I’m one of those people who, for the LONGEST time, didn’t really care about going to more natural products for my body, because, well … I’m kind of reckless like that! LOL! C’mon, I was one of those girls who used to drink a 2 litre of wildberry cooler when I was 19!!! LOL!!
However, it wasn’t until I started learning more about animal testing (and after having Leo!) that it really got me thinking differently about the products I use on a daily basis. When I first became more conscious of where things came from, how they were made, and animal testing, I knew I had to start making some changes and that all started with the food that I ate … then it moved from there to being more aware of the clothing I was buying. I mean, it’s a work in progress and while I still have a lot to learn and perfect, I’m now moving onto changing up the things I purchase in the beauty and body world!! Ps. If you missed my everyday makeup tutorial, check it out here, it features some of my favourite cruelty-free makeup!!
Every time I went to the drugstore to pick up deodorant I started feeling icky about it … I didn’t really want to continue to buy the big name brands as I knew they sold their products to China … for those that may not know, the rule of thumb is, if something is sold in China they are obligated to go through animal testing. I also knew that some of these products were filled with aluminum which could cause risk for breast cancer.
So, that’s about the time I decided to take the leap and switch over to natural deodorant … for a few reasons. One, I love being about to support small, local brands … secondly, these smaller brands tend to be more eco-conscious and don’t test on animals and lastly … it’s better for my body!!
Now, I’ll be completely honest … it has taken me almost SIX MONTHS to go through this process. I wanted to make sure to test out some different brands and see which one I loved the best. I would try one particular brand for two weeks then I would switch to another to test it out. I almost gave up SO MANY times throughout this process … I was stinky (going through pit detox!!) and it was a bit of a struggle to find one that I totally approved of!!
I started this whole process by trying K’pure’s natural deodorant! At first, I didn’t love it because I wasn’t really fond of having to apply the deodorant with my fingers. Also, considering this was the very first time I transitioned over, I really should have been using their Clean Up detox mask (this helps detox your pits and helps with the stink!!) … but I accidentally gave it away and never had the chance to use it so I just went straight into using the deodorant.
After a couple of weeks, I swapped and started using Schmidt’s and while I loved the smell of their lavender deodorant (it was actually my fave scent out of all of them!) I found it really just didn’t work for me. However … this was at the very beginning of the process so maybe I’ll have to give it another shot … for scent’s sake! LOL!
From there I transitioned to Saje’s natural deodorants … again, I LOVED the scents of both of their deodorants (and I’m a HUGE Saje fan) but I didn’t like the fact that the one deodorant was a spray (I prefer a roll on!). The other one I tried from Saje was their Crystal Fresh deodorant stick but you have to get it wet before applying it which I wasn’t particularly fond of.
After testing out Saje for a few weeks I went BACK to K’pure and used it solely for a month straight. I found that after a little longer of a detox and after testing out a few others that I really did like K’pure’s product. I found that it DID work and I wasn’t as stinky anymore but I had to reapply quite often … typically a deodorant would last me about 4-8 hours or longer without reapplying. However, I was okay to reapply knowing that I had peace of mind using a natural product and that it was also better for the environment.
LASTLY … yes, there’s another one … LOL!! The last natural deodorant I tried out was Nala natural deodorant … and, ladies and gentleman … THIS IS MY FAVE and I’m so excited about it!! Nala is made by a 25-year-old from Vancouver and it is an applicator deodorant!! It goes on nice and smooth and doesn’t make my armpits feel wet or sticky!!
Okay, there you have it!! So, as a quick takeaway, my top three would be the following …
- Nala (this is my fave and I would buy it regularly!)
- K’pure (make sure to use the detox mask … the only downfall is the fingertip application!)
- Saje (smells delish and love the brand … the only downfall is I’m not a fan of the spray!)
Ps. I also tried Kopari’s Coconut Deodorant and I love it too (plus it smells delish) but I haven’t tried it for as long as the others!!
If you are going to try to make this transition, I would suggest to do it when you’ve been in a long-term relationship … or if you’re single (and not out trying to mingle) because you are going to be a bit STINKY while your pits detox … LOL!! But I’m sure this whole process is also different for everyone!! Be patient with the process though, it’s well worth it and I’m so happy I stuck it out. Next up, once Justin is done with his Old Spice, it will be HIS turn to go through this! Then … after that, we are going to make the switch to natural body wash!!