I Used Aluminum-Free Deodorant for a Year

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Do you want to know my most read blog post of 2017? Was it my birth story? Or what about Thanksgiving recipes? No and no. My most read post of 2017 just so happened to be when I talked about switching to natural deodorant, and my favorite being Native.

This is why y’all are my kind of girls! You get just as passionate about necessities, like deodorant, as I do. Life can be mundane enough, you might as well find joy in the frivolous and mundane.

So because I get really into things like deodorant brands, let’s do a check in! I have been fully switched to Native for a year {14 months to be exact} so let’s talk about it.

Why I Switched to Aluminum-Free Deodorant

In this post, I share how I got converted to natural deodorant. Like most girls and their purchases, I have to blame a girlfriend here. My friend Amy Beth was telling me she switched after learning about all the ingredients in regular antiperspirants or deodorants. First, if you are looking at an antiperspirant, you’ve got aluminum compounds {or salts} which clog your pores so you don’t sweat. I’m no natural Nancy {I live for a gel mani treat or spray tan!} but I’m beauty-conscious enough to know clogging pores is never ideal. Your body eliminates toxins by sweating, so why are we hindering that?

Now traditional deodorant is just meant to keep any unpleasant scent at bay, and they do so by using fragrance and, or, antibacterial compounds. But not all deodorants are made equal.

For me, I chose to switch because it just made sense to NOT clog my pores. Plus, I do enough “unhealthy things” like enjoy a Diet Coke here and there, so I’d like to make better decisions where I can. I view my health like a bank account- you make deposits and withdrawals. There’s a huge move towards cleaner beauty, and I think if you can find a product you love as much, if not more than another product, why not try it?! Definitely, do your own research on aluminum and if you are comfortable with it or not, I don’t want to sway you one way or another. I just don’t want to clog pores on my face, much less on my arms close to my lymphatic system.

Why I Liked Native Deodorant

Then, when I made the switch from antiperspirant to deodorant, I wanted to find one that adored. I mean, you use this every single day- why not love it? Natural deodorant can be a lot of trial and error as you find what works best with your body. Native uses simple ingredients like Vitamin E, Probiotics {You know me and probiotics! They are my soapbox!}, Shea Butter, etc. I knew each ingredient and felt comfortable trying it out. The plus side?! Native has the best scents of any natural deodorant I’ve tried, and I tried quite a few!

My other favorite aspect of Native is that it does have baking soda, so it feels like a traditional antiperspirant I was used to. Many natural deodorants aren’t like this, so the change felt weird. Native felt like what I was used to. Now if you have more sensitive skin, you could try the sensitive option without baking soda. My favorite is the Coconut and Vanilla scent. It smells like a perfume I would use! Native is made without aluminum, parabens, phthalates, and talc, which makes me feel better. And it doesn’t get on my clothes!

What I Have Seen a Year In

I believe there is a transition period when you switch to natural deodorant! You have been clogging your pores for years and so your body has to regulate. I thought that just meant sweating a little more for a few weeks as your body cleanses itself, but I saw an incredible change even a year in.

  • Smoother Underarms

I remember prior summers being so embarrassed about my underarms in tank tops. Was it razor burn? Irritation? They just were red and the skin looked raised. Now I totally understand that’s because I had been clogging my pores for 15 years! My skin couldn’t breathe or function as it should. A year in and I feel like my underarms are smoother and not irritated.

  • Compliments on Scent

My husband loves the scent of this and always compliments when I put it on! I smelled some deodorants at the drugstore a month ago, just to see if any smelled like Native and I was so put off by the artificial scents. These smell so creamy, and almost like a really great body lotion that isn’t offensive. Coconut & Vanilla is my absolute favorite, but you could totally try the Women’s Sample Pack or Travel Sample Pack to find your favorite scent.

Transitioning to Aluminum-Free

I have converted at least a dozen girlfriends to Native {Ashley included!} and most of them didn’t report a transition period- and I think it really is because Native feels so much more similar to regular deodorant and antiperspirant in texture. However, if you are still a little nervous, now is the best time to switch! You want to switch in the fall and winter when your body is traditionally sweating less and so you can get used to it. I would say give yourself 2 weeks. Now some girls say their underarms irritate them while switching. With talking to readers, some are experiencing a purge of getting toxins out of their body and some are just finding the right one for them {remember you can totally try Native Sensitive!}. If you feel your underarms are sensitive, you can apply some coconut oil to your underarms {which is in Native!} at night as it is healing. If you are nervous about scent {don’t be!} you can apply apple cider vinegar those first two weeks under your arms at night while you sleep. I would do that every other night with it being more acidic.

Switching to aluminum-free and finding your perfect stick of deodorant, can definitely be a process. But a year in, I’m so glad I switched and can’t imagine using anything else!

Do you use aluminum-free deodorant?



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  1. Alex wrote:

    So I ordered native deodorant a few months ago and it’s just been sitting in my cabinet and I haven’t even tried it! ? but I’m totally going to now!! Especially since it’s fall! Thank you!
    Ps you look beautiful!! You’re skin has the prettiest glow in these pictures!

    Published 28 Sep 18Reply
  2. I’ve been dabbing into natur deodorant here and there but haven’t quite made the full time commitment yet. Really enjoyed this post! Thank you for sharing your experience! 🙂 ❤️

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    Published 28 Sep 18Reply
  3. Laura Leigh wrote:

    Loved reading your experience with this! I switched last year and tried two or three different ones. One I quit in a week, it was SO bad! One I used for a month but always felt I smelled bad, and another I used for about 6 months but ALWAYS felt I was sweating or a little damp. So I gave up, went back to regular deodorant until found Kopari and have been using that for about a week now. Absolutely love it! Like you said, my underarms already seem smoother and less irritated and I LOVE the smell! YAY to go going natural!

    xo Laura Leigh
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    Published 28 Sep 18Reply
  4. Jennifer wrote:

    I just ordered some! We’ll see how it goes!

    Published 28 Sep 18Reply
  5. Amanda G wrote:

    Thank you for your detailed reviews!!! It helps so much deciding if a product would be beneficial to you or not. I just ordered and look forward to trying this. I’m assuming since you like it that you’ve not had any problems with unclean smell, for the better way to say it???

    Published 28 Sep 18Reply
  6. Robyn wrote:

    Did you know that Target is now selling Native in stores and online!! That made my year when I saw that!! Had to pass along the exciting news! ?

    Published 28 Sep 18Reply
  7. Ashley wrote:

    You might have sold me on trying natural deodorant again. After reading your last post a few months ago, I tried Schmidt’s natural deodorant – and it was AWFUL! Not the thing to be wearing in Georgia in the summertime. I was hesitant about Native because of the cost, but it might just be worth it if it helps with handling heat and sweating less.

    Published 28 Sep 18Reply
  8. Courtney wrote:

    You mentioned that you found that Native didn’t get on your clothes, but when I (briefly) tried it I felt like it left oily spots on my tops. Wondering if I put too much on?

    Published 30 Sep 18Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      It could be you are putting too much on! I had a few people mention that, so maybe it has something to do with how your skin reacts! I know finding the right natural deodorant is so trial and error. 🙁 But I haven’t experienced that! xx, Katey

      Published 30 Sep 18Reply
  9. Eboniece Jefferson wrote:

    Ive been using Native for about a month now and I LOVE it! I am pregnant with my 2nd baby and I feel so much better about what im putting under my arms. I love all of the different scents, they are amazing!!

    Published 30 Sep 18Reply
  10. Bridget wrote:

    have you found any staining on your clothes from the deodorant? I’m hesitant to try because I know that coconut oil leaves stains, so wouldn’t it pit out all of your shirts? ha! Thanks for any help!!

    Published 03 Oct 18Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi girl! No staining at all! 🙂 xo, Katey

      Published 03 Oct 18Reply
  11. Susie wrote:

    I use a natural deodorant at night and an antiperspirant during the day…I’ve tried to switch to natural before and didn’t feel like I ever stopped sweating but it totally could’ve been the brand, I’ve heard it can be VERY trial and error with natural deodorants. You just may have convinced me to give this a go! I live in central Florida and I hate sweating but I also hate the idea of clogging my pores and what that can lead to down the line.

    Published 30 Oct 18Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      It is TOTALLY trial and error! I think that is the intimidating part about the switch! If you want to try Native I actually just got a discount code! It works through tomorrow. Code is “Katey10”. Enjoy! xx, Katey

      Published 30 Oct 18Reply
  12. Mandy Peña wrote:

    I’m moving to natural deodorant and having no luck, but I remembered you tried one! Are you still using this brand and loving it?

    Published 06 Feb 19Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Mandy! Yes!! I can’t use anything else! lol When I try I always hate it and revert back to Native! xx, Katey

      Published 06 Feb 19Reply