Deodorant that’s natural, works, and doesn’t give you a rash? Yes, this exists.
It’s harder than you’d think.
Recently, there’s been a lot more interest in switching from traditional antiperspirants and deodorants to something with more natural ingredients.
The thing is, a lot of these natural, aluminum-free deodorants have been found seriously lacking in the deodorizing department. Which has led to a few unfortunate commutes for those of us in a cramped subway car.
And not only are these deodorants not doing the one thing they’re supposed to do, some of them can actually cause burning and rashes! Yikes. You’d be better off not wearing anything at that point.
But here’s where you need to forget everything you’ve heard about messy, harsh, and ineffective natural deodorants. Because the natural deo world actually has quite a few gems, if you know where to look.
I’ll be your guide.
These are the best natural deodorants that actually work, without any unpleasant side effects.
Beauty By Earth Natural Deodorant
Beauty By Earth’s all natural deodorants come in a variety of pleasant scents for men or for women. Choose from Sweet Citrus, Lavender, Vanilla Coconut, or Unscented.
With choices like that, you really can’t go wrong. Go wild, mix and match. Put Sweet Citrus in one armpit and Lavender in the other if you’re feeling bold.
This deo also comes in the familiar stick form, so you don’t need to worry about jars of messy, goopy deodorant cream that leak in your carry-on. (I don’t want to talk about it.)
There’s also no need to stand around, flapping your arms and waiting for your pits to dry. Just swipe, swipe, and you’re good to go.
Beauty By Earth’s deodorant sticks are aluminum free and gentle on both your skin and your clothes. It’s made in the USA, and completely cruelty-free!
It also comes with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee, so if you try it and don’t love it, you can easily send it back for a full refund.
And if you do love it, you can start a subscription to have it auto-delivered to you on your schedule! It comes with a small discount, and plenty of peace of mind knowing you’ll never be caught short and have to buy a random deodorant to tide you over until your next delivery.
The Refill Shoppe Deodorant
The Refill Shoppe’s natural deodorant stick comes in 3 varieties—Lemon Eucalyptus, Lavender Bergamot, or Baking-Soda free Grapefruit.
If you’re new to natural deodorant or know you have a sensitivity to baking soda, I’d recommend trying the Grapefruit version first. But if you know your skin tolerates it well, go ahead and try the other scents.
All 3 varieties are completely vegan and come packaged in a biodegradable push tube, making this the perfect zero-waste natural deodorant.
Haven Herbs Pit Paste
If you don’t mind getting a little messy, Haven Herbs’ Pit Paste might be perfect for you.
This is a cream formulation that comes packaged in a glass jar. Choose from Unscented, Rosemary Mint, Cedar Clove, or Field of Flowers.
This natural deodorant uniquely contains probiotics. The logic behind this is to introduce good bacteria to eat the bad, odor-causing bacteria.
Pit Paste does contain baking soda, but it’s a relatively small amount, so all but the most sensitive should be able to use it without problems. Just be careful that you don’t rub it in too vigorously since it can be abrasive.
All Good Deodorant
All Good Products deodorant sticks also come in a range of scents, including Rose Geranium and Jasmine, Cedarwood and Spruce, Tea Tree and Basil, and even a totally unscented version, so there’s something for everyone.
No matter which scent you choose, you’ll be getting an effective deodorant that uses natural ingredients to keep you stink-free. It’s packed with all good ingredients, like aloe leaf extract to soothe, calendula to keep things fresh, and arrowroot powder to absorb moisture.
Just as important are the things that aren’t included in this deodorant- namely aluminum, parabens, phthalates, and propylene glycol.
This formulation is even free from baking soda, which is a common ingredient in other natural deodorants and DIY recipes that can cause irritation, burning, or a rash. So that’s a plus.
These four natural deodorants offer a good starting place for anyone, but everyone’s preferences and body chemistry is different. What works well for one person may not work at all for another, so there’s a certain amount of trial and error that goes into finding the right natural deodorant.
But at least you can be sure that none of these will burn your pits!
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