The rise of clean beauty has transformed the beauty industry and many have already made the switch from regular to natural deodorants for the promise of happier, healthier underarms.
Natural deodorants have come a considerable way in the past few years. Once only conjured up in bathrooms or on the beach, today’s natural deodorants are mainstream, readily available in most supermarkets, pharmacists and online. There are plenty of reasons to go natural too. There’s the environment for starters. Plus, unlike antiperspirants, natural deodorants don’t reduce prevent perspiration or reduce sweat glands, they neutralise odours instead. This makes them particularly popular with those looking to avoid ingredients found in regular deodorants, like aluminium and talc, due to allergies and personal health reasons. We’ve rounded up 10 of the best natural deodorants for women.
Dove 0% Aluminium Matcha Roll-on Deodorant
Dove is well-known for its traditional antiperspirants, but the brand has recently expanded into natural deodorants too. Perfect for those who are new to going au natural, this stick is aluminium-free and made with 0% alcohol. Moisturising cream and vitamin B3 help delicate underarm skin recover from irritation caused by shaving, while the light and refreshing scent helps keep skin fresh all day. There’s a variety of fragrances to choose from, including cucumber and green tea, peach and matcha tea. From $5.
Salt of the Earth Deodorant Spray
For those who prefer to spray rather than roll on their deodorant, Salt of the Earth’s spray is an excellent option. The award-winning deodorant is fragranced with 15 natural botanical extracts and oils to create fresh and floral scents that last. The deodorant works by leaving a thin layer of natural mineral salts on the skin, which inhibit the growth of the bacteria that causes body odour. Organic aloe vera, rather than harsh chemicals, keep pits hydrated. As well as being kinder to sensitive skin, you can guarantee no white marks on your favourite clothes too. From $5.99.
Urtekram Fragrence-free deodorant
This cheap and cheerful roll-on deodorant contains natural mineral salts that counteract bacteria and bad odours. Certified by Ecocert Cosmos Organic, the deodorant is 100% natural and vegan. Most experts agree that coverage is guaranteed for at least five hours, even without the sweat-wicking features that some of the more expensive brands offer. It’s also fragrance-free, which makes it an excellent option for those with sensitive skin and allergies. From $7.
Megababe Rosy Pits Daily Deodorant
A favourite with beauty bloggers, this natural deodorant has won a string of awards, including ‘Best Deodarant’ in the 2021 Birdie Beauty Awards. The secret? Saccharomyces ferment filtrate acts as a natural deodorizer that eliminates any odour-causing bacteria. Willow bark extract absorbs unwanted wetness to keep underarms dry, while colloidal oatmeal hydrates and soothes the skin. There’s anti-fungal coconut and anti-inflammatory vitamin E in the mix here too. The roll-on deodorant is water-based too, which glides onto the skin easily for maximum coverage. From $10.
FFS Original Natural Deodorant
FFS is a multi-award-winning razor subscription brand that offers fuss-free shaving while reducing environmental impact. Since launching in 2015, the brand has created a popular range of accompanying body care products, including the original natural deodorant. The balm, which comes in a reusable aluminium tin, lasts up to two months and is suitable for both women and men. The peppermint and grapefruit scent is refreshing, without being too overpowering, and will keep you feeling fresh all day long. The product is also paraben-free, cruelty-free and vegan-friendly. From $13.50 for a one-time purchase or $11 for a save-and-subscribe deal.
The Natural Deodorant Company Deodorant Balm
Founded in 2015, The Natural Deodorant Company specialize in clean deodorants. Customers can choose from ‘active deodorant balms’, ‘gentle deodorant creams’ and ‘clean deodorant balms’. For a go-to daily deodorant that’s guaranteed to keep you feeling fresh and fragrant, we suggest the latter. The creamy balm, which contains antibacterial magnesium and sodium bicarbonate, melts effortlessly into the skin. Coconut oil and shea butter help nourish the skin too. There are no nasty plastic tubes either, as all deodorants come in a sleek glass tub. From $15.
Kosas Chemistry Deodorant
This clean and stain-free serum deodorant is packed with a unique blend of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) to find bacteria. As in traditional exfoliating toners, when used in deodorant AHAs gently exfoliate skin cells, dirt and buildup while destroying odour-causing bacteria. As well as curbing unwanted smells and stickiness, the serum soothes and visibility brightens skin and helps with ingrown hairs. According to the brand, the benefits kick in after at least one week of use, so stick with it. From $16.
Brothers Artisan Oil Magnesium Stick Deodorant
Most natural deodorants use baking soda, but this stick deodorant relies on magnesium, which is more gentle on the skin. This ingredient, when combined with arrowroot powder, absorbs wetness and is still effective in killing odour-causing bacteria. Products are fragrance-free and use essential oils, like apricot kernel oil, to create a light and refreshing scent. There are currently five fragrances to choose from, including eucalyptus and lime, tea tree and lavender, fir needle and cedar, and frankincense and black pepper. From $18.
Fussy Natural Deodorant
Possibly the chicest natural deodorant on the market, Fussy Natural Deodorant is also the first in the world to contain a refillable odour-eating probiotic. The pebble-shaped deodorants feature a refillable plastic case, a variety of scented refills and a range of subscription plans for a more tailored approach to underarm protection. Dragons Den propelled the brand to fame, and now it’s a firm favourite amongst celebs and beauty editors. Formulas have been scientifically proven to last for 24 hours too. From $18 for a starter pack.
Native Natural Deodorant for Men and Women
Native uses all-natural ingredients instead of aluminium, talc and phthalates to create a long-lasting and grease-free deodorant. Coconut oil is packed with rich fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants that reduce bacteria, Ozokerite (also known as earth wax) is a natural stabiliser and shea butter is a highly effective natural moisturizer. What’s more, the stick offers a smooth and non-greasy application with no residue and unnecessary drying time. There’s a whole host of scents to choose from, ranging from classic cedar and sea salt to toasted marshmallows and vanilla – good enough to eat! From $23.50.