When it first came into the world, natural deodorant reeked of issues. They weren’t particularly easy to use, nor were they able to keep you smelling fresh until the end of the day. But after years of research, cosmetic chemists kept chugging until they found formulas that are just as good as the other deodorants you know and love. (A quick refresher: Natural deodorants contain no aluminum, which is what antiperspirants use to prevent your body from producing sweat.) Still, there’s nothing worse than taking a chance on a natural deodorant to have it to melt down at the most inopportune time—which is why we called on
Glamour staffers to sweat the problem for you. We tested dozens of options to narrow down which aluminum-free deodorants hold up to their claims. Here are the ones that withstood the heat.
I’m something of a natural-deodorant savant, if you will. I’ve tried nearly every one since the first-generation versions came out years ago. The first thing I noticed about the Dove 0% Aluminum Deodorant is that it didn’t sting. Some natural deodorants contain baking soda to absorb sweat, which can be irritating, while others use alcohol, which can burn a little if you have any nicks or abrasions from shaving, but Dove has neither. I also liked that while the stick is white, the creamy formula disappears once it’s on your skin—a plus come summer. And I’m impressed by how good the deodorizing is. Unless I’m doing hot yoga, it’s one of the best options I’ve tried.
—Deanna Pai, beauty contributor
Megababe has garnered somewhat of a cult following due to it’s Instagram-friendly packaging and destigmatization of the less cute aspects of beauty (boob sweat and thigh chafing included). And the products really work. Despite the femme packaging and rosy name, it actually has a very earthy and clean smell. I’m usually not a fan of natural deodorants, I find them sticky and ineffective, but this one does the trick. It keeps B.O. at bay and is comfortable to wear, and doesn’t leave white streaks on my clothes. No wonder it has a 13,000 people waiting list.
—Bella Cacciatore, beauty assistant
I’ve been trying to switch over all my beauty products to all natural ingredients, and the one thing I’m having a really hard time with is deodorant. Freedom Deodorant has been the best and only natural deodorant that has worked for me. After a year of trying almost every option on the market, it’s the only one that’s kept me fresh for hours.
—Azadeh Valanejad, social video producer
I’ve been wanting to make the switch to natural deodorants ever since reading up on the potential side effects of using deodorants with aluminum, but the versions I’ve tried in the past have always irritated my skin and felt too damp. (Who wants to feel sweatier than when they started?) Tarte’s deodorant, however, exceeded my expectations for a natural deodorant. The stick has the same soft, powderlike consistency of my old go-to antiperspirant, but without the potentially harmful formula. I love the scent too: It’s crisp and clean but not overpowering. I naturally sweat a lot, but I smelled like fresh linens throughout the entire day with Tarte’s deo. I’m sold.
—Halie LeSavage, fashion contributor
This Kopari deodorant changed the game for me. It has a lot going for it: For one, it smells fantastically like coconuts. It’s also clear, so it doesn’t stain any black clothing (my biggest pet peeve), and glides on so smooth. And miraculously, by God, I’ve been sweating way less. The first day I wore it, I couldn’t believe that my underarms were dry while the rest of my body dripped in sweat. I’m a naturally sweaty person,
and New York City has been in the midst of a terrible heat wave. I think I might use this forever. —Tess Kornfeld, weekend writer
As I’ve said before, I’m a wet zone. Clammy hands, feet, and armpits are in my genes, thanks to hyperhydrosis. Given that, I never thought I’d enjoy natural deodorant, but I’m here for this. The fresh, gorgeous rose scent completely blocks out any hint of odor, making for whiffs that smell more like an English garden than your grandmother’s perfume. This was my gateway to pits that stay dry and smell incredible, and I’m never letting go.
—Rachel Nussbaum, beauty contributor
Biossance Squalane + Bamboo Deodorant
Fun fact: I have hyperhydrosis (a.k.a. I get super sweaty), even when it’s not that hot out. I’ve bought natural deodorants before and always went back to my tried-and-true, more chemical choice if I wanted to stay dry. Biossance is the first natural deodorant I’ve used that actually works—in a heat wave, no less. It goes on smoothly and has a very light scent.
—Molly Gulati, contributor
To be honest, I picked this deodorant because I liked the packaging. (Yes, I’m that millennial.) I was pleasantly surprised, though, by how much I liked the light, floral white tea scent. The downside? It has a tacky, sticky texture when applying that took some getting used to. But the deodorant held up against 90-plus degree weather, so that’s a win in my book.
—Anna Moeslein, senior editor
I’ve forever been turned off by natural deodorants because I just can’t get past the scent of most. They’re either too earthy or smell like a pungent essential oil. Which is why I thought I’d hate the lavender scent of this one. Shocker: It’s actually pleasant and not overpowering in the least. The formula is safe for expectant mothers or those breastfeeding, of which I’m neither, but it works just as well regardless. It doesn’t entirely help with wetness, but the smell holds up for hours.
—Lindsay Schallon, senior beauty editor
I’ve never used a natural deodorant because I’ve always been skeptical about their ability to combat body odor, but after testing out Vapour’s, I was pleasantly surprised. I wore it while camping upstate over the weekend, and while the deodorant didn’t help a ton with wetness, the fresh lavender scent really held up. The texture was really nice, and the gel made for a smooth application process. And best of all, it didn’t leave white streaks on any of my dark clothing.
—Madeline Haller, contributor