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desert essence lemon tea tree natural deodorant

I’ve made it through another round of natural deodorant testing! This time, however, I was only able to bear my own stench for a week before resorting to my conventional antiperspirant.

(For the back story, make sure to check out my first natural deodorant review and my deodorant confession if you missed them.)

I picked up Desert Essence Lemon Tea Tree Deodorant at Whole Foods a few weeks ago to add another natural deodorant to my very-unscientific testing period.

desert essence lemon tea tree natural deodorant

{Desert Essence Lemon Tea Tree natural deodorant costs $6.25 for a 2.5-ounce stick — but I think I got mine on sale for $4.99 at Whole Foods!}

At A Glance

Desert Essence Lemon Tea Tree Deodorant

Price: 2.5-ounce stick, $6.25

Overall Rating (1-5, 5 being best)

EWG Rating
n/a (a few other Desert Essence natural deodorants have ratings)


  • Does not contain aluminum, propylene glycol, animal-derived ingredients, parabens, artificial dyes, petroleum compounds, SLS, silicones, PEGS, PPG, MEA, DEA, TEA, phthalates or EDTA
  • Does not test on animals
  • Vegetarian/vegan
  • Unisex scent and packaging
  • Minimal packaging
  • Affordable pricing and easily accessible


  • Sticky consistency — it feels kind of “tacky” after you apply it…think of an “almost-dried glue” feeling
  • Odor protection fades at the end of work day (or around 6-8 hours) — use this if you’re indoors all day and not running around!
  • Probably not appropriate for working out…unless you don’t mind B.O.

Does Natural Deodorant Work? TMI Details

As you may remember, I love Desert Essence jojoba and tea tree oils, and admire the brand very much — so of course I gravitated toward its line of natural deodorants!

I chose the Lemon Tea Tree natural deodorant over the other available scents because I wanted a combination of a germ-fighting ingredient (tea tree oil) and a fresh-smelling ingredient (lemon). The scent is light and reminds me of a citronella candle (not necessarily a bad thing if you like that scent!).

One thing I really dislike about this deodorant, however, is the consistency: While it’s in a solid, glide-on form, the product feels very “tacky” on the skin. You’re not damp, you’re just…sticking to yourself like glue.

I got over this after the first day (or maybe I just got used to it), but sadly, this deodorant just wasn’t strong enough for me. I get ready around 7 a.m. every morning, commute to work, and am home by 6 p.m.; I could usually start to smell myself by about 3 p.m. when I was testing this natural deodorant.

There was one day when I felt a little fresher while wearing this deodorant — probably because I was wearing a quality, non-sleeveless cotton shirt — so maybe this deodorant could work during the winter when I’m more covered up?

If you’re a very light sweater (I have a few friends who say they are lucky enough to be able to go sans deodorant…even in the summer!) and just want a little safeguarding and scent, then Desert Essence Lemon Tea Tree deodorant could work for you.

But if you’re like me and need maximum protection even when you’re in an overly air-conditioned office for nine hours a day, then keep looking. I sure will be!

Do you use Desert Essence natural deodorants? What do you think of them? Tell me your smelly or sweet experiences in the comments section! may include affiliate links to featured products. Not all product links are affiliate links. If you make a purchase from an affiliate link, earns a small commission.

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  • So sad you didn’t like it! I haven’t noticed mine feeling tacky, but maybe I just didn’t think about it. I use just the plain tea tree oil scent, but that shouldn’t make a difference. Oh well. I’m excited for you to find a natural deodorant you love!

  • @kirsten i know! the scent is great — maybe i’ll have to try it again in winter to see how it holds up in normal temperatures. glad you like it! xo

  • Susan

    Oh, boo. Thanks for testing this so I don’t have to. :) I’m looking forward to more reviews. Keep on sweatin’!

  • I have tried so many natural deodorants and I love all of them for the first few hours and then they all seem to wear off!!! have you tried Lavanilla’s deodorant? I LOVE the smell of them and they are great but you have to re-apply throughout the day unless you want to stink really bad haha I am forever on a hunt for the best natural deodorant. I am going to pick this one up and see how I like it. Thanks for the honest review!!!!

  • @susan you’re the person i was referring to when i mentioned people who dont have to use deodorant! jealous. but i shall continue my search :)

  • @britanie i have yet to try lavanila’s deodorant! i have heard mixed reviews on it, mostly from a “is this really all-natural” perspective, but i’m intrigued to take a look at the ingredients list and give it a try soon!

  • I SO appreciate your honesty on this one! I’m a Tom’s deodorant person, but am always on the hunt for something different – the Tom’s lavender scent isn’t too bad though!

    Happy Sunday! :)

    sorelle in style

  • @jilly thanks lady! i have tom’s on my list to test, though i have a few reservations about the brand…to be told in a future post! :)

  • Interesting post! We liked Desert Essence’s shampoo but it didn’t really work on our hair. Thought we might try out their other products.

    We’re trying to use more natural products lately though so that’s a huge pro.

  • @beautybagg i havent tried their shampoos yet…what product did you try and what did you not like about it?

  • The Coconut shampoo smelled lovely but is too heavy for fine/oily hair. It’s probably best for dry or thick hair.. but the scent is really intoxicating!

    The Apple volumizing shampoo is nice.. the scent is amazing again but it didn’t do much for volumizing..

    The lemon clarifying shampoo is great – smells great (again) and does what it says!

  • @beautybagg looks like i need to try the lemon clarifying next!

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  • JBD

    I recently tried Janay’s Herbal Products Deodorant System. It contains an all natural soap as well as the all natural non toxic deodorant. you can buy seperate or as a duo. The deo smells great compared to others and its very pleasent. The consistency is not too think plus it actually moisturizes the under arm skin which tends to be prone to dryness. It works for me and I work out a lot. Check it out

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