The best natural deodorants (that actually work)

Why use natural deodorant? You’ve likely heard that regular deodorants and antiperspirants may be harmful. Or you may just prefer to use products that contain natural ingredients. But you also likely care about how you smell and whether you sweat through your shirt. And natural deodorants have a reputation that, well, stinks. A lot of them don’t work very well. But many companies have heard the call for natural deodorants that actually work. These days, there are more natural options on the shelves than ever. And they’re more effective too. But keep in mind that even the best natural deodorants don’t also work as full antiperspirants. And all bodies are different, so finding the one that’s right for you may take some trial and error. That said, here are a few of the best natural deodorants you should try.

EACH AND EVERY ALUMINUM FREE DEODORANT

Each and Every‘s founders created the company in 2017 out of frustration with the lack of quality natural deodorant options. Its products don’t contain aluminum or ingredients such as baking soda that irritate skin. Instead, it has coconut oil to condition your skin, antioxidant salt and Dead Sea salt to control odor, and tapioca starch to absorb wetness. Natural essential oils give the product its eight scents. It goes on smooth and doesn’t stain clothing or leave residue behind. Can’t decide which scent you want? You can order sets of minis so you can try more than one before choosing your favorite.

LAVANILA THE HEALTHY DEODORANT

Lavanila uses natural technology in place of harsh chemicals, and clinical testing ensures that their products are safe, non-toxic and non-irritating. As well as being an effective deodorant, Lavanila also works to manage perspiration. What you put in it matters, but what you leave out is important too. Lavanila is free from parabens, petrochemicals, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oils, silicone, synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrances, chemical sunscreens, sulfates and aluminum. Application is easy and smooth, and it doesn’t leave any residue behind or stain clothing. The deodorant comes in 20 vanilla-based scents and two sizes. And here’s a bonus. Lavanila plants a tree for every order.

URSA MAJOR DEODORANT

Ursa Major‘s line of deodorants is for all genders and skin types, making it easy to grab and go. Kaolin clay, baking soda and tapioca starch work together to combat odor and soak up sweat. Peppermint and eucalyptus create a soothing effect. Ursa major’s products are free of petrochemicals, parabens, synthetic fragrance or color, glycols and silicones. Their deodorants go on smooth and dry, and they won’t stain your clothes. Their 2.6-ounce deodorant sticks come in Base Layer, Hoppin’ Fresh and Forest Fix scents. They also offer a spray deodorant in Sublime Sage.

MEGABABE DAILY DEODORANT

Megababe deodorant doesn’t use talc, aluminum, parabens, phthalates or sulfates and is never test on animals. It contains coconut, green tea and Vitamin E. Its sandalwood, sage and horsetail plant keep odor and bacteria at bay, and cornstarch absorbs moisture. Its non-greasy formula won’t pill in your pits or leave residue or stains on your clothes. Also, you don’t need to use very much. So a stick will last you a long time. The original Rosy Pits has a floral scent, but if this isn’t for you they also offer Sunny Pits, Beachy Pits and Soapy Pits. Megababe’s website indicates it may take up to two weeks for most bodies to adjust to this deodorant, especially if they have been using a traditional antiperspirant.

CORPUS Nº GREEN NATURAL DEODORANT

Corpus deodorant uses a plant-based, vegan and cruelty-free formula. It has ingredients like rose, citrus and cedar root to neutralize odor as well as tapioca starch to curb sweating. Its water-based formula is long-lasting and won’t leave behind sticky residue or stains. It comes in seven scents, and you can order a pack of minis that includes one of each scent.

KOPARI ALUMINUM-FREE DEODORANT

Kopari uses 100% pure coconut oil. It’s free from aluminum, baking soda, sulfates, parabens and phthalates. It’s also vegan and cruelty-free. A blend of coconut water, coconut oil and sage oil soothes skin and keeps odor and odor-causing bacteria at bay. The coconut oil makes it easy to apply and leaves it feeling silky on the skin. It comes in seven different scents, including fragrance-free if that’s what you prefer. Subscriptions and bundles are available for discounted prices. Note that Kopari says it may take your body time to transition to this product before it is fully effective.

NATIVE DEODORANT

Native promises cruelty-free and clean ingredients, omitting aluminum, parabens and sulfates. A combination of coconut oil, baking soda, probiotics, tapioca starch and shea butter works to cut odor and tackle perspiration. It goes on smooth, lasts all day and leaves no residue behind. Unlike other companies here, Native offers both a women’s and a men’s line. Each line offers a variety of scents as well as an unscented option. Subscription and bundles are available for discounted prices. Native also now offers a plastic-free option that comes in paperboard packaging.

TYPE:A ALUMINUM FREE DEODORANT

Type:A‘s deodorant combines clean ingredients like coconut oil and arrowroot powder. It’s free of aluminum and other harmful ingredients. It’s also cruelty-free, and its production is carbon neutral. This deodorant is a paste instead of a solid stick, so it comes in a squeezable tube. It’s application is even and smooth, and it absorbs instantly. Your skin will be soft and residue-free, and your clothes won’t take stains. Your sweat activates the products, so you won’t smell or notice it until you start sweating and its odor- and wetness-fighting ingredients kick in. In other words, the more you sweat, the harder it works. It comes in seven scents, including a fragrance-free option. Scent samplers and subscriptions are available.

MOUNTAINEER BRAND

Mountaineer Brand personal care products are made for men. Thus, its deodorant’s antiperspirant qualities and scents cater to men’s needs more than some of the other brands on this list. Among other natural ingredients that fight odor and odor-causing bacteria, it uses baking soda and arrowroot powder to absorb wetness and coconut oil. Vitamin E and shea butter keep your skin from drying out. And itt comes in five scents, including unscented.

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