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A Natural Deodorant That Actually Works

Fashion & BeautyAlexandra kingComment

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT. After several years of thankless search and deep skepticism (I have taken too many bikram yoga classes with too many Tom's of Maine users,) I have finally discovered a completely natural, aluminum-free deodorant that actually works! Let the choir sing! Let your armpits breathe a sigh of sweet-secented relief! Let the under arms of your pricey cotton white shirts stay white as freshly-fallen snow!

So, it's by a brand called Bali Secrets. The "original" version, which is the scent I use, rolls on smooth, isn't sticky and is currently available on for a fairly reasonable 14 dollars. It's  a big bottle, and smells kinda herbal, a tangible whiff of joss stick about it, I suppose, but not in an overpowering way (though I nurture hippy sensibilities generally, in this regard, so you may feel differently). There are also rose, aloe, sandalwood and unscented versions to try.

After reading some pretty scary stuff about the nasties found in regular anti-perspirants, not to mention getting super frustrated with my beloved white t shirts yellowing under the armpits, I have been trying to find a good natural deodorant for years, experimenting with, among others, the aforementioned Toms (I swear this actually made me sweat) this Soapwalla cream (works, but messy) and Dr Haushcka (ok, but needed a couple of applications a day to feel fresh, and super pricey). So, needless to say, I was only cautiously optimistic when my first bottle of Bali Secrets arrived in the mail. That day, I put it to the test via a full day of work followed by an hour of barre class. To my great surprise, 10 hours and an hour of intense exercise later, I still smelled fresh as a daisy. I couldn't believe it, and am so excited by my discovery that I have been furtively pulling it out of my bag at parties to extol its wonders and virtues (obviously a completely NORMAL thing to do). Oh also, I found about it from my friend Ethan, an artist who carts around giant paintings and sculptures on a daily basis, so this is 100 per cent as suitable for sweaty dudes as it is for the gals. Isaac has also been trying it out and loves it.

So there you have it, darling readers. May you all run off into the horizon with a bottle of Bali Secrets in your bag and your priciest while silk shirt upon your person.