6 Natural Deodorants That Actually Work

It’s quite possible you’ve tried a number of natural vegan deodorants and all of them were duds. The truth is, finding a deodorant that works for you is a process that might involve some trial and error. While many conventional deodorants are packed with irritants and potentially harmful ingredients such as aluminum, chemical fragrances, parabens, and phthalates, vegan options often rely on natural ingredients like baking soda to absorb sweat. Because there are many factors to consider when it comes to choosing one that’s right for you (do you prefer a paste or stick? Is charcoal-based better than one made with baking soda?), we’re sharing our top six options, from sweat-absorbing to stink-proof. 

1. LaVanila Sport Luxe

This athlete-approved armpit protection features a velvet-soft formula that goes on clear and smooth. Its health-promoting ingredients include lemon and tea tree oil, and the company’s “smartsport technology” claims to break down sweat molecules and prevent odor while nourishing delicate underarms. Better still, the fragrance smells like clean laundry and holds up against the sweatiest of bike rides and house-cleaning frenzies. 

2. Native Deodorant in Coconut & Mandarin

This San Francisco-based, cruelty-free company tested thousands of ingredients before finding the perfect recipe for its deodorant. Its recognizable ingredients include coconut oil and shea butter, which help the stick formula glide on smoothly and melt into your skin, and baking soda, which helps absorb odors. And because it doesn’t contain aluminum, it won’t stain your clothes. While we love the Coconut and Mandarin option, Native deodorants also come in Cucumber and Mint, Lavender and Rose, and Charcoal. 

3. Dusk by Herban Cowboy

This plant-based protection features parsley, rosemary, and sage extracts that create a natural musky scent that isn’t overpowering—so it won’t compete with your perfume or cologne. Formulated without parabens or phthalates, Dusk by Herban Cowboy offers hours-long odor protection without the need for chemicals that may irritant your skin. This non-greasy formula also glides on clear and dries quickly. 

4. Kopari Deodorant in Beach

This lightly scented deodorant offers a blend of coconut water, coconut oil, and sage oil that helps to condition and soothe even the most sensitive underarms. It’s a baking soda-free option that touts itself on working with your body’s natural functions to aid in odor reduction. It glides on smooth and doesn’t leave a sticky, white residue like conventional products. Plus, it’ll leave you smelling like a beach vacation. 

5. Schmidt’s in Rose + Vanilla

Schmidt’s offers a variety of scents and formulations when it comes to deodorant, but you won’t be able to get enough of this one’s heavenly blend of fresh roses and sweet vanilla. All you need is one or two swipes for all-day odor protection—be sure to hold the product to your skin to soften the oils with your body heat before applying. The formula combines plant-based oils and butters such as coconut oil, jojoba seed oil, shea butter, magnesium, and baking soda, which aid in neutralizing odor and keeping you feeling fresh. 

6. Rustic Maka in Petals and Blooms

We love Rustic Maka with all our hearts—so much so that they were featured in a Kinder Beauty box last year, and our subscribers couldn't get enough. This lovely roller deodorant feels simply luxurious as it glides against your pretty, pretty pits, and we're currently all about the company's Petals and Blooms and Wind of Change scents. Be warned that if you get this good stuff, you won't be able to stop smelling your underarms.

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Nicole Axworthy is a Toronto-based writer and author of the vegan cookbook DIY Vegan.