with that. It is a holiday scent that is in a product the size of which will not out last the holiday. It also makes me want to pick up some of the other scents in the travel size to see if they might be more longer term in my bathroom products. I like the Cucumber and Mint that I am using, but several of the others are quite appealing. I just don’t know how long they would be appealing. The travel size would be a great way to test it.

So there my darlings are my two Native Holiday Products. The Candy Cane body wash I will attempt to find in a full size (Possibly buying extra should I managed to find it) and it has tempted me into thinking about the Native subscription service. The Sugar Cookie Deodorant works like it’s year round counterparts, but will not be something I want to keep past the holidays even if it is tempting me into more trial sizes.


A Natural Deodorant trial with Native

Native Deodorant Cucumber and Mint

I have flirted with natural deodorants before.  I have tried sample sizes and to be honest one thing or another has driven me back to my Dove Advanced Care each time.

The Native deodorant was a little different. Most of the natural deodorants have the same sort of oatmeal scent to them.  While I don’t mind it, it isn’t something I find appealing.  I also learned that no matter how good a product is, I am not going to scoop deodorant out of a jar and rub it into my underarms.  I’m just not.

Perhaps this is a personal failing, but I just know I’m not going to do it.

I need a stick formula in a deodorant, no matter what type of deodorant I choose.

So when my latest stick of Dove Advanced Care ran out, I went out and saw a rack of the Native deodorants and thought, why not give it a try.

Now first, let’s get some basic terminology straight. Deodorant and antiperspirant are not the same thing.  Deodorant protects against odor, while antiperspirant protects against sweat and odor.

It seems like a simple distinction and I’m sure some of you are thinking, duh Mimsy, that’s kind of a no brainer.

Well it is sort of, but it makes you actually think about how you are using the product. I hadn’t actually given it much thought before and for me, this became an issue. So I just needed to mention it so everyone is on the same page.  Now let’s look at the Native deodorant.

The scent I chose to start with is the Cucumber and Mint.  There were several scents that I was interested in trying out but I thought this was a good place to start. It is advertised as crisp and fresh scented.

Which it is. 

It has the underlying oatmeal smell all natural deodorants seem to have, but the dominant scent is the cucumber and mint.  It is a nice refreshing smell.

At least on the stick. Once applied, I couldn’t realty scent much unless I sniffed my underarm directly.  Which I will admit I did, not only to see if I was stinky, but to see if the deodorant scent remained.  If you are worried about the scent emanating from you causing you to waft cucumber and mint wherever you go, don’t be. It is not a scent that travels past the skin and will not clash with anything else you are wearing that is scented.

The first few days I sweated buckets.  Because this is a deodorant and not an antiperspirant my under arms were soaked. Part of this is probably because I was used to wearing an antiperspirant and my body was adjusting. After the adjustment…well I still sweated a lot.  I am currently on a weight loss journey so sweating a lot is part of the game. 

Here is the deal.  I don’t mind sweating when I am working out.  Plus, I know that when I work out I am sweating in more than just my under arms.  This is why my work out shirts are Hanes undershirts rather than actual work out gear. There is actually a fairly wide variety to them and they can take a beating. I wear them until they look worn out and salt stained no matter how many times I wash them and then I trade them out for a new pack of Hanes t-shirts and use the old ones for gardening or other messy tasks until they are too worn out for that.  At this point they get used as rags around the house. Hanes t-shirts can take a beating so I don’t have to replace them that often, but when I do, they aren’t that expensive.  It may not make me a fashion plate when working out, but it works for me.

It also means that I don’t mind that this is not an antiperspirant when I am sweating in my work out clothes. As long as I don’t stink. Which I didn’t.  The deodorant works as it was supposed to.  I was not stinky even if my shirt was soaked.

What I do mind is wet underarms when I am not working out.

Most of the time I work at my desk inside.  Typing in general does not work up a sweat. But I live in an area that is hot and humid for long stretches of the year.  While it has cooled down now, it wasn’t so cool when I started using the Native deodorant. And due to current circumstances, there were several meetings I had that were taken in outdoor situations simply for social distancing.  Wet armpits are one thing when working out, they are another at meetings. 

I ended up picking up another Dove Advanced care antiperspirant to use for meetings where I didn’t want the sweat to show.  Ninety percent of the time, I can go with the Native Deodorant and I will be sticking with it.  As the weather has finally turned and there should be no more heat waves until the spring, I will probably use the Native Deodorant throughout the winter with no problem. 

I will then have to break out the Dove Antiperspirant for when it heats up during meetings.  I like the natural deodorant and Native does work really well at taking down body odor, even when working out.  There are just a few times where I need an antiperspirant. That is just the reality of my life. 

Personally, I don’t mind keeping both products around and treating the antiperspirant as an emergency use product. The system worked well the few times I had to use it and as I don’t really attend too many in person meetings any more, I am perfectly happy to continue with the system. 

It also means I will be ordering the Blood orange and clove holiday scented deodorant soon as well.  Partially to see if the scent is stronger and partially because I really want to try it out.  So there you have my review.  It is a good product, but you do need to know yourself and your lifestyle.  Whether you like this product or not is going to rely a large part on whether or not you need an antiperspirant or not. If you find you don’t sweat a whole lot in your daily life, this is definitely a natural deodorant I would give a go. 

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