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Mea culpa, take two. I was late on this week’s post because I was in transit to Europe, where I am visiting our amazing London and Paris teams. This time, I have plenty of snacks and, since I’m traveling with a fellow Birchbox staffer—Rachel, our social media master—plenty of products. In the process of comparing toiletry notes, I discovered that we both recently switched to natural deodorant. I’ve tried to make the swap a few times, but those stints only lasted until the first warm day. But this time I’m newly committed, thanks to a tip from Of a Kind’s Erica Cerulo about Soapwalla’s Deodorant Cream.
First things first: You have to get beyond the fact that this isn’t a deodorant stick. It comes in a small plastic tub and has a light, paste-like texture. You apply it with your fingers, which takes a bit of getting used to at first. Once it’s on, the deodorant works better than any other natural brand I’ve tried. It’s vegan and aluminum-free, smells lightly minty, and disappears into skin immediately. The key is the combo of essential oils—lavender, peppermint, and tea tree—and vegetable clays and powders, which work to freshen skin and inhibit perspiration.
Soapwalla is based in Brooklyn and makes all its products by hand using natural ingredients. In addition to this magical deodorant, I’ve also been using their Restorative Serum on my face, made from some of my favorite essential oils: rosehip seed, sweet almond, jojoba, and lavender. Since travel turns my usually combination skin dry and flaky, the nourishing facial blend has been a lifesaver.
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