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And while there’s no scientific evidence of health risk associated with the aluminum used in antiperspirants, plenty of people are still opting to go natural when it comes to pit-sweat control (hey, better safe than sorry!). But natural deodorant is a tricky business — the fact is that natural deodorants require more trial and error than aluminum-based antiperspirants. Because they’re mitigating sweat-based odor rather than stopping sweat, their effectiveness relies on their reaction to your specific body chemistry.
Coconut oil is basically the bloodletting of today: People tout is as a cure for everything from frizzy hair to pathological rudeness (results may vary). But based on our experience with this deodorant, we can confidently endorse coconut oil for at least one thing: taming that B.O.
If you don’t like the smell of coconut, first of all, why do you hate summer joy so much? (Just kidding — different strokonuts for different coconuts!) Second of all, this is probably not the best option for you, as it does smell strongly of coconut. We didn’t find the scent at all overwhelming, though, and it mostly dissipated within an hour. In addition to coconut oil — which is antimicrobial and antibacterial — and coconut water (for hydration; more on that later), Kopari deodorant contains sage oil, which (according to the company) helps with both odor and sweat reduction. Is it because it flushes all the bad vibes out of your armpits? Unclear! But, to our true delight and astonishment, it actually works!
This was one of the only deodorants we tried, at any price point, that had any effect on the amount we sweat. Not only that, but it left us smelling fresh as daisies by day’s end. Or perhaps daisies that have maybe been kept in a warm pocket for a few hours. Which is still pretty dang great, all things considered.
BELIEVE THE COCONUT OIL HYPE! A deodorant that makes your armpits feel better is a rare and glorious thing. (Trust us — we’ve tried a lot. You’re welcome.)
Oh yeah, and it's vegan and totally cruelty-free. Swoon.
"I have tried what feels like every natural deodorant and they all either a) don't work, b) feel gritty like a scrub, c) cause an inflammation reaction, d) smell bad, or all of the above, of course. :) However, this is THE HOLY GRAIL — I returned all my recent trials in natural deodorants after trying this for a week.
Here is the breakdown:
1) It smells amazing, like coconut flakes baked for 10 minutes
2) It is clear, and soft and buttery smooth
3) It rolls on so smoothly and softly, but stays hard, and doesn't leave a wet feeling
4) It doesn't cause clogs or breakouts
5) It's clear so it doesn't stain clothes or leave white marks
6) YOU DON'T SMELL
Kopari, please never change this deodorant, I love it!" —littlekedi
"This deodorant is f***ing magic. It smells good, goes on and stays clear, and doesn't leave you smelly at the end of the day. If you do end up sweating, you just smell faintly of delicious coconut. It's obviously pricier than the average grocery-store deodorant but so worth the switch." —FlexLex
"This deodorant might be my new favorite health and beauty product! I’ve tried countless natural deodorant: crystal, primal pit paste, LaVanila. Before, LaVanila was my go-to because others would irritate my underarms due to baking soda, but it would still leave me smelling a smidge ripe by the end of the day. Kopari leaves my pits dry, happy and smelling as fresh as when I put it on!" —beautyaddictAR
And check out our picks for the best natural deodorants at three different price points!
And check out our picks for the best natural deodorants at three different price points!This post was adapted from a BuzzFeed Reviews article written by Jessie Gaynor. Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.
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