NATIVE Deodorant Review: Does It Really Work?

Awhile back (and I mean awhile back, perhaps years ago now?) I had tested out a mini version of Native’s coconut and vanilla deodorant that I found at Target in their travel section. I remember enjoying it for however many weeks I was using it, but that little sample was one of those products that somehow sinks to the bottom of a drawer of products and I forgot about it! A few months ago I saw that Walmart started selling Native and I was seeing it advertised everywhere and thought to myself how much I had enjoyed that sample I tested, so I bought a full size.

Native has created a line of natural deodorants that has a reputation of “actually working”, so it’s always interesting to try a much hyped product for yourself to see how it stands up against the claims. For the record, I have found a few other natural deodorants that do work for me, but I’ve found it helpful to rotate between a few working deodorants, rather than stick with the same one long term. I like that Native’s deodorants are available locally since they are sold at most Walmart and Target stores, and they are a bit more affordable than the luxe ones you can find online.

Before I get into my experience with this deo, I’m going to share a few tips I’ve learned over the years to get the most out of your natural deodorants. For me, a natural deodorant effectively works when I don’t experience musty BO around mid-day and end day, and one where I only have to apply it once a day.

TIPS FOR MAKING YOUR NATURAL DEODORANT WORK!

  • Firstly, whether you’re new or seasoned to natural deodorants, any time that you start a new deodorant you may go through an adjustment period. If you wear a conventional deodorant and are making the switch to natural, your sweat glands are expelling the aluminum that was once clogging them (brands like to call this detoxing, but really you are just sweating as you should be) and if you are wearing a natural deodorant and switching to a new one, a similar experience happens as you get used to the new formula and ingredient amounts in it. Understand that this is really more of a mental adjustment period as you get used to the idea of sweating more. Natural deodorants don’t prevent sweating – depending on the ingredients they might absorb moisture, or mask it with natural fragrances. Understand that really no natural deodorant will perform like a conventional one, but they can come close.
  • Wash your armpits with good soap right before applying and regularly exfoliate them too. Washing helps to get rid of odor-causing bacteria and exfoliation helps to get rid of dead skin cells that trap bacteria. Cleansing and exfoliating helps to ensure your deodorant works better and lasts longer. You may have to wash your pits morning and night before applying, but most effective deodorants don’t need to be applied morning and night. I have personally used crappy deodorants where I felt like I needed to cleanse + re-apply every morning and night. Many love charcoal/detoxifying bar soaps for this purpose.
  • Keeping a rotation of working deodorants is something that has really helped me get the most effectiveness out of them. In the same way that shampoo or body wash can begin to feel like it’s not working as well as it once used to, I find that this also ends up happening with deodorants. If you’re so lucky to find a deodorant that works for you, consider trying some new ones and if they also work well for you, keep them in your arsenal and switch up the deo you are using every few months.

NATIVE COCONUT & VANILLA DEODORANT INGREDIENTS:

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tapioca Starch, Ozokerite, Sodium Bicarbonate, Magnesium Hydroxide, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cyclodextrin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Fragrance, Dextrose, Lactobacillus Acidophilus.

MY EXPERIENCE

My verdict: IT WORKS! Given that I know that natural deodorants can’t perform as well as conventional deodorants, I don’t keep my expectations incredibly high, but I at least expect it to perform well enough that my armpits don’t start stinking mid-day. Nothing is worse than smelling that musty stink on your clothing in the middle of the afternoon! So far, with Native’s deodorant (and mind you I frequently rotate my deodorants) I don’t get that musty mid-day odor and there’s not much of a smell at the end of the day either, although if I had a particularly active and sweaty day the armpit of my clothing has light odor.

I apply my deodorant at night after a shower (I frequently exfoliate my pits) and I don’t find that I need to reapply in the mornings. The coconut vanilla scent is your standard tropical variant and it’s pretty delicious if you’re into those two scents. I find it really lovely and fresh for Summer.

Something important for me to acknowledge is that with other natural deodorants I’ve tried that have baking soda in them, I’ve gotten serious rashes and sensitivities. This version has baking soda in it but somehow, miraculously, it doesn’t give me rashes! That’s great period (because who wants a rash?) but mainly because baking soda is one of the more effective ingredients out there for odor absorption.

Also, I love that this deo is quick drying and not sticky or waxy. I’ve suffered a lot from wax-heavy sticks causing chafing and rashes and I appreciate that this deodorant is soft and pliable, much like how conventional deodorant sticks feel.


I’m really impressed with this deodorant and I’m happy to have another to add to my collection of effective natural deodorants. If you fancy the sound of this one I have a referral link that gets you a free mini deodorant with your first purchase! Happy to report that Native also offers a sensitive version of their popular deodorant.

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