I’ve mentioned time and time again how hard it is to find a natural deodorant that works. I’ve been testing a lot of natural deodorants on the Australian market, and here are my thoughts on some of the ones I’ve been using/testing lately:

Fresca Ocean Deodorant: This clear, all-natural, baking soda-free deodorant feels like a conventional deodorant that you’d buy at the supermarket, and it really works. I used it in summer, and while it didn’t keep me 100% odour free, it did a mighty fine job. Highly recommend this, and I’m not sure why it is more popular than it is. It’s definitely one of the better natural deodorants on the market, and I’m keen to try their other scents.

Price, Ingredients and Where to Buy: $15 (AUD), Fresca website. View Full Post

Erica Brooke

About a month ago, when I was looking for an effective natural deodorant, Natalie of The Little Alchemist introduced me to a line called Erica Brooke. Erica saw her comment on Instagram and generously offered to send me one to try. Within a couple of days, I received a large parcel containing a number of her skincare products in addition to the deodorant.

To be honest, I’d never heard about Erica Brooke’s line before Natalie told me about it. Natalie hadn’t tried the line, either, but she’d heard great things about it. After some research, I found out that Erica Brooke is a 100% clean skincare line based in Queensland, Australia. She accidentally got into skincare when she formulated a homemade hand scrub to heal her dry, stained and cracked barista hands. Erica is passionate about ‘clean’ skincare and all her products are made without parabens, sls, propylene glycol/petroleum, phthalates, fragrance, harsh alcohols or GMOs. Although she has an extensive skincare line, she is most famous for her deodorants. So I’ll start this post with a review of the deodorant and briefly introduce three of my picks from her skincare line. View Full Post

Axilla Deodorant TextureI bought both these products purely based on the hype. Axilla Deodorant Paste from Black Chicken Remedies is a bestseller in Australia, and My Magic Mud is so popular that almost every single health food shop in my area stocks it. I wanted to see for myself if these products were worth the fanfare, so I bought these and I’ve been testing them for about just over a week.  Below are my first impressions:

Black Chicken Axilla Deodorant Paste:

This comes neatly packaged in a brown jar that reminds me of American Crew hair products. When I opened the jar, the first thing that I exclaimed was, ‘Tiger Balm!’ The scent, which is has prominent clove and peppermint notes, to me, smells like Tiger Balm Lite, which is not necessarily a bad thing (Heeley even sells a Tiger Balm scented fragrance). I’ve been using natural deodorants for at least a year, and while most of them have a grainy texture, this is grainier than anything I’ve used in the past. It almost feels like a very gentle scrub, however, it does absorb fully into the skin once you rub it in. View Full Post

Agent Nateur SchmidtI could go on and on about why it’s a good idea to switch to a natural deodorant, but I’m sure almost anyone who is on this page is already aware of the dangers of using aluminium-based deodorants. However, if this is the first time you’re hearing about this, please click here for more information on this topic.

Personally,  despite the risk, I’ve always used regular deodorants just because I couldn’t find anything that really worked. My rationale was that it was better to live a shorter, happier life than a long one where people didn’t want to come close to you. But after discovering natural deodorants that are just as effective as those loaded with aluminum, I’m starting to realise it is possible to have the cake and eat it, too. View Full Post