Elsa’s Organic Skinfoods Deodorant is an all-natural, gentle and nourishing deodorant, with a handy oval shape to give you a natural and long lasting, body odor free, scent.
Deodorant – this is where it all started for me, this journey of the green beauty – some 20 years ago. Having sensitive skin as it is, the under arm skin is especially sensitive and after using conventional, toxic antiperspirants for many years, my skin had a violent reaction – to the point I needed a surgical procedure. My pores were clogged to the point I had one cyst next to another, painful to the point I couldn’t keep my arms in any other position than away from my body; there were red painful rashes all over.
It was after this incident, that I started paying attention to the most important thing when it comes to any beauty product – ingredients. It didn’t go as logical as one would assume – first, I dumped all the antiperspirants, containing such toxic ingredients as aluminum, alcohol denat, propylene glycol and parabens, to name just a few, before applying the same approach for skincare, makeup, hair care and body care products.
First I had to study how antiperspirants work: they basically clog your your pores into not sweating. Terrible notion, wouldn’t you agree? Sweating is our bodies’ natural detoxifying process, so by using antiperspirants, containing toxic ingredients, which not only prevent our bodies from detoxifying, but also store these toxic ingredients in our bodies (think lymph nodes, blood…) – what on Earth are we doing by using such products?!
Some 20 years ago, finding a natural deodorant was nearly impossible. I resorted to making something that resembled a deodorant by mixing backing soda, geranium essential oil and some shea butter and creating some type of paste; the result was so so, but still better than using any toxic deodorant ever again.
Slowly, I was able to get my hands on deodorants from, for example, Weleda and Lavera. Until about 6 or 7 years ago, when the green beauty industry finally started coming up with effective and easy to use natural deodorants.
I think I should point out (even though a long over due post about natural deodorants is most certainly in order) that there’s a huge difference between an antiperspirant and a deodorant, even more so when it comes to a natural deodorant. An antiperspirant works to stop sweating, a deodorant only to stop body odor; a natural deodorant does this with natural ingredients, including a natural source of a scent.
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Elsa’s Organic Skinfoods is a relatively new UK green beauty brand, currently specializing in offering natural deodorants. Upon launching in one of my favorite green beauty stores – Love Lula – I ordered their first deodorant back in January and the second one, I received in my monthly Love Lula Beauty Box in March – so all in all, this review comes after 4 months of testing and using Elsa’s Organic Skinfoods Deodorants.
The first thing I’d like to point out about Elsa’s Organic Skinfoods Deodorant is that it comes in a handy for application oval shape. So far, Elsa’s Organic Skinfoods offers their deodorant in 4 scents: the Dew deodorant’s scent is citrus, Ocean is minty, Love is a flowery patchouli and rose and for those, who have very sensitive skin, be it on its own or in regards to essential oils – the Elsa’s Organic Skinfoods offers unscented Sensitive deodorant.
Of course, when I saw Elsa’s Organic Skinfoods available on Love Lula, my first purchase was the Love Deodorant, followed by the Ocean one, which I received in my Love Lula Beauty Box, so these two scents are the ones I’ll review for you today.
Elsa’s Organic Skinfoods Love Deodorant is described as more roses with a hint of patchouli scent. Unfortunately, it’s the other way around – the patchouli is far more prominent and the scent of roses just barely lags behind. Not saying the scent is not nice – it is, it’s just that for those, who are on a constant prowl of rose-scented products, including a deodorant, the scent, in this regard only, can be a bit of a letdown.
Elsa’s Organic Skinfoods Ocean Deodorant is a very minty, fresh and refreshing scent – equally appropriate for men and women.
The texture of Elsa’s Organic Skinfoods Deodorant reminds me of shea butter – at first, a bit stubbornly unspreadable due to its thick and quite firm texture, but upon contact with the skin, it starts giving up and becomes soft and spreadable. So, instead of rubbing the Elsa’s Organic Skinfoods Deodorant, thinking nothing had stuck, just place the deodorant on the skin for a few moments to warm it up and then swipe it once or, at most, twice under your arms. At first, I applied the deodorant with too heavy a hand and too many times, resulting in the deodorant feeling sticky and would sometimes leave stains on clothes.
Elsa’s Organic Skinfoods Deodorant formulation is quite concentrated, especially when it comes to essential oils, thus giving truly a long lasting and natural source of a scent; if you apply the deodorant in the morning, the scent will still be very noticeable in the evening.
Given that the Elsa’s Organic Skinfoods Deodorant formulation contains butters and oils, it’s nourishing to the skin as well. And even though it contains coconut oil, luckily for me, it’s not comedogenic. If you’re new to natural deodorants, and first need to detoxify your armpits, Kaolin clay will that. Some natural deodorants contain, as their prime absorbant ingredient, soda bicarbonate and there are people whose skin has a negative reaction to it; Elsa’s Organic Skinfoods Deodorant wetness-absorbing ingredient is arrowroot powder. All Elsa’s Organic Skinfoods Deodorants contains antibacterial and antiseptic ingredients, such as coconut oil, tea tree, while other essential oils not only provide pleasant scent, but also fight body odor. The biggest deodorizing ingredient in this deodorant is magnesium oxide.
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So, how about the ingredients?
Ingredients: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Maranta Arundinacea (Arrowroot) Powder*, Ricinus Communis (Castor Bean) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Magnesium Oxide, Himalayan Pink Salt, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candellila) Wax, Kaolin Clay, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Citral, Linalool, Limonene, Eugenol, Farnesol. *Certified Organic, naturally occurring in essential oils.
Coconut Oil is hydrating and excellent for dry skin. It has anti-fungal and antiviral properties and is rich in Vitamin C and A. Arrowroot Powder absorbs wetness. Castor Bean Oil has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties; it conditions the skin. Shea Butter is rich with Vitamins E; a nourishing butter renowned for its skin softening and moisture retaining ability. It softens the skin, fights dry skin and has anti-inflammatory properties. Magnesium Oxide neutralizes odor. Himalayan Pink Salt detoxifies.
Kaolin Clay, is a fat absorbent and an abrasive agent. It tones and cleans the skin of toxins, while promoting circulation. Tocopherol is Vitamin E.
Depending on the scent, each deodorant contains different essential oils, but most of them are antibacterial and antiseptic in their nature as well.
Potentially problematic ingredients? None.
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My final word?
Green beauty has come a long way when it comes to offering effective and pleasantly scented deodorants; Elsa’s Organic Skinfoods Deodorants fall right into this as well. Handy shape, no toxic ingredients, all natural ingredients, mixed into a well working-together formulation, from antibacterial, to nourishing and wetness-absorbing ingredients along with being nicely scented due to essential oils. The scent itself is long lasting and strongly overpowers any body odor. So far, Elsa’s Organic Skinfoods Deodorants come only with 4 variations, one being unscented, and since the Love deodorant does not have enough, at least for me, strong rose scent, in case Elsa’s Organic Skinfoods come up with a pure geranium/rose scent, you know I’ll be the first to get my
hands armpits on it.
The arrowroot adequately absorbs sweat, of course, to a certain point. Again, this is an all natural deodorant, not an antiperspirant, so you should not expect from this, or any natural deodorant to stop the much needed sweat in its tracks. You’ll be wet-free provided you don’t do any heavy work, or hike 20kms.
I can report of no rashes or any other issues while using this deodorant for 4 months now.
And while I do have one favorite natural deodorant (review soon), which I’ve been using for many years now, the Elsa’s Organic Skinfoods Deodorant has impressed me to the point I will make sure to keep it in my cosmetic shelf from now on.
Price? It depends from which point you approach it – an effective natural deodorant is a must, and while some brands are going a bit overboard with prices of their natural deodorants, I think that with price of €11,43 for 45g, Elsa’s Organic Skinfoods Deodorant falls somewhere along the lines of : reasonable. Maybe a bit of an issue present the fact that I’ve been going through these deodorants quite fast; despite firm texture, these deodorants, once melted when in contact with skin, do tend to get used up pretty fast. But, my armpits are happy with this deodorant, so who am I to say anything?
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Have you tried Elsa’s Organic Skinfoods Deodorant? Which is your favorite scent? Which scent would you like for the Elsa’s Organic Skinfoods to come up with next? Let me know!
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