Native is one of the more popular brands online, so you’ve
probably heard of it before. The product feels pretty similar to most stick
deodorants and is really easy to apply. I found the detox period to be fairly
non-existent, which surprised me since this was the first product I tried after
using traditional deodorants for so many years.
The odour protection was very good and I really liked the coconut & vanilla scent. About halfway through the day I would reapply because after about 6 hours I wasn’t as fresh as I would like to be.
Ultimately, the reason I stopped using Native and tried something new was because I started getting really large, painful blocked pores. Too bad, since I really liked this one!
Crystal deodorants have been in the drugstore for years and I guarantee you could probably
find one right now wherever it is you usually shop. I’ll be honest though, I
thought they were probably just crap. I mean, look at the packaging! What a
weird picture to put on deodorant.
This product is potassium alum based, using natural mineral salts to leave your skin with a barrier against bacteria. The odour protection was surprisingly good, particularly for being natural scented. I didn’t find it necessary to reapply during the day, but I also didn’t feel as confident using a natural scented product as I do with a scented one.
For that reason, I kept looking for an effective, scented product.
After my experience with the Crystal Body Deodorant, I was
really excited to try a scented version of this type of product. Like that
brand, the Rocky Mountain Soap Company deodorant is also potassium alum based
and functions the same by leaving a natural mineral salt barrier.
However, this product was my epic fail. Epic may not be strong enough of a word – maybe,
This product claims “6 hours of non-funkiness” and boy, was
I funky. Immediately after applying I was already smelly! Seriously, I have
never smelled quite so bad in my life. Obviously, this is why I stopped using
the deodorant. Gross.
I will add that this is one of those times where body chemistry comes into play. I know people swear up and down by this product and it works really well for them. Unfortunately, not for me!
Because of my experience with blocked pores using Native, I decided to try an option without coconut oil. I stumbled across this product in Winners and because states it has clinically proven odour protection, of course I wanted to give it a shot!
I’m not sure about the odour protection claims, since I needed to reapply about 4 hours into my day. However, I really liked this product. I thought the scent was nice and fresh and the product feels a lot like a traditional stick of deodorant.
My only issue was my skin was left feeling sticky and after time I started to develop a bit of a rash – so obviously I reacted to something again. Sigh. That body chemistry thing though!
When I saw an ad for No Pong on Facebook, I thought it was probably too good to be true, but also too weird to not give a chance. The reviews were great, the price was in Canadian dollars, so I ordered it.
This product is completely different from the others I tested — it’s a cream that you apply by rubbing in with your fingers. Don’t worry, it’s not as weird as you think. No Pong works by creating a pH environment that bacteria can’t survive in, while also absorbing sweat and letting your skin breathe. After time, they say that some people begin sweating less – and I can totally confirm that to be true.
I did start to develop a bit of sensitivity with the original formula, so I also tested out the bicarb-free formula. Both versions of No Pong claim to give up to 12 hours of odour protection, which I find true of the original but not with the bicarb-free formula. However, since I started using the bicarb-free No Pong on rotation with my original, I no longer have any sensitivity.
Major win? No Pong performs better for me than clinical strength aluminum based deodorants ever did. After working out I don’t even need more deodorant. It’s magic, I swear.
I guess it’s pretty obvious that No Pong was the clear champion of my natural deodorant face-off!
But look, I’ll be real with you – even if you try the same natural deodorants I’ve reviewed here, you might still get stuck with some stink at first. This is just one of those things that you’ve gotta get through if you want the aluminum-free prize.
I wish you luck, patience, and hope you only have to go through 5 to find your winner!