We were excited to try Schmidt's, but the all-natural deodorant didn't quite live up to our expectations.
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TL;DR: Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant Review
What we love: We both love that this deodorant is all-natural and non-toxic, and that it comes in a variety of great scents. Also, Amanda noticed that a single tube can last, like, forever.
What we don’t: The texture can feel a bit scratchy when applying it, and it can cause skin reactions in some people.
Smarter Sweat Takeaway: This product will work well for some, but not for others. As with all products that involve natural ingredients and application to the skin, irritation can occur.
Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant: Ingredients and Specs
Schmidt’s is a natural products company specializing in personal care and hygiene products. We tried Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant in our quest to find more natural, eco-friendly products to use in our everyday lives.
The brand has a “Never List” that stipulates the deodorant never contains aluminum salts, artificial fragrance, filler ingredients, propylene glycol, phthalates, or parabens. Most of the products are 100% plant-based and Ecocert Certified — suffice it to say, we were stoked to try this product!
Unfortunately, our expectations weren’t quite met (although Amanda had a better experience than Ashley).
This deodorant comes in a 3.25-ounce stick, which is pretty standard across deodorant brands. At $8 to $10 a stick, though, it’s pretty pricey.
Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant: What We Love
I love that Schmidt’s deodorant is all natural and free of any potentially harmful ingredients. While research doesn’t support the claim that aluminum in deodorants actually leads to cancer, it’s still nice to have the peace of mind that you’re nowhere near aluminum. Schmidt’s uses baking soda to absorb moisture from sweat armpits instead of blocking your pores with antiperspirants.
Also, Schmidt’s deodorant tubes are about the same size as other deodorant tubes, yet I feel like my stick of Schmidt’s lasted forever. It legitimately took me more than six months to finish the stick (and yes, I wear deodorant every day). This was a pleasant surprise, as I sometimes feel like I go through deodorant so quickly.
I’ve heard about people getting allergic reactions after using Schmidt’s (including Ashley — her experience is below), and I have eczema that I take a lot of care to manage, so I was nervous to try this deodorant. To my (extreme) surprise, I did not have any skin reactions or eczema flare-ups while testing this product.
Like Amanda, I love that Schmidt’s deodorant is natural and free from potentially harmful ingredients. I’ve recently been into the research behind toxins and how the ingredients in beauty products may affect our long term health and are associated with hormone imbalances. The fact that Scmidt’s is natural made it a no-brainer for me to give it a try.
Although I did have a severe skin reaction, I’m a huge fan of the large selection of earthy scents they offer as I typically wear essential oils as my “perfume”. I tried two scents: Patchouli + Hops and Rose + Vanilla. I recommend both, and while I didn’t wear either but two days, I did find that I didn’t smell like I tend to with other natural deodorant brands. That’s a big win for me because I am usually the super sweaty, extra smelly girl at the gym.
Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant: What We Don’t Love
I don’t love the texture of this natural deodorant. It feels a bit gritty to me and can actually feel painful going on if you press too hard. Because of the texture, it also tends to “roll up” into little gritty balls throughout the day, especially once you start sweating heavily.
Speaking of sweat, I also found that Schmidt’s deodorant didn’t prevent sweating as well as the antiperspirant I used prior to Schmidt’s, but that’s to be fully expected. Schmidt’s isn’t a true antiperspirant, so it doesn’t absorb into your skin and block pores like antiperspirant ingredients do. This is the tradeoff you have to deal with to use natural deodorants.
Okay. Let’s get real here. I typically use natural deodorants, but I had a SEVERE reaction to Schmidt’s. I used this deodorant for the first time on a weekend trip to Oregon for my birthday. The trip included river rafting, hiking, and all things outdoors that required tank tops or swimsuits. Just my luck that my armpits looked like I had a contagious disease — they were swollen and red with purple welts that burned and hurt like hell. There were a few hours that I couldn’t even put my arms down by my side because of the pain. Happy birthday to me, right?
On top of the pain it caused, I noticed that the texture was really gritty and, like Amanda said, kind of rolled up into lines or balls in my armpits. That minor inconvenience had nothing on the pain though.
Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant: Get Yours
You can find Schmidt’s deodorant at just about any drugstore or grocery store. We’ve seen it at CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Publix, and Target.
Smarter Sweat takeaways
Overall, Schmidt’s is doing great things as a brand and this deodorant has promise for people who don’t experience skin reactions to it. We recommend purchasing a travel-sized stick to try out the deodorant if you're interested; that way, you won’t have wasted as much money if you do have a reaction and need to throw it out.
By Ashley Pfantz and Amanda Capritto
Ashley and Amanda are the co-founders of Smarter Sweat. They love all things health, fitness, travel and the outdoors.
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