As you may have noticed, there are many deodorant brands in the market, readily available for people like us who want (and need) to smell good the entire day.
Not many of us know that there is a huge difference between all these brands and that not all deodorants are made equal. Some deodorants have very harmful chemicals that either stain your clothes or deodorant blends that have aluminum in it.
Living with hyperhidrosis is extremely manageable, take it from the blog’s founder and my co-writer Oscar. Read his story here.
In this Native Deodorant review, you will learn more about deodorants, Native’s humble beginnings, and what I like and don’t like about this product. So sit back and keep reading.
Are deodorants the same thing as antiperspirants?
Most people get so confused when I say that they’re using deodorant and not an antiperspirant, or when I tell them that their product is a combination of both.
What is antiperspirant? What is deodorant? Are they different? Read more as I will explain how these products do and what sets them apart from each other.
Let’s start with antiperspirants. From the name itself, antiperspirants aim to reduce or stop perspiration in the area where you apply it. Basically, there is an active ingredient that temporarily blocks the sweat ducts, minimizing or stopping the sweat that can go out to the skin’s surface.
One thing to take note is that most antiperspirants have no added perfume or scents. They’re really just made to keep you from sweating temporarily. Deodorants are a different story.
Deodorants, from its name, were formulated to keep the foul odor at bay (or to eliminate it entirely). To do so, ingredients in your product are made to kill the bacteria that cause the foul odor. Deodorants usually come in different scents but most brands have extra-sensitive versions that are unscented.
So if you notice now, you probably used a blend of these products. If you check the labels more closely than before, you will see that these products may have “antiperspirant/deodorant” written on the label.
These products have the best of both worlds I can say because it keeps the sweat at bay and makes you smell good the whole day.
Types of deodorant
A lot of people are only familiar with 3 types of deodorants, when in fact, there are about 5 types of deodorants in the market today. Let me share with you the different types of deodorant and some things to consider before buying a specific type.
Roll-on deodorants are (aside from the stick-type) the most common type of deodorant I see in the market. These deodorants have a glass or plastic bottle with a top that has a plastic ball that distributes the deodorant liquid evenly on your skin.
You have to be very careful to not drop the bottle because the material holding the ball in place may loosen and the liquid may drip when you apply the product, also for glass bottles, they might break when dropped.
Stick deodorants are almost (if not as) common as roll-on deodorants. This type of deodorant are solid, which melts a bit when applied on the skin to form an even layer that protects you from the bad smell for several hours or even the whole day.
Stick deodorants come in plastic or paper bottles and has a knob at the bottom that when twisted, pushes the product up and out. You can then apply it on your underarms and untwist it back inside the bottle.
Like the roll-on just be careful not to drop your bottle. Although most stick deodorants have paper or plastic bottles, the stick inside can break or crumble which would make it hard for you to push the product out because it will crumble and fall.
Spray-types deodorants have only been a recent “craze” in the market. It was actually available back in the 60s but it took time for people to catch up on the convenience of buying one.
I love these sprays because, among all these deodorants, the spray is the one that distributes the product evenly without using too much liquid. Therefore you save a lot more deodorant and the bottle will last longer.
Spray deodorants are also the only deodorant that people can share. No applicator goes in direct contact with the skin, that’s why most gyms or sports teams have a bottle in the changing rooms for people to use.
Cream or Gel deodorants are popular in the all-natural deodorant world. Most cream deos come in plastic tubes and jars. Some companies opt for a “greener” version by changing their packaging to glass jars.
These deodorants are good but you have to either apply the product using your fingers or you have to use an applicator provided by the brand.
The only problem with these deodorants is that it can be messy when you use your fingers because some of the cream/gel might get stuck underneath your nails, which would mean that you have to find a tool to scrape it out.
The solution is to use an applicator given to you or if you lose that one (because I always do), you can use a plain wooden popsicle stick. After application, you can just wash your hands.
Crystal deodorants are quite a novel concept these days. But did you know that in Asia, there are similar crystal deodorants that have existed for decades? The only difference is, the ones in Asia don’t have any smell and are quite rough.
The ones we see in the market are smooth and have added scents to it which makes it an improved version. I love crystal deodorants as I save lots of money because they last for more than a year.
The huge joke me and a friend have about these deodorants is that we’d end up dropping and shattering them even before the product runs out. As mentioned, when buying crystal deodorants make sure you never drop it as they break like glass. So I usually apply my deodorant near a soft surface just in case I have “butterfingers” and I drop my bottle.
What is Native deodorant?
Native deodorant is a deodorant brand that was started by Moiz Ali, someone who not only wanted to make a deodorant that would work for him but a brand that is more customer-friendly and transparent about its ingredients.
He then decided to whip up Native’s version number 1 of their deodorant. A year and 24 deodorant versions later, Ali knew that his deodorant was ready and that he knew the perfect market for his product — young urban professionals.
He wasn’t trying to be as he said “hippie-dippie”, he wanted something chic, stylish, and minimalist. In 2017, because of their novel scents like their Pumpkin Spice Latte, their sales and online traffic boomed. Because of that, Procter and Gamble (P&G) bought native for 100USD cash.
Before we go to what I like and don’t like about Native, let’s watch a review by Danna Selene, who will share her experience when she switched to using natural deodorants.
What I like about Native
Native, unlike most of their competitors, is so transparent with their ingredients and manufacturing processes. They really make sure that they connect to their customers.
Native deodorant uses only the best ingredients — caprylic/capric triglyceride (basically glycerine combined with coconut oil), tapioca starch, ozokerite (a natural wax), sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), magnesium hydroxide, coconut oil, cyclodextrin, shea butter, dextrose, and L. Acidophilus (probiotic). The scented deodorants include a proprietary blend of oils. These ingredients are mixed with beeswax to make it a solid stick that we all love.
2. Different Scents
They always have new scents out. They currently have ten scents, four of which are seasonal. The 6 scents available all-year-round are coconut and vanilla, lavender and rose, cucumber and mint, charcoal, and unscented.
You must be wondering, “but those were just 5 scents, where is the 6th?”. Well, what makes Native so unique is that they can customize your deodorant.
You are led to a scent quiz page that will determine the best blend for you. You can then confirm the order and Native will create your unique deodorant in their lab, label it with your name and send it to you.
3. No harsh chemicals
Founder Moiz Ali wanted something clean, simple, and safe. Even after P&G bought Native in 2017, they still remain chemical-free and wholesome. You can enjoy the benefits of smelling like roses or mint without all the harsh ingredients that can block or even damage your pores.
What I don’t like about Native
1. Does not work
For some people, they mention that their Native deodorant doesn’t quite work for them. They mention that they get stinkier as they use their new all-natural deodorant.
I always tell people to do a full underarm detox before giving up on all-natural deodorants completely. Most people discover that by following the detox instructions (which can last up to 30 days), they end up smelling better and using less product than they did before.
2. Red Rash
Some people have reported that they developed a rash after using the product. I think the culprit may be the baking soda and sadly, their skin is sensitive to it.
My best advice would be to go for baking soda-free deodorants.
Choosing the perfect deodorant can be very difficult because you only want the best for your body. With this review, I gave you yet another option to choose from. You just have to weigh the pros and cons and pick the brand that makes you feel good.
I would definitely choose Native because it has all-natural ingredients plus it has no harsh chemicals that can harm my skin. Beeswax is also a nice touch because of its additional moisturizing features and it also heals dry, cracked skin, perfect for people who pluck, wax, or shave.
I know that you might have a question about Native. Please leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to answer them. Don’t forget to click on the social media buttons below to share this review with friends and family who may need to read this.
Thank you so much and until next review!
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My name is Oscar and I am the founder and director of Stop-Sweating-Now.com and have been researching and writing about hyperhidrosis for many years.
I have been sweating excessively for the better part of my life. I looked for solutions for well over a decade, but I never found anything that lasted.
It all started when I was around 14 years of age, when I suddenly found out that I was sweating more in my armpits than I should. At first I thought it was something that would go away soon, but I was wrong.
I had given up hope and accepted to live the rest of my life being embarrassed with ugly sweat stains in my armpits.
However, after a few years of not searching for any solutions anymore, I gave it another shot. And I found what finally gave me the freedom I had longed for so many years.
After finding a solution to my problem, I decided it was important to shout out my message to those that are suffering from what I had lived with so many years.
My goal is to help people find their freedom from sweating by sharing my expertise because hyperhidrosis is an underdiagnosed condition.
People don’t know that it is a medical term and can be treated effectively.
That is why I am here: Sharing with you what I know, what works and what does not work.
Want to learn more about what I did? Click below!