The quest for the perfect deodorant is never-ending. Antiperspirants clog pores, and probably cause cancer. Stick deodorants flake and cake on black clothes. Natural deodorants leave you smelling like a hippie in less than an hour.
The need for perfect deodorant is one of my favorite first world problems.
So, here are my top three solutions for keeping pits in tip-top scent and shape.
Tom’s of Maine is a classic brand when it comes to natural deodorant and toothpaste. They have a bomb-ass mouth wash too. The problem, however with their standard stick deodorant is that it won’t make it through a single yoga class or 9 am meeting. Luckily, their long-lasting formula really takes the cake for natural deodorants that work. The only down side? Some folks (such as myself) develop and allergy to it, suffering from peeling armpits.
But, for the rest of the world, it’s a great price, comes in several light-weight scents, and gets the job done.
Lavanila is a favorite of mine. It’s a little pricer than Tom’s but worth the cost. This stick is light weight and doesn’t leave unsightly residue. Even better? The vanilla scented variety makes your armpits smell like dessert. It will get you through about 80 percent of the day, but the travel size variety fits in any purse for easy application on sweatier days. Pick it up at Sephora, for 8 bucks!
My go-to scent is lavender.
My latest obsession in armpit care is the amazing Fat and the Moon Deodorant Cream. The tiny pot is made primarily of coconut oil and baking soda. The combo works to neutralize odor and kill germs in a snap. It has a faint scent–black pepper, tea tree, grapefruit, and clary sage all contribute to a light, airy scent that masks natural musk all day long. To apply, rub a bit between your fingers, and then under your arm. This may be the least conventional application method for deodorant, but this stuff won’t flake or cake, so it’s worth it!
I’d be willing to put any of these three to a day long sweat test, and you should too!
Peace. Love. and Bobby Pins.