Natural deodorants have come a long way since those cloudy crystals that claimed to ward off smell. While the aluminum-based options tend to be more effective for heavy sweaters, if you prefer to keep your beauty routine green, these 19 botanical options will keep you relatively dry and smelling delightful. To get this out of the way up front, I’m sweaty and run stinky. I’ve tried natural deodorant after natural deodorant and these are the few, the brave, that have worked for me. Now, more than ever, is the time to go natural.
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Chemistry Deodorant – Serene Clean
When I first swiped Kosas’s AHA Serum Deodorant across my underarms, I had thoughts: A serum as a deodorant? Unheard of. The smell? Fresh and divine. But seriously, a serum as a deodorant? As the brand’s first-ever body product, this deodorant came out swinging. While most deodorants include harmful ingredients that turn pits dark, the AHA Serum Deodorant is formulated with the same skin-saving ingredients you use in your skincare routine—lactic acid, mandelic acid, aloe vera juice, hyaluronic acid, etc.—to keep your BO in check, and brighten and exfoliate your pits. I kept sniffing mine all day long.
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The current king of my beauty rotation is Necessaire’s relatively new product, The Deodorant. I recently switched to the multi-acid and multi-mineral treatment that uses kaolin clay to keep you dry and lactic acid to keep you smelling fresh. I apply once in the morning and can go about my business smelling of Eucalyptus.
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Freshen Up All-Natural Deodorant
I wore this deodorant in July and August, also known as the sweaty and most disgusting season in New York City. Do I need to explain more? Clay is the crucial ingredient that draws out impurities and stops the funk from building up. The best part about it might be the cooling effect upon application. I don’t smell even if I’m sweating on the subway.
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Rosy Pits Daily Deodorant
Megababe Rosy Pits Daily Deodorant is a name with clout. You mention this product to a room full of natural deodorant enthusiasts, and at least one will lose their mind. The natural ingredients include coconut to hydrate the skin, green tea for skin health, and sage, sandalwood, and horsetail plant to fights bacterias. The rose is very subtle but give it a sniff midday for a quick floral pick-me-up.
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0% Aluminum Lavender & Vanilla Deodorant Stick
Dove has answered our pleas. The beauty giant launched its first-ever aluminum-free deodorant after customers requested a natural product option. It comes in five different scent options (Pomegranate and Lemon Verbena, Cucumber and Green Tea, Coconut and Pink Jasmine, Sensitive, Lavender & Vanilla) and guarantees the same strength stink protection as the brand’s other deodorants.
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Meow Meow Tweet Grapefruit Baking Soda Free Deodorant Cream
Baking soda, the go-to active ingredient in natural deos, might be healthier for your body, but it can also piss off sensitive pits. This stick swaps the soda for equally effective, less irritating magnesium and arrowroot powder, plus smells of refreshing grapefruit essential oil.
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Meow Meow Tweet Me Deodorant Cream
Underarm cream might sound a bit wacky but it’s just as effective as any other natural deodorant. Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant Cream is packed with shea butter and organic plant oils to nourish the sensitive underarm area, while clay and baking soda keep you smelling fresh and feeling dry. Bonus points for the eco-friendly glass jar.
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Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant – Coconut Pineapple
Formulated to soothe sensitive underarms, this trio is free of baking soda, along with the usual suspects, like aluminum, propylene glycol, and parabens, but full of the scents of summer, namely jasmine, coconut, pineapple, and lavender.
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PiperWai Natural Deodorant – 2oz
Charcoal is the star of this show! Activated charcoal not only masks odors, but is carbon-rich and works to extracts dirt and oils trapped under your arms. This product is also 100% natural, so you don’t have to sweat over any scary chemicals.
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For those who switch up scents like underwear. Sold in packs of three, you can choose between a number of scent options that all are packed with Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Beeswax, Vitamin E and Coconut oil. You know exactly what you’re getting with this deodorant, with no fuss or frills.
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Erbaviva Lemon Sage Organic Deodorant
Just like you can sage your home to purge it of bad vibes, you can use the herb to rid your pits of nasty odors.
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Kaia Naturals Takesumi Detox Deodorant in Lime Mint
Activated charcoal is used in everything from water filters to face masks as a means of extracting impurities. And in this deodorant it offers similar effects, eliminating odor-causing bacteria.
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Lulu Organics Deodorant Cream
Taking a cue from its cult fave dry shampoo, this eco brand repurposed the same smell-absorbing ingredients when it came to whipping up its cream deo.
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Violets Are Blue Extra Strength Sport Deodorant with Baking Soda and Kanolin Clay
In case you find natural deodorants don’t exactly give you that oh-so-fresh feeling, this extra strength but still aluminum-free option might do the trick. Baking soda and kaolin clay offer extra sweat-absorbing effects.
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Consonant Pure Unscented Dealkalizing Deodorant
The natural deodorant that works 10 times harder than any other anti-perspirant. The dealkalizing deodorant brings the pH of your skin to 4.5-5 to inhibit odor for 24 hours. Go about your business and let your deodorant take care of the rest.
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Schmidt’s Stick Deodorant Fragrance Free for Sensitive Skin
Natural deodorants are generally kinder to sensitive types, but if your pits are truly delicate flowers, then consider going with this fragrance-free formula.
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Primally Pure Lemongrass Deodorant
The powerful combination of kaolin clay, a powerful detoxifier, and a splash of baking soda stops odor in its tracks. Lemongrass also adds a fresh scent that protects against odor-causing bacteria. So fresh and so clean.
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Tarte Clean Queen Vegan Deodorant
For long-lasting odor defense, grab this. The plant starches work to fight odor without compromising normal perspiration. If you’ve got sensitive skin, the soothing aloe works to condition and avoid irritation. It also smells like vanilla so you will be sweet all day long.
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Primal Paste Lavender Natural Deodorant Jar
Stop your stank without the harsh use of parabens, aluminums, and other unidentified ingredients. You can choose between three levels of strength depending on your body odor—no judgement—and even layer and combine strengths to get maximum results.
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