Schmidt's Deodorant Geranium Sensitive Skin Formula

avgust 28, 2016

**UPDATE 16. December 2017: I NO longer support Schmidt's Naturals because they sell out and were bought by Unilever. Essentially this means they are no longer cruelty free. We all know that money makes the world go round so I don't even know why I'm surprised by this. I'm so, SO disappointed in them!!! You can see here I'm definitely NOT the only one.**

After my long love affair with the original Schmidt's deodorant in the scent Ylang-Ylang + Calendula, it was time to break it off. I didn't want to because I absolutely loved using it (finally a natural deodorant that worked on me!) but unfortunately I grew intolerant to baking soda. What a massive bummer! Especially now that they came up with a new scent (Rose + Vanilla), which sounds so lovely. The hunt for a new effective natural deodorant started all over again. Ugh. I've tried many of them before so I didn't bother with my smelly self again (none of them worked) and so I started using some nasty and horrible deodorant (but effective) from drugstore. Luckily somewhere around that time I discovered a UK brand The Natural Deodorant Co. and they just came up with their new baking soda free deodorants. Yes!

 I don't want to go too much in details, but I tried The Natural Deodorant Co. Gentle Deodorant Cream in Tangerine and it didn't really work as I was hoping it would be. Some ladies love it, I know the gorgeous Alessandra does. The lovely Laurie then so kindly sent me their other deodorant with a lower percentage of baking soda (Clean Deodorant Balm in Lemon & Geranium*) which works great but I can only use it a few days in a row. So still not a solution. Then Schmidt's launched their new deodorants without baking soda. Hell yes! I hopped on Reina Organics and ordered the coral one with Geranium. Spoiler alert, I love it!
Schmidt's Natural Deodorant in Geranium is especially designed for sensitive skin types and formulated without baking soda. Free of aluminiums, phtalates, parabens and gluten. Certified vegan and cruelty-free. I'm no expert but it's probably Magnesium Hydroxide and Arrowroot Powder (and Coconut Oil) that help to neutralize underarm odor (and absorb wetness - not an antiperspirant tho!). The brand came a long way from jars to the "normal" deodorant packaging and these for sensitive skin are only available in stick form. Sometimes I feel like I use more that way but if I had the option I would still probably go with the stick version. Here I'd like to say that I always had massive problems with deodorants, underarms and sweating. It all started at that "beautiful" puberty time. I'd sweat like no other and I constantly had to change up my deodorants (which actually isn't that uncommon). Not to mention I would also sweat under my arms even if I wasn't hot or nervous. Sometimes I still do. Not fun. I won't say I hated my underarms but it's safe to say I didn't like them. But when I started using a deodorant in a jar something changed. It was the fact that you have to apply it fingers that changed my mind about my underarms. Way more intimate than just using your standard roll-on or stick deodorant. It looks like that really helped me and I started to feel differently about them. Still not there yet but I sure am on a good path. Now back to the review. :)

This deodorant smells like Geranium - it only contains geranium essential oils. I like this floral scent, but I can totally get why someone won't like it. There is something about it that makes you wonder if you like it or not, don't know how to explain it. Deodorant works all day, even on hot summer days, but because I am who I am I sometimes reapply it. Have to be perfectly sure I'm not a stinky mess. I'm pretty positive that isn't really necessary because it does last, but still, I almost always have it with me in my bag. I already repurchased it so it's safe to say I love it! It does have a flaw or two. It can leave white traces and residue on clothes and even though it is for sensitive skin, sometimes it still irritates my skin. I get the same rash as I get when using baking soda based deodorants, and my skin gets itchy. Sometimes it helps if I apply a calming cream (I love Kris D'Amour's Soothing Face and Body Balm* - so freaking soothing!) or I use some other deodorant for a day or two. Sometimes it just goes away even if I don't do any of these things (even tho it is stated that you should discontinue use if rash or irritation develops).

All in all it's a beautiful deodorant and I really really like using it! If you're not a fan of floral scent then you can try their Tea Tree or Fragrance Free version. Available at many places, I got mine at Reina Organics and then I repurchased it at a Slovenian store Specia. Love both stores.<3

Much love,

Jana xx

*samples generously provided

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