Test Drive: Natural Deodorant

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Toss toxic deodorant full of harmful chemicals and switch to safe, natural deodorant! Here we review 5 brands for effectiveness--hint: they work!!

Welcome to a brand new series here on Root + Revel–in Test Drive, I try a handful of brands in a category of natural products and compare the real-life results. First up: natural deodorant.

I know what you're thinking–natural deodorant doesn't work. Listen, I hear you. I felt the exact same way not just six months ago. I've required clinical strength deodorant my entire life.

But it turns out, there actually are some natural deodorants out there that work great (trust me, I tried A TON to find them!). And what's more? After just a few months without conventional deodorant, I found that I sweat wayyyyy less.

It was like that clinical strength deodorant was forcing my sweat glands to produce more sweat and once I stopped using it, they naturally (and miraculously!) started producing less.

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So why would you even want to swap conventional deodorant and antiperspirant for a natural alternative? Unfortunately, like most store-bought products, tons of known carcinogens, hormone disruptors and environmental toxins make up the ingredient lists of most deodorants. For all the skeptics, I’ve outlined the toxic ingredients for five of the most popular deodorants (for both men and women!) on the market today below:

Toss toxic deodorant full of harmful chemicals and switch to safe, natural deodorant! Here we review 5 brands for effectiveness--hint: they work!!

**Note the products shown above are Dove Go Fresh Antiperspirant & Deodorant, Dove Men+Care 48h Antiperspirant & Deodorant, Secret Clinical Strength Antiperspirant & Deodorant Advanced Solid, Old Spice High Endurance Antiperspirant & Deodorant Invisible Solid and Soft & Dri DriGel, Antiperspirant & Deodorant Clear Gel.**


Convinced a more natural alternative might be the way to go? Check out my review of five of the top natural deodorants on the market today!

The Natural Deodorant Contestants:

Toss toxic deodorant full of harmful chemicals and switch to safe, natural deodorant! Here we review 5 brands for effectiveness--hint: they work!!

  • Nourish Organic Deodorant ($8.99): This deodorant smells fantastic and is incredibly moisturizing thanks to the shea butter, coconut oil, cacao seed butter and beeswax, but I didn't find the gentle cornstarch and vegetable protein to be strong enough to nix sweat. I love that it's free of the aforementioned toxic chemicals, certified organic and gluten-free, vegan and cruelty-free, but I need something stronger on my armpits and found that a deodorant with baking soda was much more effective for me.
  • Thai Crystal Deodorant Stone ($7): This deodorant, which relies on crystallized natural mineral salts to do the work of reducing odor and sweat, gets great reviews online. But I don't get it. While I like that it's fragrance-free, made without aluminum and doesn't stain your clothes, it really didn't do much for me at all. It was a pain to have to wet the stone each time–I was always either dripping water after, or too dry to apply–and it just didn't work for me, plain and simple.
  • Purabela Creme Deodorant ($12): Free of aluminum, propylene glycol, perfumes, and dyes, this deodorant is made with essential oils, coconut oil, baking soda, arrow root, zinc ricinoleate and vitamin e. It's incredibly moisturizing, but I hated spreading the cream on with my fingers (which, no matter how clean my hands and/or pits were, always felt unsanitary and gross). I prefer the ease of a roll-on deodorant and found other brands that were more effective at reducing odor and minimizing sweat.
  • EO Organic Deodorant Spray ($7.75): I want to love this deodorant–the spray is super easy to apply, it smells amazing thanks to essential oils and it is free of aluminum salts, propylene glycol, zinc salts, synthetic fragrances, parabens, polysorbate and disodium EDTA. Plus it's vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free and certified organic. But I just didn't find it to keep odor at bay as well as other deodorants. That being said, I still use this spray throughout the day as a lovely refresher. It's not the best base, but it can work wonders on top of a more effective option.
  • Primal Pit Paste Deodorant Stick ($11.95): This is IT. Despite the hilarious name, this stick deodorant is far and away the most effective one I've tried. It's made with  baking soda (the key for neutralizing bacteria-causing odor), arrowroot powder (which helps you feel dry), beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil (to moisturize and soothe) and THAT'S IT. No parabens, no aluminum, no GMOs or toxic chemicals to worry about. The only downside is that it can cause slight irritation to delicate underarm skin. But honestly, once I powered through the minor sensitivity, it went away. I've only tried the Unscented stick, but when I run out, I'm going for one of the essential-oil laced blends, as I do appreciate a nice, subtle scent in my deodorant.
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The Natural Deodorant Winner: Primal Pit Paste!

Have you tried any natural deodorants? I'd love to hear about your results. Share in the comments below!

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11 thoughts on “Test Drive: Natural Deodorant”

  1. I’ve tried to find a natural deodorant that actually works over the past year and have tried about a dozen of them. I finally found one that works for me, it’s not completely clean as it’s rated at a 3, but so much better than my dove, so I’ll take that as a win! It’s Schmidt’s charcoal magnesium deodorant. The best part is you can get it at Target for under $5!

    1. Interesting! Thanks for sharing! My latest favorite is Native, it’s $12 online I think or $10 with an autoship, which isn’t too bad for natural deodorant. It smells so good and actually works!

  2. I’ve used a ton of natural deodorant brands (and even worked for a natural bath and body company for a couple years) and my hands-down fave is locally-made (here in YYC!) Routine Cream. They have options for multiple skin types and their products are easily the most effective I’ve put on my body. Big kudos to a small local brand for beating out much larger personal care companies!

  3. Native deodorant is great! Only available online, but it’s not a problem (free shipping!) They also have a baking soda free version, which is really nice! I have to use that one due to baking soda breaking me out horribly and causing a painful red rash. It’s not uncommon apparently. From what I understand, baking soda messes with the PH of a product and thus you get a rash. Primal pit paste in the tube must have more baking soda than the tub, bc I can only use it once before my underarms start to get sore! Bummer, bc that does work. Sometimes I alternate with orange cremescicle primal pit paste, but only for a day or 2. Also, Meow Meow Tweet makes a great deodorant! and a baking soda free version too, which actually works!

  4. I’ve actually been enjoying Schmidt’s Naturals deodorant over Primal Pit Paste! Have you ever tried a benonite clay “pit detox”? I haven’t, but have heard good things.

    1. Hey Molly–I’ve had a lot of friends try Schmidt’s and love it too! So glad you’ve found a natural alternative that works for you! I haven’t tried a pit detox before, but have also heard good things. Let me know if you ever give it a go 🙂

  5. Thank you so much for this post! Deodorant was the one thing I struggled going natural on. I would either smell horrible, or get terrible rashes under my arms. Primal Pit Paste is a lifesaver! The biggest thing I took away was to stick through the initial “pit detox”. I thought once I got a rash it would be there forever, but now that I know it could last a few months, but eventually go away, and I know I won’t smell horrible, it’s SUCH a relief! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

    1. Hey Stephanie–thanks for sharing your experience here, and I’m so glad to know that your rash has gone away. Mine tends to come and go, and I’ve been trying a new deodorant these days called Holi(stick) that’s super gentle and works really well!

  6. Have a huge supply of pit paste now. I had to step down to a lower baking soda content, but I still love the products! The “jacked up jasmine” smealls wonderful and I’m hoping they make it in the sensitive skin form one day. I too was VERY scared to move away from my Clinical deoderant , but once I did I realized just how much gunk my body was trying to get rid of. Will never go back, would stink before I used conventional deoderant again lol, but I don’t have to because I have Pit Paste! 😉

    1. Hey Rebecca!Thanks so much for sharing your experience! What deodorant did you switch to with a lower baking soda content? Will definitely check out the jasmine scent! So glad you’ve found success with natural deodorants 🙂

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