I bring this up because, at least for me, there was a period of time where I was frustrated with my various natural deodorants because I felt them to be less effective than my previous product (Dove Solid Antiperspirant) BUT I was also unwilling to further risk my health with the possibly carcinogenic ingredients in antiperspirants by continuing to use them.
Yep, I was in a bit of a stink (pardon the pun), but luckily I learnt a few tricks to make Natural Body Deodorants work for me (and hopefully, you too!):
1. Buy high quality products that contain essential oils. Most essential oils have powerful (yet gentle) antimicrobial properties and if there are no bacteria on your skin, there are no offensive odours to go along with them. Below are some photos of the products I use and some information on where to find them.
2. Buy a few different types and alternate them every other day. I'm not sure why but your body may "get used" to one type, making it somehow less effective but if you're constantly changing things up this doesn't seem to happen. Also, it's fun to add a bit of spice to your life :)
3. Eat a cleaner diet to have a positive effect on your overall body odour. A cleaner burning fuel means less waste products, right?
These deodorants are from a wonderful company in Vancouver called Saje. The scent I love is called Exotic and it is offered in both a body powder and an essential oil mist. Although they have stores out west, they do not yet have a shop in Toronto but all their products can be ordered online and shipped out! www.saje.ca
I found the Weleda brand in Kensington Market, after reading a glowing magazine review and have been in love ever since! My favorite scent is the Sage, but I alternate (as per rule #2) with the Citrus scent. You can find this at any local health food store.
Have a wonderful (smelling) day!