Top Pick: Tom’s of Maine Long-Lasting Aluminum-Free | $18 | Amazon
Let me tell you, people have opinions on natural deodorant. Some brands have a cult-like following, and other lesser-known brands might work just as well, if not better. Prices range from $4 to $15 a tube, but that doesn’t always translate to quality. When switching from a regular antiperspirant to a natural deodorant, it’s important to note that many have a transitional period, and some even require some level of detox. And you WILL sweat more because these products only are intended to attack odors, not sweat.
“If I didn’t know that, I may have given up on using a natural deodorant,” says Emily Hammond, a Milwaukee-based artist. “I wish I would have known that baking soda can be an issue for some people’s skin before starting. I would have picked the sensitive skin option first if I had known.”
For others, natural deodorants just don’t seem to work, but you won’t know how your skin will react until you give them a shot.
“I’ve tried Native, Art of Sport, Real Purity, Lume, Oars & Alps, and probably something else I’m forgetting. And none of them have worked for me,” Morgan Kee tells me. “I’m just very sweaty I think. I tried Oars & Alps for a full month and would reapply once or twice throughout the day, and I still smelled.”
When it comes to natural deodorants, read up on the product of your choice before you apply it for the first time. To ensure you have the best possible experience, follow the instructions to a tee.
Best for Women: EO (Essential Oils)
Do you live and die for essential oils? Me too!
A beautiful combination of grapefruit, lavender, geranium, rosemary, and vetiver, this product offers organic, pure essential oils to introduce aromatherapy into your everyday lifestyle. This deodorant formula features just three ingredients, so you know you’re getting only the absolute best. Note that this spray is vegan, GMO, and cruelty-free. Plus, feel good knowing the bottle is made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles.
“I have tried lots of different deodorants over the past three years, looking for a healthier option. This is the best I have found. It smells great and last all day most days. Sometimes needs a reapply on high stress or active days.” - Stephanie Witherspoon, Amazon Reviewer
Best for Men: Tom’s of Maine Long-Lasting Aluminum-Free
Women aren’t the only ones who are into all-natural personal care products. Start your day off right, knowing that you’ll have 24-hour odor protection. Tom’s of Maine Long-Lasting Aluminum-Free Natural Deodorant for Men is vegan with no parabens, artificial colors, or dyes. It features a fresh woodsy scent
“Hands down Tom’s lasts, keeps it’s pleasant odor throughout a 24 hour period (with the limitations described above), when the competitor “natural” deodorant product is done and over with working easily within two hours of also, indoor, no heat environment. For most of us that are moderately active, at least in cooler weather which is the limit of my review, this is a really good, nice smelling product. Five stars Tom!” - Mickey Wilds, Amazon Contributor
Best for Sensitive Skin: Arm & Hammer
Lux Owens switched to Arm & Hammer after seeing their partner undergo a reaction to regular antiperspirants. “I wanted to try an option that had [fewer] negative health consequences,” they told me.
While there are countless of pricy options, Owens wanted an option that was budget-friendly. Arm & Hammer was the obvious choice. It’s available at drugstores, and priced reasonably, often for less than half of other natural deodorant options.
“I honestly have no complaints,” Owens said to me. “This brand has many essential oil scents and I prefer them over the perfumes in regular deodorant!”
And it lives up to the natural deodorant hype, says Owens. They have been using it for several years and “I really haven’t noticed anything negative for me.” The best part, Owens didn’t need to do any kind of detox, and there was no transitional period with Arm & Hammer. “It was basically the same as trying a different brand or scent for me.”
This story was originally published by Chaya M. Milchtein on 01/11/2021 and updated with new information by Juliana Clark on 07/06/2021.