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Aside from sunscreen, deodorant is by far the most important step in my beauty routine. I've worn antiperspirant deodorants practically every day since I was 12 years old. For me, wearing it is like brushing my teeth: I apply it without even thinking about it.

But, seven months ago I had a change of heart. I noticed more natural deodorants were popping up in drugstores and I figured I would give it a try. And by natural, I mean fee of aluminum, parabens, formaldehydes and formaldehyde-releasing agents. You know, all the bad stuff rumored to potentially cause health issues. Which, by the way, the National Cancer Institute claims there's no connection between breast cancer and antiperspirant deodorant.

While more research is needed, I still figured I would try a different way to neutralize my body odor. Besides, what's the worst that could happen?


After sampling five deodorants that either irritated my armpits or couldn't stand up to my sweat, I finally discovered Kopari, an aluminum and baking soda-free deodorant stick that works with my body's natural functions to aid in odor reduction. It's formulated with plant-based actives like coconut and sage oil that fight against the bacteria that causes a smell. It also has more than 5,000 positive reviews on the website, including 4.5 out of 5 stars.

After two weeks of consistent usage, I finally had pits that weren't sticky and smelly. Still not convinced, I brought it with me to a playground, and after running around all day with my toddler, I still didn't smell sweaty. I was slowly becoming a natural deo believer.

To get a better idea of what was really going on, I asked a dermatologist to weigh in. "While antiperspirants work to fight smell by clogging your pores, natural deodorants are non-toxic and allow the good bacteria in your skin to reduce the odor naturally. Bottom line is, natural deodorants are far better for your skin and overall health," says Dr. Sheel Desai Solomon Board Certified Raleigh Durham North Carolina Dermatologist. "Instead of aluminum, all-natural deodorants rely on plant-based powders and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) to help absorb wetness without any of the controversial chemicals."

On test day I applied the deo in the morning before going to the playground and running errands all afternoon. By 6 pm my armpits still smelled like coconuts and I was completely dry. Apparently, coconut oil is naturally antimicrobial and antibacterial, so it hydrates while wicking away the smelly bacteria. This deodorant gets a lot right and I was officially sold.

I found a winner.

Here's what I love about Kopari coconut deodorant:

  1. It feels wet, almost like a gel. It also glides on super smooth and is very refreshing on hot summer days.
  2. It contains activated charcoal that acts as a magnet to draw out toxins from my pores.
  3. It's clear, which is great when wearing dark-colored clothing. No white marks!
  4. It has a faint smell of coconut which instantly transports me to the islands.
  5. It doesn't promise all-day protection, so you'll need to reapply, which is fine considering it's basically like reapplying your favorite perfume.

Kopari Coconut Deodorant

Kopari Coconut Deodorant

The bottom line: Now more than ever, people are switching to nontoxic living and using all-natural products. Among those, deodorant is one of the hardest ones to let go of. But if you find a natural one that doesn't cause skin irritation and infection, it can be a game-changer, especially if your pores are prone to clogging.

$14

If you're looking for a variety, a strong runner up is Nala Care, a Canadian deodorant brand that's quickly growing a loyal fan based due to its ability to perform as well as conventional formulas, but without phthalates, carcinogens, aluminum. It's sandalwood and bergamot blend is *so* good. Try it, you'll love it, too.

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Here are some our favorite "just because" gifts to give our hardworking mama friends.

New Mother face + body care duo

volition face + body care duo

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Allover roller

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This jade roller goes beyond your typical face roller and can be used anywhere on the body. It works to increase stimulation and reduce puffiness and is perfect for applying any oils to the face or body. Plus, it feels like a mini spa treatment.

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Kombucha making kit

farmsteady kombucha making kit

What could be a more perfect gift for the health-obsessed friend? This kombucha making kit comes with everything you need to brew your own homemade green tea kombucha. They'll think this is the tastiest gift ever.

$45

Laetitia lipstick

cupid & psyche laetitia

This red lipstick is perfect for your makeup enthusiast bestie who is looking to spruce up her life in quarantine. Crafted in the United States, these bee and vegan-friendly and cruelty-free lipsticks are created to flatter all complexions. Cupid and Psyche Beauty makes finding the perfect red lip way too easy!

$23

Jigsaw puzzle

inner piecec jigsaw puzzle

Mamas need to destress now more than ever during quarantine. This adorable jigsaw puzzle is perfect for the mama who needs a brain break! The 500-piece puzzle designed by artist Ray Oranges features an abstract gradient design that fits a standard frame when completed. Bonus: It's printed on recycled paper and the company donates $1 from every puzzle sold to youth mindfulness programs.

$30

Matilda's Bloombox

matilda's bloombox

If we have to be stuck inside, we might as well have some gorgeous florals to brighten up the space. Matilda's Bloombox locally sources blooms, delivers them to her door and provides simple tips on how to arrange it into a beautiful bouquet.

$39

'I Am Enough' bracelet

I Am Enough bracelet

Let this dainty bracelet serve as a constant reminder to your bestie that she is enough. She'll wear this on her wrist and read this daily oath to herself, "I Am Enough."

$35

Glow assorted teas

vahdam low assorted teas

This tea gift box set covers the entire spectrum of flavors from sweet to spicy. Individually packaged in beautiful tins, your gal pal will feel like a queen sipping her morning tea. Originally $40, this set is currently on sale for just $24. We'll take two, please.

$24

Find your voice journal

find your voice journal

Journaling is a great way to ease anxiety and will slow your bestie's racing mind before bed. This gift is perfect for first time journalists and includes prompts, daily quotes and coloring pages to help her unlock her potential and find her voice.

$22

Premium frother

shore magic premium frother

This gift is fitting for your latte-sipping bestie who can't go a day without her coffee. All she has to do is add two scoops of collagen to her favorite drink, and she'll have a perfectly foamy drink ready in seconds. Skipping the drive-thru line has never been so easy!

$25

Bath soak infusion kit

maude bath soak infusion kit

Say hello to hydration! She'll be feeling smooth and relaxed as ever after a long bath soaking in these salts. This vegan + cruelty-free set incorporates dead sea salt and dehydrated coconut milk powder for an ultra hydrating experience.

$32

Tiny Tags 'mama' necklace

Tiny Tags 'mama' necklace

It's a hard-earned title she answers to a hundred times per day. Whether she's new to the club or a seasoned professional, this delicate script 'mama' necklace is guaranteed to be a perfect fit.

$105

Superfood honey

Beekeeper's Naturals B.Powered honey

With a lack of sleep and jam-packed days, getting through the afternoon can be a real challenge. Send her a powerful pick-me-up in the form of a therapeutic blend of royal jelly, bee pollen, propolis and raw honey. It makes the ideal companion for tea, smoothies, yogurt or even on its on.

$17

Calming midnight mask with melatonin

Who doesn't deserve a reminder to pamper themself every once in awhile? Even better, this mask does all its work at night while you're sleeping with no extra effort needed. It's an amazing plant-powered antioxidant-packed mask that has melatonin, wild dandelion leaf and hyaluronic acid to rehydrate, repair and reset facial skin. It's so good, you might want to gift it to yourself. We won't tell, mama.

$68

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