Trying to find a natural deodorant that really works is like searching for the Holy Grail. I know because I have been searching for one since I was 18.
Most women, like myself, have the best intentions for their health, but after trying every natural deodorant known to man, they give up and just stick to what works. For me, I use a natural kind in the winter when it’s less hot and I sweat less and in the summer I just use Dove, and I pray that the aluminum in it is not slowly killing me or giving me cancer.
Earlier this year, I got renewed interest to try and find the perfect natural deodorant I could wear all year long. I thought surely it is 2013, some body at some company has finally figured that shit out. This is probably a good time to point out, that I am a heavy sweater. Always have been, probably always will be. I get nervous super easily, and I just sweat. I sweat as soon as temp is above 62 degrees. I sweat drinking a cup of tea or coffee, or a glass of wine. I sweat as soon as I start talking to someone I don’t know. I start sweating as soon as I start talking to someone I do know. I am a nervous, sweating, nelly.
I had heard a few rumors of a new brand call Primal Pit Paste. People were swearing up and down that it was the end-all be-all of natural deodorant. So I immediately bought some ($9 for some deodorant?! No problem if it freaking works!). And it did. Sort of. I mean I felt less slimy than Tom’s crappy natural deodorant. But I still felt pretty slimy from sweating. I tried both the original primal pit paste and the paste stick, but the thing that pissed me off about Primal Paste is that it stained my clothes. And it’s also not fun sticking your fingers into a tub of cream and rubbing it on your pits.
Then I came across The Duggan Sisters and their Life Stinks product and they promised to work, not just keep me smelling good, but dry, AND not stain my clothes. ($15 for 2.2 ounces? But of course! especially if you don’t stain my nice clothes!)
I like this powder product better than Primal Paste because I feel drier. I still feel way slimy compared to Dove, but if I reapply 3 or 4 times a day, I get by. Because, you know, I have nothing else to spend my money on other than the world’s most expensive deodorant and have nothing else to do with my time than reapply 5 times a day.
I also tried Tom’s antiperspirant deodorant. Not as good as Dove, but shit works. I don’t feel slimy. But the big big catch is that it does have aluminum in it, but it’s recycled aluminum… I don’t really know what that means, but I think that maybe if you were in a pinch you could just convince yourself that the recycling process takes out the cancer producing stuff out. Your mind is powerful, y’all! But it’s probably just something to make the wealthy people who shop at Whole Foods feel better, but they are still giving themselves cancer.
The only thing I hadn’t tried was making my own deodorant. I knew there were lots of folks that swore by it. I knew where to find different recipes to try. Thing is, I just didn’t want to. I don’t want to be the lady who makes her own deodorant. I already feel like an alien dropped off and forgotten by her mother ship because of all the other non-mainstream things I do, like you know using cloth toilet paper, eating my placenta… I mean, I make my own chicken stock, I shouldn’t have to make my deodorant too.
While I was gathering up the nerve to be the lady who makes her own deodorant, or be the lady who is ok with being sweaty all. the. damn. day. long. Did I mention I live in South Florida now, where it is hotter than Hades 90% of the year? I mentioned to my friend soul mate, and M+BL staff writer, Lauren that I am so pissed there is not a natural deodorant I can buy yet that actually works, she mentioned she heard about a new brand called Geodeo. A new brand?! Where? I am on it!! And since trying every natural deodorant brand is my unofficial passion in life-I find it even more thrilling than searching for the perfect sippy cup-I immediately purchased some. And at $5.87 per stick, it’s still more expensive than Dove, but it ain’t crazy pants expensive.
And lo and behold! I think I found the one! Geodeo works better than anything I have tried so far, not as good as Dove, but pretty damn close. I have worn it in normal daily routines, working out and even all day at Disney. The only thing I don’t like about it, is that it is slimy going on. I really just love the dry powder feeling in a deodorant. But after immediate application, I did not feel slimy at all. I honestly don’t know much about the 3% of ingriendents that is not natural- that is needed to maintain effectiveness according to their website, but I am just glad it doesn’t have aluminum in it. As a breastfeeding mama, I do not want to be putting aluminum into my boobs, that will then be directly put into my milk and into my baby.
So whatcha think? Have you tried Geodeo yet? Do you feel like you have tried every brand and product known to man? Are you the kooky lady who makes their deodorant? If you are, you know I love you, right? Anything else I missed that might be better than Geodeo??