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The Weird-But-Effective Natural Deodorant Stephanie Is Newly Obsessed With

A black cloud of aluminum-free wetness and odor protection? Sure, why not.
Boscia Charcoal Deodorant, $20, available at Sephora. 

Boscia Charcoal Deodorant, $20, available at Sephora

I won't go into the specifics right now because that's a different story for a different occasion, but suffice it to say there are plenty of people out there who are sketched out by traditional antiperspirants, which usually contain aluminum-based complexes to prevent moisture from escaping from sweat glands. So over the past several years, beauty companies have made an effort to concoct aluminum-free formulas that still stop wetness and odor effectively. And some have been much more successful in this realm than others. (I know; as someone who is at times sketched out by aluminum-based products, I've tried plenty of them.)

Enter Boscia's new version, a mist-on powder that relies on the absorbent properties of charcoal and silica to sop up moisture and lavender oil to gently yet pleasantly cancel out any less-pleasant odors. It's a completely dry black powder that mists out of the non-aerosol pump bottle in a murky cloud — you can watch the video below — but then becomes instantly translucent on skin. (And don't worry, it won't leave any black gunk on your clothes, either.) It's worth noting that though it's a dry powder, the deodorant is completely talc-free, because if you're sketched out by aluminum, you're probably doubly so by talc.

I've been using this deodorant for several weeks now (full disclosure: the brand sent it to me when it launched), and I'm obsessed. Sure, I've only used it in the winter — in the summer and for workouts I'll still turn to a traditional antiperspirant formulas, baby steps! — but Boscia's has proven one of the most effective natural deodorants I've ever tried. 

Thus concludes today's session of Stephanie Talks About Sweat, congratulations on making it through!

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Done talking about sweat now, promise! Photo: Giphy

Done talking about sweat now, promise! Photo: Giphy

Boscia Charcoal Deodorant, $20, available at Sephora

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