Natural deodorants used to be few and far between, if you can believe it, but it seems now consumers have caught on to the fact that shoving harmful ingredients in your armpits (and further into your system from there) isn’t really the best idea. Slow clap!
Now, not all of them are created equal and a few are guilty of claiming they are the best and most natural, but really aren’t, or selling out to larger corporations that alter the formulas. But you know me, my goal is never to focus on the negative here so let us celebrate the positive. And by positive I mean the ones that ACTUALLY WORK.
I don’t need to tell you that everyone’s body chemistry is different, so this list isn’t finite, but I have put in the leg work (or arm work) over the past 7 years and have narrowed the list to those that I love and happily use in rotation. Options are also in all price points. And when I say they work I don’t just mean on light days doing nothing. I mean ones that last during hard workouts, sweltering days, hauling butt around an expo for 8 hours, night sweats, international travel and everything in between.
Agent Nateur ($21-$26)
I truly think this is one of the most luxury items in the green market – and it has a price tag to match. I know it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you how much I adore it. I use the men’s version “holi(man)” because I love more musky scents, but all of the formulations from the Original to the Shiva Rose version feel so good going on. They’re super moisturizing, stink stopping and the skin under my arms seem to be better for it. If you follow me on IG, you’ve also probably seen me deconstruct the tube to get every last drop. If I’m going to spend, I’m going to use every single bit.
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Humble Brands ($9.95)
I’ve tried any number of decently priced deodorants from every grocer, boutique and farmers market – all usually end up in the trash. Not Humble. I’m borderline obsessed with this brand. It works extremely well and there are such beautiful scent profiles to choose from.
Much to the dismay of every man in my family, I love the Patchouli Copal + Vanilla, but I also heavily use the Essential Lavender and Palo Santo, Frankincense + Vanilla versions. They even just released a CBD version, but it’s in a Cedarwood scent and while smelling like a hippie works for me, smelling like a lumberjack doesn’t. But Jeff, the amazing owner, has personally promised me there will be more and often. I even suggested holiday scents, so count me in for life if that happens! Scents aren’t your thing? They have Unscented and Vegan versions, too
Heads up, you can even subscribe so you get a shipment every 3 months. Talk about living the good life!
Primally Pure ($14-$22)
One of the very first natural deodorants I ever tried an had success with, I’ve enjoyed watching this brand evolve with beautiful packaging, but still stellar formulas. My favorite is still trusty Lavender, but the Blue Tansy variety is fast catching up. These deodorants work under pressure – even on my husband – and also offer a variety of selections for those of you (like me) who are into that. They even have a charcoal version if you need to detox (read here).
Ambre Blends ($34)
I can’t believe I’m telling you about this. You can pretend you never saw this last section, okay? I live for this deodorant and everything Ambre Blends creates. It is fiercely effective and will change your life with it’s scent, it’s also $34 dollars. I wear one of their rollerballs daily, so this makes a nice layering addition to the subtle fragrance, but it’s still always just enough to get me copious amounts of compliments. That being said, if you live within a 50 mile radius of me or are planning on seeing me, you aren’t allowed to wear it! IT’S MINE.
That’s it. 4 deodorants made the cut. Everytime I tell people this, they’re like “but have you tried Schmidts, Native, Rustic Maka, Vapour AER, Meow Meow Tweet, PiperWai, Kopari, Ursa Major, etc.” I could go on and on, but the answer is yes, and my list is still my list