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“It takes many small steps put together to help make a difference” This is definitely something I am trying to live by recently, in all aspects of my life but predominately in my attempts to be more sustainable in both travel and everyday life. After making all the obvious changes of ditching plastic straws and using shampoo bars over the traditional, I started to look into what I could do next. Find more products which were not only sustainable but also practical for my everyday life. Which is when I purchased Nuud deodorant.
I wanted to wait a few months before creating a Nuud Deodorant Review, as I wanted to make it accurate, I wanted to give it a fair trial to ensure I could give my honest opinion. I have now had the natural deodorant for 3 months and this is what I think of it.
A Nuud Deodorant Review
Firstly, what is Nuud Deodorant?
Nuud is an all-natural and vegan anti-odorant. Essentially, it cuts out all of the crap and chemicals found in your every day, non-natural, deodorants. In Nuud you will not find – aluminium, chemicals, artificial fragrances, salts, parabens or alcohol. It is also 100% cruelty-free! (yay!)
So what exactly does Nuud do?
The majority of standard deodorants are also antiperspirants (sweat stoppers). They use the various chemicals listed above to have their product work as an antiperspirant as well as a deodorant. Antiperspirants work by blocking your pores to stop the sweat escaping, this is actually quite bad as you are essentially using a product to block the toxins trying to be removed from your body.
Nuud allows you to sweat and release these toxins.
Does this mean you will still produce odour?
Nudd is apreodorant – a regular deodorant disguises the odour of perspiration, whereas Nuud prevents this smell altogether. With Nuud, smell does not stand a chance, because the bacteria, responsible for the smell, are inhibited naturally. In an antiperspirant, the active component (aluminium) closes off the pores, and in combination with fragrances, the smell is masked, instead of prevented.
Perspiring is a normal and useful bodily function. It is your brains’ way of saying your body is too warm and helps to protect it by cooling down via the sweat glands. Which is why Nuud does not eliminate your bodies ability to do so.
My favourite feature of Nuud
One application can last for days, Micro silver structurally reduces the bacteria population, which means the smell of perspiration cannot occur. Nuud works for a minimum of 48 hours and a maximum of 7 days (with daily showering). This sold it for me as I work bizarre and long night shifts, my sleep pattern consists of four-hour blocks when I am working and having one less thing to worry about was bliss.
It is estimated a 15ml tube of Nuud will last 6-7 weeks. Straight away this means you are saving money and with that reducing your packaging waste. Aside from the lid which is plastic, every other part of Nuud’s packaging is plastic-free and recyclable.
My experience with Nuud Deodrant
I will say from the start that I had to persevere with Nuud, it was not an instant bond. For someone that has always used an antiperspirant, it was extremely odd feeling myself sweat again. I spent a lot of time at the time start worried that I was smelling – not fun.
It also takes a while to start working properly, meaning at the start you will sweat more than usual. Your armpits need to go through a ‘detoxifying stage’. When you stop using an antiperspirant your pores will no longer be blocked. The gel-plugs that had been blocking your pores for years are slowly leaving your body. Essentially, you need to trust the process and go with it.
I would definitely say I perspired more at the start of using the product, probably for about 1 – 2 weeks, which as mentioned above did make me quite self-conscious, especially at work where I wear light coloured scrubs. However, this was still minimal and the issue was much more in my head than it was actually present. The sweat also had no smell at all – straight away proving, that for me, Nuud deodorant does work.
I will say it is said you sweat more when you drink a lot of caffeine or have a high-stress load, therefore, due to me being on night shifts during the trial time, this could have also contributed to the increase in perspiration during the start of usage. However, the website does state this may happen as well.
After around 10 days I did notice the perspiration settled and I was also perspiring a ‘normal amount’ for my body and I became a lot more comfortable with this and it was definitely not noticeable to anyone else. I do not experience any odour from this at all and I am pretty sure the skin on my armpits are appreciating the break from daily application of chemicals.
At the start, I did use the product daily, it took a while for me to get used to this part of it, but in all honesty, I really did not need to. Eventually, I spread my usage to every 3 days with daily showering. As previously stated, some people can get away with only using it once a week and still smell fresh.
I have continued to use Nuud deodorant and am currently on my second tube. It is probably good to point out here, that the product is not a traditional stick or roll-on, it is a paste type cream and for each armpit, I use a pea-sized amount per application.
At present, Nuud offers a starter pack which includes a 15 ml bottle (average 6-week use – £12.95) and a smarter pack which includes two x 20 ml bottles (£24.95 average 20-week use). I would suggest buying the starter park and seeing how you get along with the product.
Does Nuud work for everyone?
The Nuud website claims the technology behind it will work for everyone. The main reason people believe it is not working for them is because they do not give it enough time or they do not understand that you will still perspire.
I can completely relate to this, I nearly did give up on it as the transition is hard when you are normally a hardcore antiperspirant user. But I do feel the benefits of the product in the long run, for me, outweighed the first 10-14 days of my body adjusting to the product.
If you are looking to save money on deodorant, decrease your use of unnatural products on your body as well as reduce your plastic waste, then I would recommend converting to Nuud Deodrant. I think this product would also be handy for people going long term travelling as it will take up minimal space in your backpack.