I Traded My Deodorant for This Little-Known Brazilian Alternative

Deven Hopp

There are two reasons I’ve never been one for natural deodorants. First, you have to apply 99.9% of them with your fingers—dipping my fingers into a cream and then wiping them over my armpits is too messy and unsanitary for me. Second, they don’t work (in my experience). But I understand the appeal of natural deodorant (or, rather, the desire to not use traditional deodorant). Which is why when I stumbled across this seemingly obscure deodorant alternative—one that Brazilians have been keeping a secret for decades, apparently—I immediately felt the need to investigate.

Scroll through to find what strange substance I put on my underarms and what I thought about it!

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