Many of us have a favorite drugstore deodorant or antiperspirant that we’ve probably been using since we were teens. (Deodorants differ from antiperspirants: Antiperspirants inhibit regular sweat production, whereas deodorants block unpleasant odors but allow our sweat glands to function normally.) Nearly all drugstore options are effective, but they also often contain harmful chemicals. Even if you’re not quite ready to make the switch to completely natural deodorants, try your best to avoid underarm products that contain aluminum, triclosan, propylene glycol, parabens and phthalates.
Below, we’ve rounded up the most effective natural deodorants (including some of the newest on the market) that will keep you smelling wonderful all day long. (Hint: Paste formulas tend to work best because their thicker texture stands up to odors produced on even your longest and most active days!)
Natural Routine Cream Deodorant
($26): Spoil your underarms
luxuriously fragrant ingredients and
smoothing skin care.
Schmidt’s Bergamot + Lime Deodorant
($9): Lavender essential oil acts as a natural disinfectant, while Vitamin E nourishes your delicate underarm area.
Osmia Organics Deodorant Cream
($12): This product’s powerful ingredients include tapioca starch and Fuller’s earth clay, which will keep you dry and fresh.
Nourish Organic Clean & Fresh Organic Deodorant
($10): Free of baking soda (which can irritate certain skin types), this coconut oil-based stick is completely organic and effective.
LOVEFRESH Natural Cream Deodorant ($15): Who knew that so few ingredients could so effectively combat odor? (If you’re sensitive to baking soda, go with the eucalyptus/spearmint scent!)
Soapwalla Organic/Vegan Deodorant Cream
($18): The fact that this one is ultra-popular comes as no surprise!
The all-natural formula works to keep you smelling sweet all day long.
Words and lead photo by Erin Sousa