…Continued from yesterday’s Fall’s beauty picks post.
For the record, Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant ranks as one of my all-time favorite clean and effective deos. That was even when it was in a jar and kinda stiff to scoop out. But few others keep me smelling fresher or absorbing wetness quite like it.
You can still buy it in a jar—so don’t panic, all you dedicated jar + finger users (like me). More recently, the company launched a stick version that I couldn’t wait to try. Over the years, I’ve only tested a few of their scents, so I went for the five-pack (currently on sale for $42.50) to get acquainted with the rest of the bunch.
Cedarwood + Juniper jumped out at me as an optimal fall fragrance that’s inviting in its woodsy aroma without being heavy or smoky, making it totally unisex. I absolutely loved every scent and I’m hard to please when it comes to smells.
(My husband actually preferred the Bergamot + Lime version. But he has not switched to natch deo yet. Whole other story.)
A word about applying a stick
One drawback to several deodorant sticks that I’ve tested: some formulas crumble, some smear off onto the edges, and some are rock solid and don’t slide on easily.
To help with application, I suggest this tip: take a few seconds (really, that’s all you’ll need!) to touch the top of the open deodorant to your armpit and don’t budge. That will help warm the various butters and waxes and the deodorant should glide on a lot easier from there.
None of those were issues with Schmidt’s though, making application as simple a step as it could be.
Does it work?
No doubt you’re waiting to hear about how it worked, so I won’t leave you hanging: in a word YES! I was amazed that the stick looked clear, not chalk white, when I opened it. That’s rare in a natural deodorant and made me hopeful that staining would be eliminated (so far so good on that count too!). Aside from applying clear, Schmidt’s stick glided on like many a dirtier drugstore version would, and yes, it kept me stink-free all day long.
My big sniff test happens the following morning. If I smell a bit…rank by morning, then I know this is a deodorant that requires reapplication occasionally. Since most of us are/were staunch Secret users (ok, I actually used to love Degree Shower Fresh), the concept of having to reapply deodorant during the day can take time to wrap our brains around.
The good news with Schmidt’s is that it lasts through the night without reapplying at all. That’s 24 hour protection! It also absorbed a nice amount of perspiration the way the jar version does. So, YAY for all that.
Note: natural deos don’t block sweat, like traditional antiperspirants, but rather absorb it with the clays and powders that also neutralize the stench. In Schmidt’s case, they use a well-rounded formula of baking soda (which I don’t have a sensitivity to like some people do) and arrowroot powder, plus naturally anti-bacterial coconut oil to combat odor and wetness. The shea butter and the candelilla wax provide enough slip to keep the formula from drying out and give it that smooth glide.
Full list of Ingredients: Maranta Arundinacea (arrowroot) Powder, Cocos Nucifera (coconut) Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (candelilla) Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (shea butter), Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (fractionated coconut oil), Cedrus Deodara (Himalayan cedar) Essential Oil, Juniperus (juniper) Essential Oil, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract
A surprising thing happens
Unfortunately, within a week, the formula started clumping in the stick and felt like something sharp and rough rubbing my armpits. Not good. I thought I’d let you know about this experience in case you tried it and the same thing happened. Don’t give up yet…read on.
I sent the photo above to the company and they replied instantly (go, Brand Manager Chris Cantino at Schmidt’s!) that they don’t use any chemical stabilizers in the product so the consistency of each batch may vary. The clumps indicate that not all the ingredients were completely incorporated in this particular run. He reassured me that this is not the norm and that they would send me a new batch.
I just received ALL FIVE deodorants again yesterday. So amazing! To me, their immediate response speaks to a company that stands by its product and knows that it delivers.
Given that I was super-impressed with the formula, the smooth glide, its odor-cutting abilities, wetness absorption, AND excellent customer service, I’m still rooting for this stick to work as seamlessly as it promised to initially.
Based on Schmidt’s track record, I doubt that I’ll be disappointed. If and when it does work as expected (and I WILL update this post), this deo seriously raises the bar on natural deodorants in a big way.
One more reason to love this brand: check out Schmidt’s Recycling Club, an incredible initiative to reduce waste and recycle used jars—plus enjoy a free deodorant with every five jars sent back. Definitely check it out! I love seeing companies take responsibility for our environment in creative ways.
Have you tried Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant Stick yet? How was your experience?
UPDATE: Since receiving the new sticks from Schmidt’s everything is just grand! Absolutely no problem with the formula. It glides on easily and works like a dream. WOOT!
Stay tuned for Sunday’s final post covering Apoterra’s Pumpkin + Wild Carrot Soap, and Wild Honey Apothecary’s Pumpkin Cacao “Mud” Mask (as shown in the original photo here). Nom, nom!