At first glance, you might think that Kathy Ong’s Beauty Palette blog is just your average beauty blog—but you’d be wrong. The underlying theme behind everything that she covers is this: what you put on your face is just as important as what you put into your body. In her own words, “a defining aspect of beauty is nutrition.” Hear hear! This week, she’s sharing her best beauty tips—for both inside and out—on the Birchbox blog.
Among my many beauty quests, one of the longest I’ve endured is my search for an effective natural deodorant. I’m not going to lie—when I used conventional deodorants, I was definitely more of an extra strength kind of gal. Also, I’m pretty active in my day-to-day life: I walk to and from work every day and my favorite workouts generally entail a ton of sweating. With that in mind, I thought switching to a deodorant without aluminum, an ingredient you really don’t want to absorb into your underarm region, was basically a lost cause. Every natural option I had ever tried left me super self-conscious by the end of the day and I’d find myself pressing my arms against my sides hoping that nobody would notice my slightly…earthy scent.
How do you know if you really need deodorant? (Photo: Smithsonian)
LIke many women of Chinese descent, I’ve never had to wear deodorant in my life. My non-Asian friends always give me a second look when I tell them this tidbit, but they may be even more surprised to learn that there’s a (slim) chance they don’t need deodorant either. A new study conducted at the University of Bristol has found that two percent of women “carry a rare version of a particular gene (ABCC11), which means they don’t produce any under-arm odor.”
Once a week, Birchbox’s resident yoga and men’s product expert, Eric, will gives us girls some insight into his world in You’ve Got Male. Whether he’s giving his expertise on skincare (boys need advice, too!) or highlighting his new favorite grooming trend, this guy has got taste—so we’re lucky he’s on staff and willing to share.
For the last two weeks, I have been offering up ways to upgrade your routine step by step. The first installment was all about nail clippers, last week I touched on the importance of a good cleanser, and today I’m discussing deodorant.
Step 3: The Deodorant
It’s important for a man to smell like a man. I think that many of us have a hard time getting away from that classic Speed Stick or Old Spice. However, these scents and formulas are out of date. Also, we don’t want to be an army of male-bots all smelling exactly the same. So explore the reactions you get to a different scent, not to mention a formula with better ingredients. I suggest trying Pitt Boss Antiperspirant and Deodorant by Jack Black.
A general complaint with high-end deodorants is that they don’t last as long or provide as much wetness protection as the drugstore brands. Not the case here. This formula packs a lot of punch in both of those areas, but it is soothing and won’t irritate skin — a major gripe when it comes to many formulas. Plus, it smells fresh and masculine, so don’t be afraid!
In order to smell really great though, you first need to use a good body wash.
I’ve been using the same deodorant since I was a teenager. It’s not because I think it’s particularly amazing or because of its price tag (though it is a drugstore brand). Nope, it’s plain old product inertia. Since I’ve been known to try upwards of a dozen different skincare products in a week, it’s high time I start being more experimental with my personal care. Here, five standout deodorants for your non-sweating pleasure:
Bored of being powder-fresh? Malin + Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant
Wallpaper and Esquire are big fans, so who am I to argue? Malin + Goetz’s unisex antiperspirant is aluminum-free and extra effective, thanks to the naturally antibacterial and antiseptic eucalyptus extract. Plus, it smells incredibly fresh.
Natural and delicious: Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant
I’m already addicted to Lavanila’s bodywash, so I had a good feeling about their deodorant. I tried the Vanilla Grapefruit, which is a soft solid that goes on slightly white. Unlike saccharine vanilla products, this one is clean and delicious. It kept me dry all through a flowy vinyasa class — and I even smelled good after!
Chic and clear: Fresh Sugar Deodorant
I’d give this ladylike number to my chicest friends — the scent is lovely and the clear formula won’t stain your pretty blouses. It’s not the most hardcore formula, though — don’t wear it to work out.
Share with your guy friends: Task Essential Keep Fresh Deodorant
This product may be geared towards men, but I loved the refreshing scent and the fact that it kept me (mostly) sweat-free during a long bike ride.
Serious sweat protection: DERMAdoctor Med-e-Tate Wipes
Sometimes regular deodorants just don’t cut it. These medicated wipes are designed to curb excessive perspiration — and they really work. They’re perfect for times when you really can’t afford to sweat (think summer weddings where silk is mandatory).
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