Looking for the Best Natural Deodorants that work? Well you came to the right place! Here’s the deal traditional deodorant (aka the stuff from drugstores) almost all have really crappy ingredients. Wondering why you should use natural deodorant? Traditional deodorant has aluminum (known neurotoxin connected to Alzheimer’s), parabens (connected to hormone disruption & cancer), and synthetic fragrances (known endocrine disruptor amongst long list of risks). Ewwww!
Despite numerous laws designed to protect human health and the environment, no law in the US requires the disclosure of all ingredients in fragranced consumer products (Steinemann 2009).
Best Natural Deodorant for 2020
Ok, now that we got that out of the way, lets chat about the best natural deodorants for 2020! Consumers have way more choices for their natural deoderant needs these days, with the rising profile of natural living and popularity of reducing the toxins and chemicals we’re exposed to companies are starting to jump on board with more toxin free, natural deoderants.
My Experience with Natural Deodorants
I started using natural deodorants about 4 years ago. Back then there weren’t that many options so I had to make due with the basics lol. I tried the crystal, but didn’t like it. Its supposed to kill bacteria so that you don’t stink, but I didn’t find that it worked. Then I used Toms Deodorant for a couple years, and its ok, but the deodorants in this list are waaaaay better, both ingredient wise and performance wise. I stopped used Tom’s natural Deodorant because it scores a 4/10 for toxicity on ewg.org because it contains talc (no beuno) and fragrance. In fairness, i’m pretty easy to please when it comes to natural deodorants because i’m just happy to be using a product that doesn’t contain any nasty chemicals, but my partner loves his deodorant, so the true test was finding one that he would happily use, and it took a couple tries!
Best Natural Deodorants for 2020
|Deodorant||EWG Score||Comments||My Rating||Price|
|Native||3/10||The only natural deodorant to pass ‘Boyfriend Test’||⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️||Check Website|
|Schmidt’s||1/10||This is the one I use!||⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️||$9.99 US|
|Routine||–||Smooth Texture, Canadian Brand||⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️||$27.99 US|
Full Native Deodorant Review
Native Deodorant is the ONLY deodorant that my non crunchy, anti perspirant loving, Boyfriend will use. I bought him 3 different natural deoderants before trying Native, and this is the first one that ‘got him through the day without stinking’. WIN (He uses the citrus & herbal musk one) . For that reason alone I give Native a 5 star review! He also tried Tom’s Natural Deodorant for men, which he thought it felt ‘wet’ and didn’t like it. The 3rd natural deodorant for men my partner tried was Dusk by Herban Cowboy, which didn’t provide all day odour free results, so didn’t like that one either.
✔️ Paraben Free
✔️ Sulphates Free
✔️ Goes on Smooth
They also have a sensitive skin line for those that react to baking soda in natural deodorant. The sensitive skin Native deodorant is made without baking soda.
Native Deodorant comes with ALOT of packaging. I love natural products, but I also love the earth and am trying my best to reduce the amount of waste I produce. The amount of packaging this is shipped in does not lend itself well to that goal. Native: if you’re reading this cut the packaging! On the flipside, if you are buying this as a gift, it is impressive to open.
EWG lists Native Deodorant as a 3/10 (with 10/10 being the worst ingredients). This is because fragrance is listed as an ingredient and since brands do not have to disclose fragrance formulas EWG always assumes its bad/synthetic. Synthetic fragrances are known to be endocrine disruptors, cause irritation or immune issues. The Native website says they only use safe ingredients, so its up to you to decide if you want to give them a go.
Good to know:
Native is an American Brand, and easily available in the USA via Amazon or their website. At the time of writing this blog, Native deodorant is not on amazon in Canada 🙁 . If you live in Canada you will need to order it from their website (they have a subscriber program to save on shipping & get a discount). My boyfriend pays $13 cdn including shipping on the subscription plan.
Native Deodorant Final Verdict: Definitely Better Than Most, 1000’s of 5 star reviews and my Boyfriend Personally Loves it. Recommended.
Native Deodorant Ingredients
CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, TAPIOCA STARCH, OZOKERITE, SODIUM BICARBONATE, MAGNESIUM HYDROXIDE, COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL. CYCLODEXTRIN, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, FRAGRANCE, DEXTROSE, LACTOBACILLUS ACIDOPHILUS
Full Schmidt’s Deodorant Review
I’ve been using Schmidt’s deodorant for about 2 years now. (I’m on my 4th stick). I’ve been using the Bergamot + Lime deodorant and it is crisp, fresh and keeps me smelling great until bedtime. Unlike Native Deodorant there is no ambiguity about the fragrance used in this formula, it is natural fragrances from essential oils, so much safer than possible synthetic fragrance used in Native. EWG scores this as a 1/10 which is basically as good as it gets in terms of the safety of the ingredients. Click here to read the full report.
They have a sensitive skin option that is baking soda free (but i’ve not tried it). It is formulated with magnesium, which is a mineral most people are deficient in and has great health benefits, so i’m super tempted to try it on my next buy!
✔️All Natural Ingredients
✔️ No Artificial Fragrances
✔️ No Aluminum
✔️ No Propylene Glycol
✔️ No Parabens
✔️ Vegan & Cruelty Free
Schmidt’s Deodorant has less packaging than Native, but still comes in a plastic container. I would love if it came in a reusable non plastic tin or glass jar. I’m trying my best to reduce my plastic footprint, so a non toxic product in a glass jar would be the gold standard for me 🙂
Some people have reported getting a ‘burn’ or rash from this deodorant, which is likely a sensitivity to the baking soda. I’ve never had an issue with this, but if you are worried i’d recommend the sensitive skin formula which is made without baking soda.
The texture of this deodorant isn’t as nice as some of the others i’ve tried, like Routine or Native. It has a slightly grainy texture going on. It smooths out as soon as its on your skin – i’d guess its not smooth until warming up because of the coconut oil in the formula.
Where to Buy Schmidts Deodorant
In Canada you Can buy Schmidts at Amazon.ca, Walmart, Superstore & Shoppers Drugmart! I even found it at Costco last year (but haven’t seen it since 🙁 )
In the US you can buy Schmidts at Amazon.com, Walmart, Sprouts, Target etc. Its fairly widely available which is great.
Final Verdict of Schmidt’s Deodorant: I love it, it has great ingredients and i’ve been happily odor neutral everyday for the last 2 years due to this so love it!
Schmidt’s Deodorant Ingredients (Bergamot + Lime)
Maranta Arundinacea (Arrowroot) Powder, Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Fractionated Coconut Oil), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Magnesium Hydroxide, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E, Sunflower Derived)
Full Routine Natural Deoderant Review
I recently tried Routine because it is available at my local natural foods grocery store as an item to buy in bulk (without packaging!) YAY. The texture is smooth, it provided all day great smelling vibes and the ingredients are ace. The ONLY Reason I gave this product 4/5 stars is because it is pricey 😭 I expect to pay a bit of a premium for good quality products, but this one is a premium price on the premium priced items lol. Coming in at $28 cdn vs $12-$13 for Native & Schmidts, this one is a premium product.
They also offer a natural deodorant formulated without baking soda (The Curator).
✔️ 100% Natural Ingredients Deodorant
✔️ Canadian Company
✔️ Plastic Free Packaging
✔️ They Give Back To Community
✔️ Super Smooth
The Price, but really, you get what you pay for. Its a high quality 100% natural deodorant that works all day long without plastic packaging, so its worth it, if thats important to you.
Where to Buy Routine Natural Deodorant
I bought this at Earth’s General Store in Edmonton, AB (Canada), but it is available in the USA on Amazon & across Canada on Amazon.ca. They list all the stores you can buy it at here. Another great feature of Routine is they offer a refill program to cut down on single use waste!
The Final Verdict for Routine Natural Deodorant: If you can afford it, its the best natural deodorant of the bunch! I love the plastic free packaging, and it works ALL DAY Long.
Routine Natural Deodorant Ingredients
Sweet Jane: A clay and beeswax formula that smells like vanilla, pear and riding bikes with your best friend.
Ingredients: cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, magnesium hydroxide, kaolin, zea mays (corn) starch, maranta arundinacea (arrowroot), sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), cera alba (beeswax), theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, calendula officinalis (marigold) infused olea europaea (olive) oil, tocopherol (vitamin e), cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, brassica glycerides, flavor (organic vanilla, pear), vanilla planifolia fruit oil, citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract.
My Favourite Natural Deodorants
My top choice for natural deodorant for women: Routine
My Opinion on best natural deodorant for MEN: Native
Whats your favourite natural deodorant? Let me know in the comments!
Natural Deodorant FAQ
Some people report getting a red, itchy, burning rash or darkened underarms after using natural deodorant. This is likely a sensitivity to the baking soda that almost all natural deodorants are formulated with. Luckily ALL the deodorants listed on this blog has a sensitive skin formula made WITHOUT Baking soda!
Sure does! My smelly, sweaty partner has switched happily and gets through the day smelling great. He uses Native 🙂
Some people recommend doing an underarm detox to get rid of all the accumulated toxins from years of using deodorants with harmful chemicals in them. These underarm detox’s use a combination of coconut oil, bentonite clay, and apple cider vinegar to draw out toxins. In my opinion the body is pretty good at doing this, already, but it certainly couldn’t hurt to try and get a blank canvas, so to speak. You could also go for a couple sauna sessions or just get really sweaty to expel toxins. In my opinion, the best thing to do is throw out your deodorant with chemicals and try a natural one. Your body knows what to do from there.
Recipe For Natural Deodorant DIY
Time needed: 10 minutes.
How To Make Your Own Natural Deodorant
Here is a DIY Recipe for Natural Deodorant:
- 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil (melted for mixing)
- 1/2 tablespoon melted cocoa or shea butter (melted for mixing)
- 1-2 drops of your favourite essential oils.
- Mix it all together, store in a jar and enjoy smelling great without ANY harmful ingredients at a fraction of the cost of buying it made already. Natural Deodorants DIY is Super easy!