Earlier this year, I decided I wanted to try and make a change in my everyday beauty routine and make the natural deodorant switch. I’ve tried to switch in the past, but never had luck. So this time, I tried to set myself up for success by reading tons of reviews and trying multiple natural deodorant brands. Best part, three months later, I’m still using my natural deodorant and doubt I’ll ever go back! So read on to see which 5 natural deodorants for women that really work, and why they made it on my must try list!
To be honest, I’ve always been fearful of the effects ingredients, like Aluminum, in our deodorant can have on our bodies. I remember my grandfather being one of the first people to tell me about this, as he always used natural deodorants or a crystal. However, my fear of smelling badly and having unsuccessful switch experiences, kept me on the aluminum-filled deodorant train – specifically antiperspirants.
Ever since I’ve known Rick, he’s always used natural, aluminum-free deodorant. He had encouraged me to try doing the same, but I just never to the leap of faith for longer than a handful of days. Yet, as I mentioned, earlier this year, I decided to try it, again. This time though, I armed myself with a bit of research.
Little did I know, your armpits need a detox from regular deodorants… did you know this? I realized that the reason I never had success previously with natural deodorants was because I was expecting it to work immediately. But, here’s the kicker. Using aluminum-filled deodorants, aka antiperspirants, causes your sweat glands to essentially be plugged up, so then you don’t sweat. However, when switching over to natural deodorant, your sweat glands begin overcompensating for no longer being plugged up as they once were, and a period of ‘over-sweating’ most likely will ensue.
This was always my problem. I didn’t know I need to detox my glands, therefore I always threw in the towel a day or two into my prior attempts to switch to natural deodorant. However, armed with this knowledge this time, I decided to make the switch during a timeframe that I knew I’d be home, without a crazy schedule and limit my workouts to the less sweaty kind!
In my attempt to try out different natural deodorants, I ended up narrowing down my list to these 5 natural deodorants for women that really work. All have their pros + cons, but I’m happy to say some three months later, I am still using natural deodorant and have tossed all my antiperspirants in the trash.
Kopari Coconut Deodrant // My favorite of all the formulas I tried. This Coconut oil and coconut oil based product is free of basically anything toxic that you’d normally find in an antiperspirant. No Aluminum. No Baking Soda. No Parabens. No Silicone. No Phthalates. I had read the reviews on this deodorant and was completely ready to pull the trigger, come to find out it’s sold out literally everywhere! So I had to table trying out this deodorant until it came back into stock back in June. The formula is probably my favorite, due to the easy slide on nature of the deodorant and the fact that it doesn’t stain my clothes (thanks to the no baking soda feature). I’ve loved this deodorant so much that I bought a second (just be warned, that mine arrived in the mail practically melted. I stuck it in the freezer, but let Kopari know about the issue) and keep it in my travel cosmetic bag for trips. My one complaint, and really this a complaint for all natural deodorants, is I have to reapply this at least 2-3x per day, based on my activities. However, I’ve worn this to Orange Theory and Pilates and felt like it truly worked. I give the Kopari Coconut Deodorant a 9.5/10.
Schmidt’s Lavender Tips // When I initially embarked on my natural deodorant switch, this was the first brand I read about and tried. Suffice it to say, I hadn’t had the best prior experiences, because I didn’t realized my armpits needed to detox, with this product. Schmidt’s formulas keep the toxic ingredients at bay and are free of all of the following: aluminum-free, dye-free, paraben-free, Sulfate-free, phthalate-free, formaldehyde donor-free, formaldehyde-free, propylparaben-free, butylparaben-free and nonylphenol ethoxylate free. Plus their deodorants are also free of any added fragrance. My complaint about Schmidt’s deodorant, is that the formula is pretty hard… meaning you really have to press along your armpits to spread the deodorant effectively across the area. This proved to be super difficult for me, as my specific deodorant seemed to be like a block of ice, even though it wasn’t cold. I couldn’t get it to warm up at all, or spread across my armpits as I wanted. The scent is nice, but for me, it was a deodorant that I could tell I’d need to apply much more often to keep any sweaty scents away. One thing that is a huge positive in my book, is the price of Schmidt’s. Their deodorants are significantly cheaper than the other boutique deodorants I list in this post. So if you’re on a budget, definitely give this brand a try. I give Schmidt’s Lavender Tips Deodorant 6/10.
Schmidt’s Rose + Vanilla // Similar in formula to the above, Lavender Tips, but I opted to try this scent for the natural floral nodes. I actually found myself leaning towards this Schmidt’s scent over Lavender. Again, I found this brand difficult to apply and have since read that there are some negative reviews in terms of the deodorant causing a rash. This didn’t happen to me, but be cognizant if you try yourself. I wore this deodorant to a workout and felt like it worked well the first half and then probably needed a re-application for the second half. Again, the price is great for those who not looking to spend $11+ on a deodorant and definitely worth trying. I give Schmidt’s Lavender Tips Deodorant 7/10 (based on the scent being a little stronger and my experience wearing it to workout!)
Violets Are Blue Deodorant // So as to give myself options, and figure out which sort of applicator I liked best, I opted to try this Violets Are Blue deodorant that I found at Anthropolgie. The concept is there, as it was created by a former cancer patient who wanted to create the cleanest and simplest deodorant there could be. However, the simplicity is what makes this natural deodorant not for me. The smell is nice and lemony, however I felt like it was pretty faint on application and basically faded away within an hour or two of wearing. Any while it’s billed as an extra strength deodorant, I really didn’t find it to be such. I really wanted to love this deodorant based on the founder’s story. And I thought the roller ball was an easy way to apply all around my armpit, but sadly this brand fell short for me. However, the reviews on the brand site are pretty glowing about this deodorant, and perhaps it just wasn’t for me! I give the Violets Are Blue Deodorant a 4/10.
Whish Deodorant Gel // I had heard great things about this deodorant, and quite a few reviews mention that it’s the best natural deodorant they’ve found. However, the gel aspect had me weary, as even in my old antiperspirants, I never liked the gel formula. However, I decided to give this one a try based on the glowing reviews. Derived of all natural ingredients and aluminum free + paraben free, sulfate free, DEA and TEA free, petrochemical free and phthalate free. The packaging is pretty and the gel formula applies smooth and dries quickly. Plus, it smells like a dream! However, my one complaint with this and why I ultimately stopped using, is I didn’t feel like the smell had lasting power. I was too nervous to wear this to the gym, when just on a daily workday around my house, I felt like I needed to reapply every few hours. I give the Whish Deodorant Gel a 6/10.
As you can see from the reviews above, I’ve found that no natural deodorant is perfect. But, I personally am willing to forgo the perfection. I’d rather have an almost perfect natural deodorant in my arsenal, that also gives me the peace of mind that harmful ingredients are not being absorbed via my skin. I’ll continue to check out more natural deodorants as I hear about them.
One notable mention, sent to me after we shot these photos, is a local Houston brand called Source Vital Apothecary’s Dozen Fresh natural deodorant. It comes in a spray bottle, which I must admit I was weary of, so I gave it to my husband to try and he really likes it. So of course, I had to try for myself, and agree it’s really effective and strong! The one downfall is the price tag. But, I definitely say if you can swing it, try it out for yourself. I give it an 8/10.
Have you made the natural deodorant switch or are you too nervous like I was previously? Tell me below in the comments, as I’d love to hear more! xo