Tried & Tested: Native Unearthed Activated Charcoal Natural Deodorant Balm

IMG_1323When it comes to deodorant, I have to say I’m a bit of a creature of habit.  I’d found a brand I like, one with hardly any scent and that doesn’t leave marks on my clothes, years ago and I haven’t even thought of changing it since.  However, as part of my minimalist challenge I am trying to make use of the products I have before I go out and buy any more.  Which meant trying the Native Unearthed Activated Charcoal Natural Deodorant Balm that came with this month’s Birchbox.  

What is it, what’s in it and how do you use it?

The deodorant balm comes in a jar that you apply by hand, unlike most spray or roll-on deodorants.  It’s a light grey colour and has a slightly grainy texture, though it’s not off-putting.
The balm is a mix of all natural ingredients that include activated charcoal, coconut oil, shea butter , arrowroot and lavender oil.  The product description says it’s non-sticky, doesn’t leave stains on your cloths and provides long-lasting odour protection.
You use it by applying a pea sized amount under each armpit, rubbing it in and spreading evenly.

Does it work?

Yes, it does, much better than I thought it would if I’m honest.  I’ve used it on the hottest of recent days and while out running and I have felt dry and odour free.

The Pros

  • It smells great, the lavender isn’t too over-powering
  • It’s easy to apply
  • The sample size I got has lasted a lot longer than I thought it would
  • I felt dry and protected all day
  • It’s got nice packaging (though my photo doesn’t really do it justice)

The Cons

  • Although I’m over it now, applying it with my finger took some getting used to
  • It’s more expensive than my usual brand by quite a ways (£7.99 on the Native Unearthed website though you can get it cheaper on sites like Amazon)

Would I buy it again?

As this was a sample, it’s more a question of would I buy it at all and the answer is yes, definitely.  It’s a good product, that smells great, works well and – because it’s all natural – I feel is better for me and the environment than the product I normally use.  I am a convert!
Have you used this product or anything similar?  What do you think?

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