Do you use a natural deodorant stick or cream?
If you’ve already ditched your aluminum-laden antiperspirant then you might already have a preference for either a natural deodorant stick or cream. If you’re new to this journey of ditching antiperspirant — the one thing you believe retains friendships and keeps you employed — then listen up.
There are many factors dictating a successful antiperspirant detox, but first let’s talk about products.
Traditionally, most natural deodorants were in stick form. If you made the switch, you’d most likely use a deodorant stick as your only option. I know so many people who have tried natural deodorant sticks and have given up after one try because it just failed miserably.
There’s a reason for this! Deodorant creams are SUPERIOR to deodorant sticks (I’m talking about the kind you find in the natural food store like Jason or Tom’s of Maine).
No offence to the sticks out there, they can serve a purpose as well. In fact, they’re essential as an emergency measure to throw in your desk drawer or bag. The down side to using a deodorant cream is that you need to apply it with your fingers (not the easiest thing to do when you’re trying to be discreet).
Let’s start from the top. What is a deodorant cream? They often contain ingredients like: coconut oil, shea butter, baking soda, clay, corn starch, and essential oils. They’re very similar to a moisturizer except with the addition of odour-eating ingredients like baking soda, and antibacterial ingredients like coconut oil, neem oil, and essential oils (tea tree is a common one).
Why are creams superior to sticks?
- The amount of product that can be applied to the skin at one time.
The composition of a stick is often made up of an emulsion of water and odour-fighting oils (viscous ingredients) that are melded together with a binding agent. When applied to the underarm it often goes on in a very thin layer that doesn’t stay on the skin for very long.
Deodorant creams come in jars and there’s more flexibility to what ingredients can be added (since it doesn’t need to retain a shape). Also, more product makes contact with the skin (and stays there!) as it gets absorbed and creates an emollient layer (think about a body butter vs. a gel).
Note: Brands are coming out with sticks that act more like creams (like Meow Meow Tweet), which is a win,win for everyone!
Saying all of this, I realize that there’re creamier and more effective deodorant sticks available out there. In general though, when I recommend natural deodorants to newbies (former antiperspirant users) I say go straight for the cream.
There are a few brands that I’ve tested and find better than others. Meow Meow Tweet is my number one go-to natural deodorant. Leaves of Trees, Joyous Health, and Soapwalla are also versions you might want to try.
Some experimenting will be necessary to figure out which one works best for you. Just know this: for everyone that I’ve coached, I’ve had very few (if any) failures, especially using my Antiperspirant Detox method!