I tried natural deodorant for a week and this is what happened

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From solid shampoos and sustainably-sourced skincare to plastic-free packaging, the beauty industry is blazing a trail for a more environmentally-friendly way to shop. As shoppers, we’re more aware of what we put in and on our bodies – and one of the areas of our bodies that gets unfairly neglected is our armpits. Yep, we’re going there.

For years, our only choice was roll-on or aerosol antiperspirant, which contains aluminium to effectively block the sweat ducts in your armpits and literally stop you sweating, which can’t really be a good thing. And what you put on your skin inevitably gets absorbed and goes into your bloodstream – eeek! Enter, natural deodorants.

If given the choice, we’d always choose a greener beauty path, so thought it was about time we trialled some natural deodorant. And who best to turn to? Lush of course! Read on to find out what happened when we trialled 3 different natural deodorants, from solid to powder, over the course of a week.

Aromaco solid deodorant, £5.50

Key ingredients: Witchhazel, Chamomile, Patchouli oil

What they say: “This solid deodorant is packed full of gentle, natural ingredients to keep you feeling fresh. Utilise the power of absorbent sodium bicarbonate and witch hazel to stay dry, while antibacterial chamomile vinegar and cooling, fragrant patchouli keep you smelling sweet. Think of Aromaco as a roll on deodorant without the extra packaging. Simply rub under clean, dry armpits and you’re ready to go”

What we think: “Aromaco is quite a hefty bar, I did like the fact that it had zero packaging but it will be staying on my dressing table and not in the gym bag. I was not a huge fan of the patchouli scent either as it has a bit of an old hippy vibe, but it was much more subtle than T’eo. Applying was quite easy and it went on a bit like very big a cream stick deodorant, however in my enthusiasm I probably applied too much which meant that it took a long time to dry. Fortunately I was wearing a white top but I would be wary of white marks with this one. Later on I put it to the ultimate test, I went for a sweaty run around the park. 5K later I went in for a sniff, and amazingly it worked! Pits were still fresh and surprisingly dry! I will give this another go but I would not repurchase unless Lush came out with a cleaner scent”.

The greeench deodorant powder, £7.95

Key ingredients: Tea tree oil, rosemary, sage, Lycopodium

What they say: “This natural deodorant powder may be green but the herbal goodness packed into it makes it anything but mean. Thyme, tea tree and sage steal away odour and keep you fresh. So don’t sweat it! A herby handful of rosemary, sage and thyme unite in true Who spirit to battle bacteria and keep you smelling fresh. This may not look like your conventional deodorant, but rest assured absorbent lycopodium powder will keep your pits dry so you can strut your stuff with confidence.”

What we think: “Of the three, I was most intrigued by the Greeench deodorant powder. Would it be messy to apply? Would it form a weird paste in my pits when I sweated (ew)? You can probably tell I was dubious from the beginning, and unfortunately, I wasn’t proved wrong. Firstly, the smell. Oh. dear. god. the smell. I understand, a lot of people love the natural smell of Lush products, but for me, this deodorant was intensely herbal and smelt strongly of tea tree – a little too strongly for me. The powder formula itself is nice, silky and not cakey, and surprisingly wasn’t messy to apply – you just dust your hands generously and pat onto your armpits, pressing the powder in. I have to say I wasn’t hugely impressed with the longevity – I applied it at 8am, arrived at my office at 9.15am and felt ‘tacky’ with sweat already, and that’s only my normal morning commute. Deodorant powder is not for me, I think.”

T’eo solid deodorant, £6.50

Key ingredients: Tea tree oil, lemongrass oil, fresh grape juice, lemon oil

What they say: “A deodorant bar made of super-absorbent powders, fresh green grapes, and juniper and citrus essential oils to help you keep dry and fresh. This gentle but powerful bar makes light work of heavy perspiration, thanks to its nifty little team of freshmakers that absorb odours and work up some anti-bacterial magic.”  

What we think: “Not gonna lie – this could be ‘the one’. Lush’s T’eo deodorant is a powder-based solid formula that smells fresh, looks pretty, and I’ve found after some tough testing, actually does the job! I applied it in the morning, did my usual commute, and hours later (even after a quick lunch time trip to Zara) I’m still feeling impressively dry! The only drawn back I can find with this is it’s a little rough to apply and could be abrasive on sensitive skin, but all in all, I will continue using this deodorant. BUT, not gonna lie, I will have an aerosol on hand, for those days when I just need to get up and go.”