I Tried It: All-Natural Deodorant

For as long as I can remember, there’s been a lot of hype about whether antiperspirants are harmful to our health.  The internet is filled with stories linking aluminum-based compounds, the active ingredients in antiperspirant, to an increased risk of cancer, namely breast cancer.  There are a lot scientific studies surrounding this issue – some say antiperspirants are dangerous while others claim there aren’t proven health risks associated with daily use.  Who are we to believe?

I tend to lean towards the “better safe than sorry” theory.  After all, much of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bodies.  In an attempt to incorporate more all-natural products into my daily routine, I ditched my antiperspirant and decided to give organic deodorant a try.  (Note: there is a difference between antiperspirant and deodorant. The former helps keep you from sweating while the latter merely masks odor).  I dug around the interwebs reading reviews on a variety of products before I finally settled on Soapwalla’s Deodorant Cream.  It seemed to get rave reviews and the ingredient list was comprised of high quality organic and food-grade items.  The price for Soapwalla deodorant is a bit steep at $14, so I was really hopeful it would prove itself as a rock-star product.

Asoapwalla-deodorant-review-2t first use, I really liked it.  The light lavender & mint scent was pleasing and not too overwhelming.  It felt clean and the scent held up throughout most of the day.  Unfortunately, it all went downhill a few days later when my armpits started breaking out in a red, painful rash. Gross, right?  Upon further investigation, I discovered sensitive skin tends to react poorly to baking soda, which is a main ingredient in Soapwalla deodorant (and many other natural deodorants).  Sadly, my $14 experiment ended within a week.  ::sigh::

Recently, my friend asked me for a natural deodorant recommendation.  I suggested she try Soapwalla, but also warned her of the possible unsightly side effects.  A couple days later she texted me with rave reviews about the deodorant.  I figured I was just one of those rare cases who reacts badly to a product that everybody else absolutely loves. But lo and behold, after a few weeks of use, my friend frantically told me she was condemned to wearing long-sleeve shirts during the hot summer weather because her underarms eventually broke out in an angry, ugly rash.

Lesson learned, folks.  When experimenting with natural products, its important to remember that just because something is “all-natural” or “organic” it doesn’t mean it’s a good fit for you.  I sadly cannot recommend this product.  But if you have recommendations for tried and true natural deodorants, please comment below!

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