I didn’t jump on the natural deodorant right away because I tried a lot that just did.not.work. It took years of testing and eventually getting my body trained to natural deodorants to land on three that get my stamp of approval.
Lately it seems like every one is launching a deo so I still test a variety that get sent to me but I always come back to these few.
Why use a natural deodorant?
Some ingredients commonly found in deodorants have been linked to diseases such as breast cancer but this has improved as the FDA has gotten better about what they don’t allow in consumer products.
But importantly, your body is meant to sweat to release toxins and natural deodorants help your body do just that.
Each of these deodorants prevent odor and are considered “clean beauty”.
The Best Natural Deodorants
By the way, did you know that your body actually needs time to detox from conventional, chemical-forward deodorants? You have to give your system an adjustment period of 2-3 weeks to detox and adjust (i.e.; sweat out all the toxicity that’s been built up from run of the mill deos) and it is not pleasant. So prepare yourself, take a lot of showers, wear breezy fabrics and know that it’ll be worth the effort to make the switch!
Detox Mode Feeling Free Charcoal Deodorant, $18
This baking soda-free deodorant was developed for those with sensitive skin like myself. I really like that the formula features activated charcoal which helps to neutralize unwanted odors. Plus, it smells really lovely! It’s got lavender and eucalyptus oils and I rely on this deodorant for particularly hot days as I think it does a great job at controlling dampness.
Kosas Chemistry AHA Serum Deodorant Serene Clean, $15
If you prefer roller-ball deodorant this one is for you. It’s also great for workouts and that’s when I find myself reaching for it – before I do any sort of workout this is the deo I reach for. This one is designed to create a pH environment where it’s harder for odor-causing bacteria to survive. The formula uses an acid blend to keep you from smelling. And I like that the serum isn’t sticky or hard to apply. It dries quickly and is non-staining.
Ursa Major Hoppin’ Fresh Deodorant, $18
This crisp, clean feeling deodorant is my #1 most days. It’s award-winning and I can understand why as it really works to keep underarm odor at bay while also effectively absorbing excess moisture and soothing sensitive skin. This clean deodorant eliminates odor-causing bacteria and I like that it offers unscented protection. (I have never understood people who like fragrance-forward deodorants!) I like that this one has a cooling aroma on application and a super silky-smooth texture so gliding it on is no issue.
I’ve been using this one as my daily deodorant throughout the year for about a year and a half. I switch to the Detox Mode one during the summer for added sweat protection largely because, due to thyroid disease, I sweat more than the average person – fun times!
Native Deodorant, $12
Years ago I tried Native and I have to say that they’ve come a long way in their formulations. Their aluminum free deodorants are great now & they offer so many scents so you’re sure to find a favorite. My favorites are the Eucalyptus & Mint followed shortly thereafter by the Charcoal. I recommend the Charcoal is you’re particularly sweaty!
This deo features simple ingredients that actually work with no parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and no animal testing. It also has a great affordable price point.
Necessaire Deodorant Gel, $15
I am a big fan of the Necessaire body products but I will admit that I didn’t like the Necessaire deodorant stick when I tried it. So when they released a new gel deo, I gave it a whirl and it has been a go-to ever since.
It comes in fragrance free but I prefer the eucalyptus scent for smelling fresh. This one gave good odor protection, it dries fast and the formula features 5% AHA to help combat odor and this ingredient also helps to brighten discoloration and smooth bumps under your arms.
Unlike other gel deodorants I have tried, there’s no residue and it is totally non sticky. If you’re not a fan of baking soda deodorants or are allergic to baking soda, this is a good option for you. It has no baking soda!
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Be sure to look at active ingredients in the ingredient list of deodorants as you shop. Ingredients like tea tree oil can help with body odor and natural ingredients like tapioca starch help absorb moisture.
I personally look for aluminum free deodorant as I don’t love the idea of applying aluminum to my body.
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Have you tried any of these deodorants? I’d love to hear if you have a favorite natural deo! I’ve heard good things about the one by brand Corpus – have you tried it?
LOVE Ursa Major’s deodorant! It’s fantastic. I was a loyal Soapwalla user for years and it’s awesome, but I just got tired of having to worry about the consistency when I traveled. Ursa Major is the only natural roller one I’ve found to work well. I’ll have to give these other ones a shot at as well!
I just love how fresh it feels and the cooling affect! They really nailed the sensorial experience alongside the effectiveness. Let me know if you try the other two!