A chic and clean deodorant that will satisfy even the sweatiest skeptics out there.
Written By ERIN FLAHERTY
Purchasing a deodorant these days can be a genuinely confusing endeavor. For generations, we’ve been warned of the various potential toxins within that make label-reading a literal sweat-inducing experience. Total abstinence has been attempted by many but is generally known to backfire. So what is one to do in the pursuit of freshly-scented, dry underarms and clean formulations? Enter Nécessaire: the kind of whimsical-yet-straightforward brand that even the staunchest minimalist can get behind. Their latest addition — The Deodorant, a non-toxic, feel-good formula that marries form with function — is aimed at turning each one of us into a natural-deodorant convert.
The biggest selling point? It works. A blend of mandelic and lactic acids neutralize odor, while silica, zinc, and kaolin clay help to prevent moisture and soothe sensitive skin types. (The usual suspect ingredients like aluminum and parabens need not apply.) Next up? The consistency. A creamy, yet blissfully non-sticky formula with a glide-factor that knocked our testers’ socks off, and will yours, too. PH-balance, you ask? Strong enough for, well, any gender and/or non-binary — it’s technically 3.5-4.5. If the idea of your underarms smelling like baking soda or a “patchouli blend” is too hippie, do not despair. The light, delicate eucalyptus scent smells “clean,” and nothing more, so no worries about competing with your signature fragrance or lack thereof. And finally, the packaging is just as inspiring, adhering to the rule of 85 percent recyclable paper packaging with no virgin forest materials ever. If questionably efficacious crystal rocks aren’t doing it for you, and other natural options continually disappoint, this is a truly elegant, no-sweat option.
“A non-toxic deodorant that actually works. It has an aromatic scent that is not overwhelming.”
—BETINA GOLDSTEIN, Nail Artist
“I’ve been struggling to find a natural, aluminum-free deodorant that doesn't irritate my underarms and Nécessaire is the winner! So far, this is the only natural brand I have tried that doesn't darken my armpits and I especially love the breezy eucalyptus scent.” —MELISSA HERNANDEZ, Makeup Artist
“I love the way this smells and the non-sticky formula that’s cool to the touch. Feels so fresh on the skin upon application.” —STEVIE HUYNH, Makeup Artist
As with every product on VIOLET GREY, Nécessaire The Deodorant reached our shelves once a minimum of 70 percent of testers deemed it a winner. At that time, we added it to our skin care edit with the Violet Code’s official stamp of approval.