Most of us have known for quite some time that deodorant may be bad for us. More research still needs to be done, but there is some evidence that the aluminum in antiperspirant deodorants could contribute to increased cancer risk.
Regardless of the specifics on aluminum, when it comes to body and bath products, natural is always better (for us and for the planet). With that in mind, it's a good idea to switch to natural deodorant. If you pick the right one, it's just as effective as regular deodorant—without all the icky chemicals and antiperspirants.
If you'd like to switch to natural deodorant, read on for the very best options for rosy pits, selected by our editors.
If you're at all skeptical of natural deodorant, Schmidt's will ease all of your fears. It works as well as (if not better than) the traditional, chemical-filled deodorants—and your sweat glands will thank you for it. Their amazing scents include delightfully rose-scented Rose & Vanilla, Lily of the Valley, Earl Grey & Coconut Milk, and Hemp & Patchouli. You really can't go wrong with Schmidt's.
We can't really talk about natural deodorant without mentioning Tom's of Maine. This classic deodorant is classic for good reason. They steer clear of artificial fragrances and are reliably effective. Some of their best scents include Fresh Rose with Hemp Seed Oil, Coconut Lavender, and Fresh Apricot.
Native is an awesome deodorant brand that's hard not to love. They never test on animals, and it's all American-made. The deodorant itself offers great body odor protection, and their scents include Lavender & Rose, Citrus & Herbal Musk, Cucumber & Mint, and Charcoal.
Each & Every ticks all of the natural deodorant boxes: aluminum and paraben-free, cruelty-free, vegan, sensitive skin-friendly, and safe ingredients. On top of that, they've designed their deodorant to be "gender-inclusive"—something that most deodorant brands can't boast. They've got delicious scents like Lavender & Lemon, Cedar & Vanilla, Coconut & Lime, and Cardamom & Ginger that will leave you smelling fresh.
Bali Secrets is a great deodorant brand. They're committed to skin-friendly and clothing-friendly deodorant. They're all about simple, natural ingredients and making only the highest quality products. Try out their Wild Wood (sandalwood and patchouli), Summer Love (lemongrass and pink grapefruit), or Delicate Rose scent.
Ursa Major is an all-around awesome natural skin and body care products company. They stay away from synthetic fragrances and colors and use plant-powered ingredients. They also offer 30-day trial periods on all their products (love them or return/exchange them at no charge!). Try their Forest Fix scent for a woodsy feel, their Hoppin' Fresh (mint and eucalyptus), or their Base Layer version for an unscented option.
Kopari is devoted to creating safe and feel-good skin and body products. They're gluten-free, sulfate-free, paraben-free, non-GMO, cruelty-free, and phthalate-free. Their beachy products will leave you craving summer and sand—in all the right ways. Give their Tropical, Gardenia, or Original (coconut-scented) scents a try. If you're feeling a little more adventurous, try out their CBD deodorant (yes, really!).
As Farmacy Beauty says, "No BO, no BS." That pretty well sums up their awesome deodorant. It's vegan and cruelty-free, non-toxic, doesn't have aluminum or baking soda, and offers exfoliation and cooling comfort. What more could you want? It's scented with moringa (a multi-purpose herbal plant native to parts of Asia and Africa) and papaya.
If you're looking for a roll-on deodorant, Real Purity is worth a try. As one happy user said, "This is the best working deodorant ever." Hard to argue with that review. Their roll-on deodorant includes lavender oil and apricot oil.
Real Purity also offers Women's (Rose & Vanilla) and Men's (Clean & Fresh) stick deodorants—and they're equally awesome!
Fresh Monster is a hard-not-to-love company whose mission is to bring natural bath and body products to kids. We shouldn't have to turn to artificial ingredients in order to keep our kiddos clean and smell-free. Their Gummy Burst scent deodorant will be your kid's new favorite—and you might even be tempted to try it yourself.
If you're a simple and chic kinda gal, you'll love Cleo+Coco. Their all-natural deodorants are both beautiful and effective. Their shea butter and coconut oil-filled products will leave your skin feeling wonderful. Try their Lavender Vanilla, Grapefruit Bergamot, or Basil Mint scent. Or, if you'd like to go even more eco-conscious and try their zero-waste deodorant bars, you can choose from Lavender Vanilla or Blue Tansy. These bars are hard to beat when it comes to the planet.
Love Beauty and Planet is focused on creating excellent and all-vegan deodorants. On top of that, they promise that their products offer odor protection for a whole 24 hours. No alcohol, aluminum, or parabens included. Coconut Milk & White Jasmine, Argan Oil & Lavender, and Murumuru Butter & Rose are just a few of their scents.
Humble Brands is all about doing good in the world while also keeping our armpits smelling clean. They're not interested in producing artificial or ineffective deodorants—and it shows! Your skin and conscious will love their products, no doubt. Try out Forbidden Tonka Bean, Black Spruce, or Palo Santo & Frankincense. They also offer CBD deodorants, for a little anti-inflammatory to go along with your anti-odor.
Oars + Alps is all about using naturally derived ingredients that actually work. Their products will leave you clean-smelling and feeling good. If you want to give 'em a try, there's Aspen Air, Coco Capri, and Mandarin Woods (among others) to choose from.