Did you know that we humans don’t actually produce body odor? That’s all the work of the bacteria lurking under our armpits. But if you think that’s gross, wait till you hear what goes into conventional deodorants to stop our pits from smelling. We’re talking harsh, pore-blocking additives such as aluminum, artificial fragrance, and alcohol – all of which prohibit the body’s normal functions by blocking sweat glands and preventing them from working properly.
It’s, therefore, no surprise that natural deodorants are becoming increasingly popular in the beauty world. Shunning chemicals and nasties, they’re instead loaded with good-for-you ingredients that allow the body to perspire while keeping BO-causing bacteria at bay – ensuring your pits stay dry, soft, and smooth while they’re at it.
Show your armpits some love and opt for one of these Goodness-approved natural deodorants, which will see you through the Middle Eastern heat and your weekly workouts – promise.
Schmidt's 'Natural Deodorant'
Non-greasy and non-sticky, these super sticks will keep you dry and smelling good. Whichever scent you choose (there’s everything from rose and vanilla to jasmine green tea and coconut pineapple), these mineral, plant-based deodorants provide long-lasting protection against odor and wetness – all without an artificial ingredient in sight.
G.Tip: Hold it against your skin to soften the oils with your body heat before you apply.
Schmidt’s ‘Coconut Pineapple Natural Deodorant’
Lush 'Aromaco Solid Deodorant'
This clever solid deodorant bar keeps pits perfectly dry and fresh and minimizes waste thanks to Lush’s clever ‘naked packaging’ concept. Infused with calming, antibacterial chamomile vinegar, cooling and relaxing patchouli, and toning witch hazel, it uses gentle, natural ingredients alongside super-absorbent sodium bicarbonate to keep underarms dry and smell-free. Simply rub onto clean, dry skin and you’re good to go.
Lush ‘Aromaco Solid Deodorant’
MooGoo 'Natural Fresh Cream Deodorant'
Hands down one of the best natural deodorants trialed by the Goodness team, this aluminum-free, natural roll-on allows you to perspire but, thanks to its slightly alkaline formula, prevents odor-causing bacteria from growing. Free from irritation-causing essential oils, it’s packed instead with milk of magnesia and fresh lemon Myrtle, which impart a light, fresh scent. Despite its name, it contains no animal by-products, making it the perfect pick for vegans too.
MooGoo ‘Natural Fresh Cream Deodorant’
Aesop 'Herbal Deodorant Roll-On'
Teaming plant-based ingredients with laboratory-made formulas, Aesop brings together the powers of nature and science to make for some super skin and body products, including this herbal deodorant. Crammed full of natural ingredients, including zinc, wasabi, ginger, rosemary, and sage, it doesn’t only smell like a herb garden, but it keeps you feeling dry and fresh, all day long.
Aesop ‘Herbal Deodorant Roll-On’
Kopari 'Coconut Oil Deodorant'
This 100 percent vegan and cruelty-free deodorant works with your body to reduce odor, while its unique blend of plant-based enzymes, coconut water, sage oil, and coconut oil (a natural antimicrobial and anti-bacterial) hydrates and soothes even the most sensitive of skins. Plus, it boasts a tropical scent that’s bound to put a spring in your step. A slick of this and you’ll be saying aloha to soft, dry underarms in no time.
Kopari ‘Coconut Oil Deodorant’
Acca Kappa 'White Moss Natural Deodorant Spray'
Inspired by Italy in the spring, this option is so much more than a good-for-skin deodorant. Blending sweet, sensual notes of bergamot, white musk, lavender, and lemon, it smells so good you can forego your usual perfume spritz. Not to mention the fact that it effectively eliminates bad underarm smells while maintaining the skin’s natural balance, and it’s enriched with aloe vera, witch hazel, and echinacea to soothe even the most sensitive of skins. Sold.
Acca Kappa ‘White Moss Natural Deodorant Spray’
megababe 'Rosy Pits Deodorant'
Don’t let its on-point millennial packaging and cutesy name fool you, because this natural deodorant means serious business. So much so that it’s become a cult hero, constantly selling out with waiting lists of 13,000 people. But, if you are lucky enough to get your hands (or should we say pits?) on one, you’ll see why the world is so obsessed. Infused with green tea, sage vitamin E, coconut oil, and aloe leaf, it acts as an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory to keep BO at bay without irritation.
Megababe ‘Rosy Pits Deodorant’
Real Purity 'Roll-On Deodorant'
Packed full of organic aloe and glycerin and pure essential oils (lavender, rosemary, sage, and apricot to name a few), this quick-drying natural deodorant was formulated with sensitive skins in mind. It keeps skin dry and residue-free, and it eliminates odor without clogging pores or irritating underarms. Real, pure beauty at its best.
Real Purity ‘Roll-on Deodorant’
Tarte 'Clean Queen Vegan Deodorant'
Not only is this one of the prettiest deodorants we’ve ever seen, but it also proves that you don’t need harmful chemicals to make something effective. Without disturbing normal perspiration, it uses natural odor neutralizers and plant starches to absorb excess moisture, and it contains soothing aloe to cool the skin. Plus, its sweet vanilla scent will leave you smelling sublime, all day long.
Tarte ‘Clean Queen Vegan Deodorant’
Aurelia 'Probiotic Skincare Botanical Cream Deodorant'
Is it a cream? Is it a deodorant? Well, it’s both – and although it might not be the way you normally apply your deo, you’ll soon be a loyal convert. This unique cream-to-powder formula is super easy to apply (simply scoop it out with your fingers and rub into your underarms), and harnesses the BO-busting powers of antimicrobial arrowroot, moisture-absorbing kaolin clay, and hydrating shea butter.
Aurelia ‘Probiotic Skincare Botanical Cream Deodorant’