Review: How Kopari Coconut Deo Compares To Drugstore Variants | Clozette

Deodorant is one of those beauty slash grooming items that I — and I'm guessing most of us — skimp on. I would willingly splurge on serums, lip tints and sunblock. But spending big bucks on a deodorant? Seems a bit unnecessary. That said, I've always wondered how a high-end deodorant compares to a drugstore option. Is it really any better? I finally had the opportunity to test one out when I was asked to review the award-winning Kopari Coconut Deo

The main selling point of this popular natural deodorant is that it's aluminium-free and doesn't contain any controversial ingredients like paraben, silicone and phthalates. Why go aluminium-free? The jury is still out on this, but there have been discussions that aluminium, which is present in most antiperspirants to block sweat glands, are causing toxins to be built up in our lymph nodes. So, in theory, using an aluminium-free deodorant can keep your mind at peace and promote healthy pit sweating. 

Kopari Coconut Deo Review

If it doesn't use the traditional ingredients of keeping your pits odour-free, then what does Kopari Coconut Deo use? The answer is in the name: it's the antimicrobial, antibacterial natural coconut. As a bonus, coconut is also a good moisturiser so using Kopari Coconut Deo is like putting skincare on your underarms. Sounds like a sweet deal, right? Keep reading to know if it's worth swapping your current deo for.

Packaging and appearance

Kopari Coconut Deo Review

I love that Kopari is straight-forward when it comes to packaging — no unnecessary frills, rollers and the like, which are common in drugstore deodorants. It's very easy to use, just screw off the cap and glide the product on your underarms. Plus, the minimalist two-toned design is also super cute. No complaints here!

Texture and fragrance

You would think that putting an oil-based product on your armpits will be uncomfortable and greasy, but that's not the case with this one. Surprisingly, it just feels like a lightweight moisturiser. You don't have to worry about putting too much because the product is well-solidified (stored on my vanity table; no melting or spilling even in the afternoon) and just one or two swipes is enough to cover the underarm area. It also doesn't transfer or leave any stain marks on clothes, unlike some drugstore options. 

Kopari Coconut Deo Review

Kopari Coconut Deo is solid but melts into a lightweight creamy texture when applied on skin

As for the fragrance, I would say that it has a strong scent and people who don't like anything overly sweet-smelling will find it off-putting. But personally, I like this coconut scent with a hint of 'salty' whiff. It reminds me of carefree days lounging at the beach. Ahh!

Application and usage

Confession time: the reason why I don't splurge on deodorants is that I rarely use it. Yup, you read that right! I only use them whenever I go to an exercise class because things can get really funky and sweaty and for important events to make sure that I'm covered. On regular days, I just skip it because — not to brag — but I don't sweat a lot or have strong body odour. 

To effectively give this a test, I used this before going to my yoga and barre classes. In both times, I had no problem at all with its effectivity. I didn't experience body odour, but the sweating was really intense since it doesn't have the anti-perspiration feature a common drugstore deodorant has.

On their website, Kopari explains that there's a purging period when you first use this deodorant because you're "detoxing" all the aluminium residues on your armpits. They cautioned that for the first few days of using, you may still experience body odour but it will get better after you finish your detox. However, I didn't really experience this; it just straight-up worked in keeping the funk at bay. 

For me, the best feature of the Kopari Coconut Deo is its moisturising properties. It may have not whitened or made any visible impact on my underarm skin but it did make it smoother and plumper, which I never experienced in years of using a drugstore deodorant.

Overall thoughts

I'm all for plant-based natural alternatives that are vegan-friendly so I really like the concept of using coconut oil instead aluminium for managing body odour. However, the price (SGD25/USD14) is pretty steep if you compare it to its drugstore counterpart so it may be more of a once-in-a-while splurge for me. It does have many advantages: no non-sense packaging, unique beachy scent, clean ingredient list and super hydrating. So if you're someone who puts a premium on these factors then I'd say go for it. 

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We see the holidays as the perfect season for gifting our loved ones. But we say indulge in it as the perfect time to treat yourself, too. Before the year — the decade, actually — comes to a close, celebrate yourself and your milestones. What better way to do it than by caring for your skin? Whether you’re stressed or happy, it shows on your skin. So make sure you treat it with care. 

But you don’t have to cross out your schedule to indulge. No matter your holiday plan, there’s a way to pamper yourself and your loved ones with products that are simple but pure — just what belif products are known for. Created with nothing but the best and purest ingredients from all over the world, they’re free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates and synthetic preservatives, synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrances, mineral oils, and animal origin ingredients. The best part of all? They provide lasting benefits. Ready to get pampering? Here’s how.

Schedule a Christmas brunch

Starting the day off with your favourite people is just one of the best things to do during the holidays! Make sure your skin’s as bright as the day you’ll be sharing with the help of belif’s White decoction skin radiance set.

belif’s White decoction skin radiance set

White decoction skin radiance set, SGD110 (worth SGD171) 

Give your skin an oomph with the radiance-boosting White decoction – ultimate brightening essence 50ml. It’s a lightweight essence that contains antioxidant-rich Winter Aster and moisturising Napiers Aqua Formula that consists of different herbs, including Lady’s Mantle that nourishes the skin with nutrient-filled minerals and antioxidants. Plus, it’s packed with Napiers Original Formula that helps protect the skin from free radicals and gently exfoliates to reveal youthful radiance.

Follow it with the nourishing White decoction – ultimate brightening cream 50ml that gives luminance to dull skin. The kit also contains two deluxe sizes of the White decoction bubble mask 10ml and the White decoction sheet mask to supplement your brightening regimen.

Explore the Christmas markets

Ah, shopping just feels different during Christmas season, don’t you think? While you’re busy ticking off the names on your to-buy-for list, make sure your skin is pampered and armed with anti-pollution benefits as you wade through the shopping lanes of the urban jungle. The belif Knockdown bomb total defence set is your weapon of choice.

belif Knockdown bomb set

Knockdown bomb total defence set, SGD130 (worth SGD203)

In the set, you’ll get the powerful Youth creator - age knockdown bomb 50ml, which fights ageing from the inside out. It has an Age Down Formula that has been clinically proven to reduce the length of enlarged pores due to ageing by 19.2 per cent, reduce the appearance of enlarged pores by 46.1 per cent, and increase the skin’s elasticity by 18.5 per cent.

The set also contains the Anti-aging soft bomb 75ml, a super lightweight moisturiser that not only hydrates the skin but also firms it up and improves elasticity — perfect for reversing the negative effects of pollution. Plus, it has deluxe samples of the Knockdown bomb 10ml and Anti-aging soft bomb 10ml so you can ease into the routine before diving into it.

Wine and dine with the gals

‘Tis the season for hearty meals — and some drinks. Take the holidays as an excuse to indulge in that meal you’ve been planning to have for months now at your favourite restaurant. Then, cap it off with wine — we definitely encourage it. After satiating your cravings, nourish your skin.

Before heading off to sleep, massage on some of the extra-hydrating Aqua bomb sleeping mask 75ml from the belif Ultra nourishing bomb duo set. This sleeping mask has a memory formula — it wraps and seals intense hydration around the contours of your skin. It also has a jelly-pudding texture you’ll love indulging in. Best part? It’s pillow-proof — so you can sleep soundly, without fear of stains.

Ultra nourishing bomb duo set, SGD75 (worth SGD103)

For daytime, you can go for the cult-favourite The true cream - moisturizing bomb 50ml, which contains Comfrey Leaf that detoxifies the skin, Napiers Moisture formula that hydrates, and Napiers Original Formula that calms and repairs the skin. There’s also the Cica bomb cream 50ml, a.k.a. the Stress Shooter. Aside from the Napiers Aqua Formula and Napiers Original Formula, it’s made with powerful antioxidant and skin-soothing Centella Asiatica — great for shooting away the signs of stress on your skin. If a lightweight, oil-free gel-cream that refreshes the skin is what you fancy, the skin-loving The true cream - aqua bomb 50ml is for you. Made with a variety of herbs, including Lady’s Mantle, it helps fight off free radicals and improves the skin’s elasticity for skin that’s hydrated and smooth.

Enjoy the quiet downtime 

In the midst of all the bustle of planning and celebrating, immerse in silence and enjoy your own company. Relax and regenerate with the help of the ultra-nourishing belif Prime infusion repair cream special set. Treat your skin to the Prime infusion repair toner 80ml that contains Mountain Daisy extracted using the Solar Nectar Infusion technique, which harnesses the power of the sun to extract the ingredient while keeping its ingredients nothing but pure.

belif Prime infusion repair cream special set

Prime infusion repair cream special set, SGD120 (worth SGD157)

Follow it with the soothing Prime infusion repair cream 50ml. This cream keeps the skin smooth while helping get rid of visible fine lines and wrinkles. Pack on more goodness on your skin — and forget about any kind of stress — with the help of the Prime infusion repair essence 10ml, a regenerating essence that not only retains moisture on the skin but has been clinically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Host a slumber party

Having your best girl friends over for a night of conversation and catching up is no doubt fun. But why not take it up a notch by making your get-together a mini pampering session, too? It’s perfect timing, too, because the nighttime is great for skin turnover.

Have the belif Peat miracle revival set ready for you and your girls to use. Indulge in the renewing powers of the Peat miracle revital serum concentrate 30ml, which contains 20 per cent concentrated Peat extract that’s great for improving natural skin turnover for youthful skin.

belif Peat miracle revital set

Peat miracle revival set, SGD120 (worth SGD194)

Next, pamper your eyes with the Peat miracle revital eye cream 25ml, a potent but extra-gentle cream that’s made with Peat Extract and Humic Acid that revitalises the skin under your eyes. It also contains GABA that stimulates collagen production and prevents fine lines and wrinkles. The next morning, aside from marvelling at your refreshed peepers, give your friends a deluxe size of the Peat miracle revital serum concentrate 6ml to take home — there are two in the kit.

Celebrate the holidays with belif. Check out more belif Christmas bundles here and get these sets from all their outlets in Singapore.



Probiotic skincare? Before you raise your brow let us explain. You may be familiar with the term ‘probiotics’ in relation to gut health. Probiotics are good bacteria, typically found in the gut, whose job is to boost their numbers while simultaneously decreasing bad bacteria present all over the body. This balance is essential to maintaining our good health as we age.

So what does it do for our skin? Well, if you think about, our skin is actually covered in bacteria (they’re mostly harmless, though!). With a good balance between good and bad bacteria on the skin comes healthy-looking skin. Since probiotics are adept in combating bacteria inside the body, they would also do a good job of fighting bacteria elsewhere. Probiotic skincare has strengthening and anti-ageing properties, with some studies showing that it can also help treat other conditions such as inflammatory ailments (eczema and rosacea) and other skin concerns (like dermatitis and sun damage).

Interested to know what probiotic skincare products are already available at your fingertips? Here’s a quick round-up of the probiotic skincare, from face masks to moisturisers, that you should try out soon.

Yakult Beautien Brilliant ~The Cream~

Yakult might just be the most familiar name when it comes to probiotics. Known for their Lactobacillus drinks that promote gut health, they also have a lineup of probiotic skincare. Their bestseller? ~The Cream~. The probiotics, one of which is lactic acid, work together with other hydrating ingredients to replenish the moisture in your skin, boosting its healthy appearance so you can walk around with confidence.

Bare for Bare Probiotics Face Masks

Facial masks

Pamper your skin with some TLC from the Bare for Bare Probiotics Face Masks after a long day. Your skin will soak up all its probiotic goodness as you kick back and relax on your couch watching the latest Netflix film. They come in three variants: one for intense smoothening of fine lines, one rich moisturising mask to hydrate and nourish your skin, and a radiance mask to help you achieve that youthful glow.

Biossance Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturiser

We recently reviewed their Squalane + Omega Repair Cream but did you know that Biossance also has a well-loved gel moisturiser with probiotics in it? The Biossance Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturiser (SGD76/~USD55.72, 50ml) is a weightless, ultra-hydrating moisturiser that calms skin redness and reduces the appearances of pores while providing your skin with hydration. The combination of squalane and probiotic (lactococcus ferment lysate) will leave your skin looking young and radiant, as lactococcus ferment lysate is shown to improve your skin clarity while minimising redness and irritation.

TULA The Cult Classic Purifying Face Cleanser

TULA is a popular probiotic skincare brand in the US that offers a wide assortment of probiotic-based products. One of their best-selling products is their Purifying Face Cleanser (USD28, 200ml), which has lactic acid that naturally cleanses and exfoliates to reveal healthy, radiant-looking skin. It also contains chicory root, a natural anti-inflammatory prebiotic that helps boost your skin’s firmness, as well as other probiotics that hydrate and lock in skin's moisture.

Allies of Skin Molecular Saviour Probiotics Repair Mist

Probiotics don’t only have to be introduced to your skin at the start and end of your day. Refresh your skin with the Allies of Skin Probiotics Repair Mist (SGD55/~USD40.31, 60ml), which has an alcohol-free aloe and rosewater base mixed with a blend of probiotics and antioxidants which Lactobacillus Ferment, Niacinamide, and acai berry. It was clinically tested and proven to reduce acne lesions by 42.7 per cent in 28 days. If you’re looking for a booster to your skin’s reparative capabilities, do give this repair mist some consideration.

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