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Schmidt's Natural Deodorant


Schmidt's Natural Deodorant


This has been the hardest post to write because Schmidt's natural deodorant has been getting a lot of positive attention in the Green Beauty Community. After seeing Chesca’s review (Fern & Moss) I decided to order a couple of travel sizes. I went for Lavender & Sage and Bergamot & Lime. My experience of natural deodorants is limited and this is the first time I have tried a solid “paste” rather than a liquid roll on. 

The main ingredients in Schmidt are shea butter, baking soda, arrowroot and cocoa butter. Some people do report sensitivity to baking soda so I was a little concerned. I experienced very mild irritation but nothing of great significance. It could simply be from the action of rubbing the product onto my skin as I do find it is a little “gritty”. The scents are delightful and the Bergamot & Lime took me by surprise. I was not sure if it would suit my taste but I’m hooked and will look out for this combination in other products. 

Unfortunately, I find the application of this product infuriating but I am the first to admit I have very little patience. You need to scrape the deodorant out of the jar and collect the shavings into the palm of your hand. At this stage I usually ended up with half of it on the carpet. I was given the tip to roll into a ball (Thanks Naturally Paula) which does work as the product becomes tacky with warmth, you can then rub onto your skin. 

Once I tackled application next up was the stink test. I managed half a day at work and started to notice a little personal whiff, bearing in mind I have an office job and spend nine hours sat at my desk, I was disappointed. I don’t regard myself as a stinky person and sweat is only a problem when it's a hot summer day so I was a little shocked when I noticed I started to smell like Stig of the Dump. Okay joking aside, I probably was the only one picking up on my odour but it plays on your mind and I did become self conscious. The Bergamot & Lime failed me quicker than the Lavender & Sage so I guess my body chemistry is reacting to the essential oils. 

Now I know from past experience it is not unusual to have to re-apply natural deodorant because they are not antiperspirants. However I have to be honest, between the annoying application technique and needing to strip semi naked in the loo at work, I cannot be bothered with the hassle and conventional roll-ons involve less drama. 

I am sorry Schmidt’s I really did want to be part of your fan club. I certainly don’t want to put people off completely. There are many very positive reviews out there but I needed to share an alternative perspective on this one. Have you tried Schmidt's deodorant? What are your views on this product, good or bad?



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7 comments:

  1. Oh that's too bad, so sorry to hear that! I would also prefer a stick form but I kinda got used to it so the application doesn't really bother me now :)

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    1. this product could be awesome in stick form :)

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  2. Such a shame these didn't work on you! STINKY SARAH ;) aha just kidding! I have recently had a bad reaction to a new natural deo and my pits were so dry & red :( not nice! Gonna go back to my beloved Etsy one I think!

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  3. Really useful review thanks Sarah, I've dithered a few times about buying Schmidt's and other deodorants in a pot and always thought the application might be bit too fiddly so good to read your experiences x

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    1. Glad you found this helpful Annie, it's obviously very much an individual decision but that application process drives me potty ;)

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  4. Oh dear! Your experience merely proves how differently everybody's body chemistry responds to various products. I'm sorry for your stinky moments. That can be so upsetting especially when stuck at work! Schmidt's does work for me (and I do get smelly too usually), but as you mentioned, due to the tackier application, I don't reach for it nearly as much as I do others that are in stick form and have a quicker process. Also, applying with fingers means having the extra step to wash hands again, so when in a pinch I can't be bothered. However, it does leave me drier than most deodorants, so that IS a plus that weighs heavily in its favor. Thanks as always for your honest perspective!

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