I’m really excited about today’s blog post as I am constantly hunting for other natural deodorants that I really like. As you know I’m a HUGE fan of Native (that coconut vanilla scent is INCREDIBLE) but I also am always trying new things as I have this constant thing that maybe there is something better out there.
Everything You Need To Know About Activated Charcoal Deodorant
First of all, let’s talk about natural deodorant. I realize that it isn’t going to be for everyone, and if that is you, skip this post. I am not trying to fearmonger but I personally only use natural deodorants but am not going to shame or judge you if you feel differently. With all the research out there, I just don’t want to take the risk of using something that could have potentially adverse affects on my health.
Why You Should Switch To An All Natural Deodorant
We have talked a LOT about natural deodorants over here but I want to provide a little refresher. Honestly, I am not a doctor, scientist or an expert on this stuff but I have just heard way too many terrible things about conventional deodorant (especially anti-perspirant, which almost always contains aluminum). There is so much research tying it to breast cancer, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, and so on and so forth that I just don’t want to chance it.
I made the switch a few years ago and didn’t look back. I like using products with natural ingredients, and so long as they keep me smelling fresh, I am all for a natural deodorant. As a rule I don’t get super sweaty unless I do hot yoga or something like that, but I will smell terrible if I don’t apply any deodorant. And I find that most natural deodorants that are just deodorant and don’t contain ingredients that absorb sweat. I will smell. Like, I don’t sweat a LOT but I’ll sweat enough for the product to slip off and not work… if that makes sense?
My litmus test for a deodorant is whether I can wear it all day from showering til bed without reapplying. Bonus points if it lasts through sleeping too. There are very few natural deodorants I’ve found that last a full 24 hours.
Activated Charcoal Deodorant
I’ve been reading so much about activated charcoal and how powerful it is. When you hear the term “activated” charcoal, it’s not the same thing as the charcoal you’d buy for your grill. It’s charcoal that’s been heated to a high temperature and combined with gases. Adding the powdered charcoal to a deodorant has really powerful results…
Top Brands Selling Charcoal Deodorant To Try
I have tried four different charcoal deodorants. One of them I won’t mention as it wasn’t very good. Awful, actually. If I didn’t reapply multiple times throughout the day I got awful body odor. The three that I am listing here are good. They’re all-natural, aluminum free, and cruelty free. And most importantly, they will eliminate odor and keep you smelling fresh.
The original winner was Schmidt’s Charcoal Magnesium Deodorant. I’ve been a big fan of Schmidt’s for a while (the rose + vanilla one is so nice!). I really like the creamy texture of this deodorant (arrowroot powder is the main ingredient which gives it a nice smooth glide) but the charcoal version is even better. I can apply this after my morning shower and will smell great til I shower the next day. I really put this one to the test with a night out at Gitano this past weekend when things were so, so hot. This one is also a great value. You only need a little bit and the stick lasts for ages.
More recently, I tried the Kopari Charcoal Deodorant and I like that one even more. The Schmidt’s one is great but does get a little messy (it’s a creamier formula vs Kopari which is a more sheer formula. It’s really effective and I like that the coconut formula is also very hydrating. For more info on that read my Kopari Charcoal Deodorant review!
PiperWai Activated Charcoal Deodorant is 100% vegan and plant based. It was very good (and I love the texture – it contains coconut oil and shea butter) but it didn’t pass the test when I was out in the sun all day. I came home and had terrible BO. Honestly, I was sad about this as the tea tree oils and essential oils in this one make it smell so good. I prefer the scent of this (minty!) to the scent of the Schmidt’s, which smells more citrusy/lemony. I’ll say that I kept it, and will use this one on days where I’m just working from home, etc. It’s good it just won’t stand up to extreme heat and humidity!
Activated Charcoal For Body Odor
Okay so this may be repetitive but body odor isn’t caused specifically by sweating but rather by the bacteria on your skin breaking down acid in your sweat. It’s the bacteria that smells – not your sweat, if that makes any sense. Charcoal is highly porous and absorbs bacteria and toxins (it’s said to absorb 100-200x its weight in impurities, which is why it makes a great ingredient for deodorant.
Does Activated Charcoal Detox Your Armpits?
Okay I went down a real rabbit hole here with research. Just switching to a deodorant that contains activated charcoal won’t detox your armpits but you can do an entire armpit detox… did you know that armpit masking is a thing? I kind of want to do it!!! A lot of people recommend doing a full armpit detox prior to making the switch to a natural deodorant. I’ve never done this (and made the switch years ago) and am curious about it.
The goal here is to remove all the toxins, parabens, aluminum, etc. that you’ll find in regular deodorant. This looks like a good “recipe” for an armpit detox. Another thing I read that was interesting is that doing an armpit detox will actually help prevent against rashes from natural deodorants (a lot of people have a reaction to baking soda and doing a detox first will help with that).
Will it stain my armpits or clothing?
This was something I was really concerned about as the color of all of these products is a light grey. Honestly though, you just have to be a little bit careful. With the Piperwai product, upon applying, there was definitely a bit of excess grey product on my armpit area after applying. I just rubbed that in with my hands and was fine. With the Schmidt’s product, there was no discoloration – the product is grey in the tube but glides on sheer. For both, I gave it a minute to dry before putting on clothes and was fine. Neither products stained or darkened my clothes, even my white t-shirts (yes, I very bravely did this!).
So… Does It Work?
And does it work better than other natural deodorants!?
I’m honestly not sure but I can give you my personal opinion. Like I said, I LOVE the Native one and I would put the Schmidt’s product up there with that one (tied for first place). I will say that I found that the Schmidt’s charcoal deodorant works better than the regular Schmidt’s deodorant so having the charcoal in there helps. I LOVE this product (and also love that it’s $10 – many natural deos are really, really expensive!) So I will say that In my opinion, deodorants with activated charcoal in them work better than other deodorants.
If you can’t tell, I’m very passionate about natural deodorant.
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