Schmidt’s Deodorant In The New Stick Format: Yay Or Nay?


Looking for a natural, vegan, and/or cruelty-free deodorant? I’ve reviewed Schmidt’s Deodorant before, and it’s grown to be my favorite deo ever. Not too long ago, they came up with a more conventional stick format for their cream deodorant, which used to only come in a jar. Here’s the good, the bad, and the new formula!

The Cream Format


Preface: I have sensitive armpits and many natural deodorants I’ve tried irritate me and cause a rash. I’ve heard this complaint from others as well, and it seems to be linked to the baking soda. Personally, I don’t know what irritates me, because this deodorant does contain baking soda.

Schmidt’s is one of the deodorants that has never caused any irritation so far, and I’ve used it for at least 8 months.

The cream version is also super effective for a natural deodorant. Basically, I can’t rave about this deodorant enough, and I have yet to find another natural deodorant that works as well.

The New Stick Format

When I first saw this new product, I had really high hopes for it. I thought it would eliminate all the problems that come with using a deo in a jar. But there are pros and cons that came along with this!

The Good

The obvious positive is that it’s quicker and more convenient. You also don’t get your hands dirty putting it on. There’s also no irritation.

Plus, each stick contains 3.25oz of product (compared to 2oz for the cream version, both the same price).

The Bad

A problem I’ve noticed with natural deodorants in a stick is that the deodorant gets everywhere. Natural deodorants contains a lot of oils (in this case some coconut oil and shea butter). On contact with your warm skin, the product becomes oily and melts down sides of the container.

It gets gummy and gross and there’s no way around it. This is the biggest annoyance I’ve had, but it’s also something that happened with every other natural deodorant I’ve had.

The Different Formula

The formula is different, as you can see below. The cream deodorant is obviously more creamy, and the stick formula means that the product is more solid.


Cream version:

Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), Maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) powder, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, Citrus bergamia (bergamot) essential oil, Citrus aurantifolia (lime) essential oil, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Humulus lupulus (hop) extract


Stick version:

Maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) powder, Cocos Nucifera (coconut) Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (candelilla) Wax, Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), Triglyceride (fractionated coconut oil), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Citrus bergamia (bergamot) essential oil, Citrus aurantifolia (lime) essential oil, Tocopherol (vitamin E)

Now in my experience, the cream formula keeps me dry and odor-free allll day. The stick formula is efficient too, just not as efficient. The cream version lists baking soda as the second ingredient, and the stick lists it as the fifth ingredient. Maybe there’s something there, or maybe it’s something else.

Bottom Line

Although the cream version works best for me, both of these options are great. If you’re a stick deodorant kinda gal, I don’t think you’ll have any regrets going with the stick version.

I wear nothing but natural deodorant most of the time, so the convenience of a stick is wonderful to have. I’ll definitely use mine up, but I’ll repurchase the cream when I run out.

  • Ellen

    I definitely have the same problem. So many deodorants really irritate my under arms or make them dry! The pot packing really doesn’t bother me one bit so I may try that one out. I actually kind of like putting it on with my fingers. I feel like I use less and it’s more effective.

    • Suzi | Cruelty-Free Kitty

      I don’t get it because I don’t think baking soda is the culprit for me. Can’t figure out what it is!

      • Nova

        Propylene glycol is most likely the problem

  • Kiss & Make-up

    I think I’d prefer the stick version. The jar just seems to impractical.

  • Suzi | Cruelty-Free Kitty

    Thanks Vicky! That’s odd though. I’ve heard complaints about it causing a rash, but it’s one of the few natural deodorant that doesn’t irritate me. We’re all so different, haha.

  • Suzi | Cruelty-Free Kitty

    It’s pretty good all in all! I take it you’re not a fan of Lush deodorants?

    • Jess Rose

      I haven’t actually tried any Lush deodorants because they all look rather messy to apply and would be tricky to carry around whilst on the go. I do need to invest in something soon though because my current deodorant is running out!

      • Suzi | Cruelty-Free Kitty

        Ahh, they definitely are messy!

  • Maria M

    I have the stick after having cream (fig & yarrow) for so long and I miss the cream. Much easier to slather on and control!

    • Suzi | Cruelty-Free Kitty

      Yes, I like the cream better too! Only inconvenient is having to wash your hands after use.