Looking for an Effective Natural Deodorant? Here are Our Team’s Top 5 Favorites!

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Say goodbye to stinky pits and hello to fresh-smelling natural deodorant! We’re sharing the best options available.

Shopping for a natural deodorant you love is much like dating. You’ve got to try it out for a bit and give it a chance before you decide if it’s for you. Deodorant isn’t always a one size fits all though, as one might work well for others, while you might end up hating it.

Since the natural stuff is usually more than double the price of regular deodorant, we’re sharing 5 of the best natural deodorant options that are all highly rated, so you can make a more educated decision when you’re ready to splurge on an aluminum-free deodorant.

A woman holding a deodorant stick in a bathroom

Why go the natural route in the first place? 

Before we dive into our top picks, it’s important to keep in mind the purpose of natural deodorants. They are not meant to prevent sweating, as our bodies are naturally made to release sweat from our pits and other areas for many health reasons, including the release of toxins.

They ARE meant to prevent odor-causing bacteria from growing, and over time, you’ll actually sweat less with natural deodorant. It’s a bit of a process, but it’s worth it in the end if you can stick it out (or should I say sweat it out).

Armpit detox ingredients next to a bowl with an armpit mask in it

If you’re transitioning from regular deodorant to natural deodorant, I highly recommend doing an armpit detox first as this will help eliminate bacteria buildup and make the switch a lot easier.

Without further ado, here are 5 of the best natural deodorants (+ one you might want to pass on):

A Crystal deodorant roll-on outside

1. Crystal Mineral Deodorant Roll-On

This aluminum chlorohydrate-free deodorant claims to prevent odor for up to 24 hours, without leaving any residue or white marks behind. Many people confuse one of Crystal’s active ingredients, potassium alum, with aluminum, but they’re not exactly the same thing.

While little research shows the effects of potassium alum, it doesn’t have the same potentially harmful effects that aluminum has been said to have.

Why we like it:

  • It’s available as a spray, stick, and roll-on deodorant so you can pick your favorite application method.
  • It’s been said to be one of the longest-lasting natural options by thousands of users.
  • It’s substantially cheaper than other natural brands on the market.

“The Crystal Mineral Lavender Roll-On is my FAVORITE. I’ve been using it for maybe 3 years now and I never ever ever smell. It’s magical. I will start a movement if they ever stop making it! 😂 – Eden, Hip sidekick

Ingredients (Lavender & White Tea scent): Water/Aqua, Potassium Alum (Mineral Salts), Polysorbate-20, *Fragrance/Parfum, Cellulose, Sodium Bicarbonate, Benzoic Acid, Zinc Gluconate. (*Natural fragrance made with essentials oils and extracts).

A hand holding a deodorant stick in a bathroom

2. Schmidt’s Aluminum-Free Natural Deodorant

Schmidt’s is one of the most notable brands in the natural deodorant world and its ingredients are a little different from their competitors. A few of their deodorants use magnesium instead of baking soda and they also use coconut oil to help nourish the skin. If you’re someone who has baking soda sensitivities, this formula might be for you!

Why we like it:

  • It comes in a variety of unique scents like Sandalwood & Citrus, Earl Grey + Coconut Milk, and Rose + Vanilla.
  • Schmidt’s has 2 lines of sensitive stick formulas and hemp formulas that contain gentler ingredients.
  • Many of their deodorant scents are unisex and smell great on both men and women.

“I have been using Schmidt’s deodorant since my underarms became super sensitive to regular deodorants. I have tried many natural deodorants and this one has the best smell and least irritation for me. It may not work well for those that sweat a lot, but I do find that I sweat less since wearing a natural deodorant!” – Amber S., Hip sidekick

Ingredients (Rose + Vanilla scent): Arrowroot Powder, Sodium Bicarbonate, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Candelilla Wax, Natural Fragrance, Jojoba Seed Oil, Magnesium Hydroxide, Tocopherol (Vitamin E, Sunflower Derived).

Native deodorant sticks on a table

3. Native Natural Deodorant

Native does a pretty darn good job at keeping the pits dry, thanks to the absorbent tapioca starch ingredient in their natural deodorants. It still won’t prevent sweating, but it’ll definitely help attack that moisture. They also offer sensitive skin options that leave out the baking soda and add in vitamin E and jojoba esters for extra nourishment.

Why we like it:

  • Native is an eco-friendly brand that offers plastic-free containers and everything is also made cruelty-free.
  • The texture is lightweight and doesn’t have any grit like other natural deodorants.
  • There are a variety of floral, citrus, and earthy scents to choose from and they also have a seasonal collection available exclusively through their website.

“Native deodorant by far works better than any other natural deodorant I have tried. It has a mild, clean scent (regardless of the scent you purchase). This deodorant goes on smoothly and is not rock hard, or super-soft – it’s just right! But the best part about Native deodorant is that it truly does keep the stink away, keeping you feeling fresh all day.” – Angie W., Hip sidekick

Ingredients (Unscented): Caprylic Triglyceride, tapioca starch, ozokerite, baking soda, coconut oil, cyclodextrin, shea butter, glucose, probiotics, magnesium hydroxide.

Two megababe deodorant roll-on sticks

4. Megababe Rosy Pits Daily Deodorant

Whether your pits are stinky or your thighs are sore from chafing, Megababe has the solution! They’re on a mission to create natural, soothing products so you can go about your day comfortably. They even have talc-free body power for men!

Why we like it:

  • Their formulas leave out the baking soda and alcohol to avoid potential irritation.
  • High-performing athletes have raved about Megababe’s stench-fighting properties.
  • It glides on clear so you don’t have to worry about those embarrassing deodorant streaks.

“Megababe deodorant has been my go-to recently since I have tried endless options and none seem to do the trick. My skin is super sensitive so the fact that Megababe is toxic-free is a win in my book. Living in Texas, it is hot and I need something I can wear and not have to worry about re-applying over and over. So far so good!” – Ashley, Hip sidekick

Ingredients (Rosy Pits): Propanediol, water, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, sodium stearate, corn starch, glycerin, fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, benzyl benzoate, coconut oil, vitamin E, green tea extract, sandalwood oil, Moldova, horsetail plant extract, sage leaf extract.

A hand holding Arm & Hammer deodorant outside

5. Arm & Hammer Essentials Deodorant

Who knew they made more than just cleaning products?! Arm & Hammer is notorious for their favorable scents and their Essentials natural deodorant collection is no exception. Their deodorant blend uses a combination of plant extracts and baking soda but skips colorants so nothing stains your clothes.

Why we like it:

  • The scents are very natural-smelling with an airy and fresh aroma.
  • It can be used by men and women as the scents are neutral.
  • You can’t compete with the price tag on this one as it’s usually less than $4 at most retailers.

My thoughts:

While I haven’t tried all the natural deodorant brands out there, I’ve tried at least a handful and Arm & Hammer’s is one of the best odor-fighting options I’ve used. I love the clean, citrusy scent and also the fact that it’s unisex because my husband likes it too. I still sweat, but this natural deodorant definitely does a good job of minimizing the stench! I usually apply it twice throughout my day.

Ingredients (Clean Juniper Berry): Dipropylene glycol, Water, Propylene glycol, Sodium stearate, Sodium bicarbonate, Citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil, Citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel extract, Juniperus virginiana oil, Fragrance, Ethylhexylglycerin, Octenidine HCL, Tetrasodium EDTA, Allantoin.

An Herban Cowboy deodorant stick on a table

One brand to look out for — The Herban Cowboy natural deodorant cost me $9 and it didn’t do a darn thing!

If you happen to see this one at the store, just keep on walking because the scent (which is so faint it’s barely noticeable) wears off within an hour and it’s certainly not worth the hefty price tag.

Sometimes you strike out with natural deodorants, but hopefully, these recommendations will help you find the one that’s just right for you!

Want to go the homemade deodorant route instead? Try Sara’s natural deodorant recipe!

Join The Discussion

Comments 25

  1. MrsG

    I have tried so many types of natural deodorant. We live in MS (very hot and humid) and I sweat so much with most kinds. If I don’t sweat the baking soda completely tears up my underarms. Then once I had my second child I STUNK no matter what kind I used. 😞

    • Taylor (Sidekick)

      I feel you MrsG! The same thing happened to me after having my second kiddo, it’s not fair!! Hopefully, you can at least find a baking soda-free scent that you really like!

  2. Alli S.

    I have been using all types of natural deodorant for years. I have tried $10 ones (Schmidt’s) and everything in between. I have been using a salt stone deodorant for two years now and I love it. It works for me – I don’t smell, there isn’t a heavy residue. You wet it with water, and roll it on.
    This is a tried and true product for me. I buy them at Sprouts or my local natural grocery store.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh cool! Thanks for the helpful suggestion! Good to know what has been working well for you!! I’ll have to try that!

  3. vmm

    Lume is the only natural deo that has ever worked for me! i finally converted my husband and he loves it…and he needed NO DETOX time like most times people convert to natural deodorants…it was amazing. he did say Native works longer for him….i’m still a Lume fan! I liked Schmidts but broke out from it after about 6 months.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      I haven’t tried Lume before. Thanks for sharing! I’ll have to add that to my list of options!

    • molly

      Does Lume help you stay dry? I love Native, but it does nothing for my sweat!

      • Fran

        Lume does not help with sweat at all but it does work really well for odor.

    • Sher

      Lume should be at the top of your list! It has transformed me! I never knew there was a deodorant that, no matter how much you sweated, would kill the bacteria and eliminate odor for up to 72 hours. My husband even loves it. I am amazed literally every time I workout.

      • Taylor (Sidekick)

        Wow, that’s amazing! I will have to try Lume, I’ve heard so many good things about that one! Thanks for sharing Sher!

  4. Suzanne H

    I tried Schmidt’s and it irritated my skin A LOT; I’m not sure why since I don’t have sensitive skin and have never reacted to any other deodorant like that. I tried Native and my pits were wet all day. I couldn’t stand the feeling. I also tried Arm & Hammer – was very excited bc the price is great. It works if you apply it over and over again throughout the day which sort of kills the good price since you have to use so much. Still searching for that perfect natural deodorant that doesn’t break the bank!

    • Taylor (Sidekick)

      Bumer Suzanne! I hope you find something you like soon. Maybe Lume is a good one to try if you haven’t already!

  5. Sherrie

    I just found ivory and it is comfortable to wear. Smalls nice and I feel pretty good using it. Only drawback is I feel I need to reapply after about six hours.

  6. molly

    I’m looking for a natural deodorant that helps you stay dry. I’ve been using Native for 6 months and it’s good, except I sweat so, so much. Can’t get used to that dampness, though I have friends who say they’ve just adapted to it. 😉

  7. Darcie Graybill

    I’ve tried several natural deodorants and Myro is my favorite. I don’t stink even on sweaty summer days!

  8. podvintage

    I love Schmidt’s and have been using it for 1+ years. It doesn’t cause my any issues. On a side note to those that may have had issues with it. It states on the label, that you should not use right after shaving.

  9. Amy

    I use Pretty Frank (formerly Primal Pit Paste). They have several varieties, including with, and without baking soda. I use the zinc formula because I can’t tolerate baking soda. I love it and plan to use it forever! It works super well! I also use the jars. The sticks are miserable to use.

  10. tinawall

    I love Native. The only complaint I have is that when you get down to the last of it, the “thingy” that holds the deodorant in the tube comes loose and then falls out every time you try to use it. There is quite a bit left too so you definitely wouldn’t want to throw it away. I first thought it was just something wrong with the one tube but now. I have been through several of them and it does it on all of them. I don’t sweat that much so I can’t comment on what others have asked about helping with sweat. I go kayaking a lot during the hottest summer months and never noticed any odor when using Native so I think it does a great job on the odor part.

  11. Janessa

    Botox! I go in twice a year and it keeps my arm pits dry as can be.

  12. Olivinelily

    Why does this lady use so many filters on all of her pics in her posts!?! Too distracting. What was this post about again.

  13. Marisol Munoz

    (Totally unsponsored) Just made the natural switch to this magnesium vegan deodorant. Just been using a few days and I have detoxed twice and it seems to be working very well! I’ve never used natural deodorant so I’m impressed and I live in the desert, so it’s been pretty warm! Unscented link below but they have some with scents as well.


  14. Wendy
  15. Brandy

    I have lots of trouble feeling and staying fresh! I found this at Walmart for $1.88 very bottom shelf. However I found the smaller one at the 99 cent store only! My boys use it as well! Does dry me out, but it works great! Arm & Hammer for the save!

  16. Meegan Tripp

    I’ve tried a handful of natural deodorants and they all made my armpits breakout! It hurt so bad! So I tried a different formula that was supposed to help, and no luck. 🙁 Bummer! But glad others can enjoy!

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