Deodorant. It may not be the most glamorous of items, but I think most of us would agree, it’s an essential. Since deciding to cut chemicals out of my beauty regime a few years ago, I have tried a few natural alternatives and found Hippy Paste to be good, if a little inconvenient to apply.
When that ran out, I bought Madara Herbal Deodorant from Love Lula in the hope that it would give the benefits in a more convenient format.
MADARA HERBAL DEODORANT: RESULTS
I wasn’t disappointed. The Herbal Deodorant works really well.
Although on the pricey side (£12) that little bottle lasted five months, so I think it’s good value.
It’s a roll-on, and dries fairly quickly. As the name suggests, it has a pleasant herbal smell that I would say is unisex. At the end of the day, there is no unpleasant smell, and you can’t say fairer than that! It does sting a little if you apply it straight after shaving, but it doesn’t last long.
MADARA BIO-ACTIVE DEODORANT: RESULTS
A few weeks ago, my Madara Herbal Deodorant was about to run out. I noticed there is an alternative version, called Madara Bio-Active Deodorant. So I thought I’d give that a go instead. To be honest, I was swayed by the name – Bio-Active just sounds nicer then Herbal, doesn’t it? The packaging is the same format, just a different logo on the top.
It smells more girly: a kind of a sherbet-y, floral fragrance which is not unpleasant, but not as much to my taste as the herbal one. It doesn’t sting, and it dries in the same amount of time as the Herbal version.
Unfortunately though, for me, the Madara Bio-Active Deodorant just doesn’t work as well as the Herbal one. There is a definite whiff by the afternoon.
The Bio-Active Deodorant is aluminium-free, and apparently aluminium salt is one of the ingredients you should avoid, due to their link with breast cancer. This article from BreastCancerUK has more information on the chemicals you might want to avoid. The Herbal version contains Potassium Alum. Potassium Alum is a natural mineral salt, and as I understand it, it is better for us than the chemicals conventional deodorants.
So for me it comes down to a compromise: do I go with the more effective deodorant that contains Potassium Alum, or a totally Aluminium-Free one that still leaves me with some odour at the end of the day?
I have decided to stick with the Bio-Active Deodorant for a month or two, until the weather warms up. I think it is OK for winter, but will be buying the Herbal version when spring comes along.
DEODORANTS VS ANTIPERSPIRANTS
A quick note about deodorants vs antiperspirants: the reason antiperspirants stop you sweating is that they clog the sweat ducts. But sweat is a waste product, and needs to get out of your body. So if you don’t sweat it out, where does it go? Back into your body? Yuk! So deodorants, whether natural or chemical-based, don’t actually stop you sweating. Instead, they work to neutralise the odour of the sweat.
ABOUT THE MADARA BRAND
According to Love Lula, “Madara products are entirely natural and proudly certified according to the international ECOCERT standard which prohibits the use of synthetic perfumes, synthetic preservatives like Parabens, Mineral oil, Propylene glycol and other synthetics.” This means they are:
• Free from harmful chemicals
• Free from preservatives
• Not tested on animals
HOW TO BUY MADARA DEODORANTS
Both versions of the Madara Deodorant are available at natural beauty shop LoveLula, for whom I am an official Beauty Blogger. The Madara Herbal Deodorant, which worked well for me, is £12 for 50ml. The Madara Bio-Active Deodorant, which wasn’t as effective, but is aluminium-free, is also £12 for 50ml.