Would You Rather: Edit #2

Natural deodorants. Such a touchy subject a few years ago before we were blessed with a plethora of effective options, and yet still remains so to many who tell me they’ve tried different brands and yet none seem to work. Those of us who are lucky enough to have tried the right products know just how well natural deodorants can work. Alongside Agent Nateur’s Holi(rose), I now add another natural champion. But which one wins?

Meow Meow Tweet ($20 for 3 OZ)

This deodorant, first off, smells fanatastic. The Lemon Eucaulptus edition is hands down my favorite from Meow Meow Tweet’s deodorant line-up, even topping the light & fruity Pink Grapefruit, although I adore that option as well. And can we talk about how cool their packaging is? Not only are their designs playful and fun, but their deodorants come in a biodegradable paper tube. So good for your armpits, and good for the environment.

I actually purchased this deodorant a year ago, resulting in a love-hate relationship with said product. You can still see my review from January 2017 on Integrity Botanicals about what I thought about it at that point:

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It was very hard to work with the packaging; after a short period, I just could not for the life of me push the product up, even with ample force. I literally even tried sharp objects against the end and it still wouldn’t budge. I’m not sure if it was just the specific tube I had received, but such was the case for me. The effective formula and wonderful scent, however, kept me faithful. I reverted to treating it like a cream instead, scooping it out from the tube when I needed to use it and applying it with my fingers. After this product was finished, I switched to the baking-soda free deodorant cream in Pink Grapefruit, which came in a jar. As a note, I’m not sensitive to baking soda so I do not mind whether the formulations are with or without it. To no surprise, it worked very well and the light, sweet scent was very appealing. Using a jar though, rather than a stick applicator, wasn’t that great. I had also used my fingers for applying PiperWai before they came out with their stick applicator so I was used to this- but it’s an application method I do not prefer, alongside many others who feel the same.

I ended up repurchasing the Lemon Eucalyptus deodorant in tube form a few months back, and I’m so glad I did. Their packaging was actually reformulated mid-year in 2017: the size was decreased due to cost issues, but the tube functionality actually increased. It is now so much easier to use the stick, as you can easily control and push the product up. It may not be as sturdy and long lasting as stick deodorants packaged in plastic, however they did an excellent job in making it as sturdy as possible using the materials given. All this, combined with its effectivity and the fact that the packaging is biodegradable, is a winning combo for me.

As for the performance, coming from someone who works full-time in an office environment during the week and loves the outdoors/working out, I attest to its effectivity. My mom- my fellow tester- who is much more active during work and is also outdoors frequently whether rain or heat, also loves this deodorant. This Meow Meow Tweet is Mom approved! So what I do know is that this thing works.

I’m also a huge fan of Agent Nateur holi(rose) deodorant, which I reviewed here. The packing in the case of Agent Nateur is much more luxe and very easy to handle with it’s twist handle. Further, the formula isn’t as creamy-it’s more solid. It would be hard, as well, to pick which scent I prefer as both are amazing: Lemon Eucalyptus is so refreshing and light while holi(rose) is this perfect, airy rose scent. One line is eco-chic and playful while the latter mentioned oozes luxury. I use and trust both brands, however Meow Meow Tweet does leave white marks on my clothing, whereas I don’t have an issue with this when it comes to holi(rose). This being said, in more extreme conditions such as working out or when it’s very hot, I find myself reaching for my Lemon Eucalyptus deodorant. I highly recommend you try the brand.

Ingredients: *Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, *maranta esculenta (arrowroot) root powder, magnesium hydroxide, *+theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, *+butyrospermum parkii (shea) fruit butter, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed wax, sodium bicarbonate, *citrus limonum (lemon) peel oil, *eucalyptus globulus (eucalyptus) leaf oil, *syzygium aromaticum (clove) bud oil {*certified organic ingredient / + fair trade}

Kaia Naturals, The Takesumi Detox ($21 for 2.29 OZ)

When I first looked into this brand, Kaia Naturals, I was intrigued by the idea of “detoxing” your armpits. I purchased the Takesumi Detox charcoal stick in Juicy Bamboo and it has this very juicy, fruity smell that’s absolutely delicious to me. It’s a charcoal formulated stick which glides super easily onto your skin as it melts on contact. Thus the form of the product is solid yet very slippery. The brand claims that while using this deodorant, you will experience 4 stages of detox. In week one, there will be no odor. In week two, you’ll start to stink. In three, you’ll notice more sweating. And in fourth, boom! You’ll see improvement, and further daily use will leave your armpits clean and dry.

Now when I wore this the first few days, all was well. After about 4 days however, I absolutely stunk. Not only that, I was sweating like crazy. More than I do when I workout!! Now there is some argument as to whether you can actually “detox” through your armpits, however whether I was actually detoxing or not, there was definitely something escaping from my underarms because I have never smelled or sweat to that extent ever before. It was awful because I remember I had to visit someone’s house and I just felt so self conscious about it. I just wanted to run back home and shower the whole time. It was after a few days of enduring this that I finally had to stop it. I have been using natural deodorant for over 3 years, and I wasn’t expecting the said detox effect to be so strong for me. I actually expected to glaze right through all stages and for that stage 2 odor to be non-existent for me. But I was so wrong. My mom also had the same experience, telling me a few days later that she was horrified hah. We really both had an awful experience with this. Although it’s possible if we stuck it out, we could reach that point where our armpits would be “detoxed” to perfection and stop smelling, as the product claims, it was just not preferable for working women who are in constant contact with others to really give that proper chance.

In the process of writing this post, I decided I need to commit to a full 30 days of using this deodorant to truly determine whether it belongs to a category of products I would never purchase again. I have to do it even though that means I will have to brave the ugly while I go to work, socialize, and exercise. Before I can truly rule this product out, I have to try to conquer all four stages. Thus, if you’re reading this now, know that this is Day 3 of the experiment. I have 27 more to go! At the end of the experience, I will share a detailed post about the outcome, detailing how each day goes. I am keeping the tips provided on their website in mind, such as drinking a lot of water and dry brushing. Stay tuned!

Ingredients: Aqua, Propanediol, Maranta Arundinacea ( Arrowroot) powder, Glycerin, Sodium Stearate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Saccharomyces Ferment, Citrus Aurantifolia, Citrus Sinesis, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Benzyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Magnesium Hydroxide, Allantoin, Carbo activatus (activated charcoal)