There’s a plethora of aluminium-free deodorants competing with conventional antiperspirants out there. But we’re chasing the best, aren’t we? 😉
The Search for the PERFECT Natural Deo:
How It Went So Far
I wrote about truly well-performing natural deos earlier (for example, here or here) and mentioned several recipes for making your own, clean, fail-safe deodorant, because you can DIY you own deodorant as nontox as you want it to be by using only the best and cleanest quality ingredients: coconut oil; baking soda; arrow root starch – and optionally a mix of your favourite essential oils.
However, the of the best-performing favourites had a few tiny flaws. For instance, Wolkenseifen is stingy on freshly shaved armpits + too white against skin which makes it completely unwearable in summer or with black tops, and, while rather invisible, Green Love is claggy: rather tricky to apply. So when my triathlete friend Din mentioned a new fave deo of hers, I was all ears!After a quick ingredient check, I gave Soapwalla Deodorant Cream a try.
The Uncompromised INCI Check:
Soapwalla Deodorant Cream
Full disclosure of the deo that earns a 100% green rating over at Codecheck, by the way:
Butyrospermium parkii (shea butter), Zea mays (Corn) starch*, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) oil*, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil*, Sodium bicarbonate, Rosa rubiginosa (Rosehip) seed oil*, Soy lecithin*, Glycerin*+, Kaolin, Tocopherol*, Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea tree) leaf oil*, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) flower oil*, Citrus bergamia (bergaptene-free bergamot) oil*, Mentha piperita (peppermint) oil*, Citrus sinensis dulcis (sweet orange) peel oil*, Limonene**, Linalool**, Geraniol**, Citral**.
** Potential allergens naturally occurring in essential oils.
2 oz/ 57 g jar, approx. 16€. WHO MAKES IT: Soapwalla Kitchen is a Brooklyn-based company founded by Rachel Winard, a lupus sufferer, a former firm lawyer, a violinist, and an Ayurveda and yoga enthusiast. Motto: if I need a safe skincare product, I’ve got to just make it myself.
Review: Soapwalla Deodorant Cream
So far this is the best natural deodorant I’ve ever tried!
The texture of this deo cream is amazing: beautifully soft and silky, almost invisible against skin, and absolutely NOT irritating on shaved skin.The unisex scent is herbal and tangy but it doesn’t really stick – sport your fave Eau all you want. And it delivers – on par with antiperspirants, Adventurers!The only downside is the essential oil blend that can be unsuitable for allergy sufferers. Also, essential oils have skin sensitisation potential = you can become allergic if you overuse them. How much is overuse? Completely individual… As I always say, know yourself, it’s the recipe for happiness!
So what’s my trick? Rotating products.
Sometimes I’ll use an unscented deodorant, sometimes I rotate the scents. So far, neither me nor the SO have experienced any problems, and we’ve been using this sort of deo formula since 2011.LINK LOVE:
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