Sometimes I get asked which green beauty products were the most difficult to switch to, and I know my answer instantly – a foundation and a deodorant, with the latter being the biggest struggle. When I first started using natural products years ago, there were fewer natural options to choose from than there are now. Some of these options did not work at all. However, this is not an issue anymore as nowadays green beauty market is filled with effective natural deodorants that not only are free of aluminum and other potentially harmful ingredients but also have been adjusted to our busy lives.
One of the lovely brands that recently came to my attention is Kaia Naturals. A Canadian brand offering vegan and cruelty-free deodorant sticks made of 99% natural ingredients. Kaia Naturals The Takesumi Detox* deodorants come in beautiful roll-on tubes with black and white stripe design. There are 3 scents available:
- cold pressed rose
- grapefruit & orange
- lime mint
The deodorant contains bamboo charcoal powder, which fights odor-casing bacteria and helps the body to draw it out. I also think it’s important to highlight that these deodorants do not contain baking soda. I know that some people try to avoid this ingredient so it might be a good option for them.
Ingredients: Propanediol*, water (aqua), glycerin, sodium stearate, saccharomyces ferment, rose flower oil, aloe (aloe barbadensis) leaf juice, sodium benzoate*, caprythydroxamic acid (plant-based), caprylyl glycol, magnesium hydroxide, allantoin, charcoal powder. *EcoCert approved.
Kaia Naturals has
#takesumidetox challenge that you can join and share your thoughts and insides about your switch to natural deodorant. There’s also a leaflet that comes with a deodorant explaining the detox stages and what you can expect from them (the same info is available on Kaia Natural website as well). It’s especially useful for people who want to make the switch from convenient deodorants to more natural options and just don’t know what to expect. No one wants to be surprised with wet and smelly armpits, even if this is a temporary thing. But when you know why you’re doing this and what changes can follow, it’s easier to continue.
I chose not to read about the stages before/during the challenge as I wanted to compare the results later after I finish these 4 weeks (what a rebel, huh?).
Here’s how my challenge went:
- week 1: “it’s working! No odor at all.” I agree! No odor or extra sweat. So far, so good.
- week 2: “why am I smelling body odor all of the sudden?” Week two starts wonderfully. I’m not experiencing any odor or more sweat. Things are looking peachy, and my armpits continuing to smell like roses (literally).
- week 3: “I’m less smelly but sweating more.” Week three is when things are turning upside down for me. I’m starting to sweat A LOT. I’m trying to reapply the deodorant at least twice a day, but nothing is working. Walking like a duck with my hands pressed to my body.
- week 4: the odor is gone and I feel less wet. I haven’t been experiencing the odor at all during these four weeks, so I’m not worried about it. What I’m worried about is that I’m still sweating more than usual.
- week 5: there’s no week five in the
#takesumidetox challenge, but since I’m continuing using the deodorant, I think it’s worth mentioning that my underarms definitely feel less wet. I still have to reapply the deodorant (usually, during my lunch break) to feel fresher, but that’s what I do with all natural deodorants.
To be honest, I did not expect any of these stages to happen since I stopped using conventional deodorants a few years ago. Overall, I like Kaya Naturals deodorant, and it works, if you can bare with it longer than 4 weeks (everybody’s different so it might not take that long for you). To compare its effectiveness with the ones made with baking soda, I think it’s much more gentle, but also less likely to irritate your armpits.
Kaia Naturals deodorants are available online at Kaia Naturals in 65 g tube ($21) and 14 g sample ($8).
Have you tried charcoal deodorants?