Sweating is not the most feminine thing in the world. Unfortunately, it happens. Whether you are a die-hard fitness junkie, or you’re just running errands, when you feel those droplets start to trickle down, you may be extra paranoid that you are smelling a bit less like the blooming flower you are. Before we dive into the fascinating world of natural deodorants, we’re going to drop a bomb on you. Your sweat doesn’t actually smell, it’s the bacteria that interact with the sweat that causes the stink. Deodorants battle the smell with fragrances and ingredients that lower the levels of odor-causing bacteria. And antiperspirants are basically just a plug for your sweat glands, so your sweat doesn’t reach the actual surface of the skin. If you’re into natural products, these can seem a bit unnatural.
Nonetheless, back to deodorants. There are a variety of options to choose from, and if you’re wanting to switch to a natural deodorant, you’ll need to find the one that’s right for you and your pH balance. Natural or organic products aren’t federally regulated, so the first thing is to look for products that are aluminum-, paraben-, phthalate- and sulfate-free if you want a cleaner lifestyle. We’ve surveyed plenty of natural deodorants and have come up with some of the best for your consideration.
It may not surprise you that Crystal Deodorant has been around for decades. People began using it because it contains mineral salts – and nothing else. This is a safe option as it contains no harmful chemicals, aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium, parabens or phthalates. This formula is literally a crystal that you get wet and apply. It creates an invisible protective barrier against odor-causing bacteria. You’ll still sweat; you just won’t stink. It can actually be used on women, men, or teens.
Alleyoop Slow Your Roll
Aside from its fun name, this formula contains a blend of 100 percent natural essential oils, which keeps you fresh and actually slows your hair growth over time. Reviewers love this deodorant because it’s alcohol-free and long-lasting (up to 24 hours). Most natural deodorants don’t have the longevity that Alleyoop does, which is why it is so adored. Tea tree, grapefruit oil, and lavender oils combined with the coconut oil base also make it glide on extra smooth. It can stain clothes, however, so use with caution and make sure to scrub it off well in the shower – it has some real staying power. It also comes in an incredibly convenient size for your purse, wristlet, or gym bag.
TAOS AER Next-Level Clean Deodorant
Rather than baking soda, which is typically used in natural deodorants, the masterminds at Credo used tapioca starch and cornstarch in this formula to soak up sweat and eliminate odors. It contains lavender and myrrh to keep you smelling fresh and clean. Its revolutionary gel-to-powder formula delivers unparalleled performance by neutralizing odor-causing bacteria at the source and it dries super quick! It’s only .07 ounces, so it can seem like a very small quantity, but just a little goes a long way. You may find yourself liking the scent so much that you are applying it more frequently than you normally would with deodorant, but hey – you do you!
Native Coconut & Vanilla Deodorant
This moisturizing and gentle formula has become beloved not only for its incredibly pleasant coconut and vanilla scent but because it’s paraben- and aluminum-free. Another long-lasting natural deodorant, this product won’t leave residue or get clumpy. It glides on easy and is vegan- and cruelty-free. It’s rave reviews state that users won’t ever diffuse a hint of sweaty smell, which is a concern for most when they are perspiring. It’s easy on sensitive skin. With no more cause for concern, you can apply once and get on with your day.
PiperWai Natural Deodorant
Made famous from an appearance on Shark Tank, this charcoal-based deodorant comes in a jar, so you’ll have to apply it with your fingers. This vegan, odor-absorbing, wetness-fighting product will keep you not only fresh but have you smelling like you just stepped out of a spa with citrus and mint. Gentle on sensitive skin, it is packed with coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, and pure Vitamin E oil. This soothing cream absorbs without a greasy feel. And being a Shark Tank all-star is no easy feat! It melts, feels velvety and a little goes a long way. Just work in a pea-sized amount and let it go to work as you relish in your passion for natural living.
If you’ve been putting off the opportunity to try a natural deodorant, you may find that you prefer these better than your regular deodorant. And you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you are using something that is gentle, safe, and effective for your skin.