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Vegan Deodorant Balm Review: Native Unearthed

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I have very much been struggling recently in my search for the perfect vegan deodorant. When it came to such a sensitive part of my skin, vegan products just didn’t seem to cut it. I wanted something that didn’t feel like it was shrivelling me up, kept me odour free, was good for the environment, zero-waste… the list kept going, and I was getting more and more frustrated.

Using a vegan deodorant was probably one of the last changes I made when I first went vegan. When it comes to such a sensitive part of my skin, in the past, vegan products just haven’t cut it. I was looking for a deodorant that didn’t feel too harsh, or dry, but that actually worked, but that was also vegan and cruelty free. I also didn’t want to use an aerosol deodorant, even a vegan one, as they’re so bad for the environment.

Since we started getting miniature heat waves here in Britain, the Greeench Deodorant Powder from Lush wasn’t quite cutting it for me as a vegan deodorant (especially working long bar shifts, ew). I do still plan on using the Greeench vegan deodorant when winter comes back around (it felt nice and non-invasive), it just isn’t quite long-lasting enough for the summer months. I also love buying things from Lush, because they do SO many vegan products and support loads of great projects and are committed to reducing their waste. (Re-usable tubs and recycled paper? Yes please!).

Anyway, back to the product. Native Unearthed was established in 2013, and they keep their range simple: one deodorant balm, three scents. And that’s it. All 100% vegan deodorants. Their philosophy is: ‘if we won’t put it in you, we won’t put it on you’ which (after the initial giggle) seems like quite a feat for any deodorant, never mind a vegan one.

A vegan deodorant that only uses ingredients that I can eat? Is that really going to keep me odour-free for an entire day? I was dubious to say the least, but they had been recommended to me by one of my non-vegan friends who had compared them to ‘regular’ deodorants and still found them worth mentioning. Huh. I mosied on over to their website and bought two jars.

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My two Native Unearthed vegan deodorant balm arrived a few days later in a handwritten parcel. Who’d’ve thought (and who came up with that contraction?) this vegan deodorant that once appeared in Birch Box would be hand packaged? Very cute. And, even cuter, I opened it up to find the two little pots of deodorant balm sat upon one another, wrapped in a personalised thank you note. It was all very lovely.

I spent the next few days trying out my new vegan deodorant, and I haven’t looked back. One application in the morning sorts me out for the whole day, even through a hefty bar shift, and that’s just the original coconut and vanilla deodorant balm. The other pot I chose was the activated charcoal which is their ‘super absorbent’ balm. To be honest, I don’t even see why anybody would need a super absorbent deodorant balm when the original vegan formula works so well.

One jar can last 2-3 months, depending on the season and my activity levels. The jars are £8 full price, but you can often find them on offer at Holland Barretts or an online vegan supermarket.

It’s a little more expensive than your standard aerosol deodorant, but there are sooo many benefits of this new vegan deodorant balm:

  • They don’t contain harmful chemicals
  • They are vegan and cruelty free
  • They don’t block your pores
  • They’re kinder to the environment (even compared to roll-ons)
  • The jars are reusable (and you can even use them to store food after a good wash, because they’re made from kitchen-kind ingredients)

Update: the Native Unearthed website has since disappeared, but it is still available through in-store and online retailers.

The only thing I’d like to see from Native Unearthed is metal lids. The current deodorant jar tops are plastic, and contain a glue sealant that makes them difficult to reuse. Although I can’t fault the contents of this vegan deodorant balm, the packaging could be more eco-friendly.

Update: It’s a year and a half later and this is still my favourite vegan deodorant!

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