Green Tidings Organic All Natural Deodorant Review
I have been trying to slowly switch all of the products in my house to healthier versions with various levels of success. Sometimes we get so used to the formulations of certain products that it becomes difficult to adjust to something different. I have found that especially hard with scents. I really like the synthetic scents put into detergents, fabric softeners, shampoos, deodorants, etc.
However, one of the biggest challenges I have found has been to find a natural deodorant. I have tried a couple different ones that were quite sticky, and that, of course, defeats the purpose of wearing deodorant. No one wants to feel sticky under the arms!
While looking for some natural shampoo and conditioner options I came across Green Tidings Organic All Natural Deodorant on Amazon. I started reading the reviews on this product (there were 7,712 reviews at the time of this writing) and decided I really had to try it.
First of all, let’s start with the ingredients:
- ONLY CLEAN, PURE, VEGAN INGREDIENTS: Coconut Oil, Tapioca Starch, Sodium Bicarbonate (aluminum-free), Organic Shea Butter (Fair Trade), Wildcrafted Candelilla Wax, Magnesium Oil, and 100% pure essential oils.
- WHAT MAKES GREEN TIDINGS DIFFERENT: Non-toxic, Organic, Vegan, Gluten-free, Corn-free, Soy-free, Paraben-free, Free of Mineral Salts (crystal deodorants, and mineral salts contain aluminum!), SLS-free, Aluminum-free, Propylene-glycol free, Perfume-Free, Petroleum and Petrolatum-free, Pthalate-free, Paraffin-free, Mineral Oil-free, no artificial colors, No Silicone Oil, No Menthol, Phenol, or Salicylic Acid, Certified Cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny, & made in a solar powered facility.
Sounds good so far, right?
It comes in two sizes: 1 ounce and 2.7 ounce. It also comes in unscented and lavender scent.
I tried the 1 ounce, unscented version because I really wanted to know how well it worked without being swayed by the scent. It comes with a screw on lid but twists up like any deodorant.
I had read on one of the Amazon reviews that it could be difficult to spread on and it could be held under your arm for a few seconds to warm it up before swiping it on. I have found this to be good advice. However, I have also found that I do not need to actually swipe it on. Instead, I hold it there to warm it up, then I dab it on.
The Amazon sales site says that if you have residue on your clothing, then you have applied too much. So far, I have not had that problem.
So Does Green Tidings Organic All Natural Deodorant Work?
First I must say that it is a deodorant, but not an antiperspirant.That means it WILL allow you to sweat, but it hopefully will not allow you to get stinky. This was a new concept for me because I have always used products that did both (like most women). Most people in this day and age DO NOT want to be sweaty in any situation besides a work out, right?
However, sweating is a natural process and it is not a good thing to completely stop any natural process in your body.
I started using this deodorant in February, which is not the best month to find out how well it works. But I did go on a long walking tour the other day and got quite hot. I am happy to say that I DID NOT smell badly after the tour. A couple hours later I came home and asked my husband how I smelled. I can count on him for a truthful answer as I know from previous deodorant trials. He reported that I smelled perfectly normal – not bad at all.
Due to our weird weather this winter, we have also had several days that were near seventy degrees. I have also smelled fine on those days.
So I can happily report that I am happy with this deodorant right now.
* I will update this article in a few months when the weather is warmer. *
Pros: all natural, relatively easy to apply, readily available through Amazon
Cons: Can’t buy it at locals stores (at least not around me)
Note: Some people get “armpit detox” symptoms when switching to a natural deodorant. I have not had this problem so far, but I have only been using it for a couple of weeks now. This reportedly happens to people when your body realizes you are no longer spreading harmful ingredients under your arms and decides it is safe to rid your body of the ones already there. You can read more about that here.