Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant Review
Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant Review
One of the most difficult tasks I’ve had during my transition to natural and green beauty is finding a natural deodorant that actually works! This is coming from a person who was dependent on anti-perspirant since I entered into puberty (thank goodness those days are long gone though!)
Needless to say I’ve tried a lot of natural deodorants… including Tom’s, Crystal Natural Deodorant, Penny Lane Deodorant Spray and even Nivea’s Pure & Natural. None of which really ended up stealing my heart.
Enter Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant
I’ve heard countless rave reviews about Schmidt’s; so when I saw their deodorant for sale at my local Homesense (that place is a gold mine!) I decided to pick one up – luckily they had my favourite scent (Lavender!)
Schmidt’s was founded by Jaime Schmidt in 2010 in Portland, Oregon after seeing the need for more effective natural products. Schmidt’s has spread throughout the years and is continuing to expand its line of personal care products.
Even though I read many rave reviews on the Schmidt’s natural deodorant, I didn’t buy into the hype at first and knew to go into testing the product expecting the least. However, I must admit that I am happily surprised by how well this product works!
What’s the catch?
There are some downsides to this deodorant; like all natural deodorants you will need to shower or at least wash off your armpits everyday. The deodorant is effective, but it’s not something that will cover the smell for more than 12 hours. Unless you don’t produce any sweat… With that being said – an eight hour workday is perfectly fine. Which totally threw me off guard (I brought extra perfume for the first week of using this… just in case!) But it wasn’t needed at all.
Unlike some other deodorants (ahem, Tom’s.) This one doesn’t leave your armpits feeling sticky or wet after application either! In fact, it absorbs the wetness extremely well and locks in the scent.
Now, continuing with the 100% no-bullshit policy there are a few more cons. One being that the product is pretty stiff and therefore you need to really rub on your armpits to warm it up and get the product off. It could just be the temperature of my house at this time of the year (about 18-21 degrees celsius); I’m sure in the summer or higher temperatures the blend would be more malleable.
I have noticed that my armpits have a bit of discolouration and slight irritation. Now, I can’t pin it down to this product in particular because there are some clothes that I have been wearing that chafe on my armpits – including a few nursing bras. It’s not enough that it hurts to move my arms but someone with sensitive skin may experience more pain; which could be caused from the baking soda within the ingredients. I’ve heard lots of people have issues with baking soda in deodorants causing rashes as it is rather abrasive on the skin.
So what makes it work?
- Maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) powder acts as a thickening ingredient and helps to absorb any wetness.
- Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) also acts as a thickening ingredient and pH adjuster by helping to absorb scent and wetness.
- Cocos Nucifera (coconut) Oil is used for moisturizing and for its antibacterial properties.
- Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter) is primarily used for it’s skin softening properties.
- Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (fractionated coconut oil) is used to moisturize as well as provide a creamy texture.
- Euphorbia Cerifera (candelilla) Wax has a variety of uses including softening skin, controlling viscosity and as a film forming ingredient.
- Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil helps to moisturize and control the viscosity of the product.
- Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil is used for fragrance.
- Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil is used for fragrance.
- Tocopherol (vitamin E; sunflower-derived) is an antioxidant and is also used to help condition the skin.
Although the Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant definitely comes with some cons, it is by far the best natural deodorant I have tried since switching to more natural options! I have heard that the jar version works better if that’s something you’re comfortable trying; my fear is that it’s a messy application and not as portable as the stick version. But if you’re on the hunt for a more natural deodorant, this is definitely something to keep in mind!
What’s your go-to deodorant scent?
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