7 Natural Deodorants that Keep You and the Planet Fresh

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written by:  Caitlyn Nygaard

editor's note:

Deodorant is an incredibly important items in all of our lives, and now that I made the switch to natural, I can never go back.

I’ve been using a natural deodorant for over four years. If I’m being completely honest, it’s been one of the toughest, yet incredible journeys to learning more about my body and how it reacts to different ingredients.

Although it’s been tough trying to find the right natural deodorant, it’s so worth it. The chemicals in deodorants are unbelievable and I can’t imagine putting them on my armpits ever again! This TIME article goes over 5 harmful deodorant ingredients and what they are doing to our bodies.

In my natural deodorant journey,  I’ve been learning which natural scents my body does or doesn’t react well with, what type of consistency (stick, cream, gel) stays on better, or which ingredients make me feel itchy or uncomfortable. I’m proud to say the journey is worth the time and effort- I feel great knowing I’m not putting harsh chemicals under my arms, and also knowing how I can still feel clean and smell fresh by using natural deodorant. I’m going to share with you some of my favorite natural deodorants, as well as some I have my eye on to try in the future!


1. Little Seed Farm Deodorant Creams

Where to Buy:

Little Seed Farm website, locally (see store locator on website)

Price:

$12

Our Take:

I love the Little Seed Farm deodorant-- it is my favorite thus far, but I also love their mission and practices. Little Seed Farm deodorant has been my favorite natural deodorant because of their clean deodorant ingredients (the lavender scent is my favorite!) and easy application. I use their bamboo application tool to rub the deodorant cream under my arms and it’s so easy. Little Seed Farm also allows you to sample 2 deodorants for free, and you only have to pay the price of shipping. Don’t forget to sign up for their email promotions to get 10% off your first order!
Little Seed Farm stands with an incredible mission focused on sustainability, including the creation of chemical-free and safe skincare, providing their animals with natural and human environments, using clean energy to produce products (solar power!), using low-waste practices, and using eco-friendly and recyclable packaging! Get a glimpse of the farm on their Instagram @littleseedfarm.


2. Smarty Pits

Where to Buy:

SmartyPits website, Amazon, Grove

Price Range:

$5-$13

Our Take:

Another of my favorite natural deodorant brands. I first tried this brand when I picked up one of their mini sticks at a local boutique and I quickly fell in love with it. I tried the Tweed+Spice scent and really liked it-- their description of this scent is a “light masculine scent, but not overpowering.”
I’d say the SmartyPits secret ingredient is the power of prebiotics. The prebiotics in the deodorant acts as a nourishment to the good bacteria in your armpits! SmartyPits also offers a huge variety of different deodorant types, including sensitive skin, plant-based (using essential oils for scent), teen, and sustainable (plastic-free) options!


3. Native

Where to Buy:

Native website, Target, Walmart, Amazon

Price Range:

$12-$13

Our Take:

Native is one of those brands I’d like to try again in the future now that I’ve learned which scents work well for me. Native was one of the first natural deodorants I tried, and I learned that my body’s chemistry does not react well with coconut or vanilla scents-- I could smell my body odor after a mild break of a sweat. I used it for a while, thinking I was simply detoxing and had to stay strong through the transition, but nope. This is when I realized vanilla and coconut scents aren’t for me. If I were to try this brand again, I would try the charcoal or lavender rose scent.
Two great things about Native is that 1.) They are cruelty-free and do not test on animals, except for human volunteers, and 2.) They have a plastic-free deodorant tube option!


4. Myro

Where to Buy:

Myro Website, Amazon, Anthropologie

Price:

$15

Our Take:

I love the sustainable practices Myro has. I tried the “big dipper” scent and really liked it! There was lavender essential oil in the scent, which works really well for me, so I loved that about this deodorant. The consistency of this product is more gel-like and should be stored in a cool place. If you have a beauty fridge, I would even store it in there. Personally, this was not my favorite natural deodorant simply because of the gel-like consistency. Perhaps if I had a cooler spot to store it or lived in a space with air conditioning in the summer, it would have been a better fit for me!
This brand is plant-based, uses essential oils for scent, and has a refillable case! Not to mention, it's super aesthetically pleasing.


5. Young Living

Where to Buy:

Young Living Website

Price Range:

$15-$17

Our Take:

The first time I tried Young Living deodorant I had another “ah-ha” moment with scents and my body chemistry. I used a scent called “Mountain Mint,” which smells so fresh by opening the cap. I quickly learned that mint scents did not take away my odor when I broke a sweat. The second scent I tried was “Cinna-fresh,” which I also loved when opening the cap! Again, the cinnamon scent did not react well when I started to sweat. When you are choosing deodorants, be aware of your odor before and after you sweat because this may be a key component in trying to find the right deodorant for you.
I love Young Living products because of the plant-based and natural ingredients. I also love when essential oils are used instead of harsh synthetic fragrances.


6. Primally Pure

Where to Buy:

Primally Pure Website

Price Range:

$14-$16

Our Take:

Primally Pure is a brand I am constantly seeing float around my social media by friends and influencers. I haven’t tried Primally Pure yet, but it’s on my list! I’ve heard excellent things about their natural deodorant, which is formulated with all natural, non toxic, and organic ingredients. They have a charcoal deodorant option, which I am intrigued to try because activated charcoal has great detoxifying properties. Perhaps a charcoal deodorant would be a good “first natural deodorant” option because of the detox benefits.
Other scents this brand offers include lavender, lemongrass, geranium, tea tree, blue tansy, and unscented. You may have guessed, these are scented by essential oils! My final note about this brand is that the products are handcrafted in the U.S. and they do not test on animals.


7. Schmidt's

Where to Buy:

Schmidt’s website, Amazon, Target, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS

Price Range:

$8-$11

Our Take:

I personally have never tried Schmidt’s deodorant, but I’ve heard many great things about this go-to deodorant. Schmidt’s offers a large variety of deodorant scents formulated with essential oils and natural ingredients. You can buy their deodorant in a standard plastic stick or in a glass jar for a more sustainable option. If you choose to purchase their jar deodorant, make sure you save your empty jars and when you have 5 of them, send Schmidt’s a photo and they'll send you a free deodorant of your choice! They are also vegan and Leaping Bunny certified!
Schmidt's is an extremely accessible brand of natural deodorant. You can find this brand at many different stores, including Walmart! It is also a very affordable brand.

1. Little Seed Farm Deodorant Creams

Where to Buy:

Little Seed Farm website, locally (see store locator on website)

Price:

$12

Our Take:

I love the Little Seed Farm deodorant-- it is my favorite thus far, but I also love their mission and practices. Little Seed Farm deodorant has been my favorite natural deodorant because of their clean deodorant ingredients (the lavender scent is my favorite!) and easy application. I use their bamboo application tool to rub the deodorant cream under my arms and it’s so easy. Little Seed Farm also allows you to sample 2 deodorants for free, and you only have to pay the price of shipping. Don’t forget to sign up for their email promotions to get 10% off your first order!
Little Seed Farm stands with an incredible mission focused on sustainability, including the creation of chemical-free and safe skincare, providing their animals with natural and human environments, using clean energy to produce products (solar power!), using low-waste practices, and using eco-friendly and recyclable packaging! Get a glimpse of the farm on their Instagram @littleseedfarm.

2. Smarty Pits

Where to Buy:

SmartyPits website, Amazon, Grove

Price Range:

$5-$13

Our Take:

Another of my favorite natural deodorant brands. I first tried this brand when I picked up one of their mini sticks at a local boutique and I quickly fell in love with it. I tried the Tweed+Spice scent and really liked it-- their description of this scent is a “light masculine scent, but not overpowering.”
I’d say the SmartyPits secret ingredient is the power of prebiotics. The prebiotics in the deodorant acts as a nourishment to the good bacteria in your armpits! SmartyPits also offers a huge variety of different deodorant types, including sensitive skin, plant-based (using essential oils for scent), teen, and sustainable (plastic-free) options!

3. Native

Where to Buy:

Native website, Target, Walmart, Amazon

Price Range:

$12-$13

Our Take:

Native is one of those brands I’d like to try again in the future now that I’ve learned which scents work well for me. Native was one of the first natural deodorants I tried, and I learned that my body’s chemistry does not react well with coconut or vanilla scents-- I could smell my body odor after a mild break of a sweat. I used it for a while, thinking I was simply detoxing and had to stay strong through the transition, but nope. This is when I realized vanilla and coconut scents aren’t for me. If I were to try this brand again, I would try the charcoal or lavender rose scent.
Two great things about Native is that 1.) They are cruelty-free and do not test on animals, except for human volunteers, and 2.) They have a plastic-free deodorant tube option!

4. Myro

Where to Buy:

Myro Website, Amazon, Anthropologie

Price:

$15

Our Take:

I love the sustainable practices Myro has. I tried the “big dipper” scent and really liked it! There was lavender essential oil in the scent, which works really well for me, so I loved that about this deodorant. The consistency of this product is more gel-like and should be stored in a cool place. If you have a beauty fridge, I would even store it in there. Personally, this was not my favorite natural deodorant simply because of the gel-like consistency. Perhaps if I had a cooler spot to store it or lived in a space with air conditioning in the summer, it would have been a better fit for me!
This brand is plant-based, uses essential oils for scent, and has a refillable case! Not to mention, it's super aesthetically pleasing.

5. Young Living

Where to Buy:

Young Living Website

Price Range:

$15-$17

Our Take:

The first time I tried Young Living deodorant I had another “ah-ha” moment with scents and my body chemistry. I used a scent called “Mountain Mint,” which smells so fresh by opening the cap. I quickly learned that mint scents did not take away my odor when I broke a sweat. The second scent I tried was “Cinna-fresh,” which I also loved when opening the cap! Again, the cinnamon scent did not react well when I started to sweat. When you are choosing deodorants, be aware of your odor before and after you sweat because this may be a key component in trying to find the right deodorant for you.
I love Young Living products because of the plant-based and natural ingredients. I also love when essential oils are used instead of harsh synthetic fragrances.

6. Primally Pure

Where to Buy:

Primally Pure Website

Price Range:

$14-$16

Our Take:

Primally Pure is a brand I am constantly seeing float around my social media by friends and influencers. I haven’t tried Primally Pure yet, but it’s on my list! I’ve heard excellent things about their natural deodorant, which is formulated with all natural, non toxic, and organic ingredients. They have a charcoal deodorant option, which I am intrigued to try because activated charcoal has great detoxifying properties. Perhaps a charcoal deodorant would be a good “first natural deodorant” option because of the detox benefits.
Other scents this brand offers include lavender, lemongrass, geranium, tea tree, blue tansy, and unscented. You may have guessed, these are scented by essential oils! My final note about this brand is that the products are handcrafted in the U.S. and they do not test on animals.

7. Schmidt's

Where to Buy:

Schmidt’s website, Amazon, Target, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS

Price Range:

$8-$11

Our Take:

I personally have never tried Schmidt’s deodorant, but I’ve heard many great things about this go-to deodorant. Schmidt’s offers a large variety of deodorant scents formulated with essential oils and natural ingredients. You can buy their deodorant in a standard plastic stick or in a glass jar for a more sustainable option. If you choose to purchase their jar deodorant, make sure you save your empty jars and when you have 5 of them, send Schmidt’s a photo and they'll send you a free deodorant of your choice! They are also vegan and Leaping Bunny certified!
Schmidt's is an extremely accessible brand of natural deodorant. You can find this brand at many different stores, including Walmart! It is also a very affordable brand.



written by:  Caitlyn Nygaard

editor's note:

Deodorant is an incredibly important items in all of our lives, and now that I made the switch to natural, I can never go back.

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