I’ll admit, for the past few years I have been tempted by all natural deodorants. I know some people maintain that regular deodorants are bad for you, health wise, and other’s claim that it is a load of hooey.
And yes, hooey is a technical term.
Personally, I was mostly curious. Let’s face it I have been putting my deodorant to the test with my outdoor workouts. It’s one of the reasons that I didn’t give in to my curiosity and attempt a natural deodorant prior to this. I figured I would try it out when I once again returned to working out in an air-conditioned space. It seemed less likely to fumigate my neighbors with possibly product failure.
However, this Speak Deodorant Cream came in my Petit Vour box in June so I figured why not. The walking trail I use is mostly abandoned and if it fails there will be even more reason for people to keep their social distance. It’s sort of a pandemic friendly experiment.
So first, I opened the metal canister and took a sniff.
And yes, I have to smell everything.
It smells vaguely oatmeal like. The scent wasn’t bad, so I looked the product up on-line to find out more about it before I progressed to the trying out stage.
I’ll admit, I was sort of stalling.
I’ve used the same deodorant since middle school – Dove powder scent in case you are wondering. The biggest change for me was switching from roll on to a solid sometime in high school.
But on with the stalling…er research.
A gentle, yet effective natural deodorant with a creamy texture that glides on to give you satin-soft protection.
Why it’s special: An aluminum and baking soda-free formulation that’s great for sensitive skin. Lightly lavender-scented.
Benefits: Protects against odor naturally and Replenishes moisture to combat temporary discomfort.
Well I suppose I wasn’t expecting a massive batch of flowery prose, after all how many claims can deodorant have? It’s deodorant. It keeps you from stinking and hopefully from getting sweat stains on your shirt and with luck doesn’t irritate your skin. I think that’s all any deodorant can claim.
Well, that and its scent. I have to admit the scent of lavender surprised me. I don’t smell lavender. I smell oatmeal.
Incidentally, there is no oatmeal in the ingredients.
Full ingredient list: Maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) root powder, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, magnesium hydroxide, kaolin, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oilhttps://speakskinbeauty.com/products/09-deodorant-cream
So yeah, no oatmeal.
But with a hearty hope for the best, I began to try the product out.
First of all, this deodorant cream is in a metal can. The product does not come up to the top. You cannot just open it and rub the can into your armpits. You have to extract the product from the can and then apply it with your fingers.
And despite the name of cream, it is as solid as a regular solid deodorant. To apply it I ran my nail backwards over the surface so the product was scooped onto the top of the nail. This seemed the easiest way to get it out. I then rubbed the product under my arms and repeated with the other side.
The product goes on well. My underarms felt properly coated with product. However so did my hands. Because of the wax and oils in the product, I had to wash my hands with soap. I could not just rinse it off as the wax just made the water run off the skin. As annoying as this was (because I am already washing my hands a lot these days and did not need to add an extra hand wash every morning), the waterproofed hands did give me some hope in the sweat proofing department.
So product applied, I went about my day. My sweaty, sweaty day.
At this point in time, nothing is going to prevent the underarms of my shirts from getting soaked. We’ve been hitting above 90 degrees with a minimum of 80% humidity for the past few weeks. Last night, we finally got some rain and cleared the air out for a little bit. It felt wonderfully better at 65% humidity this morning. Then the sun rose and we are above 80% again.
So there will be sweat.
However, I was pleased to note, there was no stink.
That’s right, I did not emit a pig pen-esque cloud of funk. The product worked.
When I went to take my shower however I noticed it sort of pilled up a bit in areas where my skin rubbed together and when I showered I really had to scrub hard to get all of the product off.
I blame the wax.
Still there was no stink and no irritation. My skin had no problems with the product. I have been wearing it for over a week now and I have been very impressed by its performance. If you are looking for a good well-performing vegan deodorant, this one does work.
While the extra scrubbing in the shower and the pilling up of the product weren’t my favorite side effects, neither was bad enough to make me stop using it. However, I really don’t like applying it with my hands. I know that sounds like an overly precious thing to say, but I really don’t like scraping it out with my nail and rubbing it into my arm pit. I just don’t.
If this came in a stick form, I would have no problems purchasing this and using it more. But I know myself. I will continue to use this product until it is gone, but I am not going to order another can and that is simply because of the application process. I know I would not use it. It would sit on the shelf while I purchased other products and felt guilty about the waste. With that said, it is a good product, it is just not a product for me. If they ever make a stick form of it, I’m in. Until then, I’ll pass. I will however be more open to trying other vegan and all natural deodorants. So I suppose that is something.