Wednesday, 12 August 2015

REVIEW - Native Unearthed Natural Deodorant*

Native Unearthed Natural Deodorant

Since I went vegan I have been wanting to try a mineral, "crystal" deodorant, and I've yet to find one that's sparked my interest enough to purchase (I know, deodorant's never going to be the most thrilling thing to buy, but these things interest me, okay?!)

The lovely folks at the Vegan Lifestyle Association asked me if I wanted to give this natural deodorant by Native Unearthed a go and I watched the postbox like a hawk until it arrived.


What's it supposed to do?

Mineral deodorants are different from your typical deodorant because they rely on the antimicrobial properties of crystal minerals to prevent the build up of bacteria which can cause... odour. Most deodorants contain aluminium which can be absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin and doesn't sound that good to be honest.
The Native Unearthed deodorants are designed to keep you feeling dry and fresh without any parabens or chemicals.

What's inside?

Hand picked crystal alum. That's it. 100g of product which I have a feeling will last me a really, really long time.

Native Unearthed Natural Deodorant

Packaging

The packaging itself is a standard, twist up plastic deodorant dispenser with a lid. The labels are really nice, I like the 'Native' branding with the leaf designs. Instructions are clear and easy to follow, and the product is labelled both vegan and cruelty free so no need to scour the internet for Native's cruelty free status.

The look, feel and scent

The deodorant itself is a smooth, solid, white stick. It's got a hint of sparkle running through it (*bonus points*).

Native Unearthed Natural Deodorant

To use the deodorant you either have to apply it to damp underarms or run the stick under a little water. I've tried applying this just after a shower and I found that it was still a little too dry and I had to run the product under water anyway. This is the only downside to mineral deodorants in general - because they need to be damp to use, you can't just have a quick spray whenever you want to freshen up. I've used this directly after shaving and didn't experience any stinging, redness or nasty side effects which is a definite bonus.

In terms of scent there's nothing to say. Literally. This is unscented. Using an unscented deodorant is definitely something I'm still trying to get used to, we're so programmed to link 'freshness' with a perfumed smell. Native also does a scented range and I am DYING to try the mangosteen one!

Does it work?

In the interests of blogging, I really put this deodorant to the test yesterday. I applied before I took Harvey for a walk in the blistering sunshine (well it was about 16 degrees but that's about as good as it's gonna get up here in the North East.)

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Look how sunny! Our walk is also quite hilly and I have to do quite a lot of running after Harvey when he disappears in the corn so this deodorant was really put to the challenge.

*TMI ALERT*

When I got home from the walk, I had to get showered and changed. I was... not dry. But there was no odour, and to be fair I don't think any deodorant is good enough to withstand that sort of challenge. I've used it on days when I'm just in the office or milling around the house and I've had no problems at all.

How much does it cost and where can I get one?

It's the bargainous price of £6.49 and you can get it from the Native Unearthed website here.

Plus, if you sign up to become a member of the Vegan Lifestyle Association (for free here), you can get 10% off!

Conclusion

My first foray into mineral deodorants has been really interesting - more so as it totally challenges our perceptions of what deodorants should actually do! I've really enjoyed using this product and I feel good knowing that I'm not spraying loads of chemicals on to my skin every day. As I try and transition all of my cosmetics to more natural and organic products, this is going to be a staple in my routine.

Do you use a mineral deodorant? What do you think of them?

Emily xo
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