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Last Updated: December 2, 2021
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While no scientific study directly links aluminum-containing deodorants to breast cancer and other health problems (which is something that many pro-natural cosmetic brands and folks worry about), there’s no question that these types of deodorants inhibit a normal bodily function – perspiration. Now, whether this might be harmful in some way or not is up for debate. Natural deodorants, on the other hand, are 100% safe and some might even be beneficial for your skin thanks to their moisturizing and exfoliating ingredients. Sure, they don’t offer as much protection as antiperspirants do because they don’t contain aluminum salts, but good formulas do have the ability to neutralize odors and fight excess sweat. Bear in mind that you might have to try a few different natural deodorants in order to find the one that agrees the best with your body chemistry as well as your preferences.

To help eliminate some of the guesswork, we've rounded up some of the best natural deodorants currently on the market. Any one of these will keep you smelling great and feeling fresh even in hot weather!

The Best Natural Deodorant

1. Native Deodorant

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Free of aluminum, pore-clogging talc and parabens, Native comes complete with added probiotics to maintain good bacteria levels as well as happy and healthy skin. And the subtle scent of natural coconut and vanilla makes it a fresh go-to for both men and women.

Set in a solid block, Native is also easy to use and feels nourishing without any unwanted stickiness. It may not have the moisture-absorbing properties of some other all-natural deodorant products, but as a long-lasting deodorizer that won’t irritate your skin, this vegan and cruelty free deo is top of our list.

Key Features
  • Aluminum, paraben and cruelty free
  • Added probiotics for healthy skin
  • Natural vanilla and coconut scent
  • Easy to apply solid block formula
Product Specification
  • Brand: Native
  • Weight: 4.2 ounces 

2. Dove Aluminum Free Deodorant

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Offering 24-hour odor protection and available in a value three stick pack, it is easy to see why Dove’s 0% aluminum and ethanol free deodorant is a bestseller. And it also comes with Dove’s signature ‘1/4 moisturizer’ formula for soft and nourished skin. This does make it slightly softer application than some other stick-style deodorants, but it doesn’t detract from the product.

The fragrance is lovely too, leaving you with a subtle yet pretty long-lasting coconut and jasmine scent. Certified cruelty free and with all-natural ingredients, this is a hard-working aluminum free deodorant to take with you, wherever you go.

Key Features
  • 100% aluminum and alcohol free
  • Delicate coconut and jasmine scent
  • Moisture rich formula
  • Offers up to 24 hours protection
Product Specification
  • Brand: Dove
  • Model: 10079400471960
  • Weight: 4.5 ounces

3. Schmidt’s Aluminum Free Natural Deodorant

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At a price that won’t break the bank and with certified eco credentials, Schmidt deodorant is aluminum free and promises to keep you 24-hour fresh. You can opt for the comforting rose and vanilla scent or, if you have more delicate skin, they also do a sensitive formula in pineapple.

While you may have to reapply during the day, this stick deo is easy to use and sized to fit in your average handbag. And it only uses a vegan formula that contains 100% natural ingredients that are cruelty free. We like the nourishing properties of Schmidt’s natural deodorant too, and it feels moisturizing as it freshens. Not bad for a deodorant that is currently under six dollars.

Key Features
  • Coconut oil and magnesium recipe
  • 100% natural and no aluminum
  • Ecocert certified and cruelty free
  • Standard and sensitive skin formulas
Product Specification
  • Brand: Schmidt’s
  • Model : B01KNA73VU
  • Weight: 3.25 ounces

4. Crystal Mineral Deodorant Roll-On

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Unlike other stick deodorants, this natural deodorant uses mineral salt which works as a natural odor buster, without any harsh chemicals or ingredients. And the natural salt is also hypoallergenic so a good choice to consider if you have sensitive or allergy-prone skin. When rolled over the skin, this natural deodorant leaves an invisible layer to help prevent odor causing bacteria from doing their work. The result is a cool application that is animal cruelty free and leaves you feeling fresh, thanks to its subtle lavender and white tea scent.

While this crystal natural deodorant may not be tough enough for heavy sweaters, for everyday use, this works pretty well, and has the added bonus of not staining or leaving any white marks.

Key Features
  • Made from natural mineral salt
  • Works against bacterial build-up
  • Doesn’t stain or leave white marks
  • Dermatologically tested
Product Specification
  • Brand: Crystal
  • Model: FTL-005
  • Weight: 2.2 ounces

5. Love Beauty And Planet Deodorant

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Made using plant-based deodorizers, including ethically sourced and hand-picked rose extract, Love and Beauty have created a delightfully scented deo that keeps you smelling garden sweet! The base for this all natural deodorant is Amazonian murumuru butter, which is known for its moisturizing and skin nourishing powers.

As a stick deodorant it is easy to apply, and you only need a little to get the benefits. The scent is certainly long-lasting, and you should get a good 12 hours between applications, but you may need more if the weather is warm. Add in its animal friendly credentials, a recyclable canister and a vegan recipe and this is certainly a feel-good deodorizer.

Key Features
  • Rose and murumuru butter formula
  • 100% aluminum and cruelty free
  • Long-lasting protection
  • Recyclable packaging
Product Specification
  • Brand: Love Beauty And Planet
  • Model: SG_B07GSYKKXV_US
  • Weight: 2.88 ounces

6. Underarmed Natural Aluminum-Free Deodorant Stick

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We really like the lavender and eucalyptus scent of this natural deo stick from Underarmed, which is a lovely pick-me-up that also keeps you feeling fresh.  Created as a unisex deodorant, it works impressively well and also includes coconut oil to help nourish and care for your pits.

While it may not be a total ‘day-long’ formula Underarmed goes the distance in most weather, although you will need repeat applications when the heat is on. Made without any artificial nasties, this non toxic deodorant is also vegan and not tested on animals and is good value too, as a little goes a long way.

Key Features
  • Aluminum free with coconut oil
  • Lavender and eucalyptus fragrance
  • Vegan friendly and cruelty free
  • No parabens or synthetic ingredients
Product Specification
  • Brand: Super Natural Goods Store
  • Weight: 2.63 ounces

7. Tom’s of Maine Prebiotic Aluminum-Free Natural Deodorant

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With a lovely rose scent, this aluminum free deodorant from Tom’s of Maines claims to offer up to 48 hours protection against unwanted body odor, while keeping you fresh. And overall, reviewers say it can last for a day or more, although you may need a top up if you are perspiring heavily. Another tick in the box for this lux-feeling deo is the added prebiotics, which help to support good bacteria and maintain the natural balance of your skin.

Users do report that the stick is a little harder than other soft stick natural deodorants, but when warmed a little, it glides on, and feels invisible on the skin. And, with no artificial preservatives or fragrances, this deodorant certainly meets the natural protection against body odor brief.

Key Features
  • Offers up to 48 hours’ odor protection
  • Added prebiotics for healthy skin
  • Subtle rose fragrance
  • No preservatives and aluminum free
Product Specification
  • Brand: Tom’s of Maine
  • Model: US06268A
  • Weight: 3.52 ounces

8. nakd. Thai Crystal Deodorant Stone

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Made from 100% natural mineral salts, Thai crystals are known for the bacteria-neutralizing and odor deodorizing properties. And with this crystal deodorizer from nakd, you get all that natural goodness in one easy to use deo stick. Free of any artificial ingredients or chemicals, this crystal deodorant can be used on armpits and even on your feet, if top to toe body odor is your concern. And as it is hypoallergenic and totally unscented, this is a natural deodorant that is gentle enough for sensitive skin.

You do have to get used to the application – wet the crystal then rub over your underarm skin for around one minute and let it dry – but a little effort is worth it if you experience light to moderate perspiration.

Key Features
  • Made from Thai mineral salts
  • All natural and fragrance free
  • No aluminum; safe for sensitive skins
  • Up to 24 hours odor protection
Product Specification
  • Brand: nakd.
  • Weight: 12 ounces

Best Natural Deodorants Buying Guide

What to Look For in Natural Deodorants

So, you’ve made the decision to go au naturel with your deodorant. Here’s what to look out for when deciding which all natural deodorant to buy:

Aluminum free

The key difference between ordinary deodorants and natural products, is that natural deodorants do not contain aluminum, which acts as a temporary plug to block sweat coming out of the pores. This means a natural deodorant does not prevent sweating itself, but aim to keep odors at bay and you feeling naturally fresh and clean.

All-natural ingredients

A natural aluminum free deodorant shouldn’t contain any artificial or synthetic ingredients so always check the label. Ingredients such as soothing coconut oil or tea tree oil are effective in stopping odor-causing bacteria in their tracks, while magnesium is also an effective odor buster that will sit on the surface of the skin for longer lasting whiff-control.

Baking soda is an effective moisture absorber, as are cornstarch, bamboo and zinc. Many natural deodorants also contain alpha hydroxy acids which help to break down bacteria without clogging pores and can also work to moisturize and sooth the skin, especially when used alongside aloe Vera.

Moisturizing

Many natural deodorants are also kinder on the skin and contain nourishing ingredients such as shea butter and coconut oil to soothe and moisturize, especially if you shave under your arms.

Prebiotics and Probiotics

You can also get good-bacteria friendly ingredients in your natural or organic deodorant, including natural plant sugars which contain pre and probiotics to help maintain a natural skin balance.

Suitable for sensitive skin

If you are prone to sensitive or allergic skin, then be mindful of some ingredients in natural deodorants which may irritate. These include baking soda, which is one of the most effective ingredients in absorbing sweat but can be a little harsh if you have really sensitive skin. If so, look for sensitive skin friendly products which may feature reduced amounts of baking soda, or an alternative, such as arrow root.

Scent or no scent?

Most natural deodorants use essential oils such as lavender or eucalyptus to give their product a fresh scent. But some oils can work differently with an individual’s body chemistry so you may need to work out which scent works best for you. Alternatively, you could opt for an-unscented product.

Anti-staining

Due to natural ingredients such as coconut oil, baking soda or arrowroot, some natural deodorants are not totally ‘anti-stain’ and can leave some residue on your skin and clothing. Fortunately, these stains are usually easy to wash out.

Benefits of Switching to Natural Deodorant

There are numerous reasons why people decide to use a more natural deodorant. Here are our top four benefits to making the switch:

They allow you to sweat

Sweating is a perfectly normal and important cooling function as it is how your body regulates its temperature as well as helps it to detoxify. However, conventional deodorants work to prevent this natural process by using aluminum to not only reduce the amount of perspiration you produce but also blocks up your pores. While you may stay dry and fresh for a while, the downside of aluminum-based deodorants is that your body is unable to use sweating as a form of detoxification. Using a natural non toxic deodorant enables your body to perspire as it should, while keeping you smelling and feeling fresh.

More natural odor control

Sweat doesn’t actually cause body odor, in fact it is odorless. Body odor is actually caused when sweat mixes with bacteria that is already present on your skin. The healthiest deodorant with natural ingredients works by not only concealing these bad odors but also neutralizing any unpleasant whiffs, thanks to the essential oils used as well as natural ingredients that also have antibacterial properties.

Better for your skin health

It goes without saying that natural ingredients are kinder on your skin and can also help to boost your skin health. The ingredients in natural sensitive skin deodorants won’t block your pores, are gentler on the skin and are often antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal as well as being moisturizing and soothing. You will also be avoiding any artificial ingredients which can be irritating or cause an allergic reaction.

Environmentally friendly

If the environment as well as your health is a priority, then switching to natural deodorants is a good move to make. Opting for a natural eco friendly deodorant that only uses sustainable and responsibly sourced ingredients can help minimize your impact on the environment, especially if it comes in plastic-free or environmentally friendly packaging.

FAQ

How long does it take to adjust to natural deodorant?

Adjusting to your new natural deodorant is one thing you do need to take into account when making the switch, especially if you have been using aluminum-based deodorants for some time. And this is because your body will need to get used to a more natural approach to perspiration and body odor control. When using a natural or herbal deodorant for the first time, you may find that you sweat more, or your body odor is a little more pronounced. But don’t worry, this will be short-lived, and natural products make a perfectly safe deodorant. It will normally only take a couple of weeks for your body to adjust and to get the sweet-smelling results you want.

Do I have to detox before using a natural deodorant?

You won’t have to detox as such before using an all natural deodorant, but you will find your body does go into a bit of a ‘detox’ overdrive for the first few weeks and you may smell a little more than usual. This is perfectly normal and is because when you take out the aluminum ‘plug’ out of your deodorant by going more natural, your body wants to release what’s left of the aluminum as well as any waste that may have been blocked.

You can help this process by keeping your underarm area clean and consider using a clay-based mask or gently exfoliate to clear the pores and remove any build-up of your old deodorant. You can also use a little extra arrowroot powder or cornstarch to help mop up any temporary increase in sweat. But be patient and your body will soon get used to a more natural way to manage excess perspiration and body odor.