I ditched harmful non-natural deodorants several months ago. Growing concerned with what they put into those store-bought deodorants like aluminium and other unnatural things that are not good for your body and take a few weeks of detoxing before you rid your body of them.
I am also at odds with myself. I am the worlds biggest skeptic when it comes to most things, the effectiveness of natural deodorants is one of those things.
My first foray into natural deodorants was this MooGoo one. This is a wet roll-on cream, so it’s not so much a roll-on in the traditional sense that it has that wax-type surface transfer you get from a traditional stick deodorant that I honestly prefer. I find the wet deodorants leave your armpits feeling sticky and moist, even if the MooGoo one was the most effective of a cornucopia of natural deodorants I have tried.
The sad reality is many natural deodorants do not work, at least not compared to many non-natural alternatives. I was and still am an avid Speed Stick fan. When it comes to deodorants that are guaranteed to stop you from sweating, Speed Stick is one of those consistent products that always worked for me and that I compare any natural alternative against.
The first thing you’ll learn about Wild is their marketing is grade A. They are a part of this group of new-age businesses using social media to build their brand and sell products effectively. I was excited, and everything seemed great about Wild.
- A sustainable product free of plastic
- A cool looking refillable aluminium case
- A great selection of scents to choose from
The price seemed right and I placed my first order for Wild. I patiently waited and it took well over a month for my first order to arrive. I am in Australia and this product was shipping from the UK (presumably economy shipping), so it took longer than expected to get my first order. It took so long, that my Wild subscription was ready to renew for a refill, which I delayed.
Unlike others who have to go through the two week or so detox period, I detoxed from aluminium based deodorants months ago. I had been using the MooGoo roll-on cream successfully and not smelt at the end of the day, so I had a base level to compare to.
My first observation when it came to Wild was that it made me sweat, quite a lot more than usual. And I work on a computer, so I am sitting a lot of the day and not exerting myself. I know natural deodorants don’t stop you from sweating, but it is as if Wild somehow amplified the sweat.
It would get to the end of the day and my armpits would be soaked. Not to mention, the number of shirts that have been ruined because this product will stain your clothes. If you sweat with Wild on and it touches your clothes, you will never wash those marks out, just throw it away.
And there is the smell. Even the most ineffective natural deodorants I have tried have not left me as stench-laden as Wild has at the end of the day. I can sit mostly at the computer all day working, and by the end of the day, I smell like I am allergic to showering. If I worked in the office every day, I would be embarrassed.
I wasn’t sure if this was just me; maybe Wild doesn’t work for me. So, I looked up their reviews, and on TrustPilot they have a 4.7 star rating out of 5,150 reviews, most of those overwhelmingly positive. It wasn’t until I filtered by the average, poor and bad ratings that I read similar stories to mine.
Wild seems to work well for some people, and for others like me, it works for a little period of time, and then you smell worse than you did before you used Wild. I found it even more disappointing that I experimented with not using Wild and just showering twice a day, once in the morning and one in the evening. I sweated less than I did use Wild, and I smelled better. How is it not using anything at all seemed to be more effective for me?
Furthermore, the stick seems to get used up quite quickly (maybe I am using too much). It has been a couple of weeks, and the stick is already low to the point where the deodorant falls out if it is pushed up too far. Other natural alternatives I have used seem to last a month, minimum, so this was disappointing.
I wanted to like Wild so badly. The marketing is slick, the packaging is slick, and on paper, the product is slick. But, for me, it did not work at all. They need to work on their formula and fix that God-awful case, a nightmare to remove the contents from if you want to replace it.
The product definitely has promise, and if it works for you, then that is great. But, if you sweat more than a normal amount like me, you exert yourself (exercise, gym, vigorous activity) — then you are going to probably smell and sweat more than you ever have in your life.