Serious Question: Does Natural Deodorant Work?

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Alternative title: Do I smell?

A year or so ago, I decided to switch from Secret to natural deodorant. I’m sure you’ve heard rumors that deodorants containing aluminum (among other chemicals) cause cancer. My brief Googling tells me that research has been inclusive about this, but when you consider the chemicals and toxins in deodorant as well as the proximity to your lymph nodes, I feel like it can’t hurt to make the switch to natural deodorant.

Does Natural Deodorant Work?

So I did. Yay for less chemicals, right? Except one thing, I can’t seem to find one that works.

I first switched to Toms deodorant, and it definitely left me feeling sweaty. A week ago, I switched to Lafes, but I’m still not convinced. It could just take some time to get used to, or I might just have to accept being a little bit smelly, and maybe that’s OK too. For the record, I have inquired IRL, and my friends have told me they don’t think I smell. Just you know, FYI.

So serious question: Do you wear natural or regular deodorant? Have you found a natural deodorant that works for you? Should I try it? Have you ever considered making your own?

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