Finding a natural deodorant that actually works has been a quest of mine for YEARS.
I took one for The Glow team when I trialled a bunch last year. And while I did love one of them in particular, over summer I slowly went back to using the all-day deodorants I knew weren’t going to leave me ponging by 11am.
Call it a combination of the high humidity levels in Sydney, and a battle over what the adequate air-conditioning temperature should be set at in the office on a 35-degree day, but I felt my natural deodorant wasn’t cutting the mustard.
I’d all but given up on natural deodorants, but then another brand landed on my desk. Erica Brooke’s Neroli & Vanilla Deodorant Creme. On opening the lid and taking a whiff, my first olfactory sensation was Nimbin mixed with Vicks. Which I admit does sounds bad, but is actually really quite pleasant.
Since it is a paste, the texture takes awhile to get used to. To me, it felt quite wet for the first hour or so before it truly absorbed in. Throughout the day I keep surreptitiously sniffing my pits waiting to catch it out. I was convinced this one wasn't going to work.
It held up all day in the sometimes boiling hot, sometimes blistering cold office. But still I thought by the time I got home, cooked dinner, bathed my toddler and sat down on the couch at the end of the day my ponginess would prevail.
Even when I spent the next two hours unsuccessfully trying to apply for paid parental leave online. And as anyone who's ever tried knows, that's a real testament.
HOW MUCH: $15 for a 60g jar.
FIND IT: At Shop Naturally. Founder Joanne Musgrave discovered the Australian made deodorant when she couldn't keep up with the demand of another deodorant paste, Black Chicken's Axilla Paste.
While we're on the subject of armpits, have you seen the latest unusual hair trend going around?