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A Roundup That Isn’t The Pits

It’s been almost two years since I talked about my pits. No personal care category is off limits here, as you know. Also, in those two years, seems as the natdeo movement has only picked up steam. I read that deodorant will be a nearly 3.5 BILLION industry in two years – and consumer preference is veering to more alternative options. By and large, I only wear natural deodorant, free of antiperspirants which credit aluminum as their active ingredient. I made the switch several years ago and I no longer am concerned about smelling. Given this demand, there are a ton of new natural options to help you keep your underarms the freshest. This is one of the most subjective products to weigh in on because body chemistry and all so take my recommendations with that context.

I wanted to like Agent Nateur. To be honest, I’m still not giving up – I’m eyeing up the limited Rose version and the  masculne (holi)man (I do have an Old Spice weakness). This was a “because of the internet” try and while the world wide web loves it, I don’t. I tried several times and while it is a lovely formula that smells softly of lavender, my body chemistry just doesn’t mesh. But, gosh, it’s the deodorant minimalists everywhere are wanting.

The masculine aroma of Ursa Major is just right. The formula, though, is just aight. I am not a sweaty person and I felt like my underarms were always wet. That’s often the case with natural deodorants – you’ll still sweat but there won’t be any bad smells. I guess I want too much because I’m not down with wet pits.

I was downright loyal to Nourish Organic Fresh Fig for at least a year. First, it’s inexpensive and it comes in a stick. The downside:  I fly through the stuff. At one point, I bought half a dozen on Amazon because I felt like I was always on the verge of running out. As it always goes, I found something I liked more but I would recommend Nourish. There are other scents but this is the only one that I liked.

I have a special affection for Soapwalla because it’s the brand that converted me to natural.  Soapwalla is a pioneer in the category and it’s legit. I found the baking soda in the original formula eventually to be irritating to my skin. It never hurt but I started to get red burn-like marks under there which became problematic in the warmer months. I do find the Citrus variety to be gentler and just as effective.

I saved my favorite for last – I’m a Piper Wai devotee. I discovered this about a year and a half ago at Marissa from BeauTeaBar’s recommendation. For awhile, she was the only one who sold and then the founders went on SharkTank and got crazy in demand. For months, it was out of stock and I was getting twitchy. I’m happy they have more fans and are starting to update their packaging. They even have a roller stick now.

Ultimately, I’ve grown to appreciate massaging deodorant on with my fingers. The consistency and feel of natural deodorants is not unlike body butter. Don’t knock it till you try it, trust me.

Any pit talk to share? Or just anything got you feeling the pits….you know, like censorship, voter rights’ suppression or border walls? Ok, byeeeeeeeee.

Survival of the Freshest


Testing and discovering beauty products is honestly a process I love. Obviously, right? A new facial oil for real beauty sleep, a glittery new Lippmann polish or a matte lip crayon in a bright color – all in a day’s work. You know what isn’t fun? Testing deodorant. Let me specify – testing natural deodorants. The probability that you will smell awful at some point in the experimentation is a high one.  Still, I approached this as I would a new concealer, with reckless abandon. I can only read so much more about the link between antiperspirants and cancer to finally look into a more natural option. Plus, I don’t know about you, but my classic tube of Dove wasn’t always 100% up to the job. Eau de stank is not exclusive to natural types.

It’s been a few months of trial and error, and I’m happy to report a favorite has emerged. Soapwalla Deodorant Cream is not only the best natural option I’ve tried but it performs as good, if not better, than your staples from the drugstore. It’s the simplest mix of vegetable powders, clays and essential oils and it works.  It’s as if everything is balanced and my body is working as it should. Most of the times it keeps me dry but there were a few warm days where it didn’t. But even in those moments, I passed my sniff test.

Now that I’ve comfortably entered the no-chem deo zone, I’m eager to explore further. What can I say…discovering is all part of the beauty blogger high. I deem it fate that this list of the 10 best natural deodorants just landed in my inbox from Rank & Style. We’ll call it my latest e-newsletter obsession, one that eliminates hours of research from my internet-curious mind and sums it up in list form. From best black leggings and liquid eyeliners to envelope clutches and body oils. It’s like Consumer Reports for fashion and beauty and I can’t get enough. I’m eyeing up this deodorant next. Any thoughts?

Camp Gorgeous at Neiman’s, Natural Deodorant + the Perfect Weekend Bag


{Photo via Politics of Pretty}

The ‘Camp Gorgeous’ beauty event kicks off at Neiman Marcus on June 2. An $85 purchase gets you this adorable striped beach tote filled with beauty samples (I spy Exfolikate!) Chicago ladies, go see my girl Tess at LMdB for your beauty needs. (Politics of Pretty)

Really important question: Where in Chicago can I get a cronut? Detox exception? (Birchbox)

Natural deodorant is very subjective, but Kathy’s review of Soapwalla has me curious. (Beauty Palette)

Davines is expanding upon its popular Oi oil line to include a shampoo, conditioner and a leave-in. (Refinery29)

Searching for the perfect weekend travel bag? Me too. Which is why I think you’ll be very excited to see this. (Pretty and Fun)