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At some point during April I was just watching a YouTube video about someone’s favourites and they mentioned this deodorant. It’s all natural and all that good stuff and if you hadn’t guessed it is called Native.

Now I don’t really pay all that much attention to deodorant for whatever reason, I just work on auto-pilot and spray it on every morning because I finally found one that works for me and that’s pretty much it. However I pretty much only shower at the gym on weekends and I have become acutely aware of the fact that I am spraying a fair amount of deodorant in a confined space usually surrounded by a few other women and it’s annoying me so I imagine it might be annoying to others. Which basically sent me on a path of low key searching for another deodorant that was the foreboding words ‘a roll on’.

I have not had the best of luck with roll on deodorants which is why I have been using the same spray one for about 4/5 years now. I finally found one that works and I was apprehensive to make the switch.

But it was a change that kind of needed to happen I guess. As I become more aware of the products that I put on my body I realized that maybe I should try and make my deodorant as natural as possible and well I didn’t have anywhere to go with it and so this seemed like a good place to start.

So I placed the order, the shipping was quick and easy which I was impressed by given that I live in the UK and this ships from the US. I ordered a sample travel pack at first so that I could try all the ones available and see which one I liked the best. They arrived in mid- April and I then realized that I had a small stockpile of my usual deodorant so I pushed back starting to use them until I had run that down a bit more and also so that I could start of the first of the month, meaning that it was easier for me track my progress (as it were) with them.

So the 1st May came around and I looked back at the sample pack that I ordered what felt like many weeks ago and selected the Lavender and Rose one.

As usual when I do beauty based things I am going to split it into 2 sections, first impressions and impressions now.

First impressions were that it really wasn’t that much of faff. I scrubbed my armpits within an inch of their life the first time that I used it (that sounds like I’m not always thorough, I am, just more so on this particular day). I then just followed the instructions that they gave. It was kind of weird. It didn’t feel like there was anything there and I swiped under my arms 3-4 times (which is slightly more than suggested, but there was no obvious sign that I had applied too much so it felt fine) and then put the cap back on and threw it in my bag just in case.

It was kind of put through it’s paces quite quickly in the week that I started using it, one because on day 2 I did what is typically my sweatiest workout of the week and also the weather in the UK decided to go from winter to summer pretty much overnight. I will say that when I was doing my workout on the Wednesday night I noticed that the pit stains were way more prominent then I think I am used to. But I guess that just served to remind me that this is not an anti-perspirant, it’s a deodorant. And also, they may not have been worse than usual I might have just been more aware of it than usual. On the Thursday I was also very aware of it and there were some pit stains on the shirt that I was wearing but I think that shirt is just susceptible to that shit, again I don’t really know I was just super aware of it on that day.

Then come the Friday I just kind of let it be. I stopped thinking about it so much and I think for the most part after that it kind of just felt like normal and I wasn’t overly aware of there being any kind of B.O scent come the end of the day, even with the slight rise in temperature.

So where am I at now roughly 6 weeks into this new little experiment as it were?

I think I’m finally over the detox period.  I’ve kind of stopped worrying about it at all and am just letting it do it’s thing.

Don’t get me wrong I think it has taken at least these 5/6 weeks for the detox to be fully over and I feel like some scents worked better for me than others, but I’m at the point where I am no longer paranoid, even when considering the fact that I work out quite a lot and that the humidity right now is so damn real.

So that’s a good thing.

The scents that I know I like, the Lavender and Rose, once I got over the faint smell of lavender following me around, I grew to like. I also liked the Eucalyptus and Mint one, which while is technically a male scent according to the site, was one that I found fit in with who I am as a person. I wasn’t a huge fan of the Citrus and Herbal Musk because that was just a bit too musky for my liking (again a man’s scent though). I also wasn’t a huge fan of the Unscented one just because I was still in the depths of the detox and it felt like a lot of faith to put in something and I didn’t really have that for the most part. Controversially I was not a fan of the Coconut and Vanilla even though it was touted as the most popular scent, maybe it was the timing of which that I used it or maybe it just was not for me. I do not know.

I do know that I won’t find out what my deal is with that for a while because I’ve just moved onto the seasonal spring pack and my current one is a Lychee and Goji Berry scent which I’m liking. But the main thing I am happy about is that the detox appears to be over.

Seriously the detox process was real and it was kind of hard and I haven’t been so paranoid about my armpits since I was like 11 and this whole thing first became an issue. But I’m over it now.

Personally, while the transition felt kind of long it also felt kind of worth it. On some level I do actually feel better for no longer spraying a ton of aerosol around in the morning and when I’m in the gym and stuff. Is it a little weird to sometimes have to rub product into your underarms because you’ve applied too much and you can see white in public? Yeah. Do you get over it? Also yes, no one gives a damn about what you’re doing they’re focusing on themselves. Another thing that I will say is that this tracks white marks sometimes like you would not believe. I am kind of used to it happening when you’ve just put deodorant on and are then pulling a t-shirt of whatever over your head, but that is usually the only time that I’ve experience that. With this it also sometimes happens when I’m putting on a sports bra. I do that fairly far into my day when I’ve been wearing deodorant for hours at this point and so that can be a little annoying as this product is a little harder to rub away then others.

Overall, I’m a convert to this natural deodorant life. And I’ve got two more scents left to try when I get through my current one (also currently tracking just how long a full sized one lasts, the sample sized ones I got through in about a week each). Would I recommend it? Sure, if using a natural deodorant is something that you want to do, this brand will get it done. Just beware that the detox process might last longer than the suggested 2 weeks.

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Sophie, twenty-something, avid reader, writer, really good at watching whole seasons of TV shows in one weekend and using 10 words where 5 will do, overzealous user of the ellipsis and parentheses, starts too many sentences with ‘and’ and ‘so’, living in a continual state of Wanderlust.

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