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The Best Natural Deodorants

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EO Organic Deodorant Spray

$7

  • Organic, vegan, and cruelty-free
  • Available in four scents
  • Quick-drying and residue-free
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Kopari Coconut Deodorant

$14

  • Organic, vegan, and cruelty-free
  • Long-lasting sweat and odor reduction
  • Skin-soothing
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Aesop Deodorant

$35

  • Cruelty-free and vegan
  • Long-lasting odor control
  • Style and substance
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While there’s no scientific evidence of health risk associated with the aluminum used in antiperspirants, plenty of people are still opting to go natural when it comes to pit-sweat control (hey, better safe than sorry!). But natural deodorant is a tricky business — the fact is that natural deodorants require more trial and error than aluminum-based antiperspirants. Because they’re mitigating sweat-based odor rather than stopping sweat, their effectiveness relies on their reaction to your specific body chemistry. We tested some of the top-rated natural options to see which ones work and which ones really stink.

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EO Organic Deodorant Spray

Starting from $7

The Details

Size: 4 oz.

Available in four Scents

Paraben-free

Cruelty-free

Organic

Vegan

What / Who It's Best For

  • People who want natural deodorant at an unnaturally low price
  • Light to moderate sweaters
  • People with sensitive skin

Why We Love It

Let’s start with a bit of neutral news that is bad in the context of natural deodorant recommendations: Everyone’s microbiome is unique, and as such, they all respond differently to things like — yes — natural deodorant. I’m sorry. I know that’s a sort of a down note on which to begin an ostensibly authoritative recommendation of natural deodorants. But in the course of our deodorant testing, we found that the consensus wasn’t as strong for these as it was for, say, kitchen sponges. With that being said, we think that EO Organic Deodorant Spray is the best low-price choice for the largest number of sweaty people.

EO Organic Spray Bottle with hand

This spray consists of organic alcohol (sugar cane ethanol, to be precise), purified water, and an essential oil blend that varies depending on the scent. That’s it! And while alcohol — which kills stank-causing germs — can be an irritant for sensitive skin, our designated sensitive-skin tester (whose pits balked at baking soda) found EO to be pleasantly gentle. It comes in four scents: lavender, citrus, vetiver, and tea tree. The smells are subtle, and more like a nice cologne than a traditional deodorant or antiperspirant (though when it came to vetiver, our testers were divided: Some loved it, and some found it too medicinal).

“Yes, okay,” we hear you asking, “but does it work?” And the answer is yes! For the most part, it works! Of course, no natural deodorant is going to prevent you from sweating. Aluminum, the thing we’re trying to avoid, is what stops you from sweating. But this stuff does a decent job of stopping you from stinking. For everyday use, our testers found this spray to be effective at neutralizing/masking odor (in other words: EO beat B.O.). Our tests did not include exercise (because quite honestly, if you don’t stink at the gym, you’re doing it wrong), but they did include humidity, subway trains, and a few self-proclaimed sweat monsters. By the end of the day, each of our testers found that, while they might not have been comfortable inviting people to sniff their pits, they were, at the very least, not the designated smelly kid.

In terms of application, EO’s application is easy and mess-free. Unlike some of the deodorants we tried, which required the user to dip their fingers in a paste and smear said paste under their arms, you can simply spray this stuff on in a few refreshing bursts. And for those times when you need to re-up during the day, it also comes in easily packable towelettes (one note about the spray bottle: It’s 4 ounces, so not TSA-approved for carry-ons). It’s clear, quick-drying, non-sticky, and non-greasy, so your clothes will be totally safe (for which our shirts are all eternally grateful).

Bottom line: If you want a natural deodorant in the same price bracket as most non-natural varieties, EO is your best bet.

User Reviews

"I've tried SOOO many natural deodorants in all forms since I got off of aluminum years ago. I've dealt with lots of underarm irritation/itching with no apparent reason, even with natural products. I liked several but would still need a refresher in the evening or I'd notice odor creeping back in. Not with this product! It's a light spray (I like both the citrus and the lavender), air-dries quickly, and amazingly keeps odor away till the next day! AND I have much less irritation and chronic itching. Amazing."
— T From Amazon
"I love this deodorant. I used Tom's natural deodorant before this and switched because I was trying to find my husband a new deodorant that doesn't irritate his skin (the Tom's did). I haven't given it to my husband to try yet but I love it! I work out a LOT (gym and hot yoga) and this works wonderfully. It'll dry your pits out pretty good but you'll still sweat if it's super hot out and if you're working hard. You won't smell at all though! It has such a nice essential oil type scent. A bottle of this goes a long way and I always reapply (because I like the scent)."
— Rebecca From Amazon
"I have been using this for three weeks and I am sold! I thought I would try it out because I have grown increasingly uncomfortable with using chemicals on my body. I try to cut that out where I can. This deodorant works. I put it on in the morning and I am still smelling fine by evening. Even with running, I don't smell! You still sweat with this, because it is not an antiperspirant. I am not a particularly heavy sweater (except when I run, which is acceptable to me) so it has worked wonderfully for me. I love the vetiver scent — it’s woodsy and fresh smelling. It reminds me of patchouli, but a little lighter. The vetiver scent is strong when you first put it on, but after about an hour, you can't really smell it anymore. Then you really just smell nothing. It does sting a little when you put it on right after shaving. I guess that is the alcohol. I've also had no staining of my clothes with this product. I recommend it."
— Lindsey Jane From Amazon

EO Organic

Leave-no-trace spray

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Kopari Coconut Deodorant

Starting from $14

The Details

Size: 2 oz.

Cruelty-free

Paraben-free

Sulfate-free

Vegan

What / Who It's Best For

  • People who want super-soft pits
  • Moderate to heavy sweaters
  • Coconut lovers

Why We Love It

Coconut oil is basically the bloodletting of today: People tout is as a cure for everything from frizzy hair to pathological rudeness (results may vary). But based on our experience with our pick for this category, Kopari Coconut Deodorant, we can confidently endorse coconut oil for at least one thing: taming that B.O.

If you don’t like the smell of coconut, first of all, why do you hate summer joy so much? (Just kidding — different strokonuts for different coconuts!) Second of all, this is probably not the best option for you, as it does smell strongly of coconut. We didn’t find the scent at all overwhelming, though, and it mostly dissipated within an hour. In addition to coconut oil — which is antimicrobial and antibacterial — and coconut water (for hydration; more on that later), Kopari deodorant contains sage oil, which (according to the company) helps with both odor and sweat reduction. Is it because it flushes all the bad vibes out of your armpits? Unclear! But, to our true delight and astonishment, it actually works! This was one of the only deodorants we tried, at any price point, that had any effect on the amount we sweat. Not only that, but it left us smelling fresh as daisies by day’s end. Or perhaps daisies that have maybe been kept in a warm pocket for a few hours. Which is still pretty dang great, all things considered.

Kopari Coconut Deodorant being held with cap off

This stuff is a stick, so it’s super easy to apply, and though it leaves more of a residue than EO, our $ pick, it goes on invisible and didn’t stain our clothes at all. But by far our favorite thing about this deodorant is how much it soothed and hydrated the pits of even our most sensitive tester. BELIEVE THE COCONUT OIL HYPE! A deodorant that makes your armpits feel better is a rare and glorious thing (trust us — we’ve tried a lot. You’re welcome).

To recap: A natural deodorant that smells like a tropical paradise, keeps B.O. at bay, actually reduces sweat, and makes your underarm skin feel soft and hydrated? Brb, buying at least two lifetime supplies.

User Reviews

"I have tried what feels like every natural deodorant and they all either a) don't work, b) feel gritty like a scrub, c) cause an inflammation reaction, d) smell bad. However, this is THE HOLY GRAIL. I returned all my recent trials in natural deodorants after trying this for a week. Here is the breakdown: 1) It smells amazing, like coconut flakes baked for 10 minutes, 2) It is clear, and soft and buttery smooth, 3) It rolls on so smoothly and softly, but stays hard, and doesn't leave a wet feeling, 4) It doesn't cause clogs or breakouts, 5) It's clear, so it doesn't stain clothes or leave white marks, and 6) YOU DON'T SMELL. Kopari, please never change this deodorant — I love it!"
— littlekedi From Sephora
"This deodorant is f***ing magic. It smells good, goes on and stays clear, and doesn't leave you smelly at the end of the day. If you do end up sweating, you just smell faintly of delicious coconut. It's obviously pricier than the average grocery store deodorant but so worth the switch."
— FlexLex From Sephora
"This deodorant might be my new favorite health and beauty product! I’ve tried countless natural deodorants: Crystal, Primal Pit Paste, LaVanila. Before, LaVanila was my go-to because others would irritate my underarms due to baking soda, but it would still leave me smelling a smidge ripe by the end of the day. Kopari leaves my pits dry, happy, and smelling as fresh as when I put it on!"
— beautyaddictAR From Sephora

Kopari

Skin-soothing wonder stick

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Aesop Deodorant

Starting from $35

The Details

Size: 1.7 oz.

Cruelty-free

Paraben-free

Vegan

What / Who It's Best For

  • People who are suckers for nice packaging
  • Moderate sweaters
  • People who love the smell of vetiver

Why We Love It

We all know it’s usually a mistake to judge a book by its cover, but what about judging a deodorant by its (minimalist, impossibly chic, French apothecary-esque) bottle? We’d be lying if we said we didn’t give Aesop’s deodorant spray major points for how lovely it looked on our bathroom shelf. And why not? If you’re going to spend $35 on a bottle of deodorant, it better look like luxury.

Luckily, this spray has substance in addition to style. It uses zinc ricinoleate, which absorbs and neutralizes odors rather than simply masking them, as well as witch hazel, which shrinks pores (smaller pores = smaller spaces from which sweat can escape), and essential oils, including vetiver. Vetiver, as discussed in the review of our $ pick, EO Organic Spray, is a divisive scent. Some of our testers loved it, some hated it, but everyone had an opinion, one way or another. Aesop itself characterizes the scent as unisex, and while we would argue that all scents are unisex, it’s true that it has a woodsiness that’s less of a traditionally “feminine” scent than, say, apple blossom. It smells more like summer camp than summer flowers. We did notice that the scent is quite strong on the first spritz, but it mellows out considerably within a few minutes.

Aesop Natural Deodorant Spray Bottle with cap off

Its controversial scent aside, this stuff really does demolish B.O. Despite the pore-shrinking promises of witch hazel, none of our testers noticed any reduction in underarm dampness, but it did offer some of the longest-lasting odor protection of any of the deodorants we tried. Yeah, you’ll sweat, but your sweat will smell like an herbal elixir.

Like our other spray pick, EO Organic, this stuff goes on clear, dries in a snap, and leaves no residue on skin or clothes. It also got the seal of approval from our sensitive-skinned tester, though several testers and reviewers noted that it does sting if you apply it directly after shaving your pits.

If you’re willing to shell out for a fancy deodorant, we recommend getting one that not only comes in a seriously stylish package, but that actually, you know, works. When it comes to natural deodorant, Aesop is fable-ous.

User Reviews

"I have been searching for a natural deodorant that works and doesn't contain aluminum and baking soda. Not only does this deodorant work, but you only need to apply it once and not throughout the day. I don't mind the scent (I wear perfume normally and it covers the scent) but this product is amazing. I just wish Aesop would make a bigger size."
— Raven From Nordstrom
"I've been trying out natural/aluminum-free deodorants for a while because I have a lot of sensitivity and irritated bumps from regular deodorant. Most stuff either didn't work at all or left me slightly (but noticeably) stinky by the end of the day. This spray deodorant has been amazing and has me smelling great from 6 a.m. when I leave for work to 10 p.m. when I get home. I haven't done any vigorous workouts with it yet so I can't remark on its efficacy where that is concerned, but it gets me through my daily tasks odor-free, including when I'm hormonal and just smellier in general. Definitely going to repurchase. The bottle lasts a while too!"
— emsmellylizardbreath From Nordstrom
"This is the best natural deodorant out there. I discovered it by accident at a trendy hipster coffee/smoothie shop in LA. I thought it smelled amazing but balked at the price. But later I was curious and found it online and the reviews were great, so I decided to try it. It's AMAZING!! I have tried dozens of natural deodorants and have been using them for 15+ years. 99% are flat-out ineffective and just DO NOT last past midday or simply are not all-natural as they claim. This liquid spray eliminates any and all odor from sweat all day long. All day. Now, it's not antiperspirant — those can never be natural — you WILL sweat in the heat, but you will smell lovely!! Houston summers are no joke and this works in Houston heat! Now, if I'm going to be out all day and then into the night, I do have to re-apply. But, the staying power is amazing. This smells so unique — a sexy, unisex, woody, clove-y smell. It's very, very overpowering at first spritz but settles down immediately. It's gentle on skin, non-irritating, and a bottle lasts me about two months. LOVE LOVE LOVE."
— Stasae From Nordstrom

Aesop

The smell of luxury

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