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It’s no secret: tons of beauty products contain all kinds of toxins that we shouldn’t be putting on our skin. But making the switch to green and natural products is a bit of a process, I decided to begin the process in 2020 starting with a natural deodorant. I switched to Native deodorant. Here’s how it went.

What you should know about me:

The two big things that have prevented me from trying natural deodorant in the past are my sensitive skin and the fact that I work out and/or run about 5 days a week. I know that my skin does not always react well to oils, and, while I don’t really care about sweating, I obviously don’t want to smell like someone who just went running for an hour!

How did I choose Native?

There are so many natural deodorants out there, it can be overwhelming to pick the one that will work best for you. Since they’re similar in ingredients, the biggest factors in my decision were positive reviews and price points; I don’t know anyone personally who has tried Native, but they have thousands on thousands of glowing reviews. I also like that they don’t use any of the common toxic ingredients (like aluminum and parabens), they don’t test on animals, and the price is low enough that I’ll be able to continue purchasing regularly if it’s a winner.

a woman holding a native deodorant stick

Of course, there are a few things I hope the company will improve on in the future, like moving to plastic-free packaging (though the whole container is, at least, totally recyclable).

Day 1:

I definitely still have residue from my previous deodorant, despite trying to scrub it off in the shower. I’m really excited to see if Native will eliminate this gross pore-blocking effect of regular deodorant. I’ve applied Native on top for now, but I feel like this first week will be about getting rid of the residue and toxins.

Day 3:

My armpits are still full of residue but I haven’t noticed anybody odour or strange reactions so there’s that? Definitely no noticeable reaction to the oils and butter used in Native. I still think I need to wait this out a little longer, though.

3 native deodorant sticks on a table

Related: How To Detox Your Armpits (and why you need to)

Day 5:

I feel like a lot of the pore-blocking residue is gone, at least to the touch. How disturbing that it’s taken 5 whole days to notice a difference, though! It really reinforces my decision to make the switch.

Most natural deodorant companies suggest using the new product for at least a week before making any judgments because it generally takes at least a week for your body to adjust. I definitely see why now.

Day 7:

I really put the deodorant to the test today! I went on a 70-minute run and you know what? I was only a little sweatier than usual, and I smelled wonderfully of lavender and rose! I am super impressed.

Day 10:

I made the terrible mistake of wearing a very thick sweater in 7-degree January weather today (climate change!) and I definitely noticed that I sweat a little more than I’m used to— but I’m taking that as a sign that my body is getting rid of the toxins from previous antiperspirants. Our bodies are supposed to sweat, so this is definitely progress. I was just heading home, but, if I had been going back out, I probably would have reapplied the product after a full workday/being too warm on my commute.


Day 13:

Ok, my armpits are super soft now, too. A bonus side effect of using a product containing coconut oil and shea butter.

Final thoughts:

I will definitely be repurchasing this product! It smells nice, it’s easy to put on, it works, and it doesn’t leave a gross residue. Even though I had to reapply the product after an 8-hour day, that seems like a very small concession knowing that I’m no longer poisoning my body with harmful chemicals.

Have you tried natural deodorant? Tweet me @liannapisani and let me know how it went!




Lianna Pisani

Lianna Pisani is an award-winning social media researcher, and communications strategist learning to change her habits and make better choices for the sake of our planet. She appreciates cruelty-free makeup, sustainable travel, and reusable containers to store all her snacks.
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