Replacing traditional conventional products with natural, more ecologically friendly products is catching on more and more. From eco-friendly laundry detergent, to plant-based cleaners, to natural body care, it seems that there is an “eco alternative” for nearly every product, including deodorant. Long gone is the stigma of being a “dirty hippie”. Now, you can help the plant and still smell nice and fresh! And no, these products don’t involve rubbing fragrant leaves or flowers under your arms. In fact, more natural deodorants come in the same familiar forms as conventional deodorants: roll-on, stick, and the occasional spray. Here are five different brands of natural deodorants, as well as descriptions of the different types of deodorants they offer.
Nature’s Gate is a natural company that makes several types of body care products, including lotion, shampoo, acne care, and, of course, deodorant. Nature’s Gate offers two types of deodorant (roll-on and stick), as well as a very wide variety of scents; they offer the more scents of all five brands featured in this article. Most of the fragrances are available in stick only. However, three scents (Spring Fresh, Summer Spice, and Autumn Breeze) are available in roll-on, as well as stick. Other intriguing scents include Persimmon & Rose, Asian Pear & Red Tea, Mandarin Orange & Patchouli, and Grapefruit & Wild Ginger.
Kiss My Face
Kiss My Face is another brand name that can be found on various body and beauty products. Like Nature’s Gate, Kiss My Face deodorants are available in both roll-on and stick. Though they offer fewer scent options (only 3 scents, though all are available in both stick and roll-on), this deodorant still performs well. Also, they offer an unscented version of each deodorant, which is something Nature’s Gate does not have.
Jason brand deodorant was the first natural deodorant I ever used. I always found it to work quite well; the reason I no longer use it is because I found another brand that I like slightly more (which I will mention later). Again, both roll-on and stick deodorants exist, with each type available in all four scents. My favorite was the Tea Tree scent in stick form. They also offer two unscented stick deodorants: one for men, and one for women.
Unlike the other four brands in this article, Naturally Fresh focuses predominantly on deodorant and other similar products. They offer the widest variety of deodorant types, with products available in stick, roll-on, spray, and crystal form. The stick and crystal forms are available in unscented only. However, the roll-on and spray (which is a mister, not an aerosol) are available in four scents (Ocean Breeze, Lavender, Honeydew Melon, and Papaya Fusion), as well as unscented. I have used the unscented roll-on before and it works quite well, though I did occasionally have issues with slight discomfort is I applied it shortly after shaving. Other than that minor setback, I was generally pleased with the deodorant, as well as surprised and impressed to find that, although it was unscented, it worked very well throughout the day.
Tom’s of Maine
I have saved my favorite for last! Tom’s of Maine makes a wide range of natural products, but my personal favorites are their toothpaste and (of course) their deodorants. Yes, Tom’s of Maine is the brand I mentioned earlier that I prefer over Jason, as well as over Naturally Fresh. Their deodorants come in three forms (stick, roll-on, and crystal), and their stick deodorants also come in four different types: Original, Sensitive, 12 Hour Long Lasting, and their new 24 Hour Long Lasting. I have used their Original, which comes in three scents (Calendula was my favorite), and I am currently using their 12 Hour Long Lasting, which also comes in three scents (the Lavender scented one is on my bathroom counter right now, though I am also a fan of Apricot). They also offer other scents, such as Cucumber Grapefruit (for their Sensitive line), Mountain Spring (for the new 24 Hour Long Lasting version), and Wild Garden (which is available in their Crystal deodorant). Also, each type of deodorant is available in a fragrance-free version.
All of the brands featured in this article can be found at natural markets, such as Whole Foods, as well as at some more “conventional” stores (such as Kroger or Wal-Mart).