If you are a regular reader you will know that I shunned natural deodorants for a long time, as I didn't feel the performance and availability was up to scratch compared to other categories such as skincare for example. I have now been exclusively using more natural options for some months and in that time I have been testing a variety of brands and formulas, there is certainly more choice than ever before on the market which is great! Today's review comes from a brand that is new to the blog, The Natural Dedorant company, although I did test a small sample of their clean deodorant balm this is my first try at a full sized product and it comes in the form of their newly launched Gentle deodorant cream. I have had this a pre-launch preview and have been using it for about three weeks, I was excited to try this because I know bicarbonate of soda, which is found in most natural deodorant creams, can be a problematic ingredient for many with sensitive skin and so I wanted to test it's performance to see how it measured up.
The Gentle deodorant cream with Tangerine* (£10 for 60 mls) is a great bicarbonate of soda free deodorant, in fact it is one the most effective I have tried. If compared to it's bicarbonate of soda alternatives, I have tried a few including Soapwalla, Schmidt's and Hippy Paste, the longevity of performance is slightly less for me, especially on heavy activity days, however the difference isn't too noticeable and the trade off is I can use this daily with no irritation so far at all, in fact my underarms are in great shape. This deodorant has a light citrus scent thanks to the tangerine and keeps any smells at bay for most of the day. The active ingredients are magnesium and bentonite clay with all natural superstars such as coconut oil and shea butter. It goes without saying there is no aluminium or parabens here. It is a rich and creamy formula, softer than other cream formulations but it melts really well in to the skin, so it get's brownie points for ease of application.
At £10 it is right up there in terms of price point, but there really aren't many other bicarb free cream deodorants to choose from on the market so I can't offer up any cheaper alternatives that are in a cream format, I do have other deos I like that come in a roller ball or spray at a slightly cheaper price point, but I do feel they need slightly more reapplication than this one. Overall this is a great option for more sensitive skins, an essential oil free version for those that are super sensitive would also be welcome, but it is not a heavily scented product so I think it would suit most people.
Are you on a quest to find the perfect natural deodorant? I would love to hear what you are using in the comments below!
*Indicates a sample was generously provided, all thoughts, opinions and beauty musings are my own.