Cult Favorite: Briogeo Tea Tree + Eucalyptus Clean Deodorant

It was love at first swipe with the Tea Tree + Eucalyptus Clean Deodorant from Briogeo.

For a couple of years I have gotten on the natural deodorant train and I have gotten off numerous times. When things got tough and sticky, I go back to my old deodorant – wanting its stability of not making me smell and sweat. However, using the Tea Tree + Eucalyptus Clean Deodorant made me stay the longest and I can finally say that I don’t think I will falter again.

This deodorant promises to be a natural, non-toxic, plant-based deodorant that doesn’t contain aluminum, zinc, talc, or baking soda. It’s vegan, cruelty-free, and is made without silicone, gluten, paraben, and sulfate. It aims to neutralize odor, soothe irritation using tea tree, eucalyptus, and coconut water.

The clear stick swipes on easily onto the skin without any marks, making it easy to get dressed in the morning without worrying about stains. You don’t have to avoid your armpits when putting on a top, in case it puts white marks on your clothing. It virtually has no smell, just a hint of fresh mint, also so it doesn’t fight your body cream or fragrance. I sweat easily and this prevents me from getting sweat stains. This claim also lasts for more than 20 hours. I know because I used this during a long haul flight. I have been using this for months now and I also noticed that my underarms look lighter. It’s amazing honestly and I have recommended this to all my friends.

The Briogeo Tea Tree + Eucalyptus Clean Deodorant was provided by @briogeo and @pokepr. Available for $16 at briogeohair.com

Bodycare Review: Agent Nateur Uni(sex) N5 Deodorant

Out of all the deodorant variants of Agent Nateur, the Uni(sex) N5 Deodorant worked best for my skin. Aside from the scent of vetiver, rose, sandalwood, cistus and warm cedarwood that last all day, this keeps the sweat at bay. I, along with my armpits, sweat easily and not all deodorants can keep up with that. This does. The creamy solid bar also doesn’t stain my clothes unlike others with the same texture and consistency. My only gripe with this is because of the creaminess, it spreads easily, which is good for application but not with the packaging. The product gathers at the edges. It doesn’t spill or melt but it can look a bit messy.

This deodorant contains coconut oil, beeswax, baking soda, avocado butter, sunflower butter, castor oil, and essential oils.

The Agent Nateur Uni(sex) N5 Deodorant was provided by @agentnateur. Available for $21 at agentnateur.com

Selfcare Review: Myro Deodorant

I’m always on the lookout for deodorants that are not only good for me but also good for the environment. That’s how I met Myro.

Myro sells plant-powered and cruelty-free deodorants. They use barley powder to keep armpits dry and don’t contain aluminum, parabens or baking soda. The deodorants are packaged in a modern and durable case that is refillable. This travel-friendly packaging allows you to purchase refills instead of purchasing another one. It also has cap locks to prevent mess.

I have the scent Chill Wave, which is a blend of cucumber, jasmine, and spearmint. It creates a subtle fresh scent that doesn’t overpower my perfume. It usually takes a week for my skin to get used to a deodorant. Meaning I have to spend a week feeling sweaty and dirty before I see the actual effects of the deodorant. However, for this one, it took two days for things to normalize. After two days, I experienced fresh and dry armpits. The actual deodorant is creamy and dries a bit white though unlike other deodorants in the market that applies similarly, this didn’t stain my clothes.

I am honestly impressed because the weather is getting warmer, which means I sweat more, but this deodorant stepped up to the task. Also, for the price, this feels so luxurious on the skin. Effective too.

The Myro Deodorant in Chill Wave was provided by @myro. Available for $10 at mymyro.com

Brand Overview: Ursa Major Bestsellers Trial Kit

Ursa Major founders Oliver and Emily moved north to Vermont for a healthier and more balanced lifestyle, which resulted to creating plant-powered skincare that is cruelty-free, gluten-free, and are made without petrochemicals, SLS, SLES, parabens, synthetic fragrance or color, glycols, silicones, or PEGs. I tried out their products via the Bestsellers Trial Kit.

This Hoppin’ Fresh Deodorant is 100% naturally-derived deodorant that promises to be non-staining, moisturizing, and perfect for those with sensitive skin. It also uses natural mint and eucalyptus for that fresh feeling and pleasant scent. My favorite thing about this product is how it feels on my skin after application. It has this cooling effect that I enjoy especially on a hot day. Unfortunately, it doesn’t do much to prevent sweat. For this reason, I would not recommend using this product if you live somewhere with a very warm climate or if you sweat a lot in the underarms like I tend to.

The Essential Face Wipe aims to cleanse, exfoliate, soothe, and hydrate the skin. True to its claim, the Essential Face Wipe refreshes and revitalizes my skin. The cooling properties in it really make me feel awake. It is perfect for those long days where you just need a boost. I would recommend this product for anybody who wants to freshen up and relieve tired skin after a tiring day or after an intensive workout.

The Fantastic Face Wash is made with 34 natural ingredients including aloe, green tea, cedarwood, spearmint, and lime. It is a gel that foams up once worked into the face. It has a very natural smell, like an herbal tea blend. I don’t mind the scent but some may find it too overpowering. The facial wash is to be left on the face for 30-60 seconds before rinsing it off completely. Upon washing off the product, my skin felt soft and clean without any tightness. I would recommend this product for all skin types and especially to those with sensitive skin. This product makes for a great everyday cleanser.

The 4-in-1 Face Tonic claims to clean, exfoliate, hydrate, and soothe the skin. It is a blend of 30 natural ingredients including aloe, green tea, and bamboo. It is a liquid solution that has a fresh herbal scent. I put some product on cotton before applying it on my face and my face feels refreshed immediately after. My face feels clean without a tightening sensation and the cotton’s appearance attests to the tonic’s dirt stripping abilities. My skin also has a healthy glow after use which I look for after applying my toner. I would recommend this product to anyone who is looking for a gentle, natural and effective toner.

This Fortifying Face Balm is a gel with a smooth and light consistency. It, like all the other products in the Ursa Major line, is made with naturally-derived ingredients. It feels like a serum when applied to the face and dries with a matte finish. I use this product specifically on my t-zone and I noticed my pores looked cleaner and my face less oily. It also is very gentle on the skin and doesn’t create a harsh reaction even after I applied it on an area where I was breaking out. I would recommend this product for people with oily skin as it really helps with managing this problem.

Overall, this kit is a good introduction to Ursa Major. My favorites, the 4-in-1 Face Tonic and the Fortifying Face Balm are a surprising discovery. I also liked the Essential Face Wipe and it has become a mainstay in my office drawer to some instant refreshment.

The Ursa Major Bestsellers Trial Kit was provided by @ursamajorvt. Available for $25 at ursamajorvt.com

Brand Overview: Agent Nateur

I have always stalked Agent Nateur so I was really excited to try their products. Using handmade formulas that are free of GMO’s, soy, parabens, sulfates, aluminum, and petroleum, their products aim to nourish and heal.

The Holi(Rose) ($26) was created with Shiva Rose using sandalwood and rose. This deodorant smells amazing. Just the right kind of clean floral that I always look for in scents. It also feels silky and it doesn’t stain. Unfortunately, this didn’t match me. It’s deodorizing benefits only lasts on my sweaty pits for about half a day even when I’m just in the office.

A new favorite, the Holi(Water) ($88) promises to exfoliate, plump, tighten, brighten, and firm using wildcrafted bulgarian rose water, hyaluronic acid, pitaya, and cucumber toner. This face toner smells like a floral aromatherapy oil and leaves the skin satiny smooth. It’s watery and sinks in quickly onto the skin. It also feels gentle, smooth, and hydrating. Used day or night, its runny but viscous consistency worked really well on my oily skin.

In powder form, the Holi(C) ($120) claims to be a topical #antiaging powder that helps brighten, tighten, and even the complexion using french patented calcium, and sodium ascorbyl phosphate. It’s meant to be mixed with the Holi(Water) to apply. This is a really weird product for me that’s why I wanted to try it. I have been adding this with the toner and even though I have seen how this helped brighten my skin, I may have to use this more to see its tightening benefits. What I really like about this is I think this would last me longer compared to oil and water based vitamin c products that oxidize after a few months.

The Holi(Oil) ($120) aims to be a hydrating, non-greasy, antiaging face oil that provides radiance, brightness, and firmness to the skin with wildcrafted bulgarian rose, calcium, organic oryza sativa, organic rosehip oil, and organic helichrysum. This is another product I fell in love with. It’s light with a rose scent that feels relaxing. The oil is a bit dense so there’s a bit of a slip while applying it. It doesn’t feel too tacky as I leave it but you can still feel the oil’s weight, just not as heavy as other oils, which definitely works for me. It also doesn’t sit on top of my skin, which is what happens when I use face oils. It sinks in and leaves the skin silky. I use this at night and I wake up with bright and hydrated skin that isn’t oily.

Since I’ve been to hydration lately, I fell in love with the Holi(Water) and the Holi(Oil) immediately. Together they helped keep my face hydrated and bright without making my skin oily. An impossible feat especially that it’s getting warmer.

Shaving is my preferred way of removing hair. One, because I do not like waxing. Two, I am too lazy and shaving is just the easiest way to do it. However, I am also not the most careful of people so having products to help me shave is important.

The Holi(Skin) Shave Oil ($42) uses the base of Holi(Oil), which is one of the face oils I usually use, in combination with calendula and chamomile to calm the skin, coconut to make the oil foam when mixed with water, and grapefruit and sandalwood for the scent. The #shaveoil is pretty easy to use as it applies easily and it doesn’t feel to tacky. It emulsifies into a milky lather and helps smoothen the shaving process. What I like about it though is how moisturized and hydrated my skin feels afterward that I don’t feel the need to apply a moisturizer.

They also sent the Holy(Youth) The Oceanic Adaptogen, which honestly put me off first because I don’t know what it is and it smells fishy. The adaptogenic blend can be mixed with hot water, teas, smoothies, or juices or as a face mask to promote radiance. It contains basil, pearl powder, spirulina, and marine collagen. This is not for everyone as it has a really fishy taste and smell. For me, the powder is a bit difficult to dissolve but it does provide this calming feeling after a few sips and easily detoxifies so I like drinking this at night before sleeping.

The Agent Nateur Holi(Rose), Holi(Water), Holi(C), Holi(Oil) Holi(Skin) Shave Oil, and Holy(Youth) The Oceanic Adaptogen were provided by @agentnateur. Available at agentnateur.com