There is a lot of trial and error involved in finding the right natural deodorant. The first step is determining what you need from your deodorant. I sweat more than the average woman, so I look for something that will absorb sweat. I’m also self-conscious about how I smell, so I want something that will smell good without being too strongly scented.
For my first attempt with natural deodorant, I went for Lume because I kept seeing it advertised and their deodorant had a lot of great reviews. Unfortunately, it did not work for me like it did for all those other people. I gave it a fair shot for several weeks, but I felt like my armpits were always wet and I always smelled bad. That persisted well after the “detox” period that normally lasts about two weeks for anyone switching from an antiperspirant to a natural deodorant. Finally I decided it wasn’t for me and instead of trying more natural deodorants, I went back to my old antiperspirant.
Fast forward to about a year later and I decided to give natural deodorant another chance. I kept hearing everyone talk about Native deodorant, saw that it was supposed to be good for absorbing sweat, and decided to give it a go. I actually liked this one pretty well. It did a good job of managing my sweat most days. Unfortunately, I later learned that Native is owned by Procter & Gamble. Native is cruelty-free, but P&G is not. Since I don’t support cruelty-free companies owned by companies that are not cruelty-free, I was then on the hunt for another option.
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One of my favorite 100% cruelty-free brands is Pacifica. I’ve enjoyed nearly every product I’ve ever owned from them and I love everything they stand for. Because of that, I decided my next natural deodorant should come from Pacifica.
Pacifica offers natural deodorant in three scents: sandalwood incense, watermelon rainbow, and coconut cream. Only the sandalwood incense and coconut cream scents are formulated with baking soda, and since I had good luck with Native’s formula which is made with baking soda, I knew I wanted to try one of those scents. I wasn’t sure if I’d like the sandalwood incense scent, so I went with the scent I can always count on which is coconut!
Product claims directly from PacificaBeauty.com
This aluminum-free, clean formula integrates fermented enzymes, baking soda and arrowroot powder to fight odors and help keep you drier. For all skin types. Smells like fresh coconut with a hint of vanilla.
Other product details
- Price: $12.00
- Net weight: 2.8 oz.
- Made in the USA
- Shelf life: 24 months
- Formulated without aluminum, parabens, triclosan, TEA, DEA, synthetic fragrance, or phthalates
- Where to buy: PacificaBeauty.com or Amazon.com
- Ships to USA and Canada only
- Overall rating: 8.0/10
- Ease of application: 10/10
- Odor prevention: 6/10
- Sweat absorption: 7/10
- Ingredients: 8/10
- Price: 9/10
Ease of application
Packaging and ease of application are downfalls for a lot of natural deodorants. Some deodorant creams come in tubs so you have to scoop out the product and rub it on with your hands. I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t sound appealing to me! Others are hard to apply because of the texture of the product itself. Some are very wet or sticky and that’s not comfortable.
This Pacifica deodorant is packaged in a round plastic tube that twists up like a traditional antiperspirant, so no problems there! The texture is also very pleasant. It has a solid waxy texture that isn’t messy or uncomfortable at all. With every other deodorant or antiperspirant I’ve owned, I made a bit of a mess around the edges of the top of the tube after application because some of the product would build up there due to the softness of the formulas. I think this one is just right; the deodorant isn’t so hard that it’s difficult to apply, but it’s also not so soft that it gets messy on me or the tube.
Between both the packaging and the formula of this product, it is very easy to apply!
The primary goal of most natural deodorants is to kill the bacteria responsible for unpleasant odors, or at the very least, mask the stink. This deodorant definitely helps control my B.O. for a while, but reapplication is necessary most days. I apply this deodorant after I shower at night, in the morning before I get dressed, and I often reapply it sometime in the afternoon.
I’m not sure if it’s just something about my body’s chemistry, or if it is the type of sweat that I’m producing. Sorry if this is TMI, but I’ve always been sweatier than the average person and it’s worse when I’m stressed. This year has been extremely stressful, so as you can imagine, I’ve been sweating a lot…and stinking a lot. No one else seems to notice, but I sure do! “Stress sweat” is the worst smelling type of sweat our bodies produce, so it is possible that this is the reason I don’t find this deodorant to be as effective at odor prevention as I’d like.
Please don’t let this portion of the review scare you off. If you’re not an “extra stinky” person like me, this deodorant would probably do a good job at preventing odor for you.
Since I am one to sweat heavily, one thing that originally held me back from trying natural deodorant was the fact that I didn’t want to have wet armpits all the time. I knew that would be embarrassing, especially because I was working in an office environment at the time. Fortunately, a lot of natural deodorants are made with baking soda and/or other powders that absorb sweat.
This deodorant does a great job of keeping my armpits dry, as long as I don’t get hot or exercise! It’s not a huge deal for me since I work from home, but it is an inconvenience. Sometimes if it’s really bothering me I’ll wipe off my underarms, and then reapply the deodorant.
It’s not uncommon for people to feel sweaty even with absorbent natural deodorants. The absorbent property can only do so much since it’s only absorbing, not totally stopping the sweat (like an antiperspirant would).
Now for the fun part where I break down the good, the “neutral,” and the bad ingredients found in this Pacifica deodorant!
helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) root powder, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, parfum*, saccharomyces ferment, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, jojoba esters, oryza sativa (rice) bran extract, helianthus annuus (sunflower) extract, tocopherol (vitamin E). *our scent blend with natural and/or essential oils
There are only 14 ingredients in this product and half of them are “good” by my standards. That might not sound very good, but it is. This will make more sense once I move on to the “neutral” ingredients. Here’s what you need to know about the good ingredients in this deodorant:
- Sunflower seed oil
- Improves damaged or irritated skin barrier
- Loaded with fatty acids
- Coconut oil
- Moisturizes and seals in moisture
- Provides a solid foundation for the formula
- Shea butter
- Emollient moisturizer
- Saccharomyces ferment
- Works as a natural deodorant on its own
- Contains enzymes that break down odor-causing bacteria
- Rosemary leaf extract
- Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory
- Contains potent antioxidants
- Sunflower extract
- Contains antioxidants
- Vitamin E
- Strengthens skin barrier
I’m so glad to see these ingredients in this product because their properties are wonderful to have in any deodorant. For example, sunflower seed oil “improves damaged or irritated skin barrier;” the instructions state that you shouldn’t apply this product on broken skin or after shaving, but many people will apply after shaving and that means there’s likely to be some broken skin involved.
Now on to the “neutral” ingredients that are still very important to the effectiveness of this product! There are six neutral ingredients and most are thickening agents which make the product have a solid texture. A couple of these six ingredients are what makes the product absorb sweat. They are arrowroot powder and baking soda. Some people are sensitive to baking soda, but I haven’t experienced any problems with it.
As usual (for Pacifica products), there is “parfum” included in this product. This is the one “bad” ingredient in this product, and I’m disappointed to see that it’s number eight on the list. Normally added fragrance is closer to the bottom. I assume that in this case, it’s higher up because this is a deodorant and they want it to be fragranced enough to cover any bad odors that escape the enzymes and antibacterial rosemary. The label does note that the “parfum” (I really don’t like that term, can you tell?) is their scent blend with natural and/or essential oils. Unfortunately, they don’t reveal which specific oils are used and they could be irritating to people with sensitive skin.
Overall a great ingredient list for a natural deodorant!
This deodorant is $12.00. That might seem like a lot for deodorant, but those that have shopped around for natural deodorants before will know that this is a reasonable price. I do feel that Pacifica could’ve gone a little lower on price given the fact that their products are in the “drugstore” price range…but $12.00 is a heck of a lot better than $20.00 or more (yes some companies really are charging that much for deodorant!).
I’m always completely honest in my posts here on IntegriBeauty, so I have to admit that Pacifica Coconut Cream Clean Deodorant is not my ideal deodorant. However, I do think it’s a good product. It’s easy to apply, does a reasonably good job of absorbing sweat, has a nice ingredient list, and it’s sold at a fair price. I should also add that it smells great! Despite the name of the product, it doesn’t smell like coconut to me. It has a sweet fruity fragrance that I really enjoy. 🙂
If you’re considering switching natural deodorants or trying one for the first time, this might be a good choice for you. And what better time to try than now, as we move into cooler temperatures. The only people I wouldn’t recommend this to, would be people like me that “stress sweat” a lot, or anyone with sensitive skin due to the baking soda and added fragrance. Remember that there is also the watermelon rainbow version of this deodorant, which might be a good option for people that are sensitive to baking soda but not fragrance.
Have you used natural deodorant before? How did your experience(s) compare with mine? Please comment below!