The number one question I get is "when are you going to make a deodorant"? Honestly, I'm not sure if I'll ever launch one. For about a year I worked on and tested deodorant formulations, but even the best deodorant we made caused a bit of baking soda sensitivity (contact dermatitis) even with the lowest percentages of baking soda, and we just didn't want to add something we weren't 100% sure our customers would love. Lately, I've been on my own search for natural deodorants and I've come across a few good ones.
Usually I buy one and it works fabulously for a while, then inevitably my body adjusts to it and it gives me some sort of issue, such as irritated skin, or just stops working all together. Until I found Schmidt's Deodorant. It's really a great deodorant. I love the scent combination options, that it comes in glass packaging and, most of all, that it works. And continues to work.
(Natural deodorants are not antiperspirants. Your body should sweat. It's kind of important that it does. So, if you're looking for something that will keep you from sweating, you won't find it here.)
After I'd been using Schmidt's Deodorant for a while, I was introduced to Primally Pure Deodorant. Primally Pure is a new company, but I've been using their deodorant for the past month and it's been incredibly effective. I also haven't experienced any irritation from it. That's a WIN! Keep reading for the break down of pros and cons (my opinion) of these two deodorants.
(if it melts, it can cool again without leaking)
Great customer service
Continues to work for months and months
You have to apply it with an applicator
(but it is in a glass container, so...)
I experienced a little bit of baking soda sensitivity after a week or two of using.
(not as bad as some natural deos, but it's still there)
Consistency is kinda hard so you really have to rub it in
Application is easy - like traditional deodorant
Great customer service
The consistency is creamy and goes on easily
It works and I don't get any sensitivity
Continues to work (one month in!)
It doesn't last as long as Schmidt's Deodorant
(probably due to the creaminess - you end up using more. because they both contain 2 oz. of product)
More expensive on the cost and shipping
If you want convenience and effectiveness and you don't really mind the extra cost, Primally Pure Deodorant takes the cake. Their product is superior. It does contain tallow (which is what contributes to minimal baking soda sensitivity) so if you're vegan, this might be a deal breaker. Otherwise, their product works really well and is easy to use.
If you want a win-win and aren't really sensitive to baking soda, Schmidt's Deodorant is the most responsible and economical overall. It works really well, costs less, lasts longer, and their product is packaged in reusable glass jars.