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I Finally Found An All-Natural Deodorant That Actually Works

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For the last two years, I have been on a never-ending quest to find an all-natural, eco-friendly deodorant. During that time–and many “pit”falls, I have tried over a dozen different brands and none of them stood the test of my hot, humid Florida climate. Until I discovered LUSH.

I was in yoga class one day, and believe it or not, someone actually smelled good. “Who smells like patchouli?” I asked. My instructor said it was probably her new-found deodorant that was made from all-natural ingredients and yes, some nice hippie scents too. “Smells good, but does it really work?” I wanted to know (never mind the fact that the rest of the class was ready to start downward-dogging–we had pits to discuss!). When she assured me it did, I decided to try it.

Turns out, LUSH is a company based in Canada that makes all sorts of all-natural beauty products.

Their deodorant that I tried is called Aromaco. It's basically a small square bar that comes by itself–no packaging, so you just rub some on your pits each morning. It is made from the astringent witch hazel, sodium bicarbonate (otherwise known as baking soda), to absorb sweat, chamomile vinegar to tighten the pores and act as an antibacterial agent, and yummy-smelling patchouli oil.

The bar costs only $6.95 and lasts at least two months. That's a deal, as far as I'm concerned.

Now I will say it's not 100% sweat and B.O.-proof. It doesn't completely stop either–but then again, neither did any of the non-natural brands I had tried in the past. When it's 90 degrees with 90% humidity, you're going to sweat, no matter what. And when you're working out, you're going to sweat. That just goes with the territory. But LUSH does minimize this for me so I'm not the offensive one at a party or in yoga class.

I have been wary about the chemicals and possible health risks associated with antiperspirants and deodorants for a while now. The idea of putting aluminum chlorohdrate or aluminum zirconium into my body just to keep the stink away didn't seem worth it. Even though the health consequences are still widely unknown, these chemicals can cause irritation and allergies, not to mention the biggest concern of mine–breast cancer.

So yes, LUSH may not ward off all the sweating, but it smells great and keeps me smelling great most of the time. And that's good enough for me.

Let us know if you have tried this or found another all-natural deodorant that works!

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