I’ve just returned from a 4-day camping trip in Lake George. That means sweating in the “wilderness” and baking in the sun at the Great Escape. Not to mention a fundraiser popup thrown into the mix, which equals a serious workout lifting bags of inventory! Needless to say, I sweat a lot this weekend. So I was happy to have my new Native deodorant along for the trip!
My mom, sisters, and I have been on the hunt for a great “all natural” deodorant for a while now. Some have tried the crystal, while others (myself included) have tried various brands with no luck. Some were sticky, others smelled funky, one sort of worked if reapplied every hour — NONE actually worked. Not in the “work smarter not harder” (WSNH) sense, anyway.
Why Aluminum Free?
I wouldn’t call ourselves “crunchy”, but we are pretty conscious about what we put into and on our bodies. Sometimes that isn’t easy when there are no alternatives, or the benefits far outweigh the potential negatives. Aluminum, the bad stuff in almost every anti-perspirant, is one thing we’re trying to avoid. I’ve done a good deal of reading up on aluminum, and the Native website summarizes things well:
The short answer is that no one really knows how harmful aluminum is to your body. Some studies have linked aluminum to terrible maladies, including breast cancer, kidney disease and Alzheimer’s. That’s why deodorant that contains aluminum tells you to consult a doctor if you have kidney disease. We created Native Deodorant because deodorant is applied daily to a sensitive area of your body, and we wanted a safe and healthy alternative as compared to the existing options.
Native Deodorant Review
I ordered their most popular scent, Coconut & Vanilla. At $12 a pop, my household CFO (Chief Financial Officer) self was on high alert. Then I saw that all orders enjoy free shipping – score! Bonus Flamingo Sisters tip: choose the subscription option to save $2!! The part of me that loves a quality product is happy to report that it’s worth $12. I will spend the extra money on well-made and stylish shoes and clothes, services that will continue to benefit me or my business in the long run, and any product that does what it says it will do.
The smells are divine. I would describe the Coconut & Vanilla as a sweet and sugary scent. I love coconut lotion and use it daily, so this scent jives well with my overall fragrance profile. I also ordered the Cotton & Lily scent in the travel size. This one is a clean, fresh scent, and the one that came on the camping trip with me. Neither is overpowering, and I have a sensitive nose!
The product glides on pretty well, but seems a little thick or cakey so I assumed it was going to leave residue on my clothes. I was happily proved wrong! I don’t have any issues with wetness, considering this is not an antiperspirant. Most importantly, this product really works. I apply once in the morning, and have been smelling my armpits (as inconspicuously as possible) throughout the day for the past three weeks. They smell as good as first thing in the morning.
Overall, I couldn’t be happier, and healthier. Follow this link to give it a try yourself, and we both earn a travel size Native deodorant!!XOXO -- Claire