This is another Episode of This or That. This round I’m focusing on natural deodorants, in particular The Kopari Coconut Deodorant and The Farmacy Deodorant. I previously completed a detailed blog post about the Kopari deodorant; in the post I went into detailed discussing my transition from conventional deodorants to a natural deodorant.
I finished the Kopari Deodorant a few months ago. I used it from the time frame of October-January. Immediately after finishing it I started using the Farmacy -Freshen Up deodorant (February). While using the Kopari deodorant some days I felt like it worked, while on others I felt that it was lacking in performance. The main question that plagued me was which deodorant is better, the Kopari Coconut deodorant or the Farmacy Freshen Up deodorant. The Kopari Coconut deodorant was the first natural deodorant I ever used. I went through the detox stages (see below) After doing research, I made the choice to not go back to conventional deodorants that contain aluminum and other harmful ingredients.
Natural Deodorant Detox Stages: (2-4 weeks)
Stage 1: Sweaty and Smelly- The pores are starting to detox
Stage 2: Smelly- The pores are in full purge mode
Stage 3: Somewhat Better- Still detoxing and purging
Stage 4: Good to Go- At this phase you should be smelling better and sweating less
Key Ingredients: 100% plant based active: Based on a mixture of middle chain acyl lactylate, plant derived Triethyl Citrate, and Sage Oil, this natural, non-toxic active provides odor protection while simultaneously warding off the bacteria that causes it in the first place.
Coconut Oil: Packed with Lauric Acid and overflowing with antibacterial benefits, this super oil nourishes, hydrates, and protects even the most sensitive skin.
Coconut Water: Packed with electrolytes, amino acids, vitamins & minerals, this super water is key to hydrating and fine tuning your skin's every day functions
Ingredients: Propylene Glycol*, Propanediol, Water, Sodium Stearate, Fragrance (Parfum), Saccharomyces Ferment**, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Sodium Caproyl/Lauroyl Lactylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyglyceryl-5 Oleate, Triethyl Citrate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Silica, Glyceryl Caprylate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Glycerin, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice, Sodium Anisate, Glyceryl Laurate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil**, Citric Acid .
I feel that the 2oz size of the Kopari deodorant lasted a pretty decent time (several months). The one thing that stood out to me was that if felt wet being when being applied. I’ve only used and preferred solid stick deodorants.
What I found to be werid is that for a small window of time, right after the detox phase, it worked well. Shortly after that I noticed that some days it worked fine and many days it didn’t at all. I noticed that when I would sweat when wearing it would often turn to liquid (this is a very bad combination for white shirts). The feeling was almost like water dripping from under my arms.
- Skin Reaction? I experienced some peeling with it in the beginning. It wasn’t painful or uncomfortable. I checked out some reviews online and this seem to happen to quite a few other people.
Size: 1.7 oz
Scent: A little minty
- Moringa: Helps purify and detox skin by removing impurities caused by pollution.
- Papaya (Papaya Enzyme): Gently exfoliates, brightens and helps reduce the appearance of discoloration.
- Kaolin Clay: Helps draw out surface impurities and absorb wetness.
- Tea Tree Oil: Helps neutralize odors.
All ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Propanediol, Sodium Stearate, Cyclodextrin, Silica, Coconut Alkanes, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Kaolin, Papain, Garcinia Cambogia Fruit Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Polyglyceryl-10 Oleate, Wasabia Japonica Root Extract, Laurus Nobilis Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Sophora Japonica Fruit Extract, Artemisia Princeps Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Polyglyceryl-6 Dioleate, Polyglyceryl-4 Laurate, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Decyl Glucoside, Xanthan Gum
The Farmacy deodorant had a lot of hype around it when it was first released. I liked that the formula on the Farmacy deodorant was more of a solid stick. One thing that stood out to me about the formula was that it contained a lot of ingredients. I also saw many reviews online of people expressing that they had a reaction to the formula. I’m happy to say that the formula was fine for me.
As with the Kopari deodorant, I noticed that The Farmacy deodorant did not always work for me.
* Faulty packaging- I noticed that as I would turn the wheel to apply the deodorant it would move up, but as soon as I went to apply it – it would sink back down into the container.
This made applying the deodorant time consuming as I would constantly have to keep turning the dial on the deodorant. I thought this problem only occurred with my particular packaging until I saw someone that I follow on Instagram mention the same problem.
REVIEW: This or That? Kopari or Farmacy?
If I had to choose one, It would be a tough decision. After using and finishing both deodorants I feel like they both helped in the beginning, but some how they both how fell off towards the middle of my usage. With both I noticed that If I started sweating from working or just whatever activity - the deodorant quickly turned to a liquid and liked mentioned before, natural deodorants do not block sweat. If I had to pick one performance wise, I would go with The Farmacy deodorant. The Farmacy deodorant was able to give just a little more protection.
I feel like for the price – both the Faramcy and the Kopari size should have been at least been 3 ounces. With both deodorants being around the same price range of $14-$15, I found this to be quite expensive. Especially if you decide that you may want to purchase a mini size for reapplication. Based on the price, I found them to both be expensive- especially for a product that only partially worked for me.
I do not plan on repurchasing either deodorants. I really want to stick it out with testing out more natural deodorants, but the process can be quite frustrating. At this point I’m currently looking for less expensive deodorants options. I’m also looking for deodorants that have a better staying power and ways to reapply during the day. At the current time I’m trying out different formulas of natural deodorants along with different ways to reapply.
I recently ordered the Pacifica Coconut Underarm Deodorant Spray, which retails for $8.99 for 4oz along with the Pacifica Coconut Milk & Essential Oils Underarms Deodorant Wipes ($3.99 for 10 count). I’m to using both for reapplication or to use after the gym. After doing some browsing, I see that Dove Now that the weather is getting warmer I’m hoping I can find a method that works.
TIPS FOR USING NATURAL DEODORANT
-Bring a travel size with you to reapply during the day. Be sure to cleanse the area prior to reapplying
-Exfoliate the area a couple of times a week with a clay masks that contains bentonite or kaolin
- Go to the gym and sweat. The sweating will help you release toxins
- Drink Water! Drinking water will stimulate the lymphatic system and this will help flush your body and detox even quicker.
-When applying the deodorant – less is more. I read an article that advised to only use a few swipes and take a few seconds to rub the deodorant in. I found that this really helps.
Keep in mind- natural deodorants will NOT stop you from sweating. So be prepared.
If you have a natural deodorant that you love, please comment below. I’m open to trying out different brands and formulas.
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