We try out our fair share of all-natural skincare, beauty and body products over here at Unsullied HQ (read: in our respective living rooms). In terms of the products that don’t quite wow us…we don’t lose sleep over a tube of too-sticky lip gloss or odd-smelling soap. But a deodorant that doesn’t perform? There goes our social life. The stakes are HIGH during deodorant trials!
Fortunately for us, we had few qualms about taking all-natural Schmidt’s Deodorant ($9 for 2 oz.) for a test run. Their press page features glowing reviews of tear-inciting effectiveness (“I literally cried after a day of wearing it”) and we’ve heard from bloggers and green beauty fans alike that Schmidt’s has a winning formula. In a world where effective natural deodorants can be a bit elusive…that’s a big deal!
So, how does it work? Schmidt’s contains plant-based powders and high-quality baking soda to absorb wetness and neutralize your B.O., you smelly person (kiddin’). Plus, shea butter and cocoa seed butter act as skin conditioners. Schmidt’s is completely free of the usual suspects that “sully” drugstore deodorants…aluminum, parabens, and more. We wrote nearly a year ago why all-natural deodorant is critically important to us. Underarms are a sensitive part of your body – but more importantly – they’re close to your breasts – and you don’t want any strong or potentially hazardous ingredients/chemicals there. No way, Jose.
Well, the results are in and…YES, Schmidt’s is the REAL DEAL. Rejoice!
It’s been a long time since I felt enamored over deodorant. (Shout out to Soapwalla’s Deodorant Cream for that honor) Yes, enamored. You can be enamored over a product that resides on your underarms…if it’s gentle, effective, compellingly scented and perfectly packaged (high standards for my deo, y’all.)
Schmidt’s Lavender + Sage scent hit it out of the park for me and is definitively my new go-to, 100% natural deo. It is hands down the best I’ve tried. How’s that for high praise?!
A number of natural deodorants I’ve tried have irritated my underarms a bit and have just been “okay” at stopping sweat. But Schmidt’s…you have cracked the code. Not only does this deo wear all day for me with virtually no sweat, it smells delightful.
My runner-up scent is the Cedarwood + Juniper, which screams “MANLINESS” to me. It’s woodsy and spicy. But hey, I’ve always liked the smell of dude deodorant, and what’s the deal with gendered scents, anyway? The Ylang-Ylang + Calendula is very gentle and subdued (I dig it, also), but the Bergamot Lime is unfortunately too sweet for my liking. I like a basic, simple scent in the deodorant realm. And, hey, if you like the UTMOST in simplicity, opt for the fragrance-free Schmidt’s!
You’ll need a small spatula applicator to apply Schmidt’s Deo, as the consistency is fairly hard and not quite a spreadable paste, like other natural deodorants I’ve tried. But the extra effort is worth it. This. Stuff. WORKS. Smell me, I dare you!
Schmidt’s is a brand that was initially sent to me in a Petit Vour box (vegan beauty box) this summer. I received the Lavender + Sage scent and was truly dazzled by not only the hint of calming lavender that radiated out of the pot, but the fact that the ingredient list is truly up to standard for a green bunny like myself! After experimenting with all the scents more recently, I was drawn immediately to the bright Bergamot + Lime – it is has the strong smell of a lime hard candy, and just makes me very happy. It is unapologetically sweet smelling, and as with all the Schmidt’s pots, has a melting quality as you apply it to your underarms. I like to apply right after getting out of the shower.
As far as staying power, odor fighting capabilities, and how it protects against sweat/wetness: I was pretty impressed. I don’t ever reapply it, just once is fine for the whole day. Of course, this is a natural deodorant, so it won’t stop moisture all together, but it certainly beats the alternative of containing toxic nasties like the mainstream anti-perspirants. There are just some truths you will have to be OK with when it comes to an all-natural beauty regimen.
I adore all of the scents: the Cedarwood + Juniper would work especially well for the man in your life due to it’s earthy tones, so I would certainly not shy away from gifting this! The Ylang-Ylang + Calendula is also one of my favorite scents, and is so lovely to experience in the morning. I don’t even feel the need to apply a natural perfume when wearing Schmidt’s because it provides you with a subtle fresh waft that lasts pretty much all day.
It is worth noting that I have quite sensitive skin. I have thin, paper-y, redness prone skin, especially under my arms. Sometimes baking soda-based deodorants can be irritating for me. So, just a little disclaimer that if you have a sensitivity to this as I do, I would recommend that you use the product once per day without reapplying, and give your underarms “rest” days when you just use some coconut oil and let your stink flag fly. It’s just the name of the game when you have finicky armpits. I use Schmidt’s about five days a week, and it’s working quite well. All about the balance, yes?
Schmidt’s Lavender + Sage Deodorant ingredients:
Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), Maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) powder, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, Salvia sclarea (clary sage) essential oil, Lavandula (lavender) essential oil, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Humulus lupulus (hop) extract
**All Schmidt’s Deodorant samples were generously sent to us for review by the product manufacturer. Check out our policy on product reviews.