Natural Deodorant: A Continuous Quest

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I recently made the switch to natural deodorant.

Sweating is a natural part of life. When you use an antiperspirant, it physically plugs your sweat glands, stopping your body from releasing sweat. Many questions have been raised as to whether these sweat-stopping ingredients can lead to things like breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and kidney disease. While the answers are unclear, I personally would just prefer to go the natural route to ease my mind! The only issue is… I need your help.

Over the past several months, I’ve tried out a few different kinds of natural deodorant, but I haven’t seemed to discover one that totally does it for me just yet.

A few quick notes… When it comes to natural deodorant, we shouldn’t expect it to stop us from sweating – that’s what antiperspirant does, and that’s part of what we’re trying to avoid! The purpose of natural deodorant is to keep us smelling fresh and clean. Also, please know that what hasn’t worked too well for me may be a lifesaver for you – each body is different. Lastly, I’ve been told that a natural deodorant may lose effectiveness after a month or so,

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so it’s a great idea to have two good options on hand, and to switch back and forth between the two whenever one seems to stop working. With that being said, here are some that I’ve tried and what they’ve done for me!

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Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar. ACV has so many uses & benefits, and substituting it for your regular deodorant is one of them! After showering, I pour a bit onto a cotton ball and dab under my arms. It has a bit of an unpleasant scent at first, but this dissipates quickly. For me, ACV stops some of the sweat smell, but doesn’t leave me feeling incredibly fresh. I also find it stings a bit if I apply it directly after shaving, as my skin is pretty sensitive. If you want to go the ACV route, make sure you use a raw, unfiltered type that contains “the mother” – this is made of living nutrients and bacteria that are beneficial to our health. Bragg is an excellent brand and is widely available!

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Burt’s Bees Deodorant. I love the tin spray bottle this comes in, and the sage scent is to die for. I sometimes even find myself spraying some into the air or on my clothes after I apply it. Like the ACV, this deodorant also seems to sting me, and unfortunately it doesn’t seem to mask the sweat smell so much. Using this in conjunction with ACV does an okay job, but I know I can find something that works better for me!

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Crystal Essence Chamomile & Green Tea Deodorant. This has a faint scent, but it’s quite pleasant. I like that it’s a liquid that rolls on, but find that it takes a little while to absorb into my skin. This, for me, seems to work better than the Burt’s Bees deodorant – and it doesn’t sting! – so lately I’ve been pairing this with ACV as part of my daily routine.

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Volta Deodorant and Lemon + Geranium Dusting Powder. I’m such a sucker for beautiful packaging, and the dusting powder smells incredible. The deodorant base is made of cacao seed butter and coconut oil, and I really like the consistency. The dusting powder is not required, but can be used for added freshness. I just acquired this combo today, so it may be too early to tell, but I certainly feel fresh and do not smell of sweat at all. The only downside I can note as of right now is that the deodorant has a very strong scent that is a bit overwhelming for my sensitive little nose!

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I haven’t yet attempted to make my own natural deodorant. That’s next on the list, but I figured I’d first see if you guys had any expertise to share on the matter! What natural deodorants have you tried? What works for you? Have you made your own? Do tell! :)

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Comments

Victoria -April 30, 2014, 8:13AM

I have really struggled with this dilemma, as well! The chemicals in mainstream deodorant/antiperspirant concern me; but “natural” deodorants always seem to leave me sticky, itchy, or as you said – they sting and irritate my also sensitive skin. And of course, they simply don’t compete on freshness.

One you didn’t mention that I have tried is Jason’s, which looked promising. Gave it a couple months, because it was “ok”, but in the end I tossed it.

I hate salt deodorant crystals; but then I finally tried a salt spray, and it has been the best natural option for me so far.

Erica -April 30, 2014, 8:37AM

I make my own and it works great. It takes a little time for your body to adjust though, so don’t give up! I use about 1 tbs baking soda, 1 generous tbs corn starch, 1 scant tbs coconut oil, and then essential oils (I prefer lavender). I love the way smells and feels. And I feel like I sweat less now too!

Alejandra -April 30, 2014, 8:41AM

I switched from traditional antiperspirant straight to the coconut oil, arrowroot, baking soda, essential oils mixture. I swear it is the most wonderful deodorant I have ever tried! It is so good, even my mom is a convert now. I would just recommend that you put a little less baking soda and some more arrowroot flour, as baking soda can irritate sensitive skin quickly. Good luck!

Indy -April 30, 2014, 8:44AM

I definitely love my salt crystal! Actually, I don’t even put deodorant on unless I know I’ll be exerting myself at work or the gym or something. Then I use my NOW brand salt crystal and it works so well! I also keep a tube of Jason’s or Tom’s natural deodorant in my car just in case I need something else during the day.

Taylor -April 30, 2014, 8:49AM

I recently switched from regular deodorants, like Secret or Dove, to Tom’s deodorant because we happened to have that on hand and it’s more natural. However, Tom’s gave me a rash, isn’t as natural as I’d like, and actually didn’t keep me from smelling all day. So I started using some natural deodorant I made (with the same ingredients you have listed +some bentonite clay and so far it is working wonders! My rash cleared up, and I actually don’t smell bad, even after a hard workout!

kaly s-b -April 30, 2014, 8:53AM

i’ve had a lot of luck with Lush’s ‘The Greenwich.’ it’s not as natural as ACV, but it really works wonders and is effective as a solid without the heavy scent!

kaly s-b -April 30, 2014, 8:54AM

my bad it’s luch’s ‘greeench’

Chloe -April 30, 2014, 9:03AM

In Australia you can purchase swisse body products, one is all natural deodorant… I find that it works for me. Although I don’t sweat excessively. It is an option I recommend! :) :)

m -April 30, 2014, 9:04AM

I have found the only natural deoderabt that works for me, and it works really really well!

I keep a jar of coconut oil in my bathroom. After I towel off (it’s important to do this on clean skin) I rub on some coconut oil under my arms. Then I pat some baking soda on top of that. Don’t rub in the baking soda or it will irritate your skin. Sometimes I just use coconut oil if I know i’m not going to be sweating a lot that day (lazy sundays and such).

I found this technique from Liz at Cave Girl Eats, and it works perfectly for me. I just dont smell. As for scent, you can dab on some essential oil or natural perfume.

Hope this helps!

valerie -April 30, 2014, 9:27AM

wooow I’ve been on this quest for upwards of around three years now. I believe you are right in saying that everyone’s bodies react differently. What works for you won’t always for me! But from what I have inquired, most natural deodorants don’t really deodorize for most women to whom I have spoken. I’ve tried Tom’s, only to smell worse. I’ve tried geodeo with 2 weeks of success. I’ve tried crystal deodorants galore.

I did make my own which has had pretty good success! Only thing is you must reapply a few times throughout the day. It contained coconut oil, arrowroot starch, teatree oil, eucalyptus oil, lemon oil, and lavender oil. This works pretty well!

Recently, however, I’ve been applying the deodorant described above, and then powdering my armpits with baking soda! I’ve had pretty good success with this.

LOVE AND LIGHT
best of luck in your search for natural antifunk gunk!
VAL

Kate -April 30, 2014, 9:33AM

SOAPWALLA DEODORANT CREAM!!!! This amazing woman based out of Brooklyn makes a whole line of natural products for sale through her Etsy shop and website, and ladies, the deodorant is EPIC. Kept me fresh & fragrant through two years under the blazing Middle Eastern desert sun, and let me tell you that’s no small feat. Even my other half loves it! He kept stealing it ’til I bought him his own. You have to get used to the texture – it’s kind of like putting frosting on your armpits – but I’ll never switch again. Plus it smells minty and lovely. Props to all the DIYers though, the coconut oil and baking soda method intrigues…

Check it out here!
http://soapwallakitchen.com/collections/all/products/deodorant-cream

Von -April 30, 2014, 9:37AM

I’ve tried the crystal salt deodorants and a couple of health brand names like Toms. I’ve not had much luck with any of these. It gets hot in Phoenix, but I wouldn’t say I sweat heavily. I’m definitely a light sweater for the most part. For now I’ve been back on the Secret Unscented Antip. It’s definitely got more of a chemical smell but I can get away with applying it once every couple of days and then using natural products the rest of the time. I’m not particularly happy with it but haven’t found another good alternative.

Niki -April 30, 2014, 9:44AM

Only one natural deodorant I use is my homemade version based on coconut oil, baking soda and potato (or rice/corn) starch. Without cocao butter and beeswax, it’s not nessasary for good application. Even without essential oil. That unsmelling version don’t disturb parfume. Feel pretty dry and my sweat not stinking :) yeaaah simple and cheap way.

Hayley -April 30, 2014, 9:53AM

Tom’s aluminum-free natural deodorant is great. I buy the lavender scented but there are a couple others and an unscented I believe. It claims 24 hour protection but I would say really halfway through the day and you good! And I never have to switch to a different kind because it stops working.

Emma -April 30, 2014, 10:02AM

I use a natural crystal deodorant made from Allum crystal, it’s AMAZING and I don’t sweat a bit!!!! You wet it slightly first so that the crystals transfer to your skin. It’s magic.

Rebecca -April 30, 2014, 10:03AM

I am so thankful to you, Brigette, for writing this piece! I am glad to hear I am not the only lady struggling with this problem. I too have tried Jason and Toms only to smell worse, just my body’s chemistry I guess. One apricot deodorant actually smelled to me like cat pee when I started to sweat.
I am a server and work in close quarters with our customers so body odor is unacceptable. Sweating is just going to happen though since I work in a restaurant with a wood fired oven. I am loving the DIY ideas; thanks for sharing! I am going to give some of those a try. Any notes on those recipes about how they affect your clothes, do they leave white marks et cetera? Thanks for the info.
Loving what you do at Free People!!-R

TamarackAndKhus -April 30, 2014, 10:16AM

I really recommend just not wearing deodorant. Some people may end up feeling uncomfortable or not liking the smell, but I think that for many people if they shower frequently and wear clean clothes there is little to no “armpit smell”. I realize that this is not an option for certain types of jobs, but if you have the luxury of giving it a try you may be pleasantly surprised. Think of the whole “no shampoo” thing- your body adjusts to using certain types of products and can adjust back to not using them.
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tilly -April 30, 2014, 10:16AM

sukin! sukin make the best natural deo ever. i’ve tried a bunch. it’s available everywhere in Australia or online. It’s a tangerine, lavender, and vanilla sent that just smells so clean and it keeps me fresh all day. If i’m going to be doing something heavy duty i dab on a bit of lush’s dry shampoo which is essentially just cornstarch and grapefruit. that soaks up any extra.

Maddy -April 30, 2014, 10:18AM

I have tried every kind of natural DEODERANT…and I finally have found one that works and I highly recommend it. SCHMIDTS! It comes in a couple different scents, I prefer lavender and sage. Give it a try!!

Liz -April 30, 2014, 10:21AM

I use lavender castille soap (it’s a homemade one with lots of essential oil, but I bet Bronner’s would work). Afterwards, I apply a homemade lotion of lavender, olive oil, coconut oil, and beeswax, and brush arrowroot powder over it. What I’ve found is that you just may have to wash a re-apply at some point during the day. Baking soda or any deodorants with alcohol in them give me a rash, so they’re all out. While I’ve never tried it, I’ve heard time and time again that the best all-natural deodorant is by Soapwalla.

Just discovered the blog, and love it. I spent last night scrolling the archives with a glass of wine.

Julie -April 30, 2014, 10:33AM

You can test “Pierre d’Alun” !

Pamislav -April 30, 2014, 10:44AM

Hi! I’ve used for a while alum stone, it’s really good since it doesn’t clog the pores, it just helps with the smell. It doesn’t have an odor, but it neutralizes sweat so it doesn’t smell either. You have to soak the stone with water and rub it on your armpit. It kind of looks like a quartz, and I know you like things to look pretty and as decor as well. This might just do the trick for both purposes ;)

http://www.richesses-du-monde.com/client/cache/produit/600_____alunbrutenoir_134.jpg

Jenny Harris -April 30, 2014, 11:13AM

Hi! I’ve been using natural deodorant for years now and the only one I’ve found that really worked for me is the Kiss My Face Liquid Rock. I use the indented version but it comes in different scents. I started using it when I lived in super humid Savannah, Ga and have been using it ever since. Good luck!

Mara -April 30, 2014, 11:24AM

I have tried many different kinds of natural deodorant, Weleda, Dessert Essence, Lafes, Tom’s, etc. And none of them really worked for me until I came across MEOW MEOW TWEET. It’s a deodorant cream consisting of ingredients you’d fine in a homemade deodorant recipe, coconut oil, baking soda and essential oils. It keeps me fresh throughout the day without having to re-apply (despite my everyday hour long workout). So for me it’s definitely a keeper.

Jessica -April 30, 2014, 11:26AM

Toms didn’t work well for me, so I recently tried Herbal Clear 24 hour Natural Sport deodorant made with tea tree and Swiss Alps Lichen. I love the fresh smell of it, but I do have to reapply throughout the day to prevent odor. I’ve also heard from two sources that Lavanila Laboratories makes effective natural deodorant. Their products are sold on Sephora, and they have some really nice scents like lavender coconut!

Christina! -April 30, 2014, 11:39AM

Today is my third day using TRUELY’S. You can find it on Amazon (link below), and as a price comparison to others like Soapwalla, you can’t do any better. It’s of a similar makeup- Coconut Oil and Baking Soda, so it does feel like massaging frosting into your pits (but I find that somewhat therapeutic as my pits get no love any other way). It works great and it might work a little better with reapplication. I’ve also tried Tom’s, and failed, Crystal’s Natural Spray failed me embarrassingly as well, and Arm & Hammer’s “Natural” works but has Propelyne Glycol :(.

http://www.amazon.com/Trulys-Natural-Deodorant/dp/B0099TXXFM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1398872918&sr=8-2&keywords=truley%27s

Mandie -April 30, 2014, 11:50AM

Best store bough natural deodorant I have ever met is: Earth Science Deodorant-Lichen.
You have to get the Lichen one, none of the others works the same! I don’t know what it is about it, but it is by far the best one out there! Other than that I usually just rub some coconut oil in my pits at the end of my shower. I’ve collected all the ingredients to make my own, just haven’t gotten around to making it yet.
Loving all the posts & recommendations from others!

Katie -April 30, 2014, 12:11PM

Kiss My Face Liquid Rock is the best. I’ve found that the crystal/rock types of natural deodorants are the only type that at least kind of work. Beware anything that is too moist – one of my friends got a yeast infection in her armpits from using deodorant cream.

Franka -April 30, 2014, 12:14PM

Truly’s has been a miracle! I sweat and stink like a man so a natural deodorant that kept me smelling like a clean girl while moving and even hiking outside in the middle of summer (without being sticky, bonus!) is insanely wonderful. Also, I’ve used it for a year and it hasn’t stopped working. With regular deodorants, my body stopped responding within a week. Truly’s is awesome.

Grace -April 30, 2014, 12:39PM
Britt -April 30, 2014, 12:44PM

I LOVE Lush’s Aromaco deodorant.

Devorah -April 30, 2014, 12:45PM

I have been using a natural liquid crystal roll-on for a while, but it’s not been working great recently and stings after shaving. I made a test batch of deodorant last night using just coconut oil and baking soda. So far it’s working great!

Jillian -April 30, 2014, 12:55PM

I have been through a similar journey trying to find a natural deodorant. I am someone who exercises daily, and sweats a lot. I tried countless natural and organic deodorants that just didn’t seem to keep the stink away. Then my sister in law recommended E Plus High C roll on deodorant. It doesn’t have a strong scent or anything like that but the combination of ingredients has worked really well for me and is comparable to the old anti antiperspirants I’ve used. I absolutely love it and even have my boyfriend hooked! Here is a link to the product….hope you’ll give it a try!

http://www.aubrey-organics.com/ProductInfo/082.aspx

Haille -April 30, 2014, 1:04PM

Being a nursing student and loving all things healthy and natural, I have become especially aware of my health and the things I put on and in my body. Slowly I’ve been getting rid of skin care products and replacing them with healthy alternatives. Deodorant has been one of those things! I found some awesome recipes calling for arrowroot powder, jojoba oil, beeswax and some other things, but have yet to purchase all those ingredients. So for starters I’ve tried a simple recipe: 5 TBS of coconut oil, 1/4 cup of corn starch, 1/4 cup of baking soda, and essential oils (up to you which one you choose or even a combination of oils!). You just melt the coconut oil in a pot, turn off the heat and stir in the powders, then when it has cooled add in your EO. I have absolutely loved this combination! It’s simple, and it works. Living in Arizona, it stayed in a paste form during the winter but now that it’s hotter I’ve had to keep it in the fridge. It’s definitely an effective, easy recipe to start out with. Good luck finding a method that works for you!

Amanda -April 30, 2014, 1:10PM

Use lemon slices! The citric acid kills odor causing bacteria. Just don’t apply it right after shaving :/

Brittney -April 30, 2014, 1:10PM

I’ve been using Nourish Organic deodorant for a few months now and it works really well! Very simple ingredient list. I love that it goes on like a typical deodorant.

http://nourishorganic.com/collections/body/products/organic-deodorant

Ottilia -April 30, 2014, 1:16PM

I’ve thought of starting doing that too. Since I’ve stopped washing my hair with bad stuff (I only wash it with water) like two months ago. I have heard good stuff about the Weleda Wild Rose Deodorant but I’ve not tried it out myself yet, but I bet it’s good! I hope you’ll find something great Brigette!
Love – Ottilia

Mariel -April 30, 2014, 1:22PM

I’ve been using Schmidts for about 2 months now and I’m pretty happy with it (but I don’t have any other natural deodorants to compare it to). It comes in solid form, and I scoop a small pea sized amount out for each armpit and then rub it in. For someone who has a strong natural scent or is very prone to “BO”, I wouldn’t recommend it. For me, I’m not too smelly of a person, so it provides me good coverage for the day. But I have to reapply after swimming, sweating a ton, etc.

The ingredients are: Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), Maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) powder, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Humulus lupulus (hop) extract

http://www.schmidtsdeodorant.com/

mikki -April 30, 2014, 1:25PM

I have tried Bumble and Bee – love it! Plus they have a deodorant guarantee – if it doesn’t work for you, they will find one that does! Their whole line has a 0 on the EWG Skin Deep website, too! Organic and natural! Love it!

D'Artagnia -April 30, 2014, 1:32PM

I simply squeeze a few lemons. Strain the juice into a small spray or squeeze bottle. Spritz or dab it on in the morning and I’m fresh all day. It really works, for me. I’ve tried other DIY recipes & natural deoderants this works best. I sometimes add my favorite essential oil, lavender.

alexandra -April 30, 2014, 1:32PM

i love lavanila “the healthy deodorant” in the vanilla lavender scent. it’s made of all natural ingredients and uses essential oils to kill bacteria and keep you smelling fresh :)

Bonnie -April 30, 2014, 1:53PM

Alba for sure, I can’t use antiperspirants, and have tried crystals, which worked for a while and then I started breaking out and itching, I’ve tried other “natural deodorants” and Alba is the only one that has been good for my sensitive skin. Love the Alba Lavender deodorant!

Tiffany -April 30, 2014, 2:03PM

Thank you for this, I’m trying to make the switch but it’s hard to find something that works!
Xx, Tiffany | http://www.sunshinedaydreamphotography.com

Sharina -April 30, 2014, 2:24PM

My fellow natural deodorant connoisseur! I saw your post on my Pinterest page and had to inquire. I must say that over the years I too have gone through a long list of options and found that maybe one thing would work for me, but then some other area had to suffer. While us women are so hormonal and constantly changing it is hard to find the perfect solution for all types. BUT I would like to introduce you to a wonderful deodorant that has been working for me and my husband. While at the local farmers market a booth caught me eye for saying ORGANIC, PURE ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS. While being a complete believer in the benefits and power of pure essential oils not only for their intoxicating yummy aroma, also the medicinal and therapeutic properties benefit our overall well-being. The line particularly called DOTERRA which is the highest grade of them all. These two adorable gals were handcrafting batches of deodorant from their home with the highest grade coconut oil (such a sucker for anything coconut too!) and using minimal ingredients alongside these incredible oils. So I tried it myself, brought it home and asked my hesitant husband to try. While he really didn’t want to “I’m sick of using this hippy crap that doesn’t work!” He tried it and LOVED IT! So I decided to partner with them and start making the products myself. I use Clear & Calm, organic coconut oil, organic cocoa butter, 100% organic local beeswax, food grade baking soda and a blend of lavender, ylang ylang and melaluca oils. I really can honestly say I don’t feel like I am selling anything, I am passionately crafting something I feel like helps the fellow human. I mean seriously not only do we not want to smell bad, we want to live long healthy lives too ;) I don’t know what area you live in but we are located here in sunny San Diego, Ca. I lead up the La Jolla Farmer’s Market on Sundays and we have quit a few others listed on our site. But you can order anything via website. I would love for you to try and let me know what you think! Please shoot me an email ;) Best wishes

tianna -April 30, 2014, 2:50PM

I highly recommend trying out Schmidt’s Deodorant. I just reviewed them and honestly I LOVE their deodorant. It’s decently priced for natural dedorant and it really works through hot Cali weather! http://storybookapothecary.com/schmidts-all-natural-handcrafted-deodorant-review/

Jessie -April 30, 2014, 3:11PM

I stumbled upon this natural deodorant recipe a few weeks ago and have been LOVING it ever since!! All it contains is coconut oil, arrowroot powder, cornstarch, baking powder, and essential oil (I used bergamot). The baking powder irritated one of my armpits for 2 or 3 days but I haven’t had any problems with irritation since. I still sweat a bit, depending on what kind of activity I’m doing, but for everyday use, it keeps me fairly dry and even when I do get sweaty, I still smell awesome! I highly recommend trying it out!!
http://sewgreen.blogspot.com/2010/08/make-yourself-un-stinky.html

Rachael -April 30, 2014, 3:25PM

Burt’s Bees natural deodorant for men! It smells great and masks the sweat smell!
Also, I find that washing your armpits everyday (twice a day ideally) with a completely natural antibacterial soap helps keep a smell from forming.

Risa -April 30, 2014, 3:41PM

Have you tried the Weleda Wild Rose deodorant spray? I love it – it smells great and lasts well for me. Love to pair it with their wild rose body lotion – plus, this spray can be used as a body spray or hair fragrance and it’s vegan!
Good luck!
http://usa.weleda.com/our-products/shop/wild-rose-deodorant.aspx

shawnee -April 30, 2014, 5:14PM

WOW, thank you for writing this post! It is so helpful as are all of the comments! I tried switching to natural last summer but suffered a rash/horrible irritation (I was using Toms). Since then, I’ve been wanting to make the switch but it scared me after dealing with irritation. I’ve recently started moisturizing with coconut oil and realized that rubbing a little under my arms keeps them feeling fresh and unscented (in a good way). I will definitely try making my own!! Thanks! xoxo

dani -April 30, 2014, 5:21PM

I hate to say it, but I gave up. I have an extremely sensitive nose/palate (as an aspiring chef) and I can smell BO from 3 blocks away. Needless to say, summer in NYC is an assault on my senses.
I have tried salt stick, ACV, herbal natural deodorants from various green market vendors, but nothing is going to prevent BO. Nothing, except chemical deodorant. Like you said, sweating is natural, and the only way to prevent swear odor is to prevent sweating altogether.
Now, the only suggestion I can give is something I do if I’m having “one of those days” when I forget to apply deodorant in the morning: rub a little hand sanitizer (or rubbing alcohol w/ essential oil, in my case) on your pits. The alcohol kill the bacteria that makes the stank.
It might sting a bit, but applying in this post-sweat scent elimination method seems to be the only one that works. A hassle, but maybe worth it!

Much love!

<3 dani
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http://blog.shopdisowned.com

Katie Zumpano -April 30, 2014, 5:31PM
Amy -April 30, 2014, 6:42PM

I’ve also had a difficult time finding a deodorant that worked for me.

Here’s a recipe for the one I use now:
5 tbs organic coconut oil
1/4 cup corn starch
1/4 cup baking soda
~10 drops of essential oil – I have sensitive skin so I only used 4 drops of tea tree oil

Mix together until smooth, thick, and dry-ish. Put in small mason or ball jar. Put it on before you put on clothes to let the oil soak into your skin, not your clothes.

Faith -April 30, 2014, 7:06PM

Use baking soda and coconut oil. I add in drops of incense oil from Earthbound and Trading Company to get the scent I desire. If you don’t have the time to make your own, use Tom’s deodorant stick and Kiss My Face Lotion.

Rae -April 30, 2014, 7:51PM

Greenbody Deo is the BEST! I’m a sweaty gal, and a nurse in a busy ICU, and this stuff always keeps me fresh.

http://www.greenbodydeo.com/

Sarah -May 1, 2014, 12:18AM

I used the brand, kiss my face. Specifically the sport kind. I loved the smell & thought it worked well. I had to apply it throughout the day though. The one that works best for me is arm&hammer essentials! Love the smell! I don’t think it’s 100% natural but it is free of parabens & other toxins. I’m in love with it!

Alexis -May 1, 2014, 2:27AM

I use SOAPWALLA DEODORANT CREAM! It’s truly fantastic and I smell better as the day goes on, if thats even possible. Can be a little strong but I have really sensitive skin and I didn’t have a huge problem with this side effect.

Kadie Rose -May 1, 2014, 3:27AM

I wish I go forgo the whole deodorant thing, but I honestly can’t. I started to smell when I was eight and I am addicted to showers, so its not about bathing habits and it was bad enough that my parents noticed, so I have had to use it since then. When I don’t wear it and all I do is sit around the house, barely sweating, its bad. I can’t even use normal women’s deodorant, I have to buy the stuff for guys. My mom and I tried all throughout high school to find a natural alternative, but with my body chemistry, its just not possible. I did however find this to be an interesting article and enjoyed everyone else’s comments.

Geri Edward -May 1, 2014, 6:36AM

I use Lush’s T’eo – whilst not completely natural, I find it works pretty well at keeping the smell away, though I’m definitely trying to adjust to going without an anti-persperant! Most anti-persperants never really worked for me anyway, since I’ve played sports my whole life and sweat really easily!

youna -May 1, 2014, 7:39AM

I’ve been using the Alun stone for a year and it’s wonderful !!! It absorbs a bit of sweat (but not very much) but where it’s amazing is where it comes to smell. I never smell sweat anymore (and this is something I’ve been struggling with for years). It has natural anti bacterial properties so the bacteries that make that you smell (they eat your sweat and the smell comes for their excrements. Gross, I know) dont develop there. If I find that I’ve been sweating a bit extra sometimes, I just wipe clean my arm pits and reapply the stone (so I always have it on me in summer)

emily -May 1, 2014, 10:42AM

I’ve been experimenting with this recently too– I tried Tom’s but didn’t find it effective. Then I switched to Lush’s Aromaco bar, which takes a few extra minutes in the morning to put on (you have to warm it up on your body slightly to get it to work) but has been pretty successful. I keep meaning to try Meow Meow Tweet’s deodorant cream because I’ve heard good things! https://meowmeowtweet.myshopify.com/collections/body-care

Alison -May 1, 2014, 11:57AM

soap walla deoderant cream! works wonders, and the ingredients are totally pure. I just tried it after my old natural deoderant started losing its effectiveness, and I love it.

Kat Clark -May 1, 2014, 12:50PM

I’ve been making my own deodorant for about the past year and have found it more effective than any of the others on the market. I use equal parts melted beeswax, melted coconut oil, corn starch and bicarbonate of soda. I also add a small amount of aloe vera gel and a mix of essential oils, usually patchouli, tea tree and lavender (as they are all anti bacterial). I make up a batch every 3 – 4 months and use some roll on tubes that I bought online last year.

Amanda -May 1, 2014, 1:53PM

I randomly found this deodorant powder at a festival last year and it has proven to be the best thing EVER. It’s called divine fragrance, and it’s just a blend of sandalwood powder and floral essences. I get comments on it all the time because I smell like incense when I’m sweating! It seems expensive but I’ve had the same pot since July and it’s not even halfway gone! Check it out! http://www.livingearthwise.org/apps/webstore/products/show/3967416

D -May 1, 2014, 2:00PM

I’ve been using natural for the last 2+ years – did the coconut oil thing, and have also used Tom’s. Both are great, but I end up smelling like a musky, earthy woman (!!!) by the afternoon.

The natural deodorant that I love, love, love since making the switch to natural is from Mojo Spa in Chicago – http://www.mojospa.com/product/BD00001/Don%27t-Sweat-It-Deodorant – it’s $14, but I get about 4 months use out of it. And it WORKS. And the smell is mostly lavendar/tea tree, even though it uses a blend of essential oils.

Tamber -May 1, 2014, 4:32PM

I bought Poetic Pits twice…it works pretty well and a bottle can last a while, but it’s expensive. Since I ran out, I’ve been refilling the bottle with essential oils and using that…it’s ok, but I’m looking for a better option. Before Poetic Pits I was using Tom’s, or comparable things, that I was only partially satisfied with.

Caitlin -May 1, 2014, 4:51PM

Hey Brigette! I also had a difficult time finding a truly natural deodorant that really worked….so I did a lot of research and came up with one that I really like…and now it’s for sale! I recently wrote a blog post that’s similar to the sentiments that you expressed….about every body being different, and maybe needing to alternate your deodorants….check it out if you feel like it. http://caitlinsupernatural.com/blogs/news/13955533-making-the-most-of-natural-deodorant

Felicia -May 1, 2014, 7:51PM

I read about Aromaco by Lush a while ago. Lots of people were really positive about it. I’m gonna try it myself soon!

Vikki -May 1, 2014, 10:14PM

Try Fat and the Moon’s natural deodorant. It actually holds up and smells delicious! Mind you all their products are handmade and natural (:

Anna -May 1, 2014, 10:23PM

Primal Pit Paste? I haven’t tried it yet but have heard some good things.

Erika -May 1, 2014, 10:56PM

GREAT POST! Like many other commenters, I too make my own and it is amazing! I use baking soda, arrowroot powder, coconut oil, and a few drops of peppermint oil and have it in an old deodorant container so it goes on just like normal. It did take a few months to adjust to. I started by weaning myself off commercial stuff, only used it before working out, and then slowly started using homemade. It works great but you have to mess around with the amounts of each ingredient so it’s the right texture and doesn’t clump up when you sweat. Use more arrowroot than baking soda! And if you put it in an old twist up container, wait until it is completely at room temperature first and scoop it in.

Anonymous -May 2, 2014, 12:14AM

I’d like to make my own. My daughter does and says it works for her. Until then, I use these organic deodorants from Terresentials. Completely safe. http://www.terressentials.com/bath.html

Actually here is a blog post I did on two good deodorants.
http://thequeenstable.blogspot.com/2013/08/two-of-best-non-toxic-deodorants.html

Sydney -May 2, 2014, 12:58AM

So many comments, but I thought I would share! Switching to natural deo. was the best thing for me! It seems like I stink less after switching (took a while to get here). So far my favorite natural deodorant is “Kiss my Face, Sport”. I purchase this at Earthfare (But I live in NC so who knows if anyone knows what this store is). I love it!

Heather -May 2, 2014, 1:02PM

Look up using LEMONS, For real. Friends have tried it and it does work!

Jhendi Root -May 3, 2014, 8:06PM

I make my own deodorant using one part cypress oil, one part cilantro oil and two parts coconut oil. Mountain Rose Herbs has roller bottles you can put the mixture in and roll on. It detoxes the body so use it at night in addition to using it during the day a few times. You might wake up stinky a few times but that is because your body is detoxing!

Lilly -May 5, 2014, 11:44AM

Hi there.
Such a difficult question! I’ve tried a lot of different kinds of deodorants. First thing is first – I hate the antiperspirant ones with aluminum, they spoil my closes with ugly stains and smell just awful. Recently I’ve run out of my favorite deodorant and couldn’t find one fast, so I’d to use the antiperspirant one – it was awful, as soon as I got my deodorant three days later I happily throw it away! I live in Russia and I’ve tried a lot of different kinds represented on our market. It was some expensive ones with mix of oils, some from lush, I’ve even made my own several times (and got huge irritation from the one with baking soda, don’t use it), but all if them didn’t made it for me. Right now I ended up with my last choice – “Secret” the spray deodorant. Its main ingredient is Zink – it prevents from smell of sweat, but not sweating itself. It lasts till the evening and its aroma disappears really fast – that’s good for me as I don’t like any kinds of smell from me, and it will be good for those who use perfumes.
So, my advise is to look for deodorant with Zink in it.

Vanessa Danielle -May 5, 2014, 6:55PM

I’ve used Lush’s “Guv’ner” deodorant, which smells so wonderful, but is quite a pain to put on. you’re supposed to put some on your fingers and pat it on.
as of now I use Kiss My Face’s Active Life lavender deodorant. smells amazing, although i find i have to continuously apply it, but i don’t mind. try that :)

Tori -May 23, 2014, 12:29PM

Check out Root Beauty, the deodorant is awesome and it’s made locally here in LA!!!

Izzy -May 25, 2014, 9:20AM

Have you tried Primal Pit Paste? I use the stick form of it and it’s totally effective. It’s smells strongly at first but then subsides during the day. I’ve tried the Lavender but I like the Thyme and Lemongrass which is the one I’m using now. http://primalpitpaste.com/

Shelby -May 25, 2014, 11:13PM

Me and my family use coconut oil. It works the best.

Florence -June 16, 2014, 7:06AM

Try Lavera Coconut Dream natural deodorant. Its the best ive found after years of searching, its perfect and smells amazing!

Erin -June 17, 2014, 2:32PM

So happy to see so many people are into this topic! Over the years, I’ve tried a few different ones, but I think I’ve finally found my favorite. I listed your excellent blog as a resource too! Your pictures are amazing; what a great sense of light and crafty-ness!

http://www.holisticmamasatlanta.com/blog/2014/6/17/best-natural-deodorants-and-why-you-need-one

Emily -June 23, 2014, 1:28AM

From what I understand, there is no evidence that supports a link between antiperspirant and breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, or kidney disease. In no way should you use something you don’t feel comfortable with or like but the research just doesn’t give weight to antiperspirant being dangerous in any way. Snopes even has a little entry about this myth.

LaToya -June 30, 2014, 1:25PM

sometimes it’s nice just to go natural. Try Bella organics (bellaorganics.com) they sell little samples. I bought the vanilla mint & I love it. I’m still detoxing but it works great. I use it maybe twice a day to avoid a musky scent from being a busy body but at day 5 it’s almost no funk at all. Try it. Everyone is different.

Abi -July 10, 2014, 10:45AM

I watch Mama Natural’s channel and she uses Primal Pit Paste. See her video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYOL_Yb-3u0

Dr. Joseph Helisek -July 15, 2014, 8:42PM

I’ve been trying a very small amount of nothing but coconut oil and it works, even after 30 minutes of running! Here’s my full review and other health and eye care information at http://www.DoctorHelisek.com

sabrina -July 18, 2014, 4:26AM

I made this and it’s super effective. For ab 12 hours. Thank you!!!

rachel -July 31, 2014, 8:23PM

I use Siena Soap Company’s deodorant, and it does wonders!

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