October 9, 2013

beauty secrets | the ultimate guide to natural deodorants

A funny thing happens when you start writing natural deodorant reviews.

(And natural mascara reviews and natural sunscreen reviews and natural shampoo reviews.)

No, you don’t automatically start smelling better.

You do, however, start realizing all the options on the market.

which natural deodorants work best

Since I began my quest for the perfect-for-me natural deodorant, I’ve been fortunate to have companies send me their miracle in a bottle / tube / can / roller for my true, sweaty girl feedback.

I’ve noted these deodorants with an asterisk* in the write-ups below.

(I’ve also shelled out plenty of my own money in the search to be stink-free.)

This post will be a living, breathing, sweating document of the mini and full reviews of the hits and misses along the natural deodorant road; I hope it helps you uncover your holy grail of aluminum-free, natural deodorant!

To recap, I’m extremely sweaty, stinky and could rival a middle school boys’ locker room at the end of the day.

My deodorants go through my typical day (8 a.m commute to work, full work day, arrival home by 6 p.m.) and are often put through a sweaty 1.5-hour Ashtanga challenge to see how they perform in high-humidity and sweaty situations.

I always reapply deodorant before working out or going out, so for a deodorant to pass my “all-day” test, it needs to last from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

natural deodorants that work

Natural Deodorants That Worked for Me and I Will Repurchase

Herbal Magic Roll-On Deodorant in Jasmine

Though I had no business buying a new natural deodorant, when I was shopping at Natural Grocers (a loonnngg time ago), Herbal Magic’s Roll-On Deodorant caught my eye simply because it was jasmine-scented.

I’m a total jasmine whore.

In addition to applying my favorite jasmine essential oils for day, I now had the pleasure of rolling it into my underarms! If this totally boggles your mind (hating on vanilla pits but loving on flower pits?), I’m sorry. I just like jasmine that much.

And I just like this natural deodorant that much!

Besides being sold on the scent, it actually worked, and it was a normal deodorant. No cream, no fuss. Just a wet roller ball that left a clear application of goodness.

Herbal Magic Roll-On Deodorant did require a bit of patience on my end — I’d need to let my pits air dry a bit after application because the roller is super-wet — but it helped me stay stink-free all day, so the extra few minutes in the morning were worth it.

I did get a slight irritation in my pits from this natural deodorant, but nothing that kept me from using it daily for at least 3-4 days straight.

This is definitely a deodorant to repurchase! It costs $6.50 and was at my local Natural Grocers; it’s also easily available via major online retailers.

Here’s the entire ingredients list:

Water, Algae Extract, Aloe Leaf Juice, Witch Hazel, Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Alcohol, Fennel Fruit Extract, Hops Extract, Melissa Leaf Extract, Mistletoe Leaf Extract, Matricaria Flower, Achilliea Millefolium Extract, Grapefruit Seed Extract

*LOVEFRESH Natural Cream Deodorant

As mentioned in this full blog post review, LOVEFRESH Natural Cream Deodorant is another winner thanks to its incredible formula, beautiful packaging and wonderful scents (roses, hello!).

I never thought I’d want my underarms to smell like roses, but it was a very nice morning ritual and made me feel ultra-feminine and sexy while doing the most un-sexy act of smearing my armpits with cream.

As dainty as rose sounds, it did an amazing job at keeping me stink-free. I put LOVEFRESH Moroccan Rose Absolute natural deodorant through stressful days and nights at work and my regular Ashtanga practice.

Here’s the ingredients list:

Fair Trade Shea Butter, Coconut Oil*, Kaolin Clay, Sodium Bicarbonate (aluminum-free), Emulsifying Wax (coconut derived) and natural organic essential oils*.

*Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant Cream

As you’ll read in my full blog post review, Meow Meow Tweet’s Deodorant Cream takes the cake when it comes to fluffy, easy-to-apply, effective natural deodorants.

It’s another baking soda-based natural deodorant, but I experience zero irritation and absolutely loved the texture and scents available (lavender and tea tree — I have ‘em both!).

While I did get a sample of this to test, I’ve already repurchased it, so I’m not sure whether to add an asterisk here or what. I’ll do so for good measure, but please note that I can’t be clearer when I say THIS STUFF ROCKS and I immediately repurchased it, no questions asked!

I’ve also already asked my local green beauty spa to stock Meow Meow Tweet’s Deodorant Cream so I can get it closer to home, but until then, I’ll keep ordering it online (and hoping I keep getting the cute little travel-size sample tins for weekend getaways).

This truly is one of my top picks within this “will repurchase” section because of its ease of use and effectiveness. Plus, the MMT founders kick ass.

Nourish Organic Deodorant in Lavender Mint

Nourish Organic has nailed it with this natural deodorant. It’s in a familiar applicator, it smells lovely and it feels good on my pits — no irritation at all.

To speak to how much I trust this natural deodorant, this was the one I had socked away in my clutch at A Night for Green Beauty in NYC — and for those of you who were there, you know how hot and sweaty it was that night! Plus, we were all crazy excited to meet one another, thus the stink-alert at least on my part.

Nourish Organic’s natural deodorant carries the USDA Organic seal (legit!) and feels creamy and soothing as you apply it to your skin. Sometimes, though, it can feel a bit sticky (especially in warmer weather). This didn’t bother me much, though.

Because I’m super-sensitive in the pits, I have learned to shave these caves at night so that I can decrease risk for irritation; unfortunately, sometimes I forget and am desperate, but I’ve never had a reaction to this natural deodorant, even after shaving. Win!

At $7.99 and widely accessible at Whole Foods and other health food store, Nourish Organic Deodorant in Lavender Mint is a holy grail, highly recommended deodorant. It keeps me stink- and irritation-free!

Here’s the entire ingredients list:

Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Organic Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Organic Saccharomyces Ferment, Organic Fragrance

*Organic Essence Organic Confidence Relentless All-Day Deodorant

Powered by the usual baking soda, virgin coconut oil and essential oils, Organic Essence’s Organic Confidence Relentless All-Day Deodorant brings the natural deodorant packaging game to the next level.

You get a wonderfully effective natural deodorant housed in a beautifully designed, fully compostable (or recyclable) paper tube that makes it easy to roll on and fun to squeeze up product as you go.

Read the full review for more details and full ingredients listings.

*Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant

I can’t rave enough about Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant (you can read my full, in-depth review here). When a natural deodorant can survive SXSW, Ashtanga yoga and keep you stink- and irritation-free, you know you have a winner.

As noted in my full review, though, this deodorant does have a harder consistency that requires a little spoon to dig out the product and then ball it up and massage into your pits. A bit inconvenient, but for something that works so well (and comes in so many inviting scents), it’s negotiable.

You can find the full ingredients lists for the various scents in the full blog post review.

Natural Deodorants That Worked For Me But I Won’t Repurchase

*Blissoma Juniper Natural Deodorant

Blissoma’s Juniper Natural Deodorant has a lot going for it. It’s in a convenient spray applicator that delivers a great mist of product without feeling too wet, and it has a pleasant, fresh scent that’s perfectly unisex (love you, juniper!).

While it works to cover stink decently well, it just doesn’t do the job long enough for me. I could smell myself after about five hours (half a work day). However, I’m counting this as working for me because that’s a great stretch of time — but just not enough for me to repurchase.

I would, though, consider repurchasing this as a body deodorant for spraying on before or after a sweaty yoga session, or even for cleaning my mat. The rest of my sample will live on in my yoga bag and get some use on my body!

Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve Company Coconut Milk Deodorant

I really, really wanted to love Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve Company Coconut Milk Deodorant.

I purchased it for $10 from my local green spa after being attracted to the USDA organic label and cool label.

It seemed to have all the workings of a good natural deodorant — coconut oil and baking soda are so common — but Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve Company Coconut Milk Deodorant gave me some irritation and was a bit difficult to work into my pits.

It’s not a “hard” deodorant, but it’s not exactly fluffy, either. It’s just somewhere in between, and I’m not sure if the ingredient proportions combined with having to really work it into my pits made for some less-than-pretty pinkness in my pits.

However, it did keep me somewhat fresh throughout the day. I’d say this is a medium-strength natural deodorant as far as odor protection goes, yet it’s strong when it comes to how it can react on your skin.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil; Organic Jojoba Oil; Organic Cornstarch; Baking Soda; Organic Beeswax

*Iwilla Remedy I Love My Armpits Natural Deodorant in Baby Powder Scent

Similar in texture to Nourish Organic, Iwilla Remedy’s I Love My Armpits Natural Deodorant in Baby Powder Scent is my second-favorite of this bunch.

It protected me from stink all-day and also never irritated my pits.

I received this natural deodorant as a sample for review and haven’t really seen it around the natural groceries in my area, so the only thing that would keep me from purchasing it on my own is lack of immediate availability. It’s just $10, but to add shipping and an impatient wait time to that … I dunno.

With so many great natural deodorants readily available, it’s hard for me to justify ordering something online — but I can be convinced.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Fractionated coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter, castor oil, arrowroot powder, brown rice flour, bentonite clay, sea clay, neem seed oil, essential oils of bergamot, geranium and ylang ylang

*Keep It Kind Fresh Kidz Girls Deodorant

OK, not gonna lie, but I was very skeptical about this deodorant — I mean, it’s marketed for little girls and I’m a grown, smelly woman.

But I was pleasantly surprised at how it performed.

The roll-on, wet formula was a bit uncomfortable because it took forever to dry, and I wasn’t a fan of the sweet powder scent, but it did work well on me.

I managed not to stink throughout a typical work day, but this isn’t a repurchase for me because the scent actually kind of bothered me. I could smell myself — this scent! — all day, and it was just a bit too much.

However, it could be a nice choice for someone who’s new to all the green, herbal smells, or for the little girls in your life who insist on everything being pink.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Aqua, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Glycerin, Triethyl Citrate, Oryza Sativa Starch, Dicaprylyl Ether, Cetyl Alcohol, Parfum, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Silica, Sodium Levulinate, Citric Acid, Sodium Anisate, Sodium Caproyl/Lauroyl Lactyl Lactate, Xanthan Gum, Salvia Officinalis(Sage) Oil, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Aloe Ferox Leaf Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Extract, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldedyde.

Lavanila Laboratories “The Healthy Deodorant” in Vanilla Grapefruit

This deodorant has been in the natural beauty blogosphere for a while, but I shied away from it because the idea of vanilla on my pits sounded gross.

I was right.

But, somehow the compromise of adding a splash of citrus had me able to take the plunge (I bought it at Sephora), and while vanilla + body odor is quite nasty, this natural deodorant held up for the entire workday, so I really didn’t have to smell that combination!

I experienced very little irritation with this natural deodorant but probably wouldn’t purchase it again.

Don’t get me wrong — it works and is widely available at Sephora and online, but for $14, it’s a bit expensive compared to its competitors that work just as well.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Juice, Water), Propanediol (Corn Derived), Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Sodium Stearate (Coconut Derived), Silica, Carrageenan (Seaweed Derived), Stearyl Behenate (Coconut Derived), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon Peel Oil), Inulin (Artichoke Derived), Saccharomyces Ferment, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide (Sugar Derived), Yeast Beta Glucan, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Valeriana Officinalis Root Extract (Valerian), Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract (Goji Berry), Botanical Fragrance Blend.

*Osmia Organics Deodorant Cream

Though I thought this would be a repeat repurchase for me (yeap, I even noted that in my full review), it just hasn’t been because of the wave of other natural deodorants that have captured my heart and armpits.

I think it came down to the scent; it just wasn’t my favorite, and while it wasn’t bad, I much prefer my citrus and florals. To each her own when it comes to matters of the pits.

Pura Vida Nutrition Lavender Tea Tree Deodorant

I picked up Pura Vida Nutrition’s Lavender Tea Tree Deodorant at Green Acres Market in Kansas City. Locally made in Missouri, this natural deodorant has the same application process as popular deodorant creams like Soapwalla and Osmia Organics, but it’s housed in a larger glass jar.

The formula inside, though, is not whipped or buttery like the aforementioned deodorants, but it works well at repelling stink. Because it’s made with shea butter, which can harden easily when mixed with baking soda and corn starch, sometimes I had to (in such an Asian manner) mix Pura Vida with a chop stick to “whip it” and get a pea-sized amount ready for my pits.

It did slightly irritate my pits after a few days of use (I can be a bit sensitive to baking soda in my pits!), but it never broke me out in a horrible rash.

I won’t be repurchasing this deodorant because of the inconvenient application process, but if Pura Vida could figure out how to make it a creamier, smoother texture, I’d be sold on this. It’s only $7.99!

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Unrefined organic shea butter, aluminum-free sodium bicarbonate, organic corn starch, organic cocoa butter, organic jojoba oil, organic sweet almond oil, vitamin E oil (vitamin E & safflower seed oil), and organic essential oils

*Silver Botanicals Silver Shield Deodorant Sensitive Skin

Made with colloidal silver, Silver Botanicals Silver Shield Deodorant for Sensitive Skin sure takes pride in its star ingredient.

And it takes pride in it so much that this deodorant leaves a white-silver film on your pits after spraying it in.

While the formula itself worked well to defend my pits against stink, I just couldn’t handle the sickly looking silver film on my underarms, especially when wearing sleeveless tops at the studio.

It’s wise to note that I’m half-Asian with fair, yellow-undertoned skin, so the silver color was pretty obvious on me. If you’re fairer with cool tones, it may not show on you. Get a sample to see.

*Soapwalla Deodorant Cream

As one of the first natural deodorants I tested, Soapwalla probably deserves another go-round on my now-accustomed-to-baking-soda pits.

As noted in my original review, this deodorant cream broke me out in a mad rash, and I know I’m not the only one whose had this reaction to this and other baking soda-based natural deodorants.

However, several of my favorites above have baking soda in them, so either my skin has become a little more aware of how to react to it, or the other companies are using different proportions to keep irritation at ease.

For now, Soapwalla’s Deodorant Cream remains in this “it worked but I won’t buy it again” category even though I’m blatantly contradicting myself and saying that I do need to buy it again to give it another test more than a year later. I think it’s only fair, though it’s hard to get over how painful and red that crazy rash was!

You can read my full thoughts and see the entire ingredients list in my original blog post review.

Zion Health Adama Minerals ClayDry Natural Deodorant in Citrus Blossom

Made from clay and minerals, Zion Health’s natural stick deodorant did a fine job of keeping me somewhat fresh, but I noticed that my pits were super-sensitive to the baking soda-free formula (huh?!).

Perhaps the Kanwa clay was too drying, or the essential oils a bit too strong, but after just a few swipes on my underarms (which were not freshly shaved), my skin would get a bit irritated.

It subsided and never turned into a full-blown rash, but it was enough to give me some pause on how often I could realistically use this super-convenient and effective natural deodorant.

Typically, I’d rotate it in every few days and be fine, but it just didn’t meet my needs for a full day of being itch- and stink-free. Instead, I’ll keep this in my yoga bag for pre-class reapplication, finish out the stick and move on.

Here’s the entire ingredients list:

Kanwa Clay, Calendula Extract, Alpine Lichen Extract, Chamomile Extract, Grapefruit Seed extract, Purified Water, Propanediol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Stearate, Witch Hazel Distillate, Myrrh Gum Extract.

Natural Deodorants That Didn’t Work For Me and I Will Not Repurchase

*Blissoma Scentless Stick Natural Deodorant

Natural deodorants in stick form always excite me, as it’s nice to not have to massage cream into your pits every day. But the challenge with natural stick deodorants is the consistency. Some are too soft and melty. Others are too hard and difficult to melt into skin.

The latter was the issue for me with this deodorant, and while that is just an application issue, it also just didn’t hold up for me in the stink department. I could smell myself after about two hours at the office. (WHY AM I SO STINKY?!)

I also found myself leery to use this when wearing light-colored tops because of the light gray coloring of the deodorant. It left my pits gray-tinted and easily rubbed off on my clothes.

Bubble and Bee Pit Putty in Geranium and Lime

I’d heard great things about Bubble and Bee’s “Pit Putty” and had high hopes for this USDA Organic deodorant.

Sadly, it pretty much failed me from the get-go.

Though it’s housed in a traditional deodorant stick, upon application (just 1-2 swipes), it crumbles a lot and you still have to rub it in.

It dries to a powder-ish finish and smells fresh, but it’s a white mess on your pits. Forget discreet.

I just couldn’t deal with this natural deodorant on a regular basis. I felt like I wasted a lot of product because of the inevitable crumbling, and I set myself up for embarrassment with the obvious clumping powder in my pits.

I paid nearly $10 for this natural deodorant at Whole Foods, and while I do remember there being a stink-free guarantee to send it back to Bubble and Bee if it didn’t work, it was just too inconvenient. (I can’t imagine having to deal with multiple rounds of shipping costs on deodorant trials that just may not work for me.)

But apparently it works for other people, and I’m impressed by the USDA Organic seal on Bubble and Bee deodorant.

Here’s the entire ingredients list:

Organic arrowroot powder, organic extra virgin coconut oil, organic geranium essential oil, organic lime essential oil

Crystal Body Deodorant Stick

At first, I was thrilled with the Crystal Body Deodorant Stick.

Though the application process was a bit annoying (you have to wet the crystal — it’s essentially a rock — and then roll it on), the Crystal Body Deodorant Stick was more effective at keeping me odor-free throughout the day than other natural deodorants I tried.

However, like with most other natural deodorants I tested, by about day three or four, the effectiveness wore down, and I found myself with that same musty stench by the end of each work day. And the application process annoyed me even more.

You can find the full ingredients list and the rest of my thoughts in the full blog post review.

*Deodomom Roll-On Natural Deodorant

I tested DeodoMom Roll-On natural deodorant for about four weeks. I put it through twice-a-week, hour-and-a-half Ashtanga yoga classes, 100+ degree Kansas City weather, outdoor events and general, everyday activities.

My good friend Jess (who doesn’t have a filter) never said I stank, but the person I was dating at the time of this original review said I had a musty smell.

That sort of inconsistency, coupled with the lack of a fun scent (it’s just kind of neutral), make this a “OK, but pass” natural deodorant.

You can read the full review and get the full ingredients list here.

Desert Essence Deodorant

Desert Essence’s Deodorant was too sticky and just not strong enough for me.

I’ve had friends tell me they love this natural deodorant, but these are my dainty, petite girlfriends who are made of flowers and fairy dust because good gosh, did I smell after using this.

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 and just want a little safeguarding and scent, then Desert Essence Lemon Tea Tree deodorant could work for you.

You can read my full thoughts and see the entire ingredients list here.

Every Man Jack Deodorant

You know you’ve hit a stinky low when you resort to trying the natural deodorants marketed to men.

But we all know marketing is BS (says the person who works in marketing), so into the basket this natural deodorant from Every Man Jack went.

And out the window it went when it didn’t keep up with my overworked pits.

There were several days during my testing period that, when the odor protection faded, I was left with a mega BO stench. With my first natural deodorant review, I was never left with a blatant BO smell…just a “musty” stench.

You can read the full review and see the entire ingredients in this post.

*GeoDeo Natural Deodorant with Detox Complex, Invisible Solid, Island Scent

I really wanted to love this natural deodorant.

But my longing for love turned sour the same way I did at about 2 p.m. during the work day.

While GeoDeo Natural Deodorant with Detox Complex rolls on clear and smells fruity (the way I suppose an island would smell), I was left wet, sticky and stinky midway through the day.

Besides just not working well for me, it also contains PEG-100 Stearate, an undesirable and unnecessary ingredient.

While I received this natural deodorant as a sample, it’s going into the reject pile (and I’m not really sure if giving rejected deodorant to my friends and coworkers is really welcomed). Sigh.

Here’s the entire ingredients list:

Propanediol (Certified Organic), Water, Glycerin, Sodium Stearate, Saccharomyces Ferment, Zeolite, PEG 100 Stearate, Sucrose Cocoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Bambusa Vulgaris (Bamboo) Extract (Certified Organic), Aloe Barbadensis Extract (Certified Organic), Laminaria Digitata (Icelandic Algae) Extract (Certified Organic), Fragrance

*Honestly pHresh Deodorant

I really wanted to love these women’s deodorants, as they’re available in fun scents such as Creme Brulee and Sugar Mint, which I tested and adored the scents, but they couldn’t keep me smelling like dessert or a delicious cocktail for more than a couple hours.

I will point out that it doesn’t contain baking soda, so if you’re sensitive to baking soda and are a relatively stink-free person, it may be a brand to check out just in case.

Creme Brulee Ingredients:

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Water, Propanediol, Sodium Stearate, Stearyl Behenate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch**, Saccharomyces Ferment, Carrageenan, Calendula Flower Extract, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Lauryl Laurate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Silica, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate,  Fragrance***   *certified organic   **NON GMO ***Botanically Derived Ingredients

Sugar Mint Ingredients:

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Water, Propanediol, Sodium Stearate, Stearyl Behenate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch**, Saccharomyces Ferment, Carrageenan, Calendula Flower Extract, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Lauryl Laurate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Silica, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate,  Fragrance***   *certified organic   **NON GMO ***Botanically Derived Ingredients

*PiperWai Natural Deodorant

Though I love the idea of using activated charcoal in a natural deodorant, as the ingredient is lauded for its ability to draw out toxins and purify skin, the idea of using a grayish-colored deodorant left me skeptical. And for good reason.

PiperWai says the gray deodorant rubs into skin and leaves a clear touch of protection, but that wasn’t my experience after using the recommended pea-sized amount. After generous massaging into my pits, there was still a gray-cast, making my heavily neutrals / creams / white wardrobe off limits for fear of staining.

This deodorant also, unfortunately, slightly irritated my pits.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Cassava (Tapioca) Starch, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Magnesium Hydroxide, Butryospermum parkii (Shea) Butter, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Rosewater, Witch Hazel, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Sodium Bicarbonate, Activated Carbon (Charcoal), Proprietary Blend of 11 Essential Oils

*Stinkbug Naturals All Natural Deodorant

I feel awkward placing Stinkbug Naturals in the “didn’t work for me category.”

While it’s true that this natural deodorant wasn’t a top performer and isn’t one I’d buy myself, I liked that even though it didn’t last me through the day, with just one additional application, it killed stink and had me ready for the second half of my day.

I’ve easily reapplied this deodorant after work before Ashtanga and made it through class without offending anybody.

If Stinkbug Naturals All Natural Deodorant was just a little bit more powerful (we’re talking stink and wetness by about 2 p.m.), it could be a real winner.

Again, if you’re the type who can get away without wearing much deodorant, this is an excellent natural deodorant to look into; it’s housed in a traditional deodorant stick and glides in smooth without any buildup or stickiness.

Here’s the full ingredients list for the Tea Tree deodorant:

Organic Coconut oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Cornstarch, Baking soda, Organic Tea Tree essential oil

Tom’s of Maine Natural Clinically Proven Long Lasting Deodorant in Beautiful Earth

Though I loved the smooth texture as I glided on this Tom’s of Maine natural deodorant, it did absolutely nothing to keep me stink-free or dry.

While I applaud the fact that this particular line from Tom’s of Maine is free of aluminum and propylene glycol (why do other products in the line have these ingredients?!), when it comes down to effectiveness, it just falls short.

However, if you’re one of those not-so-stinky-and-sweaty people, you may be able to get away with this (My male boss says he uses Tom’s. Oh the envy.).

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Propanediol, water, glycerin, sodium stearate, organic aloe leaf juice, zinc ricinoleate, glyceryl laurate, natural fragrance, hops, CO2 extract, vitamin E acetate, organic sunflower seed oil, ascorbic acid

*Uncle Harry’s Lavender Tea Tree Body Deodorant

Though Uncle Harry’s Lavender Tea Tree Body Deodorant did nothing for my smelly pits, I do love it as a yoga mat disinfectant.

Because it’s housed in a convenient glass spray bottle and harnesses the stink- and germ-killing power of lavender and tea tree, Uncle Harry’s Body Deodorant makes a great addition to the my yoga bag.

To be fair, this is marketed as a body deodorant, so I could see myself maybe repurchasing it and using it as a true body refresher, but as for it working on underarm odor — no bueno.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Colloidal silver water, rose water, lavender and tea tree essential oils, and grapefruit seed extract.

*Vermont Soap Sage Lime Organic Deodorant

I really, really, really wanted to love this deodorant. It carries the USDA organic seal of approval and has a great unisex scent thanks to the smart combination of sage and lime.

Sadly, though, even in the dead of a supposed sweat-free winter, I could smell myself within a few hours of using this deodorant.

It didn’t do much to kill my musty body odor from a regular day at the office, and the sticky, creamy consistency of Vermont Soap’s Sage Lime Organic Deodorant left me feeling a bit uncomfortable throughout the day — think dry, then wet and stinky and then sticky on repeat throughout the day.

If you’re not a heavy sweater and can usually get away without deodorant (I hate you), this would be a nice supplement. Just not for me.

Here’s the entire ingredients list:

Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Cornstarch, Organic Lime Oil, Organic Sage Oil and Organic Beeswax

Weleda Citrus Deodorant

One word for this natural deodorant: Ouch.

Alcohol is the first ingredient, and sting-inducing citrus oils assaulted my armpits.

I do not recommend this deodorant if you are sensitive!

If you are stinky AND sensitive, this is a double fail. Weleda Citrus Deodorant Spray just got it all wrong for me.

I’m holding onto it for use on my feet during the summer (TMI?), but otherwise, this natural deodorant is useless for me.

I paid $14 for this at Whole Foods and felt too sheepish to return it. So, onto my feet it will go!

Here’s the entire ingredients list:

Alcohol, Water (Aqua), Fragrance (Parfum)*, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Limonene*, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Farnesol*.

What natural deodorants work for you? Which natural deodorants don’t work for you? Have you tried any of my hits and misses listed here? Tell me in the comments section!


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  • Harshleen

    That’s a great post! My current fav is the Lavanila but I am going to pick up the one from Nourish that you recommended!

    • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

      Thank you! Let me know how you like the Nourish … it is my fave! (And way cheaper than Lavanila!)

  • CayMcCoy

    Have you tried DeodoMom from 30SomeWeeks? (http://www.30someweeks.com/index.html) I just got a sample (the “insurance” bottle) from my October Goodebox and it is great! It’s the second time I have tried a natural deodorant — tried Tom’s and that’s the first time I could smell my own BO by the end of the workday — so I was skeptical… but it has lasted through an entire day of class/work and walking through campus in 80 degree weather. I haven’t noticed any white streaks or clumping while wearing it and it only takes a little to work. Definitely buying a jar once this runs out :)

    • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

      I have! My review is linked at the end of the post … it worked for me OK but I think I did have a bit of a sour smell. I am really smelly, Cay. lol :)

  • Sarah

    Lavilin is a very good option. It is the most effective natural deodorant I have come across. Totally eliminates body odor and lasts several days per application, no matter how active you are. Amazing product!

  • http://www.tipsfornaturalbeauty.com/ Dima Al Mahsiri

    Unfortunately, I haven’t try any of these, but I would love to try Herbal Magic Roll-On Deodorant in Jasmine. It looks a good option for me.
    I hate creamy deodorants, so this one looks perfect for me.
    Hope they have international shipping option :)

  • Zach

    http://www.calicojacksnaturals.com has some awesome organic/natural and aluminum-free deodorant! They’re a small business, but better than a most big name brands I’ve used. All of their stuff is free of Phthalates, Parabens, Sulfates…..it’s even gluten-free! It’s the only deodorant I’ll use now. Definitely worth checking them out.

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  • Kate C

    Due to several raving reviews, I recently selected the Balanced scent from Green Body Deo as my first shot at the clean deodorant thing, and I’m really loving it! Familiar twist-up stick, applies easily, no bad reactions, and hey, I don’t smell! :) http://www.greenbodydeo.com/

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  • http://www.ediblefacial.com/ sarita coren

    Ok well if this isn’t the be all of deodorant posts then I don’t know what is!!

  • Anita

    I love Lavilin. It works like a charm for me! I apply it once every 4 days or so and that is sufficient. It’s free of aluminum and parabens – I make my kids use it too!

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  • Reid M

    The best deodorant that I have ever used is Ozone Layer Deodorant, which also happens to be all natural. It uses a new patent pending deodorant technology that eliminates odor causing bacteria with oxygen, it is incredible. Check it out at http://www.OzoneDeodorant.com, it’s also guaranteed to work!

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