Today, I’m reviewing my favorite aluminum-free deodorant, Agent Nateur Deodorant. Learn why I made the switch, how it works, and why I love it so much.
I’ve been using natural, aluminum free deodorant for years. It was one of the first products I switched to when I was learning about clean and safe beauty products.
For the last few years I was using Primally Pure’s deodorant, and then Beautycounter’s Clean Deo when it launched two years ago. I honestly LOVED the Beautycounter deodorant, but after using it for 18 months, I noticed that I was starting to stink. All of a sudden the Beautycounter deodorant wasn’t working for me, so I needed to find a new one.
This is actually an issue that women commonly run into if they use natural deodorants, since our body chemistry changes over time. (It’s also why some clean deodorants work for some people but not others. For example, I CANNOT use Native but some people love it.) Anyway, when I started to, ahem, smell, a friend suggested just switching to a different natural deodorant, so I ordered the Agent Nateur holi(rose) N4 Natural Deodorant. And voilà, it works perfectly! I fully expect that I’ll need to rotate brands again so I’m hoping I can just switch back and forth every 18 months between Agent Nateur and the Beautycounter Clean Deo. (I liked Primally Pure in terms of ingredients and efficacy, but found it stained my clothes and the others don’t.)
So today, I’m sharing why I love the Agent Nateur deodorant, how to use it (yep, there are a few tricks to non-toxic deodorants!), and what to do if you experience something like I did where it stops working for you.
First, let’s talk about the difference between deodorant and antiperspirant.
A deodorant is just like it sounds, it deodorizes. Antiperspirant also does what it sounds like, stops you from perspiring or sweating. The issue with antiperspirants is that they stop your body from doing what it’s meant to do: sweat. You won’t typically hear of a “clean antiperspirant” but rather a “clean deodorant” for this reason, given the ingredients required to stop sweating, like aluminum. (You can read more about why I prefer a natural deodorant over an antiperspirant — even if it means I sweat sometimes).
So, yes, Agent Nateur Holi(Rose) Deodorant allows your body to sweat and detoxify itself while reducing the body odor. It doesn’t mean you’ll sweat all day, but some underarm wetness is to be expected from time to time.
Coconut oil – Contains a combination of fatty acids, including lauric acid which is known to help soothe dryness and help restore the skin’s bacterial balance which reduces odor.
Avocado butter – Contains vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids. This also hydrates while leaving a velvety finish, which is very nice compared to some of the chalky, hard natural deodorants I’ve tried.
Castor oil – Hydrates and reduces odor-causing bacteria.
Sandalwood oil – This is commonly used in aromatherapy rituals.
Rosa Damascena Oil – Hydrating and also used for aromatherapy.
I typically do NOT like rose scented products, but I LOVE the scent of this deodorant since the sandalwood balances it.
Here’s the full ingredient:
Organic cocos nucifera (organic coconut) oil, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), cera alba (beeswax), helianthus annuus (sunflower butter), persea gratissima (avocado) fruit butter, ricinus communis (castor seed oil), wildcrafted rosa damascena oil, wildcrafted santalum album (sandalwood) oil.
It can take up to several weeks for your underarms to transition away from the bacteria and toxins that have been trapped by antiperspirants. To help speed the detoxification process along, here are a few tips.
First, I’d use a charcoal bar to clean your underarms to detoxify as best you can. This will leave your skin feeling extra clean and improve the extra sweat or stink you may experience at first.
I don’t stink, and I hope that sticks! Like I mentioned earlier, natural deodorants can be finicky as your hormones change, so my hope is that this will last me a few years at least since I love it so much. (My hormones were definitely all over the place in my postpartum phase and while breastfeeding!)
I’m VERY sensitive to smells (even essential oils), and the rose scent of this deodorant isn’t too strong at all. The Holi(rose) is signature scent is a blend of warming sandalwood and rose. I always try to avoid “fragrance” listed on any personal care or home products since it’s actually a regulation loophole and you never know what’s actually in that ingredient.
I haven’t tried any other Agent Nateur products, but I know they have a unisex deodorant that may be better for men. The unisex version has hits of lavender and eucalyptus, which is slightly more gender neutral than rose.
They also have a version of sensitive deodorant specifically for people with a history of sensitive skin that are prone to allergic reactions or irritation to even natural ingredients. The sensitive deodorant avoids irritants like baking soda. But as with all new skincare products, test a little on a small area on the inside of your wrist first, to make sure you don’t have a reaction.
Some natural deodorants pull on my skin (like the Beautycounter one). This formula applies smoothly and feels soft. Agent Nateur products are created for people with even the most sensitive skin.
I don’t feel the need to reapply throughout the day, which is saying something considering many natural deodorants do require me to reapply.
Both the box and the actual deodorant are packaged beautifully, which doesn’t impact performance, of course, but it sure makes me happy. Extra points for them.
Unfortunately this deodorant seems to run out faster than the other ones I’ve tried.
I haven’t found Agent Nature in stores where I typically shop, so I have to order it online. I don’t mind, but it does require me to remember to place an online order about a week before I run out.
The last con I’ve found is that I haven’t ever seen it on sale. And for $26, I wish it would.
The Agent Nateur Holi(Rose) deodorant is my current favorite clean deodorant. It’s smooth, lasts all day, and doesn’t smell like fake fragrance and chemicals, which is far too common for body products.
If you use a clean deodorant, what brand is it? I know there are so many options out there now!