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

A black cloud of aluminum-free wetness and odor protection? Sure, why not.
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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!

Done talking about sweat now, promise! Photo: Giphy

Done talking about sweat now, promise! Photo: Giphy

Boscia Charcoal Deodorant, $20, available at Sephora

Homepage photo: @boscia/Instagram

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