I had been looking for an aluminium-free deodorant for a while and whilst I found a few on the high street, unfortunately they either didn’t do the job properly or contained other ingredients considered to be harmful, such as PEGs and parabens, and so my search for a truly natural continued. And then I came across a few beauty vloggers raving about the Schmidt’s deodorants.

Schmidt’s is an American brand of natural deodorants founded by a Mum who wanted to revolutionise the way we think about and use natural deodorants, knowing that most of them have had a reputation for being ineffective. From humble beginnings in the house kitchen, their following has grown and grown, and these days the deodorants seem to be selling fast like hot buns. Their ingredient lists are nothing but pure goodness so I was very keen to give them a test run. An added bonus of the brand is that they are against animal cruelty so they don’t test on animals and their products are vegan.

Now, as for the products – the range of Schmidt’s deodorants includes traditional deodorant sticks and cream deodorants in a jar (which you apply to your underarm using your fingers). When buying mine, I opted for the cream one as – to be perfectly honest – I was intrigued about their ‘difference’.

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The first fragrance I decided to try was Bergamot + Lime – it sounded like a really refreshing scent, ideal for neutralising underarm’s oh-so-unwelcome ‘au naturel-ness’. The first few applications were a bit awkward, I must say. You have to rub the cream in between your fingers to melt it and then spread on your underarm. It actually felt a bit weird and the first few times, I applied way too much. But once I got over the awkwardness barrier and learnt exactly how much cream is needed for each underarm, it was all plain sailing and it now feels absolutely normal to be touching my own underarms – duh!

Since April when I first purchased the deodorant, I have already used one jar and was so impressed with it that I ordered another one and decided to try a different scent. Being a tad obsessed with lavender, I went with the Lavender + Sage – again, in a jar.

Now as for the ingredients which, as you know, I pay very close attention to – both deodorants use shea and cocoa butters as their base, along with bicarbonate (baking) soda and arrowroot. Shea butter in particular is my favourite ingredient (like ever!!) so seeing it at the top of an ingredient list is a big plus for me when it comes to facial skin care, so why not use it under your arms as well? It has been used by African women for centuries as a complete all-rounder, be it face, body or hair, due to its recognised healing and nourishing properties. It’s so good and safe that you can use it on a baby’s bottom to heal nappy rash! Anyway, the ingredient lists for both deodorants are short, simple (in the most positive sense of the word) and full of the ‘good stuff’ – there is really not much you can fault here. Admittedly, the baking soda and the essential oils can cause irritation to the most sensitive skin but as someone with contact dermatitis, I can only speak for myself and I have not experienced any problems with these products whatsoever.

Ingredients (INCI) in Schmidt’s Bergamot + Lime cream deodorant:

  • Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter) – fat extracted from the kernels of the fruit of the shea tree, native to Africa; skin conditioning function. Shea butter has intensely healing and nourishing, as well as soothing and calming properties.
  • Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) – baking soda) is an inorganic salt; skin protecting function/ pH adjuster. It can be an irritant to sensitive skin.
  • Maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) powder – skin smoothing properties.
  • Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter – fat that comes from the seeds of the cocoa plant; it has a skin conditioning function. Cocoa butter has a soothing effect on irritated and dry skin.
  • Citrus bergamia (bergamot) essential oil – fragrance ingredient.
  • Citrus aurantifolia (lime) essential oil – a volatile oil obtained from the lime fruit; fragrance ingredient. Can act as an irritant.
  • Tocopherol (vitamin E) – tocopherols are a class of naturally occurring chemical compounds related to Vitamin E; antioxidant/ skin conditioning function.

Ingredients (INCI) in Schmidt’s Lavender + Sage cream deodorant:

  • Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter) – fat extracted from the kernels of the fruit of the shea tree, native to Africa; skin conditioning function. Shea butter has intensely healing and nourishing, as well as soothing and calming properties.
  • Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) – baking soda) is an inorganic salt; skin protecting function/ pH adjuster. It can be an irritant to sensitive skin.
  • Maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) powder – skin smoothing properties.
  • Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter – fat that comes from the seeds of the cocoa plant; it has a skin conditioning function. Cocoa butter has a soothing effect on irritated and dry skin.
  • Salvia sclarea (clary sage) essential oil – a volatile oil obtained from the leaves of sage; fragrance ingredient.
  • Lavandula (lavender) essential oil – a volatile oil obtained from the lavender plant, fragrance ingredient, skin-conditioning agent. Lavender has recognised antiseptic and disinfectant properties, but is best known for its relaxing properties. It can act as an allergen though!
  • Tocopherol (vitamin E) – tocopherols are a class of naturally occurring chemical compounds related to Vitamin E; antioxidant/ skin conditioning function.
  • Humulus lupulus (hop) extract – extract of the common hop plant; fragrant ingredient/ skin conditioning function. Hop is also said to have antimicrobial properties.

In my opinion, the texture of the Bergamot + Lime cream is very different to the Lavender + Sage one – the former feels smoother and less grainy (that’s the baking soda), whereas the latter one has a denser consistency and also, after application, it leaves a bit of an oily residue on your fingers, even after washing. I’m also not a big fan of the sage scent and even though I was aware of the combination before I purchased the deodorant, I didn’t expect it to be this strong – for me anyway it is a bit too overpowering. So for that reason, my preferred choice in the future will be the Bergamot + Lime deodorant, although I am keen to try out the other fragrances.

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The only sticking point is the price. I do realise that for some £9.79 for a deodorant is definitely steep, however the 56.7g (2oz) jar does last a long time as you really don’t need much of the product – my first jar lasted over two months and like I said, I used it a bit too heavily with the first few applications. However, looking at how affordable and easy to get the ingredients are, I decided to recreate the deodorant in my own kitchen and test how effective my DIY version is, as well as whether it is cheaper, so I will shortly be posting a recipe and a review of my deodorant. So watch this space!

 

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