Raj shares his Native Deodorant for Travel Stink Review in India. In India! Where better to do a deodorant trial and put a natural deodorant to the test? #GoNative
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Trying Native Deodorant for Travel Stink in India
A smart person would not go to India for a month with a natural deodorant that they haven't tried before.
But this is exactly what I did. Aw crap… what does that say about me?
Well, it is what I did. How better to trial a deodorant?
Why Use Natural Deodorants?
I've never tried a natural deodorant before, aside from salt crystal deodorants. But after learning about how dirty and, frankly, shitty the cosmetics world is when introduced to Beautycounter who is trying to change that, I wanted a cleaner, safer deodorant.
But any of the natural deodorants that friends had told me about were not super effective at what they were supposed to do: eliminate body odor.
Other non-natural deodorants have felt gross and sticky. Or are too perfumy. Or their scent just didn't work for me.
The Ideal Deodorant:
- needs to eliminate body odor,
- ought to smell good or be scentless,
- should not be sticky,
- and must be safe!! #NoCompromises
Health and Safety of Deodorants
Yeah. Think about that last one. Like so many personal products, we are exposed to them ALL DAY because we have them on our skin ALL OF THE TIME.
Plus your armpits have less of a protective barrier than more exposed skin. The skin is sensitive, containing nerves, blood vessels, lymph nodes, hair follicles, and sweat glands.
There are a lot of questionable ingredients in cosmetics products. For example, antiperspirants often contain aluminum which have a possible link to breast cancer. Other issues include hormone disruption, liver and inhalation toxicity, thyroid dysfunction, and damage to sperm.
Looking at my old deodorant on the EWG website, some of the safety concerns of ingredients include: immunotoxicity (ie. bad for your immune system), non-reproductive organ system toxicity, endocrine disruption (hormone disturbances), ecotoxicology, contact irritation, contamination concerns, bioaccumulation with persistent exposure, and use of ingredients that have been banned in many countries for health reasons.
Ingredients in my old deodorant: Dipropylene glycol, water, propylene glycol, sodium stearate, Fragrance (a proprietary blend with who-knows-what ingredients…), PPG-3 myristyl ether, triclosan (which has concerned about contamination with chloroform and dioxins), tetrasodium EDTA, sodium hydroxide, solvent violet 13, and solvent green 3.
Ingredients in my Native deodorant: Caprylic (oil made from coconuts), tapioca starch, ozokerite (aka “earth wax”), sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, cyclodextrin (sugar-based ingredient from corn), butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, charcoal powder, dextrose (sugar), and lactobacillus acidophilus (probiotics).
Native Deodorant Review for Men
Given my above requirements for the ideal deodorant, how did Native deodorant do?
1. The Travel Stink Test: A month sweating and traveling in India
If I had been using my regular pit stick, I would have needed to reapply on plane/train days, or by mid-afternoon while sweating my ass off.
And Native? One application lasted me all day. Even the longest of travel days were funk-free the entire day until I washed it off. What natural deodorant have you used that works that well.
2. Deodorant Should Smell Good
Native has half-a-dozen “classic scents” (I like the Charcoal and the Cucumber Mint scents for men) which are available year-round and a few seasonal scents that are constantly changing. That's pretty cool until you fall in love with a seasonal scent and can't get it again after it's gone (like the Sea Salt & Cedar 😢💔).
So yeah, Native deodorants smell good.
3. They Are Not Sticky
In fact, Native feels nice and smooth, even moisturizing with the shea butter and coconut oil ingredients.
4. Pit Stick Must Be Safe!
As mentioned above, Native is made from natural ingredients that are known to be safe.
Four for four!
There you have it. I love Native deodorants for men.
Oh, I also wanted to make a quick note: I didn't love it the first couple of days, and then Holley mentioned that I probably needed some time for my armpits to detox.
After years of using pore-blocking, microbiome-changing, gland-plugging pit sticks, your body needs to return to its natural functioning. That means clearing out the aluminum salts and other ingredients that may be left behind, returning to a more natural acidic pH of the skin, and allowing the natural bacteria to return to the area.
Native says that it can take up to 2 weeks for this to occur. So I guess I was lucky that it only took me a few days before things seemed to be working right.