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Schmidt’s: A Safe, Natural, & Vegan Alternative to Conventional Deodorant

Update: After using the Schmidt’s Rose Scented Deodorant Stick for several months, I started to develop itching and redness on one of my underarms. I am assuming this is a reaction to the product’s baking soda. I switched to their sensitive skin formula and saw some improvement. Check out my current favorites page to see what I’m using now!



Ditching your conventional deodorant and switching to an all-natural brand is a horrifying thought for many. How can something that is all-natural work? And even if it does work, is it as good as the popular conventional options? In my experience, I have found these concerns to be justified for some all-natural deodorant brands.. but not all!  It all comes down to what brand you use. As with anything, some brands are better than others and what works well for one person may not work as well for the next.

After much trial and error, I have found a couple of all-natural brands that I am confident work just as well as my old conventional deodorant! They are so good, I will never go back.. bye bye Dove & Secret! ✌


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My favorite deodorant and the one I am currently using is from a company called Schmidt’s Deodorant. Their mission is to “change the way you think about deodorant” by setting new standards. Instead of mindlessly applying potentially dangerous chemicals to your skin, they want you to be aware of what your body is absorbing (yes, your deodorant doesn’t just sit on the outside of your skin – anything you put on it goes into it). For this reason, their formulas are free of aluminum, propylene glycol, parabens, and phthalates – all potentially hazardous chemicals found in most conventional deodorants.

If you’re wondering if their products work without these chemicals, my answer is YES. Their products provide the same level of odor protection as the conventional brands while also helping to keep your underarms dry.

ODOR PROTECTION

In my experience, Schmidt’s deodorants have been extremely effective in preventing body odor all day. Schmidt’s has a variety of scents to appeal to all sorts of people. I have tried several and have found the odor protection to be the same for each.

Scent descriptions from Schmidt’s Online Store:

  • Rose + Vanilla: A heavenly bouquet of rose with hints of sweet, powdery vanilla. Luxurious, elegant, and inviting.
  • Bergamot + Line: A bright citrus scent.
  • Lavender + Sage: The clean, herbaceous fragrance is tranquil and soothing.
  • Cedarwood + Juniper: A favorite among men and women alike. This provocative blend offers a warm, woody scent that is irresistible.
  • Ylang-Ylang + Calendula: An elegant aroma that is sweet with delicate floral notes.
  • Fragrance-Free: A must-have for those seeking powerful deodorant protection and a luxurious experience without scent.

WETNESS PROTECTION

Conventional deodorants use a form of aluminum as an antiperspirant. Aluminum works by plugging your sweat glands to completely stop you from sweating. Schmidt’s formula contains natural plant-based powders intended to absorb the moisture when you sweat. Unlike aluminum, these powders do not completely stop you from sweating, but they can help you remain dry! Remember, we are supposed to sweat – whether it be temperature regulation or toxin removal, it is essential we allow our body to breathe!

TEST OF TIME

Daily Protection: I work very active 12.5+ hour shifts and can confidently say Schmidt’s prevents odor all day. I do not feel I need to reapply deodorant at any point during the day. // Factors to consider: (1) I work in a temperature controlled environment; (2) I would not consider myself a naturally sweaty person.

Long-term: At this point, I have been using Schmidt’s products for several months and my body has yet to “get used to” the formula. Some argue that, over time, deodorants stop working as well — I have personally not found this to be true with Schmidt’s. If you find this is the case for you, I recommend trying a different one of their scents and seeing if that solves the problem.

CRUELTY-FREE

All Schmidt’s Deodorant products are 100% cruelty-free & vegan. They are both Leaping Bunny and PETA approved!

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MY CURRENT DEODORANT (NOV 2016)

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Schmidt’s Deodorant Stick in Rose + Vanilla

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The deodorant is a dusty rose color but goes on clear when applied. I have not found it necessary to warm the stick deodorants before application.

MY COLLECTION

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I alternate between the stick and jar deodorants depending on my mood. When in a rush, I find the stick deodorant most convenient.

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STICK VS. JAR

When the Schmidt’s company was first created, they only had a jar product. Founder, Jaime Schmidt, formulated and packaged the original formula in her kitchen and sold her products at local farmers markets. Eventually, word spread and her famous jar formula became the leader in natural deodorant that it is today. Due to high demand, the company recently introduced a stick-form. I have used both and find odor/wetness protection is the same.

Jar:

  • Ingredients: Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), Maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) powder, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, Essential oils, Tocopherol (vitamin E).
  • Application Process: (1) Remove a pea-sized amount of deodorant using the enclosed spatula; (2) Warm between fingers to soften completely; (3) Apply to underarm area.
  • Pro: Accurate/targeted application.
  • Con: Requires you wash your hands after use.

Stick:

  • Ingredients: Maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) powder, Cocos Nucifera (coconut) Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (candelilla) Wax, Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (fractionated coconut oil), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Essential oils, Tocopherol (vitamin E).
  • Application Process: (1) Allow to slightly soften by holding under your armpit momentarily; (2) Apply a thin/even layer to underarm area.
  • Pro: Fast, hassle-free application process.
  • Con: If not warmed, will not apply as smoothly.

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Use the included spatula to remove a pea-sized amount and rub it between your fingers to warm. Apply directly to underarms and allow to absorb. Remember to wash your hands!

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Schmidt’s has both jar and stick travel-size products in each of their scents.

WHAT IF YOU HAVE SENSITIVE SKIN?

Even though all Schmidt’s products are 100% natural, some people get reactions to products formulated with baking soda. Schmidt’s addresses this issue by offering a line of products intentionally designed for people with sensitive skin. These products do not contain baking soda and instead use magnesium to neutralize odor. The consistency of these products is also slightly smoother and creamier for a gentle application. As a bonus, these formulas include essential oils with soothing and anti-inflammatory qualities.

  • Ingredients: Magnesium hydroxide, Cocos Nucifera (coconut) Oil, Maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) powder, Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (fractionated coconut oil), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (candelilla) Wax, Tocopherol (vitamin E), essential oils.

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Sensitive formulas are available in both stick and jar form.

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Disclaimer: I have not been paid by Schmidt’s to write this review. Schmidt’s was kind enough to send me their Rose + Vanilla deodorant stick to try and review, as well as two other products. All opinions are 100% my own and based on my personal experience with this company’s products (I started using these products long before this blog). I do not receive a commission when you use my coupon code on their site. This post does include Amazon affiliate links in which I earn a small commission.

9 In Beauty/ Face

The Big Makeup vs No Makeup Debate

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I can’t wrap my head around our culture’s obsession with who is and who isn’t wearing makeup.

I woke up this morning and saw an article posted about an actress who went makeup-free on the latest cover of a major magazine. At first, I was excited to see another celebrity taking off the Hollywood “mask” of perfection and showing they are just as flawed as me and you. However, after seeing the picture I became disappointed. As much as I believe we shouldn’t compare ourselves to others, I couldn’t help but notice the cover photo didn’t look like the bare-faced selfies I have on my phone. It also didn’t look like the untouched paparazzi photos I have seen of this celebrity when she is makeup-free.

A professional photographer, perfect lighting, and possible retouching took away the photos credibility and positive message. I feel bad saying this because I know the actress had good intentions behind the shoot. She was probably excited to promote for her fans to be comfortable in their own skin. I also bet she had little, if not no, control over what the magazine did with her photo after it was taken.

Makeup-Free Celebrities

Personally, I have a lot of respect for a celebrity who is comfortable going all natural. They live their lives on a pedestal, balancing between seeming perfect and remaining true to themselves. Reactions to bare-faced celebrities span from people applauding their natural beauty & courage to show their flaws, to people intensely criticizing their natural look or its credibility. I don’t care who you are, no one enjoys being attacked, especially about how they look.

I believe each celebrity has her own motive for posting a makeup-free picture. While some celebrities may do it in vain, others may be trying to spread a positive message. Either way, what shouldn’t be a big deal becomes a controversial subject.

As with all controversial articles I read, I like to skim the readers’ comments. For this particular article, while some applauded the star’s natural look, it was no surprise the most liked comment said: “she may not be wearing makeup but I’m sure there was plenty of Photoshop”. I have to admit, I thought the same thing. As a nurse I meet dozens of new people on a daily basis and yet I have never met a single person with a perfect complexion. Even with their access to the best skincare and beauty procedures out there celebrities’s photos still get retouched. I think that speaks volumes about the non-existence of perfect skin.

Besides photo-retouching, it has been revealed many of the celebrities claiming to be “makeup-free” actually have some makeup on. I know first hand how far a little tinted moisturizer or concealer can go before it looks like I have a drop of makeup on.

Reality of a Makeup-Free Face

A real make-up free face has at the very least some discoloration or visible pores. Most also have dark circles, hyperpigmentation, broken capillaries, scars, pimples, dark spots, sun damage, and/or other random bumps I don’t know a name for. Our skin is our only form of protection against the brutal outside world and its elements. Being our body’s largest organ, it is extremely sensitive to our diets and the countless chemicals it comes into contact with on a daily basis. For us to expect it to look even and flawless is illogical.

We All Have Our Own Preferences

My Instagram feed consists of a wide range of beauty tastes. I follow mostly natural beauty brands so they advertise both full face and bare face makeup looks (to show you natural products can keep up with all the beauty trends). I also follow girls who are extremely gifted and apply full face makeup as well as the professionals. And then there are others who wear none at all. If you had to ask me what I think looks best, I wouldn’t be able to give you an answer. Everyone has different skin and motives for wearing makeup so who I am to judge a person’s personal beauty choices?

The focus nowadays is to not compare yourself to others, to love your natural self, and to accept your flaws but that is easier said than done. Honestly, that is a lifelong challenge that some conquer sooner than others. I would love to wake up tomorrow and live a life where my physical appearance didn’t cross my mind; I can’t even fathom how much happier I would be. But I know I’m not at that point yet. Until then, I will continue to wear makeup or not wear makeup whenever I want to.

It’s Your Choice

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  • you love how you look with it on
  • you enjoy experimenting with different products
  • it’s fun to apply
  • there are physical features you would like to cover up
  • you feel more confident with it on
  • only for special occasions

Maybe you don’t wear makeup because…

  • you don’t think you need it
  • you don’t focus on your physical appearance
  • it makes your skin break out
  • you can’t afford it
  • you don’t know how to apply it
  • if men don’t you shouldn’t have to
  • your culture doesn’t allow you to

Whatever your reason, it is your choice. There are no rules governing beauty although our society may make it seem like there are.

If you genuinely feel beautiful then you are clearly doing the right thing for yourself.

At the end of the day ignore what people expect you to be. If you feel better wearing a full face of makeup, do it. If you feel better wearing no makeup at all, do it. We are given a finite amount of time on this planet; let’s stop wasting time worrying and just do what will make us happy in the meantime. I can personally say I find a person most beautiful when they are happy. If you are lucky enough to be happy with how you look, embrace it!

What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!

… And remember, you are beautiful <3

 

0 In Beauty

Intro to Cruelty-Free Products: Everything You Need to Know

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I assume you have heard about the concept of animal testing. Before I started my journey to an animal-friendly lifestyle, I never put much thought into what was being tested on animals and what methods were being used. I didn’t even know products could be certified as cruelty-free!

While doing research on vegetarianism, I came across articles and graphic videos uncovering the horrific reality that these animals face as a result of product development. In order to test new chemicals, household products, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and ingredients (for human use), animals are often severely mistreated. According to the Humane Society International, they are subject to confined living spaces, physical restraint, forced inhalation, food/water deprivation, forced feeding, loneliness, and pain. Animals often die as a result of testing. Although this sounds like abuse, animal abuse laws do not apply to laboratory animals. Most commonly, mice, rats, bunnies, guinea pigs, hamsters, chimpanzees, cats, and dogs are used for testing. I look at my two dogs laying beside me and cringe imagining them in place of these animals.

I believe if I do not want it done to my pet, it should not be done to any animal.

UGLINESS OF THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY

The cosmetic industry alone is responsible for animal testing on approximately 100,000 – 200,000 animals per year. The Humane Society International states these animals include “rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, and mice. Dogs and monkeys are never used to test cosmetics anywhere in the world” (but they are used in other industries).

There is no law in the United States requiring companies to test on animals yet they still do. Thousands of ingredients are deemed safe for human use but companies continue to animal test to develop NEW ingredients. This means forcing ingredients down animal throats to test effects of ingestion or dripping the ingredient into their eyes/on their skin to test for irritation. These tests are often repeated for months on end. You can imagine the side effects.

Since the ethics of animal testing have only recently been questioned, not enough alternatives have been discovered to replace every method of animal testing. Strides are being made where some scientists are reducing the number of animal test subjects, creating better living conditions, and using any of the roughly 40 validated non-animal alternatives. With increased awareness, we will one day have no reason to conduct animal testing.

So what can you do about animal testing in the meantime? Stop buying products tested on animals and shop “Cruelty-Free”! 


What does it mean if a product is “Cruelty-Free”?

  • Don’t conduct/allow animal testing at any stage of product development
  • The product’s ingredient suppliers do not test on animals (this is where the majority of animal testing takes place)
  • Only use newly discovered ingredients when human safety was confirmed without animal testing
  • Don’t sell cosmetic products in countries requiring animal testing (ex. any product physically sold in China is mandated to be tested on animals)

How can you tell what products are “Cruelty-Free”?

This is a little more complicated than you think. The FDA does not regulate companies claims regarding animal testing. That means a company may claim to be cruelty-free but not be! It is always best to do your own research (more on that below). However, organizations like the Leaping Bunny and PETA are making efforts towards regulating these claims.

1. THE LEAPING BUNNY

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The Leaping Bunny (pictured left) is the “gold standard” in cruelty-free. It was created by eight national animal protection groups (including the Humane Society of the United States). Its requirements for certification are the most strict and include independent audits and yearly renewal. These audits include “on-site” inspections of each company’s manufacturing facilities. The symbol is also the only cruelty-free symbol recognized internationally. In my opinion, you can trust a company is truly cruelty-free if certified by the Leaping Bunny 🙂 Read their FAQ for more info.

  • Click here to search the Leaping Bunny’s database or download their app for your smartphone (highly recommend)!

2. PETA

PETA’s “Beauty without Bunnies” logo is anotherNew-BWB-Logos-295x300Old-BWB-Logo-300x188 cruelty-free symbol commonly seen. Their requirements for certification are not as strict or closely regulated as the Leaping Bunny. For a company to use PETA’s symbol, they sign a written agreement stating they and their ingredient suppliers do not currently test on animals and will not in the future. In other words, this symbol is reliant on a company’s good word. PETA makes the argument that if a company showcasing their logo is discovered to test on animals, they lose all their credibility. I believe PETA’s symbol is a good starting point but to be 100% certain it is best to do some more research.

  • Click here to search PETA’s database or download their app.

FYI: A few of your favorite products may be cruelty-free and you don’t even know it (that was the case for me)! I recommend first investigating the products you already own/love by looking for cruelty-free claims on their packaging. You can either stop there or take it a step further and reach out to these companies. It will save you a lot of time/money having to find replacements 🙂

3. DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH

To truly know a company is 100% cruelty-free it is best to contact them yourself. Some companies go into great detail what their policies on animal testing are in their FAQ so check there first.

What to ask:

  1. Do you animal-test your products or ingredients at any stage of production (from prototype to the final version)?
  2. Do your ingredient suppliers test on animals? How do you verify this?
  3. Do you commission any third parties to tests your products or ingredients on animals?
  4. Do you sell your products to countries like China that require animal testing?
  5. Are you owned by a larger company that tests on animals? (Loreal, Johnson & Johnson, etc.)

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, this company is not cruelty-free.


Where can you buy “Cruelty-Free” products?

They are not as hard to find as you may think. Where to buy obviously depends on the brand and where it is sold. I find many products on amazon and Target. There are also numerous drug-store brands that are cruelty-free!


Side Note: When I switched over to cruelty-free I also switched to using all-natural products. Many cruelty-free products are also natural. Be on the lookout for my post “Intro to Natural Products” in the near future.

Thank you for reading! I hope you found this post helpful. 

Please contact me if you have any questions or leave them in the comments section below. Already made the switch? I’d love to hear about it 🙂


Sources:

hsi.org || medicaldaily.com