I talked a little bit about transitioning to a more natural lifestyle in a post recently and wanted to elaborate on one of the points I had made about using “healthier” beauty products. I’m not very concerned about switching all my skincare and beauty products to natural. I’m interested in natural products but I don’t think I’ll ever be “all natural” or “all organic”- and that’s ok! I was interested though in seeing if I could switch my deodorant to something natural without compromising the quality I was used to.
Over the years, I’ve used Dove, Secret, and other major brands. I’ve always been satisfied with the anti-perspirant/deodorants available from some of the major lines, but I’ve always been curious about the natural stuff. When I tried to switch to natural on a whim and was unable to find anything that worked, I took it as a personal challenge to try everything I could get my hands on and find something I loved just as much as the chemical-laden stuff.
It’s not hard to find a natural deodorant, but what ends up being the hang-up for most people is that there is no anti-perspirant in the natural deodorant world. Anti-perspirant is designed to control sweating, which is what leads to body odor. Deodorant is the scent that conceals the body odor that happens. Most non-natural stick products for under your arms contain both the anti-perspirant and deodorant. Most brands use aluminum as an active ingredient in the anti-perspirant, which plugs your sweat glands, which is obviously not a natural ingredient! After a lot of trail and error, I finally found something that does not contain aluminum, that’s just as powerful as my previous favorite deodorants, and will absorb my wetness AND fight odor at the same time- PiperWai.
I heard about PiperWai on Shark Tank and was instantly intrigued by the idea of it. It’s the first aluminum-free deodorant I’ve found that works just as well as an anti-perspirant. A couple facts off of their website explain it the best:
- PiperWai’s formula uses activated charcoal, which can absorb 1,000x its own weight in moisture, forming an absorbent shield between your skin and shirt.
- Natural ingredients like organic coconut oil, shea butter, and pure vitamin E soothe even the most sensitive skin.
- The formula is stain-free, rubs in clear, and won’t discolor your clothes.
- Sweat secreted from your underarm glands is odorless, but starts to smell when exposed to bacteria. PiperWai’s natural ingredients create a pH-balanced environment where bacteria can’t thrive, leaving you smelling fresh even after workouts.
- PiperWai is great for sensitive skin, unlike other baking-soda heavy formulas that can irritate the underarm area.
- PiperWai is gluten-free, cruelty-free, vegan, and made in the USA!
- The scent is gender-neutral and fresh.
If you’re curious, here is the list of ingredients:
Tapioca Starch, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Magnesium Hydroxide, Butryospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Rose Centifolia Flower Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Charcoal Powder (Activated), Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract*, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract*, Proprietary Blend of 11 Essential Oils *100% plant-based, paraben-free, natural preservative
I have fallen head over heels for PiperWai. I don’t see myself ever switching back to traditional deodorant. The only things that bother me about PiperWai is the wait time on an order and the application method. It took me around a month to receive PiperWai from the time that I ordered when I ordered through their website. The application method is to apply a pea sized amount to each of your armpits, meaning that I have to add yet another hand washing to my morning routine (I wash my hands before putting my contacts in, and if I do my hair before my makeup I’ll wash the product off my hands before moving to my face). I would prefer a stick formula, but apparently that’s part of their business plan for 2016.
The trade off for a couple tiny hassles are that this is the best deodorant I’ve ever tried. I love the scent- it’s not overly herbal like many natural formulas I’ve tried, but it’s also not scent free. I like it to have a little bit of scent. It also lasts forever. I’ve had my 2 oz. jar for a few months now and I’m just now beginning to think about reordering.
If you’re looking to check this out buy it at Amazon or on PiperWai’s website! If you do order, please come back and tell me what you think. I’d love to know if you fall as in love with this stuff as I have. It really is the best!
Do you use a natural formula? If not what do you use?
*Affiliate links in use. I bought this product myself.