Finding the perfect, holy grail natural deodorant truly is hard. I must admit, after over 4 years of blogging, I still haven't found that end all to be all product. But facing down a humid, stink-inducing summer in the south, I purchased all three Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant Creams ($14 each for 2.4 oz) earlier this year to try out.
All of these have a creamy texture that's easy to rub in, and doesn't feel too greasy on the underarms. I got the Tea Tree Deodorant Cream for my boyfriend, who is so stinky that extra strength conventional deodorants don't even work for him. "Meow Meow Tweet Tweet," as he refers to it, worked phenomenally for him, and actually kept odor away all day. Normally I don't think of tea tree as something that smells good, but mixed with the butters in this deodorant, it actually smells really fresh and pleasant. Unfortunately, after several weeks, he started to react to it, and had to switch back to other products that don't work nearly as well.
Meanwhile, I tried out the Lavender Deodorant Cream, which unsurprisingly also kept the odor at bay all day. Knowing that I tend to react to baking soda formulas, I only used it every other day or so. I think, the key with baking soda deodorants work for me (and many others), is that they need to alternated with other formulas. When I only use them a few times a week, I don't have issues with sensitivity, but when I use them every day, my underarms seem to go crazy.
Knowing the limitations of baking soda deodorants, I was super excited to try the Baking Soda Free Deodorant Cream. This is a super-hyped product among green beauty bloggers, and seemed to have worked for just about everyone. While I've been careful not to go too many days in a row with the lavender one, I used this everyday for over a month. The texture feels very similar to the other two, and the grapefruit scent is delicious. In terms of odor protection, it works perfectly, just as well as the non-baking soda variety. I was thrilled with this product for almost a whole month, until I had a different sort of problem with this formula. All of the sudden got two giant subcutaneous pimples under each arm that took over a week to go away. That was enough for me to discontinue use immediately. My boyfriend finished it the rest of the jar, and had no reaction issues with it. I was pretty disappointed that my skin couldn't even handle the baking soda free formula, but I know this has worked for a lot of people out there.
The Compact Review: Meow Meow Tweet's Deodorant Creams are all super effective at fighting odor, and the fresh scents last all day. The formula with baking soda can cause reactions when used everyday, so I alternate it with other products. The baking soda free formula was all good until I got a giant cystic pimple under each arm, and that's about all there is to say about that.
Tea Tree and Lavender Deodorant Cream Ingredients: *maranta arudinacea (arrowroot) powder, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), *cocos nucifera (virgin coconut) oil, *butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, kaolin clay, *simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, *lavandula officinalis (lavender) essential oil OR *melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) essential oil
Baking Soda Free Grapefruit Deodorant Cream: *maranta arudinacea (arrowroot) powder, *butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, magnesium hydroxide, *cocos nucifera (virgin coconut) oil, *simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, citrus paradisii (grapefruit) essential oil, citrus bergamia (bergamot) essential oil, *citrus sinensis (sweet orange) essential oil, *citrus limon (lemon) essential oil
*certified organic ingredient