As we learn more about the ingredients in our personal care products, many of us are trying to find cleaner options with fewer chemicals and additives. A few years ago, I switched to natural deodorant, but when I started back to work in politics, I gave it up in the name of dryness. My “good-for-me deodorant” just couldn’t keep me odor free on stressful days.
Recently, I decided to try again with natural options. Here are the five I tried. Four duds, one clear winner.
Native Green Tea & Blackberry Deodorant. Native’s deodorant is aluminum-free and phthalate-free. It’s also vegan. Unlike some deodorants I tried, this one glides on smooth. The scent was subtle, but I didn’t find it particularly enjoyable.
Rating 1/5. I wanted to like this deodorant, but it was the worst one I tried. By noon, the protection was gone. I spent a fortune dry cleaning the dresses and blazers I wore the two weeks I tested this deodorant. It just really offered no protection, and I felt slightly damp most of the time.
Necessaire Gel Deodorant. Nécessaire’s deodorants are blogger favorites. Their gel deodorant is made with witch hazel, AHA, and niacinamide. The deodorant is designed to balance underarm pH to prevent the smell that comes along with bacteria growth. It’s also supposed to treat in-grown hairs.
Rating 3.5/5. For awhile, I thought this deodorant was the solution. It seemed to work well, I never noticed end-of-day odor. But after a little over two weeks, I noticed redness and dry skin in the folds of my skin. The minute I stopped using the deodorant, it got better, within a week it was gone. I don’t know what caused the reaction, but it wasn’t pleasant.
Megababe Smoothie Deo. Since it’s release several years ago, the Katie Sturino-created brand Megababe has been a hot topic. Their fruit smoothie deodorant smells great, like a beach vacation. It glides on smoothly. And it wasn’t irritating. But did it work?
Rating 2.5/5. On a regular day, this deodorant worked well. On a day when your boss is knocking on your door every fifteen-minutes and the printer jams and you’re scarfing down lunch before your next Zoom, it does not work that well. That’s when I need deodorant to work, and if it doesn’t, it’s a failure.
BeautyCounter The Clean Deo. I tend to avoid MLMs, but a friend sells BeautyCounter and offered me a sample of their award-winning Clean Deo. Made with baking soda, coconut oil and cornstarch it has different ingredients than many of the natural deodorants I tried, which usually don’t have baking soda. I also liked the fresh coconut scent.
Rating 3.5/5. This deodorant kept me dry most of the time. I started keeping it in my bag to re-apply on stressful days, and I would still be dry when I got home. The problem? The price. $28 through a BC supplier, almost $40 on Amazon. Even at regular price that is more than double to cost of most natural deodorants. No, thank you.
Lume Whole Body Deodorant. In the past, several of you mentioned Lume in your comments, so I gave it a try. Lume’s deodorant is made with mandelic acid, and unlike many natural deodorants, is water based. I loved the coconut and tangerine scents, but this was one of the few companies that makes an unscented option.
Rating 4/5. Lume claims to keep you odor free for 72-hours. Given the experiences detailed above, I thought that had to be nonsense. Now, I’ve never pushed my deodorant to the 72-hour mark, but Lume got me through a whole day of stress sweat with no break through or measurable dampness It also never smelled stale or off-putting.
I also like that it’s available on Amazon for the same price as in store. And I love that I can buy a two-pack. Frankly, I’m a customer for life.
Do you have a favorite natural deodorant? Leave your thoughts in the comments.