9 Natural Deodorants That Actually Work


If the thought of wearing a natural deodorant makes you sweat, we understand. The all-natural versions of the past were stinky and awful and always made us go to the back of our cabinet for the scary antiperspirant spray that could actually stop a speeding bullet. But a new crop of natural deodorants have made converts of even the most dubious among us: And we would know—we tested them all to, um, varying degrees of success. These are our favorites.

The first thing you must do when switching to a natural deodorant is manage your expectations. They won’t keep you totally dry or stink-free all day long like an antiperspirant would, and they won’t last through a marathon. But while most of the other deodorants on this list work best with a midday reapplication, The Honest Company Honest Deodorant in Bergamot Sage doesn’t need one. Give it a little time to dry before slipping on anything tight. When used on lightly to moderately sweaty days, the tea tree, witch hazel, lemon, aloe, and eucalyptus in this spray-on formula kept our armpits soft and smelling citrusy until we got home.

The Honest Company Honest Deodorant in Bergamot Sage, US$9.99

PROS

  1. Natural • Non-Toxic • Unisex • Ultra Pure • Long-Lasting • Hypoallergenic
  2. Clean and non-irritating with NO white, sticky, or toxic residues – won’t rub off or stain clothing
  3. Potent, proprietary anti-odor complex naturally combats odor-causing bacteria
  4. Bergamot and sage provide a light, refreshing scent – perfectly balanced for men and women alike!
  5. Unique essential oil blend of organic tea tree, witch hazel, lemon, and eucalyptus neutralizes odors, while beneficial aloe conditions and soothes skin

CONS

  1. Quite expensive
  2. Does not work for workouts

We would confidently use Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla Lavender on a day we had a performance review, a meeting with the president, or a first date—that’s how much we trust it. The twist-and-swipe applicator is a comfort, and the creamy formula (with corn starch and essential oils) was the best at keeping sweat under control. But we really love it for the lingering delicate, clean, and slightly powdery scent—basically how we want to smell all the time.

Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla Lavender, US$12.56

PROS

  1. Get superior odor protection with this 100 percent natural
  2. Freshly scented deodorant
  3. Soothing essential oils blend with beta-glucan technology fight odor effectively while soothing, conditioning

CONS

  1. Smells like a baby powder
  2. Re-apply at least once if you want continuous odor protection during warmer weather.

Our first thought when we picked up Nourish Organic Fresh & Dry Deodorant was, Well, this looks familiar. Followed by, Well, this is totally awesome. It’s not only the applicator that we love, either. This formula is in a coconut-oil base, which is known for its antimicrobial and skin-softening properties. It also has cornstarch to keep your pits dry and yeast to prevent odor. The scents can be a little on the fragrant side, so make sure you like them first (we recommend Fresh Fig and Almond Vanilla), since you may need to reapply about halfway through the day.

Nourish Organic Fresh & Dry Deodorant, US$6.93

PROS

  1. Contains 1 – 2.2 ounce Nourish Organic Stick Deodorant
  2. Provides all-day freshness
  3. Prevents odor and dries underarm moisture using advanced blend of cornstarch and plant enzymes
  4. Ultra-nourishing and incredibly gentle on sensitive skin
  5. Gluten-free, Vegan, USDA Organic, Cruelty-free

CONS

  1. Leave you smelling a bit stinky at the end of the day
  2. Very gel like & sticky