Going Natural.

I’ve never described myself as particularly “crunchy” of a gal. I appreciate modern medicine, I don’t always buy organic, and I’ve made peace with the fact that I live in a big city and probably consume a million pollutants a day. That being said, I do appreciate when I can cut out any harmful chemicals from my life, and that goes double while I’m growing another human.

Recently, a friend and her mother started a company that produces more natural pharmaceutical and skincare products called Branch to Nature. I had never had the opportunity to try their goods before, but they recently launched a Mommy Collection, and my friend asked if I would be interested in trying their natural deodorant in exchange for a review.

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Total confession: I have always been skeptical of natural deodorants. One time, in the seventh grade, our science teacher told us that regular deodorant would give us alzheimer’s because of the aluminum, so I scoured the drugstore shelves for one that didn’t have the metal ingredient. Two days later, I was running back to my chemical-laden version because, folks, I was a sweaty beast. I have never strayed since then.

But I have always felt a twinge of guilt using the regular brands. And, as I said, guilt is twofold when you are eating (and, I guess, deodorizing?) for two. So I readily accepted her offer.

My first impression of the deodorant was that the smell is very strongly herbal. I actually came to like the smell in the next couple of days (the lavender and chamomile smell much fresher than what I was using before), but initially I was a little concerned about smelling like potpourri. Fear not, though, the smell doesn’t linger.

The Branch to Nature Mommy Collection Deodorant is not only aluminum-free, it’s also without parabens, sulfates, and triclosan — in fact, it’s made virtually exclusively with natural oils, herbs, and butters.

Of course, it’s not as strong as that prescription-strength bottle you picked up at CVS. But it does work pretty well. You just might have to apply once in the morning and once in the evening. I did this on days I worked out and had no issues. And it is nice knowing that you’re not putting anything harmful in your (or your baby’s) system.

To my readers with kids: Did you switch a lot of skincare products when you got pregnant? I also switched out my facial regimen for products made for pregnant women (AKA, no more anti-aging products…sigh.)

To my readers in general: Do you use (or have you tried) natural deodorant? What did you think?

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5 thoughts on “Going Natural.

  1. Have you ever heard of or tried Arbonne? It’s a skincare & wellness company that combines the best of science with the best of nature – aka it’s botanical-based, but the products are very powerful. Their anti-aging line has been the best in the business for years!! I use their natural deodorant, which is all I need most of the time, unless I’m going to be outside on a super hot day, that type of thing. Anyways, I can send you some samples of the anti-aging line if you’re interested! Let me know 🙂

  2. yes! when I found out I was expecting I switched my make up to Josie Maran products! they are all made with argan oil and are perfectly safe for mama (and baby!). And the products didn’t suck!

  3. I’m doing a bit of blog stalking here (by the way i love reading your stuff)… thought i would weigh in on the whole natural deodorant thing. I am a self proclaimed sweat machine and i have found 2 brands that really work for me. They may be worth a shot if you are still into using a “natural” form of deodorant. http://www.windeckerfarms.com makes a really great one and she just happens to be my aunt so i may be a little biased. BUT for my UNbiased opinion you should check out http://www.bubbleandbee.com. Both are excellent choices but you may be swayed either way by the scents that are offered.

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