I’m locked in a bad romance with a key part of my cosmetic routine.
I find a new, natural deodourant that I love. It has everything I’m looking for (natural ingredients you could eat, a fresh smell), we complement each other, it’s fun, it’s exciting and I tell everyone that I’ve found ‘The One’.
Then a few weeks into it, something seems off.
The old magic has vanished and, soon enough, I’m avoiding crowds and someone’s asking: “What’s that smell?”
So far it’s happened with a paste I made myself from baking soda and coconut oil, Aromaco from Lush, Tom’s, Crystal’s mineral salts and Primal Pit Paste (all of which are quality products, I think the fault lies with my armpits rather than them).
What’s a woman with functioning sweat glands to do?
I’m trying to shun ‘normal’ products because of the heavy toxic load of most conventional deodourants – parabens, aluminium triclosan, BHT – all of which I would really rather not put near my sensitive breast tissue.
But I live in the Caribbean and it’s hot. I just can’t, in good conscience, expose Hubs to the kind of armpit pollution that I’d produce going au naturel.
So this is a cry for help. If you use natural deodourants I want to hear from you – what’s your favourite brand? Have you suffered from my problem where the effectiveness wears off after a while and you need to switch? Any tips?