If you’ve checked out my big post all about aluminum-free, natural, non-toxic deodorants, you know that some are really great and some are barely functional. There’s a wide range of products on the market, so how do you choose? I start with the ingredients and look at reviews. I also research the company, where the product is made and if I’ve tried or liked anything else from the brand.
I stand by my rankings, but something weird happened to my body after I had my daughter (“yeah, no sh*t!” — all the moms). Products that used to work really well on me, or scents I used to really like, no longer cut it.
So while I still think this post should be your go-to for my thoughts on aluminum free deodorants (the non-DIY variety, that is), here are the products I’ve been using the past year, in order of how much I like them:
- Lavanilla, Pure Vanilla. Gentle formula and feels smooth and luxurious going on. Lasts a while on me and I like the vanilla scent. It dissipates pretty quickly but it’s nice for a little while. Pure vanilla is my favorite but they have some interesting combinations like Grapefruit Vanilla, etc. In Burlington, VT you can get it at Mirror, Mirror.
- NEW Ursa Major Hoppin’ Fresh Deodorant. Brand new and really lovely. I enjoy the spa-like fragrance (probably from eucalyptus) and the formula is smooth and doesn’t irritate my skin AT ALL. It’s a wonderful product all around. However, it doesn’t last that long on me. By late afternoon (sometimes I can stretch it until dinnertime), I don’t feel hoppin’ fresh. So, I reapply mid-day. This isn’t a huge deal for me, unless I forget. In Burlington, VT you can get it at City Market, Healthy Living and hopefully soon other places that carry Ursa Major (like Common Deer, etc.)
- Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting Apricot Deodorant. Yup, it’s true. While I fell out of love with a lot of the deodorants on my original list, this one has remained a favorite for it’s fruity scent. The scent actually lingers for a while, which I like, but may be a detractor for some people.
- Primal Pit Paste, Jacked up Jasmine. The lemongrass scent and I felt out of love after my pregnancy (hormones are weird), but I LOVE the jasmine scent and the formula works well and truly lasts all day. Unfortunately I’m one of those people who is sensitive to this powerful formula so I can’t wear it every day without experiencing some redness and a mild rash. Note: PPP does offer an unscented, sensitive version for people like me but I haven’t tried it yet.
I’ve used up my Lavanille and Tom’s and won’t be repurchasing for a while since I’ll be moving on to testing out DIY recipes in the new year. However, I still have a stick of Ursa Major and Primal Pit Paste in my bathroom, ready to take over if my foray into creating my own deodorant goes wrong.