I just freaking LOVE Schmidt’s. I love it because it works. It works even though it’s free of aluminum, parabens, fragrances, disodium edta, and all that junk. I could make something similar myself, and I’m sure there’s a perfect diy recipe out there in the blogosphere, but right now, I am all about buying this little jar of wonder.
The deodorant comes solid and white in a little glass jar. I scoop out two pea-sized amounts with the spatula provided and warm it up between my fingers before applying directly to my underarms.
Performance: 5/5 – I’ve tried Tom’s. I’ve tried that cool crystal stick thing. I’ve tried a paste with plain old baking soda and water. No natural deodorant works for me like Schmidt’s does. ‘Working’ for me means it does it’s job of deodorizing, no matter the activity. I’m not a super sweaty person, so I can’t speak to it’s antiperspirant abilities (which it’s not meant to have to much of anyway).
Ease: 4/5 – I have two very minor issues with application, both of which could probably be avoided by trying their new stick version, but I’d rather avoid the plastic container. First issue: the stuff is less malleable during cold weather, so sometimes I need to mix it with moisturizing cream. Second issue: it takes a bit of work to get off my hands afterward. I just make sure to wipe my hands on a towel before I wash with soap and water.
Ingredients: 4.5/5 – The formula is so simple; this would be a perfect score if the ingredients were organic.
“Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), Maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) powder, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, Tocopherol (vitamin E)”
Price: 4/5 – In Schmidt’s official online store, one little 2oz jar is $8.99. I buy it on a site called OpenSky for some amount less, depending on how much credit I’ve built up on the site. Not cheap for deodorant, I know. It still gets a decent score because products from similar brands cost about the same.
Guilt: 2/10 – (10 is the guiltiest) I mainly feel guilty that I don’t make this myself. Other guilt factors: the shipping emissions and cardboard packaging. I do like that the deodorant itself comes in a glass jar that I can easily reuse OR recycle through their Recycling Club, which gets me a free deodorant!
Btw, I was not sponsored in any way for this post. I just felt like raving. High-performance natural deodorant is hard to come by. Next on my list to try: organic Primal Pit Paste!