Just when you thought you made it out of the house in your black outfit finally free of any white deodorant marks, you catch a reflection in a mirror or a store window to remind you that there’s no such thing—sound familiar? If not, what about the struggle where every single type of deodorant you try—even the natural options—seem to irritate your underarms to no end? These scenarios were clearly all too common for too many women, driving the botanically powered skin care brand boscia to create one of the most innovative products we’ve seen in some time: a charcoal-powder deodorant spray. Not sold yet? Hear us out.
While you’re probably thinking that a powder sounds 10 times messier than a traditional bar formulation, boscia’s Charcoal Deodorant ($20) doesn’t house the original powder you’re envisioning (like some disastrous dry shampoo remixes that leave every square inch of your vanity covered in white dust). In fact, the translucent powder is lighter than most and goes onto skin clear—plus, the bottle doesn’t “puff” it out at you. Instead, the pump dispenses the charcoal-infused formula out slowly and it’s so airy, you won’t even feel it on your skin. And while, yes, the new formulation is one to marvel at, the coolest part of the deodorant is, hands-down, the list of benefits it brings along with it.
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By nature, charcoal is moisture-absorbing, skin-balancing and pore-minimizing, meaning that aside from curbing perspiration (because, yes, it does work!), those dark and large underarm pores that just won’t budge are finally being minimized, too. And if you’re like me and have tried (and thrown away) just about every natural deodorant option out there because they still irritate your skin and just don’t work, this talc-free option is the one you’ve been waiting for, because charcoal has long been praised for its gentle antibacterial properties and its ability to absorb more than 1,000 times its weight in impurities.
But before you think this offering is just like any other old charcoal-infused bar of deodorant at the drugstore, here’s another way it’s unique: In a newly rediscovered, centuries-old process, the brand injected the activated bamboo charcoal with steam, creating thousands of tiny air pockets that significantly increase the volume of impurities and toxins it’s able to absorb. And after using it for three weeks, I can officially vouch for the untraditional yet incredibly effective formula—it works, doesn’t even come close to disrupting the most sensitive skin types, leaves behind zero trace and goes far beyond the call of duty of your basic stick of deodorant. Translation: It’s a perfect 10 in my book and I’m confident it will be in yours.