Don’t worry – I still remember the State of the Blahg and how excited everyone was to talk about natural beauty products! I was too, but then I had a ton of quilts to make and/or finish, and an art opening to enjoy (still haven’t posted pictures here, have I?), and then I lost April to allergies and HELLO I AM BACK HOW ARE YOU TODAY?
The best place to start is with the natural product that convinced me that I could do this. It was the first one that smelled like something I would willingly wear (which, if we’re honest, most mainstream deodorants don’t even make that list), and which worked well enough to win me over.
Oh wait, I already mentioned it in the title. No surprises here!
What I love about this product:
-The smell! I need to go home and sniff it again, because I can’t describe it from memory, but it was nothing overpowering. It doesn’t smell like incense. It smells fresh and clean and light. (Edited after another sniff: it smells like lemony clay. And probably lavender.)
-The texture! Once I got past the weirdness of applying with my fingertips, that is. The texture is like a very smooth and dry buttercream frosting. It doesn’t feel sticky or gooey or greasy – when applied, my underarms feel like SKIN. I love that I don’t have to wander around with my arms up for some undetermined time, waiting for it to soak in or dry out or whatever is supposed to happen.
-It works! I first tried this product when I was in France for two weeks – sorry, Europeans – because I figured nobody would notice if I was a little stinky. (We spent a lot of time on public transit, and I must say that nobody smelled particularly terrible.) After that trip, I continued wearing it through the summer with no complaints – it kept me dry (enough), even in horrible August humidity, and I wasn’t self-consciously stinky.
-It is not using chemicals to alter my body in strange and confusing ways!
A few disclaimers:
-I didn’t love it as much in the winter, probably because it’s not an antiperspirant and I was sweating into my clothes…clothes which probably weren’t as clean in the underarms as I’d previously assumed. (Please don’t make me talk about this any further. I have theories, but they are all related to the staying-power of non-natural products, and how that affects our clothing, and I have already said too much haven’t I?) I used the natural cream when I wore newer shirts, and tended to switch back to EXTRA MAXIMUM SUPREME NO-SWEAT FOR WOMEN when I wore something older.
-You need to re-apply every day. I used to get away without reapplying when I used EMSN-SFW (see above), but now, on shower-less mornings, I have to wash my underarms and re-apply deodorant cream. Though this is a slight inconvenience (I am so lazy on shower-less mornings), it’s not the worst thing ever.
-My armpits got SUPERdry when I was adjusting to this product. Those drying ingredients REALLY work. (My palms felt drier, too.) This can be remedied by applying body oil (or lotion) to your armpits just like you would to the rest of your body.
So…those are my thoughts! Check out the Soapwalla website for more information. I’ve now replaced this product two or three times, so it’s definitely earned my stamp of approval. (Which, by the way, is one of the reasons these reviews have taken so long – I only want to share products that I would buy a second time…or already have.)