I am always trying to reduce the amount of chemicals I put on and in my body. I have tried the baking soda and vinegar shampoo method, paraben free products, homemade chapstick, etc. Nothing really holds my attention long, but it’s normally because when it’s time to buy more shampoo I’ve already forgotten what product I used by the time I get from my apartment to the grocery store. So I just grab whatever is on sale and moderately environmentally-friendly.
Recently I have been feeling really strange about my deodorant. Every time I put it on I felt immense guilt for mistreating my body. I finally read the ingredients on my deodorant stick and decided I would quit putting that mess on my body as soon as possible. I planned to finish out that stick and then pick up a natural deodorant. The search for a guilt-free, nice-smelling, decently-priced natural deodorant began.
I did about five hours of Internet research before I decided on Fat and the Moon Deodorant Cream. A lot of sites had positive reviews for it, including Etsy and Elle. I read through hundreds of reviews and almost all of them had nice things to say about this product. I ordered my $12 jar and hoped that this kind thing I was doing for my body would be worth the high price tag.
I received the wrong product at first (Fat and the Moon All Cream), so I immediately notified the company. They didn’t hesitate to send me the correct product free of charge. Yay for excellent customer service! I received the deodorant cream a couple days later.
It turns out that the deodorant smells quite pleasant. It’s not very feminine, but that’s not something I need in a deodorant (as long as I don’t smell like Axe Body Stank). You apply the deodorant by scooping some out with one finger and rubbing it on your underarm. It was weird the first time, but now it feels normal. Plus, I can wipe the residue off on any of my towels and I don’t have to worry about stains. And speaking of stains, the cream has left a couple of my shirts stained, but only from sweating a lot. If I use a good stain remover, it comes out pretty easily. Overall, the staining is very minimal.
It comes out clear on my skin and, even though it’s quite moist at first, it dries while I finish getting dressed. Throughout the day, it does a great job masking body odor. I sweat a good amount, especially with the heat blasting during winter months. The cream doesn’t stop sweat like chemical deodorants do, but I don’t mind that. If anything, it’s my body’s natural reaction to being warm and I like that I’m not stopping that reaction with harmful chemicals.
I will caution fellow fitness gals out there: this deodorant doesn’t last through an intense workout. It doesn’t matter to me because I’m almost always working out alone. And my close friends who I work out with wouldn’t mind a little B.O. if it’s mild (sorry, friends). I’m not saying people can smell me while I run by them on the sidewalk, but I definitely notice odor when I am about to hop in the shower after a workout. It’s a very small price to pay for a natural deodorant that doesn’t have 15 different potentially harmful chemicals in it.
I don’t know if this is connected or not, but I have started to notice that my underarms are darker than usual. I shave my underarms (thanks, Preserve), but I guess it could still be my dark hairs that are about to grow in. I hate self-diagnosis, so I’m probably going to see a doctor about it to be safe. It can be a number of things from what I understand about underarms, so I won’t panic. I will, however, share any useful tips about getting rid of dark underarms if I find some natural remedies.
Overall, I highly recommend this product. It’s made with only 9 ingredients, which is amazing. It smells great, lasts all day (other than during intense exercise), and it’s a kind thing to do for your body.