Makeup & Beauty

Native’s Brand-New Body Washes & Bar Soaps Are Just As Great As You’d Expect

My friend Alisa has been trying to convince me to switch to natural deodorant for years. And for years, I have resisted despite the fact that I know that the aluminum in many deodorant brands has been linked to a host of illnesses, including breast cancer, because my only experiences with natural deodorants have been…shall we say, less than ideal. (OK, they were terrible. I have no idea how a deodorant can actually make you smell worse, but there you go.) 

But I’ve been hearing about Native Deodorant for awhile now – it’s one of those cult items that everyone who’s into natural products is all aflutter about. I posted about it on Instagram, asking whether anyone had tried it, and was stunned by the outpouring of love for the brand. So I tried it myself, and now I get it. It just…works. It’s great. And I especially love that the scents are subtle and unisex; I like the idea that one brand can work for the entire family (not that I’d share my deodorant with a man, but that’s another story). 

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So we’ve established that Native Deodorant is phenomenal – you have to try it, for real – and now they’ve come out with a brand-new line of body washes and bar soaps. Like the deodorants, they’re simple, unisex, and formulated only with ingredients that you can pronounce (like shea butter and coconut oil) – zero phthalates, parabens, or sulfates. And they’re also just as fun and sudsy (read: effective) as brands with less of a focus on safe, natural ingredients.

(Ok, ok, Alisa: you were right. I WAS WRONG. …Happy??)

PS. Head to Native and use code jordan10% – good for 10% off any purchase, limit one per customer. 

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This post was created in collaboration with Native. Photography by Kim Butan. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Ramshackle Glam ticking! 

  • Mara

    I really really wanted Native’s deodorant to work. I was so excited when I first received it, but it just not good. Do someone have any tips on how to make natural deodorants work? I use them after a shower, do they need multiple times a day reapplication? do you need to use a lot? do you need a special trick while it is drying (which takes forever, btw). I still have it in my vanity in hopes I can make it work someday.

    • Val

      Traditional antiperspirants work by clogging sweat ducts so the sweat doesn’t reach the surface of your skin (most people use a combination antiperspirant/deodorant). I’m not sure exactly how this works from a scientific/biological standpoint, but basically when you stop using your regular deodorant/antiperspirant, you’re likely to experience some temporary backlash wherein you actually smell funkier as your sweat ducts are allowed to flow freely for the first time in ages. So what I’ve heard from a lot of people is that you should give yourself at least a week or two to sort of “wean off” or adjust to not having the traditional deodorant/antiperspirant and then give the natural stuff another couple weeks to see how it is going to work for you. TL;DR: don’t just use the natural stuff for a day or two and decide you don’t like it; give your body a chance to adjust.

      And of course, some natural deodorants work better than others. I find most of the sticks to be hard, waxy, or gritty feeling and I can’t stand that. I haven’t tried Native so it might be awesome! Some friends of mine have a company that makes deodorant out of organic distilled spirits (whiskey and vodka) with arrowroot, sea salt, and some teas that are all naturally anti-microbial. It’s the best natural deodorant I’ve found but I definitely notice if I use regular deodorant for even a day or two, I smell like shit on day one of switching back to the natural stuff. Every fricking time. But with consistent use I actually can go a day or two without using ANYthing and I’ll smell okay. So regular deodorant definitely makes you stink for a bit once you stop using it.

      Sorry, I don’t have any tips on using Native deodorant specifically but maybe this will be encouraging! 🙂

      • jordanreid

        SUPER helpful information. Thank you!

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  • Linda

    What are you doing?

  • Sasha

    I usually have no problem with sponsored stories, but starting off by trying to link deodorant to breast cancer is not right. Here is an actual statement from American cancer society on research showing no links to deodorants causing breast cancer.
    In particular, you will consume more aluminum from food (do you ever use foil?) than your deodorant. Avoiding parabens in all cosmetics, not just deodorants, does make sense, which they state. Please do not use marketing of “natural” products to scare your readers into spending three times more on deodorants than they need to.
    Signed, A scientist.

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