According to experts, as much as 60% of any substance applied to our skin is absorbed immediately into our body. Given this astounding statistic, about a year ago I made the decision to switch to a natural deodorant. I tried several popular brands but they just weren’t effective in controlling odor. I gave up and went back to my aluminum based Secret deodorant stick. However, I was unsatisfied. I had researched deodorants and I knew how harmful aluminum based deodorants were for me. Every morning I had a sinking feeling in my stomach as I got ready to apply my conventional deodorant. I have not given up on finding an effective natural deodorant. I have continued my research and my quest for a natural deodorant that works for me. Here are some of the results of my findings.
Natural Deodorant vs. Conventional Deodorant: What’s the Difference
Conventional deodorant and antiperspirant contain aluminum as their active ingredient and work by clogging sweat glands and preventing you from sweating. Sweating is important in order for the body to excrete waste and toxins. When sweating is blocked the waste and toxins are stored in the fatty tissues of the body. Natural deodorants won’t stop you from sweating. Hey, it’s a natural and healthy bodily function, don’t knock it! Instead, natural deodorants use natural herbs and plant extracts to stop your sweat from breaking down and smelling bad.
Choosing a Natural Deodorant
Choosing a natural deodorant that works best for you can be tricky. The natural deodorant that is effective for me just might not be that effective on you. Body chemistry plays a huge role in the effectiveness of a natural deodorant. It’s not as easy as simply buying what you like. You may have to try out several brands before you find the one that works best for you.
It’s important to read labels. Even deodorants labeled as natural, herbal, or botanical may still contain harmful ingredients. Look for natural deodorants that do NOT contain PEGs, parabens, petrochemicals, aluminum compounds, synthetic ingredients, fragrance, or antibacterials (like triclosan).
Natural Deodorant: What to Look For
Third party certified
Leaping Bunny certified
Ingredients you can understand
Natural Deodorant: What to Avoid
Antibacterials (like triclosan)
Synthetic fragrance (look for the term “fragrance”)
Petrochemicals (look for propylene glycol or PEG)
Any of the Dirty Dozen chemicals (including antibacterials, coal tar, DEA, PEG, formaldehyde, fragrance, parabens, petroleum, hydroquinone, p-phenylenediamine)
Here are five of the best natural deodorants on the market today.
Natural Deodorant: Bubble and Bee
All Bubble and Bee deodorants are 100% organic. They get a very low hazard rating from The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database. The company guarantees your satisfaction or they will send you another variety of their natural deodorant at no cost to you. You can buy all of these natural deodorants through the Bubble and Bee website or you can look up a list of retailers on the website that carry Bubble and Bee. Here are Bubble and Bee’s natural deodorant offerings:
Pit Putty (Original Scent & Geranium Lime)
$9.85 for 2.5 oz
The original scent of this 100% organic deodorant has only four ingredients: organic arrowroot powder, organic extra virgin coconut oil, organic lemon essential oil, and organic cloves essential oil. This chemical free natural deodorant really works, won’t clog pores, or irritate skin. The arrowroot powder helps to absorb moisture. The original scent has a fresh clean smell from the lemon oil and cloves. The geranium lime is a more feminine scent.
Truly Herbal Deodorant
$9.85 for 2.5 oz
This natural deodorant was Bubble and Bee’s first product. This natural deodorant is made from organic beeswax, organic cocoa butter, organic sunflower oil, organic lavender essential oil, organic tea tree essential oil, organic spruce essential oil, and organic rosemary essential oil. That’s it.
Lemongrass Rosemary Deodorant
$9.85 for 2.5 oz
Natural Deodorant: Terressentials
$10 for 3 oz
Made without synthetic ingredients like aluminum chlorhydrate, propylene glycol, xanthan gum, or parabens Terressentials has been USDA Organic certified. Every single ingredient they use in their deodorants is 100% certified organic by the USDA. Their Organic Super Protection Deodorant is “specially formulated to help neutralize the sulfur compounds that can results from eating garlic.” Available scents are Fragrance Free Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Zen Spice, Organic Lavender Fresh, and Organic Zesty Citrus. Terressentials deodorant is available for purchase from the company website.
Natural Deodorant: Miessence Roll-on Deodorant
$9.25 for 2.2 oz
All of the Miessence natural deodorants are free from petrochemicals and aluminum salts. These deodorants are especially long lasting. These products get a very low hazard rating from The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database. Available scents are Aroma Free which is made with organic aloe, Tahitian Breeze (more feminine), and Ancient Spice (more masculine). Miessence natural deodorant is available at amazon.com or the company website.
Natural Deodorant: Aubrey Organics
Calendula Blossom Natural Deodorant Spray
$8.25 for 4 oz
This herbal natural deodorant has no irritating ingredients and contains vitamin E, calamine, and calendula blossom oils. This deodorant contians no artificial or harmful ingredients. It is effective against odor, deodorizes well, and has a good scent but it doesn’t stop wetness. The addition of calamine and vitamin E makes it very gentle on sensitive skin. It dries quickly even though it is a spray on. Aubrey Organics is Leaping Bunny certified. It has a low hazard rating on The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database. Aubrey Organics deodorants are available at amazon.com, the Aubrey Organics website, and many stores around the country. The website has a store locator so you can find out if Aubrey Organics are carried at a store near you.
E Plus High C Roll-On Deodorant
$7.50 for 3 oz
Contains vitamin E and organic aloe which gives this deodorant a nice fragrance and a soothing finish.
Natural Deodorant: Weleda
Weleda’s deodorant sprays are all packaged in non-aerosol recyclable glass spray bottles. They are all third party certified. The rose deodorant contains organic rose which is said to have natural antibacterial properties. Available scents are Rose Deodorant $16 for 3.4 fl. oz., Sage Deodorant $12 for 3.4 fl. oz., and Citrus Deodorant $12 for 3.4 fl. oz.. They are higher priced but contain pure high end ingredients. Weleda’s natural deodorants are available at amazon.com, Target, Whole Foods, select health food stores, or on the Weleda website.
The Daily Green: Best Natural Deodorants
The Daily Green: How to Choose A Natural Deodorant
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
The Green Guide: The Dirty Dozen Chemicals in Cosmetics