Sometimes its the pits…

For the past few years I have been giving natural deodorant a try. After testing out a bunch of different varieties I ended up settling on Native. I had an interesting adjustment period with the shift. While there was no scent, the deodorant taking care of that aspect, and indeed I would not have used it if it hadn’t. However in those first few months there were a lot of sweat rings on my shirts. I actually ended up choosing a few shirts to sort of sacrifice as my body adjusted.

And after a time, my body did adjust. The sweat rings lessened and the deodorant works as well, a deodorant. I was able to wear the Native Deodorant in the gym and indeed most situations. Some scents I found more appealing than others. A few scents were stronger than others, but over all I found several that worked for me.

This should have been the end of it.

But alas it is not.

This summer, things changed. Maybe it is because of the heat coming on so intensely so fast, maybe it is that while I do yoga in the house the walks are outside and there is nary a gym in sight, but things have changed.

I went on a walk and noticed that I was a bit on the stinky side. In addition the sweat rings were back and they were fierce. Again, the heat came on fast and hard this summer so perhaps my body didn’t adjust all that well. The sweat rings I can deal with. I have specific shirts I wear when walking, I don’t go walking in the same shirts I wear to work.

It is the stink factor that can not be tolerated.

With the walks it is nominally acceptable as I come home, cool down and take a shower before beginning my day. But I noticed that later in the day, if i left the house for a meeting or running errands, if the day was warm (which most of them have been) then after a time I started to detect a little whiff. And this is not okay. I picked up the Dove advanced care Dry spray to provide back up when going out to meetings and I have been using that while I use this stick of Native deodorant up completely.

The pairing has worked well. I am almost out of the Native deodorant (as I am of the Dove spray, which shows how much that has been in use actually) and so I will be replacing the almost empty Native, with a stick of Dove. In the autumn, when temperatures cool, I may go back to either the Native deodorant or begin my quest again to find a natural deodorant that can work well. However as previous to this I was so thrilled by the native Deodorant’s effectiveness, I just wanted to give you a little bit of an update as things shift.

Maybe the shift is the summer, maybe the shift is me out doors instead of in the gym, or maybe they have adjusted their formula. Either way, I wanted to let you know where I was and to give a kind of heads up, for those of you who may be thinking of switching your deodorants and weighing the prows and cons of the new varieties out there. There are many out there and I know one thing we all want to avoid is stinking in public.

I know, not the sexiest post, but if you are spending a lot of time outside or working out, I hope you find it helpful.

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.