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Is natural deodorant worth the hype? We put it to the test

We investigate one of this year's biggest beauty buzzwords...

One of the biggest wellness trends for 2018 is natural deodorant, as more and more of us ditch chemical formulas in favour of a gentler choice.

To see if they’re worth the hype, I wore natural deodorant for a week to see how it fared in comparison. I went in expecting to feel a little more sweaty than usual, but hoped that it would at least live up to the de-odourising part.

What is natural deodorant?

Traditional, chemical deodorant usually contains aluminium, which blocks the sweat glands and prevents odour, as well as alcohol. These can be irritating on particularly sensitive skins or those prone to eczema.

According to the American National Institute of Health, scientists believe that there may be a link between the chemicals in deodorant and cancer, although no specific, conclusive evidence or definitive causal link has been found yet.

That said, some people prefer to play it safe and stick to natural formulas, especially with the rise in popularity of natural beauty.

Natural deodorants differ from chemical formulas in that they don’t block the pores, allowing the good bacteria in your underarms to keep working

Malin + Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant, £19, Space NK

natural deodorant Malin and Goetz

To look at, Malin + Goetz’s deodorant looks a bit like a giant, fancy Pritt Stick; the formula is a comfortable gel roll-on that twists up from the bottom.

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The thing you need to know about natural deodorants is that their primary function is to stop you from smelling, not sweating. I was fortunate enough to be testing the formula during the hottest week of 2018 so far, so I knew it was going to be put through its paces in the odour deparment.

Unscrew the cap and you instantly catch a whiff of the refreshing Eucalyptus, which also feels gentle cool on your underarms upon application. The formula has a consistency a bit like a thin, non-greasy lip balm and doesn’t leave behind a thick residue once applied.

Full disclosure: I was a little sweaty as a braved the likes of the Central Line – but less than I was expecting. The important thing was I didn’t smell, even at the end of the day post hellish-commute, and the neutralising formula delivered as promised.

When you wash it off in the shower at the end of the day, you can feel it lather up, meaning that the formula has stayed put for the day.

I may keep a bottle of stronger stuff in my bathroom cabinet for exceptional circumstances, but I think I might just be a natural deodorant convert.

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