Maria Really Likes This Baking Soda-Free Deodorant

Combined with an underarm primer, too! Meow Meow Tweet Baking Soda-Free Deodorant Stick, $20, available here.

It’s been two years since I jumped on the natural deodorant bandwagon and haven’t looked back. But I’d be remiss to say that it wasn’t an easy journey. When I first ditched my drugstore antiperspirant for an all-natural version, my armpits started to get dark patches on them.

It wasn’t irritating or uncomfortable, just very unpleasant to look at. After some online research, I learned that baking soda was the culprit and that the side effect is more prone for those with darker skin tones.

So, I had to hunt for natural deodorants that didn’t have baking soda, which, surprisingly, was a lot harder than I thought. It seemed rare for a natural deodorant to actually publicize that it’s baking soda-free, and I often found myself studying ingredient lists to make sure “sodium bicarbonate” wasn’t in the mix. For someone who barely experiments with new beauty products and is admittedly a little bit lazy with her beauty routine, the whole process felt a little too consuming.

Meow Meow Tweet Underarm Primer, $22, available here.

Meow Meow Tweet Underarm Primer, $22, available here.

Luckily, the people behind Meow Meow Tweet, which got me into the natural deodorant game in the first place, reached out about their new baking soda-free product. Obviously, I offered to give it a try, and they kindly added in an underarm primer, too, which, in all honesty, I had to get to used to over time. (You try slathering lotion on your pits for the first time! It’s a little weird!) I started to notice that my underarms’ dark coloring was fading away nicely, though I can’t officially say that the primer was the ultimate reason for it.

As for Meow Meow Tweet’s first foray in a natural deodorant without baking soda, I have to say that I’m pretty pleased. Right now I like the rose geranium scent, and in the fall, I plan to swap for the cedar spruce. (Seasonal deodorants? How classy.) Plus, its compact, travel-friendly size makes application quick and easy. On particularly hot and humid days, I throw on the underarm primer first for extra coverage.

Meow Meow Tweet Baking Soda-Free Deodorant Stick, $20, available here; Meow Meow Tweet Underarm Primer, $22, available here.

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